Dec 30, 2013

One Word

Ahh - a new year. I don't know about you, but the idea of a new year is refreshing to me. A clean slate, a fresh start, a chance to change, to grow, to do something differently.

Because of this, it love to choose a few New Year's Resolutions. And also because of this, I generally set such lofty goals that I am almost never able to keep them up for longer than a month. Organize my whole house? Awesome idea! But where do I start?? Lose weight! Great! Oh look, my mom made a pie! Better eat it! The spirit is usually willing, but the flesh is oh so weak.

This year, however, I am going to do things a bit differently. This year, I am joining many in choosing one word to be the theme of the year.

It is important to reflect and to look ahead. The Bible says "where there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18). Drew and I have thought a lot lately that we are on the precipice of something. Change is all around us - choices for schools for the girls, where to live, how to make work, marriage and raising a family work together... So this year, my word is VISION.

I love the idea of one word. As an artist, I know how I can start a painting with one idea, and as I work, the painting morphs into something completely different, yet totally awesome. I expect the same with my one word as God works in me, sharpens me and teaches me. Perhaps vision could be plans for the future, how I view my home or my body, how I view my marriage.... So many ways I can be molded.

So, here is what you do. Grab a journal - a moleskin, a composition book - whatever you prefer. Write on the front the word that you choose. Then through the new year, collect quotes, verses, prayers, ideas, conversations... Anything that helps to point you back to your word.

Need more inspiration? My friend Susan over at Confident Mom shares 5 Tips to Achieve New Year's Resolutions

Also check out OneWord365. Look up your word and join a community with people who have also chosen your word.

As I finish up this post, I pray that you find something to help you be meaningful and purposeful throughout 2014, however you can achieve that.

Have a happy new year, friends!

1 comment :

~Karrilee~ from Abiding Love, Abounding Grace said...

Hey there... I found your blog via OneWord... we are in the same Tribe! Looking forward to finding Vision through out 2014!

Happy New Year!