Thursday, January 1, 2015

Word of the Year

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For a couple of years now, I’ve picked a word to be my “Word of the Year.”  It’s a word that inspires me, prompts me to change or grow, and ultimately is a word that God has laid on my heart.
For 2014, God laid on my heart the word…intentional.
This word has meant more to me than I could ever possibly put into words. It’s a word that has…
challenged me
stretched me
required me to examine my priorities
required me to say,”no” to things…even good things
helped to focused me
allowed me to understand what I’m capable of and what I need to let go of
helped me to carve out time for the important things in life
and lastly, it has helped me keep the big picture in mind…I’m only here for a small time, but I want to be used by God to leave a big impact for Him!
As I started to think about 2015, I immediately thought, “I don’t need a new word for 2015, I’ll just keep the same word…intentional. This word means so much to me!” Although the word intentional has made a huge impact on me, one that I’m going to continue to ponder and work on, I knew God had another word for me. I’m definitely not putting being intentional in a box and forgetting about it. It’s a word that is fully a part of me now.  It consumes me and will continue to be a word I focus on. But, I also know that having another word to focus on will bring new challenges to me and will help me grow in new ways.
For 2015 my word is…flourish.
I’m hoping to flourish because…
I’m sensing God bringing about some new exciting opportunities for me. It’s going to cause me to step out of my comfort zone, be brave and trust Him.  I want to follow Him and flourish!
I want to be observant of where I need to grow and change so that I can thrive and flourish into the person God wants me to be.
I want to thrive as a wife and a mother.  I want to see my husband and children through God’s eyes, so that I can meet their needs and help them to flourish.  I want to help develop and celebrate each one of their unique giftedness.

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