Last year, I posted about having One Word for the year. This is a word that God gives you to guide you through the year. Last year’s word for me was Understanding. It’s amazing how much God used this word to teach me so much.
I felt that I truly was taught to understand not only myself and my circumstances, but also so much about the world around me. It was a year of breaking down and building back up of self. It was a year of taking more time to listen, so that I could truly learn from and about those around me. It’s amazing how God knows exactly which word that He wants to use to mold and shape me more and more into His image.
As always, I began praying for my word for this year in November of last year. I got NOTHING for the longest time! Finally, close to the end of January, my word came to me. The word for this year is… Intention! This year, I want to be more cognitive to “live less out of habit and more out of intent”. I am focusing on all aspects of my life: spiritually, physically, relationally, and mentally.
It’s amazing how, when I first started focusing on this word, I wondered what this journey would look like. I began by getting up about an hour before the rest of my family to spend very quiet time with the Lord. I knew that this was going to be tough for me because I love morning sleep-ins! However, most days, I am able to get up, start the coffee, and study His word. I now love this time because my house and my community is quiet so I can’t be easily distracted and am able to focus.
In order to be more intentional in this area, I finally submitted to something that God has been pushing me to do…the women’s bible study. I cannot wait to share more about what God is doing with this small group of women in my community (but that is another blog post). I am truly in complete admiration of the Lord right now!
Last year, I packed on an extra 10 pounds to the already too many extra ones that I have have been carrying around! My goal is to get moving every day in some form or fashion. I haven’t been completely successful in this so far, but I am going by the 12 step rule…progress, not perfection. Although my daughters now do online schooling, I still teach them Bible and PE, so I have built-in workout partners that have to do what I tell them to do. Score! In all seriousness, we have really enjoyed working out together, and learning new exercises.
I also want to be more intentional about what I put in my body, as well as what I serve my family. Thanks to Pinterest, I am able to find healthy, yummy recipes that my family likes.
As I get older, I realize that I am becoming more and more of an introvert. It’s not that I don’t like people and crowds. I actually love them. It’s just that I need to be alone to recharge afterwards. I have to be conscious to keep a balance between the two.
This year, I want to intentionally invest in my relationship with my husband and children, and those in my life that love and invest in me. I want relationships that have meaning and value. I want to be intentional about loving others.
As I mentioned, last year was a huge time of understanding truths in my life. Many of these lessons were hard to learn but the growth made it all worth it. I feel like a flower garden that had many weeds interwoven throughout it. God came along and ripped out weeds that were preventing growth and were slowly killing anything from blooming. For a long time, it looked bear. Finally, the flowers are beginning to bloom in so many different and vibrant colors. With that, comes peace. I am now so protective over that peace, and want to guard it with all that I have. I know the things in my life that help me to stay balanced and the things that keep me sane. I want to intentionally focus on those things.
In our house, we started this “Happiness Jar” to write small things throughout the year that made us happy. I cannot wait to see what “living more intentionally” will do in all our lives. My hope is that this intentional living will fill that jar to overflowing!
What is your word for this year?