Faith, One word

My One Word – 2017 – Intentional

HELLO 2017.  Thank You Lord that 2016 was such a great year, and we are expecting an even better one this year with new grand babies on the way and my husband retiring.

What is one word?  It’s one word for the year instead of a resolution.  I used to start the new year with a resolution and well, you know, by February I had failed.  Several years ago I started choosing one word, and it’s worked well for me.  In 2016 my word was “Savor“, in 2015 it was “Focus“, 2014 was “Simplify” and my first one word in 2013 was “Less“.

My one word did not come easy this year.  I’ve prayed about this word.  As I reflected back over 2016 and saw all I have accomplished, and all I didn’t accomplish, my mind kept jumping from the word joy, organization and intentional.  I’ve finally decided on intentional and believe that will encompass organization, and how can I not be joyous as things get more organized in my life and my home.

Some of the synonyms for intentional include deliberate, calculated, planned, and purposeful.

I can get bogged down looking around at all that needs to be done.  Ugh!  It’s so hard to get rid of “stuff”, memories, things my parents gave us – so many treasures with so many happy moments.

I want to be intentional each day.  Honestly some days I am NOT.  Satan desires to distract us from our plans and goals.  Intentional living is an act of worship to Him each day and not getting sidetracked.  It is going to take some big discipline on my part.

Oh Come Let Us ADORE Him as we live intentionally.

My verse for 2017 is:

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance_ for ye serve the Lord Christ.-2.png

I want to take charge of my life  to be intentional in:

  • FAMILY – Not being so tired that I can’t enjoy my family and so that I can make memories.  Being present and not absent in social media or any worries that might be bothering me.   Not looking at a phone if it pings when I am out with family.   “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  Ephesians 6:4 (KJV)
  • FRIENDS – I want to be more involved with friends, and I find it so hard to meet them for lunch like I did when I first retired.  I’ve committed to be more involved with them through a simple phone call, private messages on Facebook, and emails or maybe even a snail mail.  “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”  Proverbs 17:17 (KJV)
  • BIBLE STUDY “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10 (KJV).  I do well with my Bible study, but I could do so much more than I do.  I would really like to go through the Read Thru The Word Study this year with Wendy Pope, but not sure I can do it with our new study coming up with Proverbs 31 by Lysa TerKeurst called Finding I Am and our Bible study coming up at church called  1 Peter – A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilken.  It will require a lot more intentional planning on my part to stick with three studies every single day.  I don’t want it to be interrupted by the craziness that sometimes comes through life. In Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (KJV) it says, And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”  I want His words to be in my heart.  I want them to be in my children’s and my grandchildren’s hearts, but it has to start with me first.
  • PRAYER – I need to spend so much more time in prayer.  I need to pause every single day before I got into my Team page in our studies and pray for the girls and their groups.  I need to spend more time in prayer for our family, friends and our nation and leaders.   “Pray without ceasing.”  1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)  I’ve been persistent in praying over a few things in our life with our children.   Luke 18:1-8 reminds us that the  persistent widow did not give up going to the judge until she received an answer.  If you’ve been praying for a long time stay persistent, be intentional, keep knocking on that door.
  • HOME ORGANIZATION – I plan to be more intentional in donating and throwing away things I don’t use.  I’ve done a little thru the holidays and hope to keep it up.  “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”  Colossians 3:23 (KJV) 
  • CLEANING– We have three new grand babies on the way  (yes 3) and due the first quarter of 2017.  I am trying to clean and organize and get ready for them because I don’t think I’ll get a whole lot of cleaning done the second quarter of 2017.  “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”  Proverbs 10:4 (KJV)  “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”    Proverbs 13:4 (KJV)
  • HEALTH –  Who doesn’t want to live longer?   Drinking lots of water, eating healthy and exercising. Developing healthy habits. Meal planning.  Eating more fruits and veggies.  “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”    1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
  • BLOGGING – I certainly want to be more intentional about blogging.  I got so carried away with statistics and participating in 31 day writes and not focusing on what my original intention was and that was to show others Jesus and leave a legacy.  I’ve slowed downed.  My posts are few and far between, and I have stopped stressing about being involved in blog parties every single day.  It took so much time and it was all about numbers.  I did not even write a Christmas post.  I want to make my posts matter and make them count so others will want to read them.  “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:”  Proverbs 3:3 (KJV)
  • SOCIAL MEDIA – Effectively living my days.  I think we can all get wrapped up in social media.  I get on to check with the ladies in my Bible study and then I’m jumping from here to there and before I know it I’ve been there for hours.  I’ve gotten better the last few months, but I’ve got so much improvement to make. Glorifying God when I am on social media.  I have commitments not to tear down but to build up.  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”  Psalm 19:14 (KJV)
  • TEACHING – After I retired I wanted to be a light in my community in the school system.  I want to watch for intentional teaching moments.  I substitute teach and I do get lots of moments to make a difference.  I’m praying this year that God will direct me and lead me to see those moments and to know how to make them matter.  “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
    Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”  Psalm 32:8 (KJV)

I want to be more intentional.  I want to do what is important for me even when I don’t feel like it or want to.  I want to be productive – not just being busy.

What I do matters.  What I do is important.  It’s what I do in those 86,400 seconds, 1440 minutes, 24 hours in the day, 365 days a year that matters in the Kingdom.

“If you want to be significant and live a life that matters , you must add value to others….People of intentional significance make it their everyday goal to add value to people using their best gifts, skills, and resources.”  John Maxwell

I found a beautiful workbook for coming up with your one word here.

Graphic:  One Word Image from  Canva

Tractor Photo : Personal Picture of Hubby on Tractor

Blessings, Encouragement, Inspiration, One word

My One Word – 2013

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He must increase, but I must decrease.  John 3:30 (KJV)

Do you have “one word” for 2013?  Mine is LESS – less of me, MORE of Him!  Does that verse speak to you like it does me?

It is sort of like a New Year’s resolution, and my first time to do it, but it is so much more.  For me,  it is working well in all areas of my life this year.  With resolutions in years past they lasted maybe a month.  I am finding it is working in all areas of my life – my spiritual life, leadership, organization, cleanliness, exercise and health and so on.  Guess what – I already have a new word picked for 2014.

Last year I was led to Melissa.Taylor.Org.  One of the topics for several weeks has been blessings and I have been writing about my blessings but deviating a bit because the other topics have been awesome these past few weeks.  Today I wanted to look back and write about at least this blessing.

I am blessed that through this study I heard about the “one word” concept and there is even a book, and no I have not had the time to read it.  It is on my to-do list.  I have looked at it when I am in the book store.

So how have I been blessed by my one word this year:

1.  As a leader in a Facebook Bible study group, I have learned to stop and pray for guidance before posting to my group.  I can not live nor serve the way I should without His perfect leadership and guidance.  More of Him each morning, less of me.  It is not about me,  it is about doing for others which is in turn for Him!  I pray that the light of the Lord would shine through me and people would see Him and not me.  I do not want to get wrapped up  in doing great things for Jesus, and feel any pride welling up inside me but rather humbly serve and honor Him.

2.  As a leader in our group of many leaders sometimes it can be hard not to compare myself to other leaders – some have been a leader longer than me, some are authors, some are more creative, some can vocalize so well,  and yes the list goes on.    But you know what God did not call me into this leadership to be like anyone else on the team.  He did not call me to be better.  He called me to be the “me” that He created “me” to be, and let Him work through me.  He only wants a willing servant, and He will do the rest.

2.  For my health I have tried many times to lose weight only to gain it again.  I have found this year I am making healthier choices in snacks and meals.  I have even started making shakes with kale leaves and I love them.  More of Him when I am planning meals, less of me.  I am learning to crave Him and not food, and learning I need to be fit for Him – not me.  I know now it does not matter what others think about my weight, it does not matter what I think – what matters is I am a child of the King and I need to be making wise healthy choices with my food and exercisedaily as a reflection of Him in me.

3.  As a wife and mother I want to be all I can be.  When it talks about the Proverbs 31 Lady in the Bible – yes that is who I want to be.  I am not there yet, but I am working on it and God will not let me rest until I become the Godly wife and mother He desires me to be.

So how about you – do you have one word this year?  If so, please share.  If not, I pray you do next year.