Friday, January 3, 2014

Word for the Year

I love making resolutions and goals for a new year. I have a very long list rolling in my mind as I write, things I want to change or begin or fix. But in an effort to rein it back, I'm giving one word for the year, one word that sums up my resolutions and goals: strength.

I want to focus on building my strength this year, and this applies to all areas of my life, but primarily the physical, emotional, and spiritual areas of my life.

Physical: I want to be strong! Sure, being fit and hot is a plus, too, but more than that, I want to be a strong person. I am tired of being a weakling. I am tired of being tired, for that matter. I want to significantly raise my level of fitness, and I know that unless I make it a priority with exercise and strength-training, it won't happen. This includes improving my eating, sleeping, and resting habits, as well.

Emotional: I want to be strong emotionally. That doesn't mean I want to stifle my tears and put on a happy face. It means I want to invest in areas that are healthy for me emotionally, namely relationships. It's too easy for me to let friendships go when I am overwhelmed and exhausted, and I want to change that.

Spiritual: I have grown closer to Christ in these past years, learning to lean on Him and trust Him. But my daily practices of prayer and reading the Bible have been an afterthought. I am starting the One-Year Bible again, which has been an awesome thing for me to do in the past. And I am committing to daily times of prayer.

This year has a lot of changes coming our way, and I want to rely on God to have me as prepared as I can be.

What about you? Do you have a word for the year?
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8 comments:

  1. My word for last year 2013 was SAVE. I'm still contemplating this year's.

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    1. Oh that's a good one. Robby would probably like it if I chose that ;) Did you feel like you accomplished your goal?

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  2. I never thought of just a word. I've had a verse for the year for 5-6 years now. My new one is Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Sounds like HOPE is the word, right?

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  3. Good resolutions, Can. I suppose if I had to find a word for the year (or the many years ahead of me), it'd be sacrifice.

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    1. Yours is a hard one, Kelly! But if I had chosen a word for you, it would have been that. Not so much because I feel you are selfish but because I know you desire to be sacrificial to all those around you and to Christ.

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  4. Stillness. Not, like peace and quiet (though that's in high demand these days), but stillness of mind, attention, and heart. Psalm 46
    Happy New Year to you all in the Nest!

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    1. I like that too, John. I actually feel that accompanies my word, to be strong in mind and heart, to push aside what doesn't matter and focus on what does.

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