Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Each year I choose a word to lead me through the year.  I have been doing this for several years and it has really helped me to focus and achieve my goals.  The first year I chose the word "create".  My daughter had begun kindergarten and I found myself looking for things to do to fill my time.  When I found myself sitting and doing nothing, I prayed with focus on my word and the Lord provided me with projects to fill my time.

The second year I chose the word "rhythm".  I had a newborn baby and I was trying to juggle taking care of three children and running a household.  I found it easier to do when I settled into a rhythm.  I worked hard to plan my days so they had very few surprises.  I planned when and what we would eat.  Bedtimes were [usually] regular and our days were spent cuddling a new baby, reading books and playing outside.  There were still plenty of unpredictable days and when those days happened, I prayed for rhythm and the Lord would guide me.

Last year, I chose the word "intention".  My goal was to become an intentional mother.  A mother that focused on what she wanted to provide for her family.  A mother that lived every moment of her life as though it were her last.  It was a difficult road and I can honestly say that I disappointed myself more than I wanted to, but I did learn a few lessons along the way.  I learned that every moment  spent with my family is a moment that can be treasured- if I am all there.  If my phone is on silent, my laptop is closed and I am looking into the eyes of my husband and children when I talk to them and with them, then my moments will be full of intention.

This year I prayed to God to give me a word that would lead my steps through a life-changing year.  I prayed "Anything, Lord".  I want to do anything.  Go anywhere.  I want to be of total service to you.

He gave me the word "open".  Open the door.  Open my heart, my mind, my hand to the blessing.  Open my eyes and ears to see and hear where I may be needed.  My life is completely open to you, Lord and I am ready to do whatever you need me to do.

Do you choose a word to guide you through each year?  What is your word this year?