I’ve been contemplating and planning my goals for the new year for several weeks now. Last year instead of an actual list of resolutions, I chose a word.
My word for 2012 was INTENTIONAL. With the intent to center my attention on homemaking. I sought out last year to be intentional in every area of my homemaking, encouraging you to do likewise. I found it very encouraging to simply work on one goal instead of one million that I’d start and never seem to finish.Choosing one word enabled me to accomplish more by working on just one goal. I loved it, and it really helped me follow through my year of being Intentional.
So as 2012 was coming to a close, I had a huge mental list of goals I wanted to accomplish for 2013 – and I just couldn’t decide on one word. After contemplating many words, I realized I had fallen into the trap of selfishness. I was so consumed with my own goals, and frivolous happiness, forgetting who holds all things.
My eyes fell upon this verse while reading in my devotions
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful. Psalm 139:1-6
- Am I spending time on God’s priorities?
- Am I living worthy of the calling I have received through JESUS?
- Is this bringing glory to Him?
The Lord always gives us everything we need for life and godliness – when we look to Him alone.So this year I’ve chosen the word FOCUS
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2