For the past several years, I’ve joined in with the One Word community to focus on one word for the year. It’s a little bit of a letting go of resolutions and being more intentional over a specific area. It’s giving vision in one concise little word to speak life over your year.
And each year, I come up with a list of words that challenge me, sound just lovely, and are completely worthy of my focus. Yet, it hasn’t failed that, also each year, despite all my best ideas, the Lord leads me to a word that really wasn’t on my list at all. Last year, the word was “new.” I’ll be honest that even as I wrote that post, I wasn’t sure what He was up to with that little word. I imagined it would be pretty, though, this business of being made new. But turns out it was not a pretty year. It was a hard, challenging, ugly-rising-to-the-surface kind of year for me. It was good. There was much beauty and many milestones and endless good gifts to count. I am grateful. But it was hard inside my heart. It was the start of the peeling back of the layers of the onion, I suppose. The pruning of the weeds and the thorns. And that just isn’t a pretty process. I cannot wrap it all up at the end of the year and say this messy life is tied up in bow and I’m finished. (I will not be until that day). But, it was a start.
This morning I woke with the same question I’ve been asking for the last several weeks: What word do you have for me this year, Lord?
And He answered again with one not on my pretty little list.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5
Today, I’m praying that 2014 will be a year of living life well, to the fullest, as He intended for me.
I’m praying to come alive to Christ: to more of His presence, His goodness, His rest, His Word that is in itself living and active.
Alive to all He’s created me to be.
Alive and awake to the needs of those around me, starting first right in our home, and then around me, in the people in my life, our church, our city, our world.
Living alive, living life to the full, means no holding back. No more waiting. No more what ifs. No more regret. No more half way. Alive in this day to all He’s called me to do and be. To mothering and writing and loving and encouraging and giving well in these moments, right now. To letting joy cultivate deep in my soul, where He’s planted it.
Here’s to a 2014 lived fully ALIVE.
Have you chosen a word for the year? Leave a comment and join in the journey. I would so love to hear your heart and prayer for the year ahead.
*New One Word prints will also be up in the shop this week. You can still grab the old one word prints, now, too. The new ones may look a little bit like my word up there ;) It’s a great visual to keep at the forefront and remind you all year long of your heart and focus.
Other past posts & resources for your new year:
Many blessings to you this New Year, friend!