Last year, my theme was an acronym (D.I.G), and this year God gave me alliteration. I felt three words for 2017: Focus, Fun, and Faith.
As I mentioned in the last post, when I get the word for the year, I spend some time praying and journaling about what it means and how to apply it to my every day. Here is a little glimpse into my personal thoughts regarding these words, and how I hope to incorporate them into this year:
Focus- I would like to be better at putting my eyes and attention to what's in front of me. When someone interrupts me at work, I want to stop what I am doing and truly listen to them. At home, I plan to limit my phone usage and put the phone in a different room while playing with my kids. I will keep a prayer list to be more effective and intentional in my quiet time. I would like to hear from God about what specific things I need to focus on and when, and make time in my schedule for these priorities.
Fun- This year I want to laugh out loud. Deep from my belly, tears in my eyes, soul full of joy kind of laughing. Often. I would like to be more fun as a mom- both planned fun outings like the zoo and spontaneous like building forts in the living room. I want to say yes more. I don't want "no" and "not right now" to be my default answers. I aim to set aside time to intentionally encourage others through cards, coffee, and conversations. This is my year to lighten up and not take myself so seriously.
Faith- I want to believe God for both big things and little details this year. Y'all, I prayed Ephesians 3:20 last year and God showed up and showed off. Like over the top. This year is more of a James 2 focus for me. I want my actions to reflect my faith. I am planning to take the risks and step out when God calls me, trusting that His word will not fail and that His promises are backed by the honor of his name.
2017 is my year to work diligently, play well, and believe big.
Your turn: Do you have a word or phrase for the year, and if so, what is it?