I promised myself that I would not make a list of resolutions for 2014. Each year I do it. Each year I’m disappointed in myself by mid or late January. This year I have been thinking about 2014 from a more global perspective. What is the “big picture” for my year? What do I want my year to look like?
I’ve been trying to come up with My One Word for the year, based on the book My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen.
Last night, as we prayed for our kids and the struggles they are having, one word fell off my tongue more times than I can count. It was the over-arching theme of my cries to Jesus. When we finished praying I knew My One Word for 2014.
I’m excited to pray and explore and write about God’s protection over my family. The enemy has such a strong hold on today’s youth and marriages and families. My cry to God is for protection of our youth – our three teenagers in particular, as well as our family and our marriage. My cries are also for protection over the health of those I love. I realized that the things that have been waking me in the night and bringing me to my knees in the morning all involve a prayer of protection.
This afternoon I’ve also been thinking about the coming year is terms of it being a empty book… waiting to be filled. I sat down to pray and asked God to fill my book with stories of…
And I began to pray a list of words.
Being that I’m now 50, I knew I’d better write these words down or I’d be in trouble. By the time I finished heating my tea in the kitchen, the words would be gone… out of my memory! I might even have forgotten that I was praying prior to the trip to the kitchen!
So, I leave you with my list of words… and the amazingly beautiful sunset on this 2nd day of January, 2014.
What are your words for you this coming year? What words describe the kind of year you are longing for? Don’t be afraid to write them down and see what God is going to do! Your book is empty now and you have all year to fill it!