Word of the Year

Over the last several weeks, I have been asked by different friends and family what my new years resolution would be.  I didn’t want to make one, because looking back I haven’t had a great track record…

But then a friend posted about what WORD I would want to focus on in 2017.  Now, that seems more manageable, right?

No.

Because trying to pick just ONE word became overwhelming.  Of course, JESUS made sense, but that seemed too vague to me.  I needed some structure.

I thought about how I wanted to focus more on my physical, spiritual and emotional health, so HEALTHY would be a good word.

I thought about how much time I want to spend with my family this year, so FAMILY would be a good word.

I thought about how hard I’ve worked on building a business the last few years, so GROWTH would be a good word.

I thought about how much stress I’ve allowed myself to be under because I wasn’t living up to my own expectations, so TRUST would be a good word.

I thought about how tired I always am from trying to do EVERYTHING, so REST would be a good word.

But, I didn’t want to limit my year to just one.

As I thought about each of these I realized in order to make any of them happen, PRAYER needed to be my focus.

PRAYER.

I need to pray each time I wanted to eat a large bowl of pasta (everyday!).

I need to pray each time I wanted to play on Facebook instead of read my Bible.

I need to pray each time I want to worry about something that is in God’s control, not mine.

I need to pray for better time management so I can spend more time with family and less working.

I need to pray for God’s plan to continue to move forward with the business, not what I think should happen.

I need to pray for strength to do only what I can do and let God do the rest.

I need to pray for peace and ease of rest at night, instead of waking up worrying about what I didn’t get done the day before.

PRAYER.

That’s my word for 2017.

And, if you are still struggling for what to focus on in the new year, I would love to share my word with you!

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