Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year - One Word


A new year.

What's a task-oriented, planner-toting, stressed-out-mom-of-three, wanna-be-writer to do?

There's a part of me that longs to open a spreadsheet and plan the next twelve months.

There's another part of me that knows just how long that spreadsheet will hold up under the steady stream of daily life.

So this year, I'm trying something new.

Well, it's not new. It's new to me.

Instead of resolutions and detailed plans of attack, I've chosen one word for 2012. One word to focus on, to filter decisions through, to pray for and about.

One word.

And let's face it. For a word-loving girl like me, narrowing anything down to one word should have been challenging. But this word floated to the surface with ease.

I tried a few other words, let them bob along in my mind for a few days, but they couldn't stay afloat. So I'm stuck with this word. For 366 days.

My word for 2012?

Intentional.

My prayer for 2012? That I'll use this word to remind myself that I don't want to bob along without direction. I don't want to parent by accident. I don't want to write on whims. I don't want to worship only when the mood strikes. I don't want to be so busy ordering my day that I fail to rest in His plans for me.

Ten years from now, I want to be able to look back on this time of my life and see trips to the library, the zoo, and the children's museum, sprinkled in with Bible studies, date nights, and, dare I say it, maybe a novel—or five?

Life is short. I want to live on purpose.

Not regimented. Not legalistic. Not even with a ten-page spreadsheet. But I don't want to miss the things that matter. And it would be so easy to let that happen in the whirlwind of everyday life.

So here's to a year of intentionality. I hope you'll hop Out of the Boat and walk the waves with me.

How about you? Do you have a word for 2012? I'd love to hear about your New Year's plans and possibilities!
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7 comments:

Cathy Baker said...

The perfect post for today! I'm a fan of your word, Lynn, especially the reasoning behind it. (I look forward to reading your five novels :) My word is "believe". God has revealed certain things to me this past year that I've basically refused to receive...or believe. sigh. How I love new beginnings!

Susie said...

I toyed with "industrious" because I tend to be a little slack in a lot of areas, but this morning the word "give" struck me out of the blue, (ie.,the LOrd)Give of myself, my time, my possessions,etc.

Jamie Britt said...

Thanks for such a great post...a great reminder! We need to always be intentional!

Vonda Skelton said...

There have been years when God simply gave me a word, but this year was a verse. This year I'm to focus on seeking Him and His righteous above all else.

Thanks for sharing your insight with us! :-)

Mary said...

Well Lynn, my verb word is dance. But I love the idea one word for the year. I will think about it and let you know once I discover it.

Lynn Huggins Blackburn said...

I love all your words and verses and verbs! Thank you for sharing!!

Mary said...

Hey Lynn, my word for the year is DANCE. I need to do it for physical reasons - to be healthy. But I also need to do it spiritually - to celebrate my king and how he's working. Thanks for the challenge!