Two years ago I read about having a word a year as a focus for personal development. I liked the idea and decided to begin praying about my word.
My first word was encouragement. That year I learned that I need to be more encouraging to the people in my life, and that I need to seek more encouragement in my life. I have found most of my own encouragement comes from reading and studying God’s word. And sometimes God sends people with encouraging words. We all need encouragement throughout our lives.
I started out last year with the word change. Little did I know where that was leading me. Last year involved quite a bit of change for me – God was working on stretching my comfort zone. It started with being led to begin this blog. It took a lot of courage to begin writing and posting it where other people could read my thoughts – sometimes even people I don’t know. Way outside my comfort zone!
Then, through a series of events, I felt led to begin a Bible study in my home. I had taught children both in school and church; however, I had never taught adults. Talk about being outside my comfort zone!!
This stretching carried over into physical activities also. Over the summer I began learning how to use a wide variety of power tools as my nephew and I tore down and rebuilt the deteriorated privacy fence around my yard. I am becoming very proficient at using a chain saw, a circular saw, a nail gun, and various air compressor-powered tools. I learned how to build and hang a large double gate to add access through the completed fence.
In the late summer months I became involved in beginning a ladies prayer ministry at my church, where I am being stretched by praying out-loud! You know where other people can hear me!! Old dogs really can learn new tricks.
At times I feel so unqualified for many of the things I am doing, but I just remind myself of a saying I heard long ago: God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.
I am not sure what all He has in mind for me, but I know that whatever it is He will continue to teach me things I will need for His future purposes, as long as I keep saying yes to His call.
Which leads to my word for this year – intentional. This year I am being as intentional as I can be in learning more about God’s character and following His lead in His work in my little sphere of influence. I want my life to be under God’s guidance and following His direction.
I am intentionally studying His word and His character as shown in the Bible. I am intentionally developing my prayer life and seeking the Holy Spirit’s leading when I pray. I am intentionally working with other ladies to develop a mentoring program for young women in our church following Titus 2:3-5 where we are instructed to teach younger women good Godly things.
I will continue to look for ways to be more intentional in learning how to please God as He leads me to new adventures this year.
I hope you will join me as I march forth today with intentions to …
Be a blessing,
P.S. Do you have a word for the year? If so, please share it with me in the comments section below.