My word for the year was "Purposefully".
"having a purpose, determined, resolute, full of meaning, significant"As I thought about and prayed about how to apply this in my year and towards my life, I really felt like I had to list different areas in my life and list specific ways I could make them more filled with meaning, a more determined plan towards improving or growing within each area, rather than the general drifting my life seems to have taken in the last couple of years. I began with these areas and I'm sure they will be added to as the year goes on.
-as a wife
-as a mother
-as a daughter
-as a sister
-as a friend
-as a servant
-as a child of God
-as a child care provider
-as a learner
So far the areas I've got certain goals in place are:
-As a child of God
-to know Jesus more
-read one chapter per day starting with John
-record thoughts and impressions as I read
-regular prayer times
-to be obedient to what He asks in His word as revealed to me
-to love others better as each opportunity rises
-participate in the church 3 day fast
-As a wife
-practice a more gentle voice
-read a couple of Godly marriage themed teaching books
-As a child care provider
-refresh my litany of crafts
-revamp my craft room
-As a learner
-learn to use my big girl camera out of the automatic mode
That was my start so far. A lot of it is the breaking of bad habits I've allowed to slip in and making new ones to replace them. The fasting dates have come and gone at church. I participated and failed and started again. Ye old flesh screams out at the thought of no food. Reading a chapter a day of the Bible is going in jumps and stalls but I'm determined to make it a habit. I'm 3/4 of the way through the first marriage themed book which also helps with another goal and that is my prayer goal. It's a book by Stormie Omaritan on praying for your marriage. Lots of good, good stuff in there. You don't have to have a marriage on the rocks to glean good things from a good book and make a good marriage better or to gain insight and encouragement to be prepared for when the trials do come. And don't let the title fool you, changing a marriage usually means changing oneself! Practicing courtesy in marriage and daily interactions I'm determined to make a habit to where I don't even have to think about it, no matter how frustrated I am. Baby steps on the way to making it happen.
So a not bad start to living a bit more, okay a lot more, purposefully this year. We'll see what February holds.