I’ve never been a New Year’s Resolutions kind of person. I tried calling them goals one year; I set 3 goals, accomplished 1, and threw the paper away sometime around June. 😉 As I was thinking about the coming year, one that will be filled with new adventures and excitement, I came across an idea that I like much better than resolutions: a focus word of the year. After talking to my husband and praying over it, we chose a word for 2017: intentional. Let me tell you a little bit about why we chose this word, how we’ll live it out, and how you can join us in living intentional in 2017!
A focus word of the year may sound like a big deal or a complicated process, but it’s exactly what it sounds like: one word that you will focus on for the entire year. For some, they’ve chosen the word content. They will focus on being content in every area of their lives, including their marriage, their faith, their kids, and their possessions. For others, they’ve chosen the word joy. Maybe that’s something they’ve struggled with in the past, and they are determined this year to focus on joy of the Lord in their lives. For us, it’s intentional, a word that means done on purpose or deliberately. We are choosing to be purposeful, deliberate, and intentional with our choices, our time, and the way we approach our lives.
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Why We Chose Intentional
God is constantly growing us and moving in our lives, and there are many words that we could have chosen to focus on in 2017. So why did we choose intentional? It’s simple; it’s the one that God confirmed through prayer. Intentional was the word placed upon my heart, and after both Caleb and I prayed about it, it was the word that we felt was right for us. In 2017, we will celebrate one year of marriage, we will welcome our first child into the world, and we will experience a whole new set of adventures. Though my heart is excited for what is to come, there is also a fair amount of uncertainty. It’s easy to lean into that uncertainty, to rely on that fear, to settle into the complacency of anxiety. But I don’t want to do that. I want to be intentional with my heart, lean into God, rely on Him, and settle into the peace of His heart. We chose intentional because it is God’s heart for us this year.I want to be intentional with my heart, lean into God, and settle into the peace of His heart. Click To Tweet
How We Will Be Intentional
As I said earlier, I’m not a resolutions kind of person. We don’t have a list of specific ways we will be intentional this year, but we have discussed areas of our lives in which being intentional is important. We want to be intentional in our marriage, in our parenting, in our time, in our relationships, and in the choices that we make. In our marriage, we want to be intentional with how we treat each other and how we are growing together towards God. In our parenting, we want to be intentional with the choices that we make for our little girl and with our attitudes towards this new adventure. When it comes to our time, we want to be intentional with giving God time to speak and not getting stuck in the rut of Netflix and naps. In our relationships, we want to be intentional in welcoming people into our lives and our home and in building lasting, Kingdom-centered relationships. In all of our choices, we want to be intentional with glorifying God, prioritizing our Lord and our family above all else.
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How YOU Can Live Intentional
So what can living intentional in 2017 look like for you? Maybe you struggle with keeping your finances under control; living intentional in that area might look something like using an envelope system, keeping a stricter budget, or going on a spending freeze. Or perhaps you have found yourself being complacent in your marriage or in your parenting; living intentional for you might involve setting aside a date night each month, planning more activities with your kids, or starting a family devotional. I love the word intentional because it can be applied to every single area in your life, and it’s going to look different for each and every one of us. But one thing is certain: when we choose to live intentional and focus on being purposeful, God will bless us. After all, He Himself is an intentional God. “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace.” -2 Timothy 1:9Click To Tweet
Now it’s your turn. Do you have a focus word of the year for 2017? How can you live more intentional this year?