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Picking words for your year is something that I would’ve thought is unnecessary a few years ago, but last year my mom and I did this and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. It was special for my mom and I to have this accountability with each other and ended up being a great tool for encouragement.
My word for 2017 was Enrich. At the end of 2016 I felt like I was finally in a place of steadiness – we made it through our first year of being married, living together, having real jobs, and living in a new city. Our first adjustment phase was over and I felt God telling me that I was ready to handle more; that I was ready for growth. So I chose the word enrich because I literally prayed for God to enrich every area of my life – my relationship with Him, my relationship with others and community, with Ryan, and with my passions and gifts. It was time to get to work.
What God did with that little prayer in 2016 would be such a game changer for 2017. God answered that prayer AND THEN SOME. We joined our church home in January, I started this blog in February, we found our community a few months later and life took off from there. Never has my faith been more challenged and ENRICHED than it was in 2017.
Words are amazing. Prayer over words is powerful. It was so freeing to look back on my word and ask, “Does this enrich my life?” and make decisions from that. So if you’re feeling like any part of you wants to pick a word or a theme for 2018 then GO FOR IT.
Step into your year with intention.
After some reflection over 2017 and the enrichment it brought, my word for 2018 was clear:
:resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
God worked wonders last year. He gave us incredible community, He combined my gifts + and passion and helped one of my dreams come true in this blog, and He showed me the sweetest grace all throughout a year where I struggled to believe He was faithful. I wrestled with God’s promises and scripture and God met me with peace over and over again.
God has made my gifts clear – they might change a bit in the future, but right now I know what I need to be using. I know what my passions are – He’s molding some new ones in me right now that give me goosebumps, but right now I know what I should be pursuing. God has shown me through prayer, His word, and the devoted people in my life that He is INDEED faithful and will never stop being faithful.
I know these truths, I know my purpose, and I have the tools to live all of this out in 2018. So my word and my prayer for 2018 is that I may be steadfast with my faith – daily and diligently. May I be steadfast in my marriage – loving, serving, and enabling Ryan. May I be steadfast in my community + with my people. May I be steadfast with this blog where I’m able to use my gifts and combine them with my passion to encourage and enable women to pursue a life pleasing and wholly devoted to the Lord.
Most importantly, may I know that God is steadfast – that He is ever faithful, ever loving, and ever my Abba Father.
I’m praying that you, too, will strive to walk through 2018 with intention – whatever your word or focus may be.
Praying for you always!