Sunday, January 1, 2012

:: Goals, Resolutions, and One Words...Oh, My! ::

I'm a list maker.
I'm a planner.
I'm a goal-making, resolution-announcing, hop-on-the-wagon kind of girl.
Over the past few weeks, I've discovered  I'm not alone.  There are more of you out there and I've hungrily devoured your goal printables, your unique twists on resolutions, your "one words," your beautiful, shiny "New Year Do-Over" buttons.

I love those's that one that says, "Now that I've got a new ____________ (year, week, job, hair-do), I can finally do better with my ___________ (quiet time, diet, cleaning schedule, lesson plans, blogging).  We wait for perfect...
I'm incredibly gifted at waiting for perfect...and while I wait...
My life happens around me and without me.

I wanted to write a perfect post for the 1st of the year with a spiffy, organized break-down of my goals, dreams, and plans for 2012.  And that "one word" phenomenon - this is my first year to encounter that one!  I have been praying and planning for weeks for my "one word."  I scoured the English language to land on one combination of letters that encapsulates this portion of my Journey and where I feel God is leading.

I made four lists of words to pick from here, people.  FOUR!
I made a list from my favorite words.
I made a list from music that I've written.
I made a list from verses I want to memorize.
I made a list from things I want to change in my life.

And then God proved that yet again...His thoughts are higher than mine. 
The word He gave me for this season...yeah, not on any of those lists, friends.

His word for me...Redeem.
For me the significance of those six letters is two-fold and simple.
First, it is a reminder of who I am...a redeemed one.

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect."  1 Peter 1:18-19

Secondly, it is a call to redeem the time He has given me.

"Look carefully how you walk, not as fools but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15-16

And that is where I'm going to leave it.  No big plans for how this is going to revolutionize my life...I'm not even going to box God into my constraints of time and say this is my word for the year, or a month.  I'm going to come at this whole thing with open hands and see how He blesses me for relinquishing control to Him.

Do you have a set of goals you're working towards?  Has God impressed a word or phrase upon your heart that you need to meditate on this season?  I'd love to hear about it!


  1. Beautiful. My word is intentional. I wrote about it here -
    I love your choice of redeem - especially when you talk about redeeming the time He has given you. So powerful. Good luck with your journey this year. Blessings. And BTW- I'm a huge list maker too.

  2. Alle, I love your word. Yes, this one -word thing has become such a phenomenon this year. Last year I did it because the year prior had been so hard for me, and I needed to focus on something. And it worked so great for me that I decided to do it again this year to keep me focused.

  3. I love this! And I love that He took over! He did that to me in November. Because ... I had to have it all figured and wrapped up early, I guess...
    Ha. :)

  4. Thank you, Betsy! Hope you're having a great start to your new year!

  5. It really is a great tool! I'm thankful to my online friends for introducing me to it! What is your word, Maria?

  6. Ha! I know what you mean - I was upset that I hadn't settled on anything before the new year. But His timing was perfect. Blessings, sweet friend.

  7. Jenny, thank you for stopping by...I hopped over to your blog and was blown away by your story for choosing your word this year. I commented with my thoughts over there, so I won't do double-duty here! Blessings!

  8. It is intentional...but today God has been putting in my heart and showing for the past few days that I need to add to that the following words: "Be intentional... it's overwhelming but there's still work that needs to be done". So it has become more if a phrase than a word.

  9. Mmm...I appreciate the fact that you're not boxing Him in with just "one word." Allowing Him to speak into that place in your heart will surely reap blessings! Praying your intentional year is full of His grace.

  10. That's a fantastic word...and a fantastic goal too! :)

  11. Oh, HERE you are! I've been looking for you! :) I just want to say first that I miss you so much it's unbelievable. I've wanted to call you but realize we'd probably stay on the phone WAY longer than we need to (shades of "WHAT are y'all talking about at 2:30 in the morning?" :D). I may just call you one day anyway. :)

    Second, I didn't think I was going to have a word for 2012, but one hit me in the head the other day. Trust. Man, I do NOT like that word. Just sayin'. :)

  12. Thanks, Jessica! I've always loved the word, "redeem" - perhaps a song will be born from this journey! Blessings, my egg-layin' friend! :)

  13. Awesome word! God will show you how it will revolutionize your life. Seek Him in your journey.

  14. Yes, HERE I am! I thought I told you I was moving...oops! And yes, I miss you insanely, too! Call me or we can Skype? I'm up for anything - if we put it on the calendar as a "date" we might be able to justify how long we chat! :)

    And oh.boy. That's a big word...always scary when you can tell He is gonna send things your way to help you practice...praying for you!

  15. Thanks for the encouragement, Katie! I'm hoping for a revolution!

  16. I'm so guilty of waiting for perfect....the perfect time, the perfect circumstances, the perfect people..never gonna happen! Thanks for the inspiration and kick in the pants to get a move on, NOW! :0)