I’m not big on resolutions.
Actually, I stink at them.
I realized this a few years ago when my big resolution was to [air quotes] get into shape. I rushed out and bought one of those exercise bike machines.
For 11.5 months, it held clothes that needed to be hung up. Oh, I had good intentions, you know, until I broke a sweat. Plus, it’s really hard to hold a sweet tea and ride a stationary bike.
I’m a simple girl.
That’s why I’m choosing one word for the New Year. Just one.
Last year’s was courage. We needed a boatload of it. The year before? Mercy.
Today, I want to challenge you to think about the New Year–not in an overwhelmed OHMYGOODNESS I have so much to do/be, but in a one word way.
I called my hubby and told him I had a word for the New Year. He said, “Let me guess. Because I have one too. I hope they are the same.”
We both said the word at the same time:
2012 will be a year of faith for our little family. I hope I can share more details as they unfold (still waiting on faith-in-action to kick in), but without a doubt, we need a big dose of it.
Five Tips to Help You Decide your One Word for the New Year:
- Find a quiet moment and think about the one thing you need/want/desire/dream of is. Is it freedom? Peace. Love. Courage. Grace.
- Don’t be negative. It’s easy to focus on what we aren’t or don’t have. Choose a word that inspires you.
- Create a list of words that stir you and write why they do so next to them.
- Pray. Ask God what He wants your focus to be for 2012.
- Share your word. Announce it; ask for prayer and support in achieving it and believing for it.
My front door: I used scraps of burlap with a cardboard backing hot glued into place. Leftover felt cut into numbers, coupled with after-Christmas snowflake and icicle ornaments give it a fun appeal for the New Year. It’s simply hung with a silver pipe cleaner. It was easy and inexpensive and it inspires me!