Focusing 2013

Last year, rather than an exhaustive list of resolutions or goals, I chose a one-word focus for the year—joy. I also had an accompanying passage of Scripture, Deut. 28:47-48


Not your typical verse about joy, I’ll admit. But the verses really resonated with me. I wanted to serve the Lord with gladness for the abundance of all things; and I knew that if I did not, I would serve my enemies—enemies of fear and doubt and discouragement and discontent. It was a great year filled with life-changing lessons.

This year, I wanted the same strategy, one single word to hold to all year, to focus the year and to focus my heart.


My word for this year is “intentional.” I want to be intentional with my time, my relationships, my gifts and abilities, my health, my home, and my walk with God. I want to redeem the time, to make the most of every moment. I’ll be sharing bits of that journey with you along the way, I’m sure.

What about you? What single word would you cling to for this year? Or in what other ways do you focus your year? I’d love to hear!

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