There’s a trend among bloggers to chose a one-word theme for the upcoming year. Normally I don’t do what others do because I’m a silent non-conformist. But I’ve been thinking about this space, wondering what’s needed when you and I find our lives beyond the picket fence image.
One word comes to mind:
So here are ten reasons I’ve chosen the word Live for 2015.
1. Life can be dark, so let’s focus on life. I’ve been in a rough place this fall, working with situations full of despair and heartache. Instead of focusing on the darkness, it’s important to live well even in painful circumstances.
2. Hard circumstances aren’t for the minority, but are national and worldwide, too. I want to live intentionally to impact broken communities. Do you?
3. God wants more from Christians – not just belief in Him, but faith in what He says He’s do. I don’t want to just believe by faith, I want to live by faith! I’ve been stepping into active faith in 2014. God has taught me big lessons about who He is.
4. Life is full of blessings, new opportunities and challenges. 2014 has been quite a ride for me. God’s been expanding this ministry and bringing big events into our lives (for the kids, too). They haven’t happened by luck, but by doing the work before you. Life can just happen, or you can live in the fullness of what’s offered to you – doors to walk through, opportunities presented, risks to take.
5. I don’t want to look back or shrink from what’s ahead. I’m getting older and so are you. Does that frighten you? Are you longing for where you used to be or are you worrying about where you’ll be in a few years? I’m learning today is the only thing that’s guaranteed. So why not live today?
6. God’s word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). in 2014, I’ve been applying and praying scriptures boldly. The Holy Spirit has worked in extra-ordinary ways. God wants to do outstanding things to draw others to Him, but we’re too scared to take Him at His word. I’m learning to anticipate He will do what He says He will. And He has.
7. Life is short. So I’m going to be a little more bold, a bunch more appreciative, and a lot more intentional.
8. Life isn’t perfect, so stop waiting for it to be that way. Start living in His power no matter what life hands you. I’ve seen how fragile life is. If the picture-perfect image is your reality now – celebrate! You don’t know when you’ll be living beyond the storybook image.
9. Balance, busyness and not doing it all (the theme of my upcoming book) isn’t a special formula – it’s about creating intentional priorities, then living them. It’s that simple.
10. I need encouragement and so do you. So let’s focus on living intentionally, living your best, and living in His power, now. Will you join me?
Really, do any of these 10 reasons to live in 2015 resonate with you? I’d love to hear about it. In the mean time, as I write blogs or post guest-articles in months to come, I’ll include the hashtag #Live2015 in the post or social media link. I’d love for you to share in your social media circles.
Also, do you have a story about intentional living?
I’d love for you to share it here with us. Contact me at email@example.com and we’ll chat about posting your story of intentionally living!
Also, follow the hashtag #BalanceInBusyness for quotes and comments from my upcoming book, Magnified: Finding Balance in Busyness. Join us on the ministry’s Facebook page or on Twitter for quotes, resources, and dialogue!
So, join me in living in 2015!
Hi Brenda, this is the first year that I’ve chosen one word too, and for me it’s “Release” which connects with not doing it all, living intentionally, and some of the other themes in your blog and forthcoming book. All the best to you in this new year!
Thank you April. What a beautiful word – release. It brings freedom and joy! Thank you so much for reading and connecting with me here!
Hi Brenda, I laughed when I read that you are a silent non-conformist. 🙂 So am I. I refuse to like when i’m told to on facebook, or share etc 🙂 The reason I started going with a one word for the year is I tend to have the same new year’s resolutions EVERY year because I get nowhere!!!! So, having one thing to focus on, to grow, kind of impacted on all those resolutions in some way or another.
Mine for this year is wisdom. I need plenty! God’s word says to ask in faith so that is what my focus is this year! Seek wisdom in faith and hopefully this time next year, God willing, I will be a little wiser 🙂
So, happy new year and yes, I join you in “living” this year
Tracy, your thoughts here are such a blessing! Thank you for joining me in living each day. I love that you’ve chosen wisdom, as wisdom comes from our Father and His Spirit. I’ve been challenged recently to pray for more for everything – wisdom not just for the small things, but the big things, too. I can’t wait to hear how God has answered your wisdom prayers in 2015!