As I thought about what my goals would be for the new year, I couldn’t begin the usual list of goals and resolutions. I really tried but nothing ever came to mind. Then I read about a blogger who chose one word to mark the new year and I loved the idea. Then a friend shared the source of this one word movement and I was inspired to join in.
The word I chose for 2014 is *connected*. It’s how I plan to live my life and will guide some of my decisions this year. In a sense this word is pretty ambitious, I cannot possibly be connected with everyone. But that’s not the point. I chose *connected* because it requires much on my part. It requires my effort and prayer to be intentionally connected to others.
After my summer of wonder, my winter was spent somewhat disconnected from the One that carried me through the roughest months of my life. I was numb to God’s presence. While I did my best to keep the reason of the holiday season in my view, I could have done more. I felt like my mind, body and soul were all on winter break together, and I just disconnected.
Maybe I needed a vacation from it all–or maybe I got lazy–or tired. Whatever the case may be I disconnected from the source of my strength for a time and I discovered that I missed God. I missed being connected to Him through scripture reading, praying and journaling. I didn’t necessarily stop doing any of those things, but I was just going through the motions.
Because I missed that connection that I had with God over the summer, I knew this year I needed to be intentional about being connected to my Creator, but there’s more to it than that. I also want to be intentional about staying connected with my husband, son and friends. This will require me to put my device down more often and be better at dividing my time. Intentionally connecting.
I also want to be better connected with you this year and make this place a space that you feel safe to engage and be encouraged. I want Gifts We Use to help you get closer to a clutter free house and life. What can I do to help you on your journey? I want to be connected with you.
As the year goes on, I will check in from time to time to let you know how my *connected* journey is going. It wouldn’t be much of a life changer if I didn’t share the road with you. I hope you’ll join me in this life changing way to begin a new year.
If you’re tired of unfulfilled lists of resolutions, try using one word to set the tone for your entire year and change your life for the better. I would love for you to come along with me. If your process is anything like mine, your word for the new year will find you.
Think and pray about who you want to be this year and what word best describes how you can get there. Maybe some of you need to work on being *gracious* to yourself and others. Maybe others need to find and nourish *hope* in their lives. Whatever it is, let that word be a gift you use to *grow* in an area that your soul needs this year.
Did your word come to you while reading this post? I’d love to know what your one word is for 2014 and would love to opportunity to pray for your journey this year. Leave a comment below with your one word and why you chose it.
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