Many of you have already posted or tweeted or social media’d (you’re welcome for THAT new word) your OneWord focus or even your list of goals for 2018. I’m late to the game. Partially because I’ve been revamping my website and partially because I didn’t have a OneWord focus until a couple of days ago.
I just didn’t ask for one. Forgot to. Then I thought, “Hmmm…He really came through on my word for 2017. Maybe I should see if He wants me to focus on anything for 2018.”
And I thought I heard the word “Simplify.”
But that couldn’t be right because I live a fairly simplified life. I mean, just this past year I purged practically everything in our house. We don’t have any collectibles; we don’t have tons of extra clothes; we don’t have stuff just lying around.
::pats self on the back::
Why would He ask me to focus on this word? Clearly I mis-heard, so I’ll just ask again.
I opened up my Instagram feed and started scrolling through it, because that’s what you do when you’re talking to God, duh. I came upon an ad for a company that makes jewelry that has your “One Word” focus engraved on it. How cute.
What’s the first necklace I see?
So I just stopped and asked, “What in the heck do You mean by simplify?! I think I’ve been doing that.”
I felt like He was saying that 2018 would be the year to pare back in every area: emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, relationally. But what does that look like?
- Being present in the small moments just as fully as the monumental ones.
- Taking time to focus on the finer points of our relationships – more face to face time, more purposed time spent together.
- Getting back to the basics spiritually – focusing on making our home a place that hosts His presence first and foremost, which in turn radiates out into our community.
- And emotionally/mentally? Well I think in this area we are just meant to do what Phillippans tells us to do . . . meditate on the positive, praiseworthy, uplifting things . . . create that space in our brains that automatically moves toward the positive instead of the negative.
OneWord 2017 – Recap
You know, He was so faithful in 2017. My word focus last year was ‘reaping.’ I had no clue what that was going to look like, but He did. Here’s what I wrote about that word focus in January of last year.
As I was thinking about this word – reaping – I had this sense that God really wanted me to reap some things in my life this year. Things that I have been either stuck in or waiting to see a resolution on. Or maybe reaping things that have been sown in years past but haven’t come to fruition yet. I felt that He was going to show up in my life and in our family in ways that we have only dreamed of and heard of in prophetic words given to us over the course of our lives. I felt that it would be a year of gaining victory (reaping) in areas I’ve been asking Papa to help me grow in. I don’t know. Just a sense. A tugging in my heart that this year was pivotal in some way for me personally and for us as a family.
And there were 2 major areas that our family had breakthroughs; where we were able to reap from years of sowing. It was incredible, really. I still find myself, during the course of a day, taking a moment to just stop and say, “Thank You for that, Papa. It was a good, good year.”
- Back in 2007, along with a lot of people in our nation, we fell on hard times with a huge thud. Debt piled up, we lost our jobs, almost lost our home and barely had money to make ends meet. God was so good to us through that time, but it has taken us YEARS to climb out of it. 2017 was a year of financial multiplication in our family, but the beauty of that multiplication was watching our money increase exponentially while the stress level normally associated with that increase, just dwindled. Basically, money was working for us instead of us working for money. We weren’t any busier. We weren’t stressed. We weren’t worried. Streams of income just increased. That allowed us to become even more generous in our giving and to start climbing out of debt. Our hopes is that this is the year we’ll buy a house. . .
- The other major miracle of reaping was with me personally. 2017 was the year I finally learned to be as kind to myself as I am to others. It was the year I learned to love me and see myself the way the Father sees me – beautifully and wonderfully made, imperfections and all. It was the year I leaned into a new level of positivity that I never knew I could step into. And from that, I’ve seen my other relationships flourish and I’ve felt a peace and a security in knowing that I am really His daughter and that I am really, really loved. It was just such a miraculous breakthrough, really. I would say it is one of the top three moments in my life.
I am excited for 2018. I have no clue what to expect, but I am excited to see what He brings. He’s never let me down and I don’t expect Him to start any time soon. 😉 Happy 2018 to you! May this be a year of surprises, unexpected harvest and a deeper revelation of the Father’s love for you! Do you have a OneWord focus this year? Leave a comment and let me know! I’d love to help cheer you on!