I am not a person who does New Year's resolutions in general. The start of this year was a whirlwind of random God encounters. I had no idea of the journey the year had in store for me yet. I had come into contact with the Hello Mornings community (read more on that here). I then came across the My One Word movement around the time that I had been feeling prompted to develop more focus for what I wanted out of this year. I chose the word "Intentional" for 2014. I felt I needed more though. I needed to figure out what my priorities were. I needed to articulate what being intentional would look like for me. I needed a way to keep these life areas at the forefront of my mind. That is when I saw this video:
I sat and wrote a list of what I wanted to be intentional with for the year. Not a particularly easy task! I felt that I was just emerging from the haze of taking care of a high needs baby, which had swallowed my life and focus (hmmm, I may need a post just on this sometime!). My life was not what I had imagined it would be, I had to figure out what my new normal was and it certainly was not all that I wanted it to look like.
This is what I created:
- More time alone with God
- Memorise Scriptures
- Connect with friends
- Play more
- Sit less
- Clean, organised house
- Rewarding rest
This sits in my lounge reminding me each day. I would love to say that by now, in October, I am completely on track with each of these. Each day this week, I will write a reflection on my progress in a particular area and what I've learned from God along the way.
This could easily become an exercise in self-criticism for me. I have recently had the revelation that deep down, I believe that God is disappointed in me. I am still processing this against what His Word says but have come to realise that, as always, His ways and thoughts are higher than my own and not human in nature.
The Lord your God is in your midst;
he is a warrior who can deliver.
He takes great delight in you;
he renews you by his love;
he shouts for joy over you.
Zephaniah 3:17 (NET)
I have seen several other 31 Dayers blogging about being intentional. If that interests you, click on the button in the side bar to go check out some of the awesome blogs out there and get inspired!