I took my Mom’s advice (always a good idea, right?) and asked myself two questions:
- What do I wish I had done more of in 2018?
- What do I wish I had done less of in 2018?
Working through the answers to those questions, along with reviewing last year’s goals, led me to the word I’m choosing for 2019.
I’m thinking of two different ways that word can be applied in my life. First of all, I want to remind myself every day to communicate with my husband. We talk and text all the time, but this year I want to be very careful to communicate love, faithfulness, appreciation, respect, friendship and closeness with Paul. This might require specific words, specific actions or a specific heart attitude.
The second application of communicate comes from the passage of Scripture that had the most impact on me through last year’s Bible reading: 1 Peter 3. I want to communicate a gentle and quiet spirit, one that hopes in God and is quick to share that hope with others. This applies to every situation in my life – marriage, family, work and everything in between.
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves…”
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…”
I am thankful for the grace and growth that God brought to my life in the last two years, and I’m excited to see how He works through my focus for 2019. It usually turns out a lot different than I think it will. 🙂
Have you chosen a word for 2019? If so, I would love to hear what it is and why you chose it!