One Word For 2014

Out of a quiet, soft sleep I can hear small whimpers coming from the next room. Soon that quiet whimper works it’s way into a full on wail.

I kick my feet, wrestling my way out of my warm bed to feel the cool air wrap itself around my arms. It jerks me. And I chase the sound.

The wailing subsides as a set of small, wondrous eyes lock onto me, her mother. And I see a smile.

I take her in my arms to nurse her.

Several minutes later, I watch as she lies waywardly across my lap. Her small but strong body was limp from the overwhelming state of contentment.

Not a care in the world.

Seeing my daughter content in the quietness of slumber always gives me joy. But at times, it gives way to this uneasiness at the core of me. I worry about whether I can truly do a good job being a full-time mother and CEO of my household. And I worry about whether I can make the most of this time away from the traditional workforce.

Will I make the right decisions?

I know the answer to that question won’t be an emphatic yes. But I think I can boost the percentage if I change my perspective and focus on behaving intentionally.

That is why my one word for 2014 is purpose.


According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, purpose can be defined this way:

1pur·pose noun \ˈpər-pəs\

a :  intention
b :  resolution, determination

I believe that, as President John F. Kennedy once said, “efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

I believe that being determined and acting intentionally will make me more effective in helping my daughter develop and shaping her world into something positive. I can also help make sure the world we call home remains financially stable and spiritually grounded.

So this year, I want my family and my Heavenly Father to be the compass in all of my decision-making. When I serve. When I spend. When I write. When I speak. And when I consider my next career opportunity.

I want to be mindful of the people around me, and a good steward of the things I have.

And above all, I want to enjoy life and enjoy it more fully.

“The best way to insure you achieve the greatest satisfaction out of life is to behave intentionally.”
-Deborah Day, author of Be Happy Now

What is your One Word for 2014? If you don’t have one, what would it be?


Sunday Song: Called To Carry

I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary, with a babe inside
And I wonder what I’ve done
Holy Father, you have come
And chosen me now
To carry your son

I am waiting in a silent prayer
I am frightened by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone,
Must I walk this path alone?
Be with me now
Be with me now

(From “Breath of Heaven” as sung by Amy Grant)

In the week leading up to Christmas, I am thinking about what happens when God chooses you to do something great. I believe we all have a purpose, and are called to do something even though we may not know what it is or why

Mary was called to be Jesus’ mother. She was a young virgin…someone who appeared to be an unlikely candidate for such a calling.

But at the same time, she was the perfect candidate.

God saw in her what those around her could not see. They could only see an unmarried woman. But He saw beyond that. He saw potential.

Looking at Mary’s story reminds me that God sees the potential in all of us.

I’m so thankful for that because, Lord knows, we don’t always see the best in ourselves.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
– Proverbs 19:21

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
– Psalm 46:10 (NIV)


Linking to “Sunday” at Jumping Tandem and “In Search of Beauty” at Pause on the Path

What I Learned On Vacation

You never think you’re going to take a vacation and actually learn something. But you can, if you’re open to it.

For months, my hubby tried to plan a nice beach vacation for us, but it didn’t work. We ended up going to Atlanta instead, and it was the best decision we ever made. We got the chance to see the city in a way we’d never seen it, and reconnect with friends.

The first stop was the Georgia Aquarium, where we truly saw the greatness of God. We got to examine creation on a whole new level. It was amazing! We honestly became like children, noticing how unique each creature was.

Then several times throughout our visit, we marveled at the beauty of the architecture and the engineering behind it. We couldn’t help but realize that people were created with such intelligence! (It’s up to the person whether they act on that intelligence)

Through all this, I learned that all creatures were excellently made with specific functions that allow them to live in their environment. We all have our purpose and a place in this great, big biosphere. And people have gifts that allow them to tap into their purpose.

I know people who are great writers, great reporters, great leaders, great counselors, and great performers. And no one can do what they do quite like they do it.

One of my hubby’s college friends is a great producer. And that’s just one of his many gifts. He knows how to facilitate a vision, and will do whatever it takes to see it through.

We didn’t know it when we arrived in Atlanta, but he had created an itinerary for our trip with the hopes of opening our eyes to the possibilities of a life filled with vision and an increased passion for our purpose.

And it worked. We could see the excellence of God in every moment. And were renewed because of it.

Now isn’t that what a vacation is supposed to be about? A true renewal of the mind, body, and spirit?

When was your last great vacation?