As I open up 2014 and look to the moments ahead, God led me to ONE WORD to direct my path this year. I did this last year and found it to be such a blessing. The amazing thing is that it actually reflected my year. As I begin this year with home life and blogging, I need just one thought to guide my every action and thought.
I like sitting down and making resolutions or goals for the upcoming year but I found that I often still struggled in the same areas as my expectations for myself were unrealistic and too high. Choosing just one word helps me to focus intentionally on one characteristic yet that one word can be all encompassing, touching other areas of my life.
This word just didn’t ‘come’ to me on New Year’s Eve as I closed out 2013 and opened up 2014. It kind of unfolded like the pages of a book as the days started to open on the New Year and events started to reflect how my year has begun. It is interesting how God gave me my word last year and then events happened that reflected my word. That is what makes me realize how important it is to choose the word God gives me and not just ‘choose’ a unique word that no other blogger has thought up yet!!
“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;”
I am looking forward to what the Lord Jesus will teach and show me through being fervent this year. My desire is to be effectually fervent in prayer but I can already see ways that this can be applied to other areas of my life and even direction for WholeHearted Home.
We can all use fervency in our lives, so my prayer is that you and I will become effectually fervent in 2014.
So what is fervency?
- to be hot, to boil
- to glow and swell with heat
- to be ardent
- And of course, wholehearted.
It encapsulates our growth in holy living with joyfilled hearts. I am not ‘there’ by any means but I think God wants to stretch me this year as well as you too.
Ways fervency can be applied in our lives:
- Fervent in spirit
- Fervency in the words that I speak, write, and teach
- Fervently working
- Fervent mind
- Fervently laboring in prayer
- Fervently loving others with a pure heart
Being fervent is a verb. Action. Something to do. Fervency touches every area of our lives.
Here at WholeHearted Home this year
I plan to equip, encourage, and inspire you to lean a little more towards holy living with joyfilled hearts as I focus on fervency in these areas:
Most of the time my postings are eclectic as I provide my readers with a variety each week 3-5 times a week as time permits. This year, I plan to have a series run for 4-5 days or maybe even longer (yikes?)!!
I have no right to write about any of these topics as I have failed in ALL of them!!
I can’t remember being faithful let alone fervent in my devotions when my older two were babies and toddlers. I have failed to pray as I ought. I was often stressed and impatient as a mother. I have failed in my marriage in so many ways except to say that we are happy to be married for 35 years this April. I really shouldn’t write about marriage since we do not have the exemplary marriage written about in books and blogs. BUT. I find writing about marriage and these other areas gives victory over satan and what he wants to steal, kill, and destroy. I find it encouraging as I continue to fervently (I do like that word, you know) strive (in His strength) to love my man the way God intended.
Would you like to choose your own ONE WORD for 2014? Starting on January 1, 2014, many Schoolhouse Review members will share their word for the year. Stop by and learn how to do this and focus on just one word for the upcoming days this year. Enjoy reading!!
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