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Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.  1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

I love starting fresh and the possibilities for triumph that the new year brings!  I’ll admit that I normally kick off January with plans, resolutions and goals.  And every year the list includes some tired yet hopeful language regarding weight loss and organization.

Every year.

You see, my best intentions get side tracked by toddlers who won’t nap, a calendar begging for a quiet day, and temptation that comes in the form of a red velvet birthday cake, not to mention chocolate filled Valentine’s Day.  In others words?  By life and living in it.

Anyone with me on this?

So this year?  This year I am joining a movement that calls for focus on one word that will guide me through the next year.

I prayed about my word.  I know God will use it to bless me.  To teach me something about myself I never considered.  But what to choose?  If I’m honest?  I have about 50 words I could work on…maybe 100?  Hmmm.  Where to start?

Within the list I kept circling back to one word: Consistency.  At first it seemed an almost imperceptible whisper.  No God, not that one…surely there is a less convicting word out there…???

Consistency.  That whisper has transformed into a crystal clear command.  It is officially the word God placed in my heart for this year.  So over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about how this word fits into my days.  What it looks like as we enter the new year.


…in meeting God through prayer and quiet time

…in eating well and exercising

…in writing, blogging and sharing my heart

…in being at church faithfully

…in being a present wife and mother

It still seems a big list.  But what if?  What if one small intentional act of consistency in an area of my life lends itself to another?  And another?

And another?

It’s time to start your journey into a new word for a new year, one that will stay with you for years to come.  What’s your word?  Patience?  Optimism?  Serving?  Grow?

Pray to God and ask Him to show you what this word should be for you in 2017.  Then come back here and share that with us!

God, in this world bombarded with messages and social media, there are words coming at us every day.  I pray that You will quiet my heart so I can hear Your prompt for me in 2017.  Show me what You would have me focus on in the coming days so I can receive blessings, growth and the peace that comes from living in Your will.  In Jesus’ Name I pray.  Amen.

For more encouragement, visit Michelle Axton Kelly at her blog, Teagans Travels, where she provides encouragement and inspiration for women seeking a personal relationship with Christ.

© 2013 by Michelle Axton Kelly.  All rights reserved.

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