Every year I choose a single word to focus on for the upcoming year. I then make a poster that I hang in my office that contains three things:
1. The Word
2. A commitment sentence
3. A bible verse for the year.
I blogged about this last year and shared with you that my word was “Passion”. I also wrote a devotional about this routine in the recently released LeadHer Challenge devotional. Here is a short video of me reading this devotional
This year I thought long and hard about my word for this year…. I made a list of things that I have coming up this year and prayed over it to find the one word that would keep me focused this year. We have some HUGE things coming up this year: starting to home school one of my children for the first time, growing LeadHer, releasing my first fiction book, launching new programs and resources for women, and helping my family meet some important goals and deal with some hard challenges.
As I was driving down the highway talking about all that we have coming up this next year while trying to settle on a focus word with my husband it hit me and I had him look up the definition on his phone. It was perfect.
My word for this year is ABIDE. It is defined as: to remain; continue; stay: to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting: to wait for; await.
My commitment sentence for this year reads: ” I will abide in the Lord this year and use obstacles as stepping stones not stumbling blocks.”
The verse that I will be focusing on this year is: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. John 15:4 NKJV
I am focusing on Abiding in the Lord in 2012… standing firm in my callings and commitments in the face of challenges.
What is your focus word for 2012?