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word of the year: intention


last year i chose a single word to guide my 2013: renew.

as the year went on, i thought perhaps i should have chosen an easier word.

because God decided to honor my choice. test my resolve. challenge my firm belief that through hardship we are refined. molded and crafted and made to be more fully the person He created us to be from the start. this past year i was presented me with many tests to challenge my conviction, my steadfastness and my faith.

there were times i felt i was waking around inside out. everything i came in contact with hurt. deep.

pain of many years trapped just beneath the surface of my life, so close to breaking free. and yet afraid to come out.

2013 was not an easy year. not by a long shot.

but just as it was heavy it was light.

i believe so much in one of my favorite poets, kahlil gibran’s words: “sorrow carves the heart to contain more joy.” to the extent that we experience sorrow and grief and pain we will experience wonder and beauty and joy.

it’s the flip side of the coin.

filled with extraordinary moments, incredible joy and supernatural peace…this year marked the birth of freedom from decade old chains. a new beginning of sorts, a beautiful ending in a way.

looking back, renew was a good choice. a hard one, but so worth it.

this year my word is: intention.

that my life would match my heart, and my heart would match my faith.

we don’t get to plan everything; some say that’s when God laughs at us. but there are small things and small ways we can chart our lives with intention. that the course we take, the things we do, the words we say, the time we spend and the way we love, would be the result of a thing intended.

a plan executed. a life well lived.

this year i wrote a personal mission statement instead of resolutions. it’s my life map to living this year with intention based on what is most important to me. what’s most important to our family.

what’s your word?

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  • Annie January 12, 2014, 9:50 pm

    *Focus* That’s my word this year. I have felt unusually out-of-focus recently and am very excited to apply this little word to so many different areas of my life…myself, my marriage, my kids, my obligations…all of it. It’s going to be a great year!!!

    • Tammy January 13, 2014, 2:54 am

      i love it annie! what a great word for the year. 🙂

  • Rose-Marie January 28, 2014, 5:05 pm

    How funny, my word this year is Renew. I am at a point in my life that I know I need to be made broken, molded and refine to what God wants me to be. I am so excited to see that this was your word and how it has brought you to move forward to your word this year. I am excited, although I know it will contain hardships, tears, and rough roads to see all the beauty that God has in store for me and look back at they end of the year at my progress. Thank you for being so open and posting great words of encouragement. I look forward to reading your blogs!

    • Tammy January 28, 2014, 8:56 pm

      rose i’m so happy to have you here! renew was such a great word for me last year and i pray it will be just as meaningful to you this year! it wasn’t an easy year but we serve a God who is so faithful. blessings to you!

  • Doreen Grace January 29, 2014, 1:20 am

    I just found your blog over at (in)Courage and I LOVE everything about you! I am now following on Twitter and Pinterest. I look forward to reading more posts… and checking out the new book later! Oh, and my “One Word” this year was kind of unusual. it’s a Beatles song. 😀

    • Tammy January 29, 2014, 2:26 am

      thank you doreen!! it’s so great to have you here!

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