If you had to choose one little word to focus on for an entire year, what would it be?
I asked myself that question last year.
Instead of making an endless list of impossible resolutions, I pared things down to a few basics… and one little word to keep me on track.
Last year, I chose the word “intentional”.
It comes rather easily for me to live intentionally. By nature, I’m a focused, driven, type-A-personality sort of girl.
But this year… this year… I’m reaching past my comfort zone just a tad. Okay, a whole lot!
My one little word for 2015 is “quiet”.
A quiet heart.
I’m the high-strung type. I can get bent out-of-sorts way too easily.
Upended plans upend my day, and upended days more or less steal my peace and joy.
My mood sets the tone in my home, and without a quiet heart there is little left to cultivate the peaceful atmosphere that I long for!
I need a quiet heart.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2
“… let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” I Peter 3:4
A quiet voice.
One of my biggest regrets from earlier years of motherhood is that I allowed myself to develop the habit of raising my voice in irritation at my kids.
For years, I’ve intended to correct that habit. I really have.
But somehow, my strong will has failed to help me change.
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.” Proverbs 17:1
“Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools.” Ecclesiastes 9:17
I need the power of the Holy Spirit in my life to help me cultivate a gentle, quiet tone of voice.
Quiet time with Jesus.
More often then I care to admit, my personal time with the Lord is so full of distractions that I hardly glean anything from His Word.
At this season of my life- a mom with lots of little people- I don’t expect some super spiritual “quiet time” that lasts for hours without interruptions.
But the truth is, this Mama does need time alone with Jesus. I need to be in His presence and in His Word… every single day.
The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” Isaiah 32:17
“He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
I expect that making quiet time a focus this year is going to require some priority changing.
So “quiet” is my word for this year.
I have a lot of room for growth, specifically in the three areas I shared with you.
In addition to praying over my personal and spiritual goals, one of my favorite ways for staying on track throughout the year is to read a steady diet of inspiring books.
Obviously I’m not talking about romance novels! I love the way godly, older women can speak truth and encouragement into my life through books.
I just pre-ordered Sally’s book and can hardly wait to read it!
Her “own your life” challenge feels like the perfect way to kick start a fresh, new year.
If you’re not familiar with Sally Clarkson’s blog or books, I encourage you to get acquainted at SallyClarkson.com.
What are your goals for 2015?
Do you have “one little word” for the new year?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.