Purposeful in 2014

**Link up YOUR Word of the Year posts below!!**

I struggled for a word this year…I almost didn’t want to even do the “word of the year” at all. I always start off strong and the 2nd half of the year there is nothing on my blog even discussing the word of the year anymore. 🙂

But, just because I’ve not been consistent in the past, is that a reason not to try again?

Purposeful in 2014 Exodus 916 @meryisnew.com

In praying and asking God where and what He wants from me, I kept coming back to a few very distinct words and themes…

Intentional

Purposeful

Goals

Follow-Through

Discipline 

These are in lots of areas…my physical health, our homeschool, my faith walk, my home, my family…all of these areas need me to be more purposeful and more disciplined. At the same time, I almost chose the word GRACE because I know that without His grace, I can accomplish NONE of what He has for me. In the end, I decided to take a leap of faith and go with a word that doesn’t fit ME at ALL. I feel like the opposite of self-discipline most days. Just being honest with y’all.

I also asked God for a verse to go with my word/theme…He is so faithful to provide! I love this verse He led me to SO much!!

In Exodus 9, God is speaking to Moses, He is telling him what to tell Pharaoh. I can relate to Moses…I often feel so inadequate for what He has called me to do and to live, yet as I read these words {actually given to Moses to speak to Pharaoh} I know that He has raised me up for this purpose as well.

But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. Exodus 9:16

There are so many things centered around the word “purposeful” that I need to focus on!

  • What is my purpose at this stage in life?
  • What is the purpose for this blog?
  • How can I be more purposeful in my homeschool?
  • Can I actually follow through on a few goals each month?
  • I want to be more disciplined ~ and purposeful ~ in my prayer life.
  • I want to be more intentional with our school time in the mornings.

If you’ve never chosen a word of the year, I encourage you to spend some time praying and thinking about your goals for 2014. Choosing a word is a lot easier to handle than a list of resolutions. And, even if you’re like me, and never post about it again on your blog, God can still do a mighty work in your life centered around this theme and this word…He is faithful!

I also encourage you to pick up the book My One Word, which I talked more about here. But it is an excellent book to give you some encouragement and practical help for going through the year with your word!! I’m pulling mine back out again and re-reading it!

Please link up your word of the year posts below, and take a few moments to see what everyone else is striving towards in the New Year!!

Happy New Year, friends!

Author: Candace Crabtree

I'm just a messed up mama in need of God's fresh new mercies daily. My husband and I live in beautiful East Tennessee with our 3 children. God has taken me on a journey through the valley of depression and is teaching me to pray the Scriptures as a result. I hope and pray that you will be encouraged whenever you stop by this little place on the web.

23 thoughts on “Purposeful in 2014”

    1. MEITHEDI//புத்தரும்,ராஜபக்சேவும் ஒன்றா? இலங்கையில் மட்டுமா புத்தமதம் இருக்கிறது? ஈழத்தில் கூட வெள்ளாளர் சாதி என்கிற ஆதிக்க சாதி சைவமார்கள் இருக்கிறார்கள் அவர்களால் இன்னும் தாழ்த்தப்பட்டசாதி மக்கள் பாதிக்கப்பட்டுக்கொண்டுதான் இருக்கிறார்கள்,அதற்காக சைவமதமாகிய இந்து மதத்தை முதலில் எதிர்த்துபோராடலாமா? அப்படி போராடினால் முதலில் தமிழர்களின் பண்பாட்டு,கலாச்சாரத்தை எதிர்த்துதான் போராடவேண்டும். போராடலாமா?

    2. Por cierto, preocupado estoy con lo de la “spanish revolution”, que los catetros de los anglosajones se pensarán que estamos como en Libia o Egipto, y huirán de todo lo que huela a “spanish”, y la plata la tienen ellos.Me gusta o disgusta: 0  0

    3. GO TO YOUR BIAFRA & LETS SEE WHO WILL SURVIVE & WHO WILL NOT SURVIVE.LETS SEE WHO WILL CRY WHEN EVERY NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES CLOSE THEIR BORDERS,WHEN THEY WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO COMMIT CRIMES IN THEIR COUTRIES & BIAFRANS ARE LEFT TO FEED ON LOUSE ON THE BODIES OF THEIR DOGS & DRINK THEIR URINE JUST LIKE WHAT THEY FED ON DURING THE WAR.

  1. I love your verse and the word you have chosen from it. Yours sounds very similar to mine – I’m going to be pondering and walking through the word intention(al) this year. (Both the word “intention” and “intentional”).

  2. You are right, our word of the year are very similar. I am interested in checking out that book you mentioned. I always start off strong and lose steam too.

  3. Wrote the verse in my trip journal, what a great one! And I just ordered the book. Thank you for sharing! This is my first time choosing a word for the year. Struggled with picking one also 🙂

    1. Yvonne, it’s SO hard to choose just one, yes?!?! 🙂 I’m praying for your trip and CAN’T WAIT to read all about it! Will you be able to instagram and blog while there??

      1. Yes, one word was hard to choose!! Thank you for the prayers for our trip. I can not wait!!! Sounds like our days will be very full, but I am hoping to at least put up a few pictures each night on Instagram. Blogging might have to wait until I get back home. Thank you again for coming along side our journey with your prayers!!

      2. buenas tardes les pido de favor si me pueden ayudar a encontrar trabajo soy una señora de 55 años y me siento todabia util y necesito trabajar ustedes q tienen el poder y el dinero yo solo les pido q me ayuden a encontrar trabajo por favor gracias

  4. Love your word for 2014 Candace! I love how God gave you the perfect verse to go with your word! He is so faithful! Thanks for the link-up opportunity.

    1. Laurie, i love that verse too…and love that God is always faithful – even to give little ole me a verse to encourage me for the year. 🙂 He cares about the little details…

  5. So many of our journeys are similar. Purposeful is a great word. One I use often. Do this with purpose… do that with purpose. Purpose and Joy!
    Sigh… this is a great link up!

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