Monthly Memo: January/February 2014

Ok, so I know that “Monthly Memo” is not really a clear name for what I know do as a memo every two months, but it’s just so catchy.


How’s the new year going?  It’s already into February, and I don’t think I have forgotten to write “2014” instead of “2013” once!  That has to be a new achievement.  I wrote a couple of weeks ago about resolutions vs goals here, but I didn’t share some of what I would like to grow in throughout this year.  In years past I would jot down over a dozen resolutions and rarely follow through with them.  Then I started focusing on just five.  Now, I do write some resolutions down, but last year I started focusing on one word to carry me through the year.

Last year, my word was Joy.  I loved this.  The Lord taught me so much as this word would leap off pages or from conversations and plant itself in my mind and heart as I continued to contemplate it and apply what I was learning to daily life.  I wrote about some of this here, here, here, and for a list of more…here.  Turns out I had a lot to learn.  Still do.

This year, my family is getting involved with the one word challenge!

My husband: Boldness

My oldest: Grace

My second: Joy (She thought of this on her own)!

My third: Kindness (Her older siblings chose this for her).

And me: Worship

So this year, I seek to learn a lot about worship and ask the Lord to help me apply these truths to my daily life, for His glory.  I tried to pick other words.  I really did.  Worship kept coming back though as the word that was picked for me.  So I am sure I will be sharing more about this as the year goes, and I would also love to hear from others on the subject.

I look forward to encouraging my family as they seek the Lord with their choice of word for the year.  I was so excited when our children wanted to do this, too!  This is a great way to help me when praying for them, to have a focus like this, and also it has helped us when reading the Bible together to pick out passages to memorize and study more thoroughly.

In addition to working through the Bible and learning more about worship, I have started out the year reading some really great books.  Here is a list:

Hind’s Feet on High Places: Delightfully Illustrated and Arranged for Children, by Hannah Hurnard  (My children LOVED this books so much! And I did, too).

Hind’s Feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard  (This is the regular version.  I’m reading this one on my own, and it’s only 99 cents for Kindle at the moment).

24/6, by Matthew Sleeth  (I’m halfway through this, and I have really been challenged on the subject of the Sabbath and rest).

One of the ways I am working on not only being intentional about the Sabbath, but also about each day is to plan meals more consistently.  This helps me a lot.  I like having a list of meals for the week, making more than we need for dinner in order to insure leftovers for lunch, and making enough on Saturday to have food easily prepared for Sunday.  I really want to come home from church and have dinner ready in minutes (When we get home it’s time for dinner soon because we go to our english service and stay for the spanish service, too).

I found this post over at Not Consumed with some great ideas to help in this endeavor!  I would like to incorporate some of the ideas from there into our family routine, and I thought it would helpful to share.

I keep asking, “What does worship look like in each area of my life?”  And not just worship, but worship directed toward only the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  We are always worshipping something or someone – ourselves at times.  What does worshipping Him in each area of life look like?

Do you have a one word focus this year?  If so, how do you plan to intentionally seek the Lord as a result?

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24 ESV)


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1 Comment

  • Pixie says:

    My one word for this year is; “healing”. Between dietary modifications, beginning yoga, and a more spiritual outlook – I’m aiming for healing in more ways than one.

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