My One Word for 2013

Last year at this time, I still felt like a newbie to the blogging world.  I read about One Word 365 and considered how choosing one word- one goal- for the year could truly impact and change my year.

So, I prayed and I chose one word for 2012.  It was deliberate.

As the year progressed, I was amazed at how God used that one word to impact my year.  I made decisions that I might have normally passed by.  Decisions to attend a blogging conference, go on a missions trip, travel for a week to be with my first family as we faced the possibility of losing my Daddy.

These deliberate choices blessed me in ways that I can’t even express.

Ironically, one of the biggest “events” of the year for me was not deliberate at all.  In fact, it was completely unexpected.

In early September, I found out that I was pregnant with my 4th baby.  To be completely honest, I was scared to death.  This was NOT a part of my plan.  My youngest had turned 3 and I was praying about what God might have for me next.  I was ready to pursue those things- and my deliberate choices to attend a blogging conference and go on a missions trip were evidence of that.

And then… my life was once again thrown up in the air.  Because I know how much a baby changes things.  Morning sickness started.  Doubts crept in.  I felt like I was wandering aimlessly.  I was forced to live without intention- in complete opposition to my one word for 2012.

But through that, my Father God was lovingly reminding me that HE is the one who is in control.

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”  (Proverbs 16:9, NLT)

Being deliberate was a great choice for 2012 and as the year comes to an end, I am learning to trust God’s plan for my life in a new and deeper way.
Which brings me to my One Word for 2013.  God is impressing on my heart the word faithful.
The one thing that I can expect for sure in this coming year is the unexpected.  I don’t know how much energy I will have.  I don’t know if I will continue to be sick.  I don’t know when my baby girl will be born.  I don’t know if my Daddy will make it through the year.  I don’t know if I will be able to travel or pursue my plans for the future.
What I do know is that God knows, He has a plan and I can trust Him to carry out His plan according to His will.
And so my prayer for this year is that I will be faithful.  I pray that whatever difficulties or joys, opportunities or mundane tasks, decisions or choices that come my way will be met with a faithful heart.  I pray that I will respond out of trust and do what God has called me to do.
My focus this year will be following through.  My desire is to meet the challenges that come my way with a faithful and steadfast heart.
Have you chosen One Word for 2013?  Or do you have goals or resolutions for the year?  I would love to hear about it!