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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Inspired by . . . a new year


"...one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Php 3:13-14


It's that time of year again. After the let down JOYs of Christmas we seem to slip into a thoughtful, sort of half-awake, repose wherein we dissect the past and make new expectations for the future.

I know many of you make new year's resolutions, or choose words to inspire your focus for the upcoming year. Nothing wrong with either - - in fact, I admire you for it!

But for most of my life I've done little of either. I'm more of a 'by the seat of my pants' kind of gal, albeit in a controlled sort of way.  {I'm sensing some not so quiet laughter from some of you out there}  And, although this may sound clich√© to some of you, I really do trust God for what's next.

I suppose, though, if your life happen to take a 180 and/or as you get older you're more apt to be thoughtful about the past and more concerned about the future no matter what personality tendencies you had before.

With all those wonderful, inspirational words floating around out there in blogland it shouldn't surprise me that I'm in a debate with myself about choosing one. Did you get that? The debate is more about the choosing of a word, than about the word itself. Why? Because, as I've already explained, this isn't really my sort of thing and I didn't want to do it just because others were doing it.... blah, blah, blah.

So, although I had a word, I had decided not to choose it. 

That is until Good Morning Girls announced the topic of their January study.





There was no escaping it. The word had chosen me.

So now, like many of you, I have a word to help keep me focused in 2014.

My word is: Intentional


And, I am going to begin this year by being intentional with all of YOU and invite you to join my Facebook group for the GMG online winter study, Intentionally Focused. If you're interested you can request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/236810263143915/


Wishing you all a healthy and JOYfilled

New Year!







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  1. Happy New Year, June!

    Btw, I have your book sitting on my end table in the living room. I hope to begin reading it soon. Thank you for sending it to me. I will check out your FB link.

  2. Intentional is a great word. I need to be more intentional at pursuing my goals. It's only 4 days in to the month, and already I've been distracted on so many levels. I too light to fly by the seat of my pants and have not picked a word. Perhaps I will, but perhaps I won't. Thank you for stopping by my blog and linking up to The Weekend Brew. Blessings!

  3. Great word. I love it. ( I am a leader from the Dutch GMG group - January Study on FB)

  4. Intentional is such a great word to focus on. I have discovered that unless I am intentional in my walk with Him, it will not happen by accident. I chose "Faith" as my word this year - "And without faith it is impossible to please God." (Heb. 11:6). I so desire that my life please Him each & every day, in every way. Blessings! I visited from Still Saturday this morning & am glad!


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