What’s New? Your One Word

by Cathy Baker

So everybody is talking about their ONE word for the year. You know, the one word that sums up your NEW focus for the approaching year. 

Many have forsaken the New Year resolutions for the One Word movement. At least one book on the subject has been written, multiple blogs have been launched, and it’s the buzz on social media these days. 

Have you chosen your one word for the year? If you’ve not chosen a word yet, and you’re interested in doing so, consider these few ideas to get you moving in the right direction:

  • Is there a word or phrase that keeps popping up in your recent conversations?
  • Do you sense God moving you in a particular direction for your life or ministry? 
  • How do you want to become more like Jesus in 2015? What will it take on your end to move towards this goal? (For instance, if you want to become a better giver, what specific changes need to take place to accomplish this desire?)

Being a list maker, I still enjoy writing out my goals for a new year but I also appreciate the simplicity of the One Word idea. This year, I wrote out my goals but summed them up in one word: Intentionality. [intentional: done on purpose, conscious, preplanned.]

  • Intentional about the Word and making sure its priority is secure in my daily life. 
  • Intentional about seeking Him, the Person of Jesus Christ, and His kingdom first, trusting that all other things will fall into place.  
  • Intentional about who I’m becoming more than what I’m doing

Your turn! Do you have your one word to share? If not, do you plan to choose one?  

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate Christmas…Day 18

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 18 }

You’ve done a lot of giving these past couple of weeks. Now it’s time to do a little receiving. After all, isn’t that what Christmas is really all about? Receiving the One who came to rescue us and make us His own?

So, today, let us consider receiving these promises, not simply reading or believing them but making them at home in our hearts:

  • “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels
    nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither
    height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to
    separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38,39

  • “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will
    forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
  • “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who
    love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

  • “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am
    your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my
    righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
  • “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The
    one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever
    lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

Is there a particular promise that means the most to you today? 

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