What Are the “Big Rocks” in Your Life?

by Cathy Baker

Chances are, you’ve heard the tale of the rocks, pebbles, and sand being placed in a glass jar, right? If not, you can read it here, by Stephen R. Covey.

If you’re wondering what a short read on rocks and priorities has to do with making over our mornings, days, and moments, I think you would agree it has everything to do with it. When a boat sets sail, it doesn’t just drift along until it hits any old shore. Instead, it carefully charts a course and takes specific actions to aim in that direction and arrive at its planned destination. 

Obviously, Stephen’s illustration can be viewed as a life lesson but since we’re focusing on making over our mornings this month, let’s consider it in light of our daily-do’s. 

If you’re like me, you can spend your day spinning your heels (okay, Sketchers) running in a million directions and have very little to show for it at the end of the day. So how are we to move closer towards those things most important to us if we don’t make them a priority? 

“We can’t always control external circumstances but we can determine what we prioritize.” 
-Crystal Paine, Make Over Your Mornings

Crystal shares in her online course, Make Over Your Mornings, that when we’re setting up a morning routine we need to determine what needs to be prioritized right now. Obviously, this will look different for everyone (don’t compare!)

She suggests you ask yourself one of two questions to narrow the focus down to what your “big rocks” are for the day:

  • “If I did NOTHING else today except ___________, my day would be a success.”
  • “What’s the most important thing I must accomplish today?”

How would you fill in the above blank as you look at today’s calendar?

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

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

One Way to Live More Intentionally in 2014

Has anyone asked what your one WORD is for the year?

I met with someone last Friday who shared how her one word is PEACE, pointing to Isaiah 55:

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace…
Last year, my word was SEEK. And this year, my word is SEEK, based on Matthew 6:33:
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, 
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Quite frankly, I was ready for a new word but based on recent convictions from the Holy Spirit, scripture, and other divine inklings, it was clear I needed to stay put in 2014. 
One of those inklings came while reading Mark Batterson’s The Circle Maker. This line stood out as I sought the Lord for an answer to a very important decision:
If you seek answers you won’t find them, but if you seek God, the answers will find you.
Every desire, request, answer—everything—kneels before God’s kingdom and his righteousness. 
I realize choosing a particular word may seem gimmicky to some but for me, it has to do with intentionality. That’s how I want to live, and not just for the here and now but for the future generations to come because the decisions we make today will impact others — even those we may never meet on this side of heaven. 
So I choose my word (or maybe the Word chose me) and I will keep it before me as a reminder of my priorities. Of my first Love. 
Yet I hold this against you: 
You have forsaken the love you had at first. 
Revelation 2:4 
Have you chosen one word for 2014? Please share! 
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