One Word Challenge 2015

I don’t know if you have heard about the one word challenge. It is basically choosing one word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live the following year. I was introduced to this last year with Debbie Eaton at one of the women’s bible studies and I just loved it. I don’t know about you but it is truly so easy to make resolutions and then forget them by the end of January. So, when I heard about this last year, I was very intrigued.

Well, I was reading the InCourage devotional last week and it was talking about the one word challenge so I decided to do it again this year. I wanted to share with you my two words (I know you are only supposed to pick one but two really stood out to me this year J )

My two words for 2015 are:

Intentional and Soar

The word intentional has come up in my mind over and over the last 2-3 months. I love how God gave me this word way before I knew I was going to do this challenge again. I want to be intentional about the time I spend with my boys, the time I spend with God and the time I spend with friends and family. Intentionality is so important to me in my new phase of life.

I love the Isaiah 40 verse, “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” In college at APU, they had a song at APU on Isaiah 40 and it was my favorite song. I want to soar to new places this year in my new phase of life. I want to soar higher with God than ever before in my faith; I want God to take me to new heights!

Ladies, I so encourage you to do the one word challenge!! There are so many good choices (here are some examples from the website): Grateful, Joy, Faith, Trust, Grace, Peace, Love, Hope, Courageous, Deeper, Self-Control, Perspective, Serve, Stillness, Family, Persevere, Purposeful, Consistent, Laughter… The list goes on and on.

Pray and Ask God to help reveal what word he wants you to focus on this year and share it with a friend! Accountability is key to having success. I would love to hear your word too; please email me and let me know if you do the challenge!!

Love, Jodi

If you want more info on the word challenge- see website: http://oneword365.com/   Below is a little blurb from the website.

#OneWord365

Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway.

Choose just one word.

One word you can focus on every day, all year long… One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live.

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

One word. 365 days. A changed life. 

Forgiveness Part 2

It is truly hard for me to not have my boys home; they have been up north with their dad for the last 3 days.   However, one of the positive things is that I get to read and journal without interruption. I truly embrace this alone time to dig deeper and God has been so faithful!

This morning, I have been reading Sheila Walsh’s book, ”The storm inside: Trade the Chaos of How You Feel for the Truth of Who You Are.” An amazing book and I highly recommend it! I read the chapter on forgiveness today and it was amazing! Here is something I wanted to share with you from that chapter:

“Forgiveness is not about removing someone else’s liability, but about setting your own hearts free. Did you hear that. It’s not about the other’s person’s sin; it’s about your freedom. Satan would love to keep each of us in a prison of unforgiveness, bound forever to the one who sinned against us. The enemy has many finely honed darts aimed at the hearts of all who love God- but hear this: he has nothing in his arsenal to combat forgiveness!”

Wow- this is powerful!! I love that Satan has no ways to combat forgiveness. So when we choose to forgive and give grace to someone that has wronged us and hurt us, Satan is at a loss.   Not only are we freeing ourselves from bitterness and resentment but we are sucker punching Satan at the same time! Now, that is amazing!

However, I know this act of forgiveness is not easy! In fact, it is truly hard to do it; we naturally want to hold onto the anger we feel from the hurt and pain and the thought of letting it go does not come naturally. I have been digging deeper into forgiveness lately. I just finished the book, “The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom From Forgiveness” by Suzanne Eller; another great book which I totally recommend. One thing that I am coming to terms with is that this is not a one time thing.   I think forgiveness is a daily act of laying your hurt and pain at the feet of Jesus and asking for strength to relinquish it!   This is a very difficult thing and I don’t know if you are struggling with it too. I would like to encourage you and pray for you and me as we try to forgive someone that has hurt us.

God, you know the pain that we have experienced and you know the hurt we are still feeling. By your power and strength, help us move to a place of forgiveness where we lay these hurts and pains at the foot of the cross. I know it is not easy but I know that it is important. God, meet us where we are at- help us take the next step toward forgiveness whether it is to begin to entertain the thought that we can forgive or whether it is daily surrendering it to you. God, we can do ALL things through Christ that gives us strength and I honestly believe this statement to be true! Thank you for your unconditional love and comfort through these hard times!! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Love you all,

Jodi