28.12.14

A Planned Focus ~ One Word for 2015


I shared this picture of the sky on Facebook, because on one November day my son asked me to stop what I was doing and go outside just to look up. He just wanted me to appreciate the beauty with him. "Mama look," he said, "no matter where you look, the sky is blue. There isn't a cloud anywhere." Sometime being completely aware in the moment is as easy as stopping, following a child, and looking with them. Sometime though, it may be the focus in the middle of paying bills or a step in a recipe that requires my complete attention, and I can't just stop what I'm doing. At those times, my "now" will be to concentrate fully on that task and get it completed so that I have more time for the truly important things like my children knowing that moments with them matter to me. As they get older I realize more and more just how quickly time passes. I want to be fully present NOW, not waste this time.

     

For the past year, my word was loveclick back if you want to read why I picked that focus. This year, my word is NOW. So often, things intended fall through the cracks as mundane or even pointless activities fill my time. I've reached the end of the day too often realizing that things I wanted to do had not even been started. "NOW" isn't a plan to drop tasks for the latest greatest thing, but instead to focus on what is most important, now. My kids are growing up so fast. For now, I'm blessed to have this time with them. For now, this season of my life, my time is primarily about them. I want us all to look back on the year and see both happy memories and purposeful service completed. 




Do you have a word for the year? Link up below if you blogged about it; or if you prefer, share your word for 2015 in a comment below this post. 
Jennifer




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21 comments:

  1. Now. What a strong and encouraiging word. I feel I care relate so much with your reasoning to focus on "now". It's so easy to let things slip through the cracks and come to the end of the day wondering where time has gone! blessing to you as you pursue "Now"

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    1. Each day is a blessing. It is all to easy to let time slip away. Blessings to you, too!

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  2. Wow! Nice choice! I'll have to really think about this and come up with a word. I really like your reasoning too. It's amazing what kids can see that we are "too busy" to see ourselves.

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    1. Thanks, Jayme. Yes, to see through their eyes can be a nice change.

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  3. I think if I had to choose a word for 2015....it would Encouraged

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    1. That is sure to bring smiles. I do appreciate encouragement.

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  4. My word for 2015 would be Busy. & that is a good thing. I have so much I want to accomplish this coming year. & of course I am a mom to a very active toddler & a newborn [12-12-14] so I will def be a busy, HAPPY mama in 2015!

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    1. Much to accomplish, yes. I remember the newborn and toddler days, though now with older kids ours is a different kind of busy. Congratulations on your new baby!

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  5. My word for 2015 is embrace. I want to embrace what God has given me, including my identity in Him. 2015 will be a big year for me, and I'll only get through it by actively embracing what God has planned for me. Happy New Year!

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    1. "Actively embracing what God has planned for me" is a beautiful way to face all of life.

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  6. You must read a favorite book of mine - the Precious Present - so apropos to your word. For me, the word is act -- listen and act!

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation. I just requested it from Paperback Swap. Listen and act goes hand in hand with my word.

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  7. Now is such a strong word.. it leaves no room for hesitation or indifference.. Now means Now.. What a great word for 2015 :)

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  8. I like now. We buried my husband's grandfather this week, and you know that when you have a loss, it helps you to realize how precious the now is and how the future is not promised. I'm hoping that you are able to live in your now this year!!

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    1. I am so sorry for your loss. I do know that all too well. We do, though, have hope for tomorrow.

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  9. That is a great one. My list of things to do can line up so far that I miss what is right in front of me...usually my kiddos.

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    1. Me too, Bethany. I'm even paring down my lists.

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  10. I love NOW as a word. I'm always thinking of what's coming next, and I often miss the moment. It's a good reminder.

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    1. Thanks, Leah. I want fewer missed moments.

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  11. I love this! I think it's something I definitely need to focus on as well.

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