I have been trying for the past couple of weeks to pull out a word that was sitting there,


on the tip of my tongue!

People have been conversing about New Year’s Resolutions, goal-setting, etc.

Many things popped into my mind, there are still so many things I desire to accomplish. It is simply pulling those to the front of the list that are relevant for this year.

And amidst all of these untended desires, there was a subtle nagging that accompanied each and every one.

When asked what my goals were, I stumbled over my words like a toddler just beginning to speak.

I knew what I was thinking, but was never able to articulate it. Frustration set in, the kind that pops up when you argue with someone you love and they take what you say in the wrong way. All the while the unspoken “you knew what I meant”, hangs in the air.

When I spoke about friendships and my desire to take better care of them.

When I dreamt of my unwritten book.

When I looked back at the past year and all the days I didn’t sew, or dance, or create.

When I  think about my family and how I cherish the moments spent with them.

When I am overwhelmed by a hurting world, and the millions of people enslaved by Human Trafficking.

When I feel the call of God upon my life to go out and make a difference.

And then balance my marriage, my physical health and home all at the same time?

That’s when it happened;

The word toppled out, as if it was waiting for me to sense the urgency of the moment!


That was it! That was the key. That is my word for the upcoming year.

You would think that now I could breathe a sigh of relief. Not even close.

Because, I realize that keys unlock doors, unlock gates and paths to the future,

but they do not discount the work that still needs to be done when one embarks on the path of becoming intentional.

So, for the next several months I begin my journey of being intentional in building my friendships;

spending precious time over a cup of coffee with those who fill my life with joy and wisdom.

Being intentional in making memories with my family; I have two beautiful grandchildren that are growing way too fast, and if I don’t take the time to “be” in the moment with them, they will be grown before I know it.

For two years I have been sharing with friends about “my book” that is started, but that is as far as it’s gone.

This is the year to be intentional with my writing.

And, of course, the many gifts that God has blessed me with … I wouldn’t be a good steward if I set them all on the back shelf.

(Not to mention they add a litle stress relief in the unleashed creativity.)

And most of all, to follow the call of Isaiah 61;

I am going to be very intentional in  going out into the world to set the captives free!

What is your word for the upcoming year?

As you reflect on the past year, what are the unmet yearnings of your heart?

I hope you find the word dangling on the tip of your tongue,

and then you grab it and run with it!

We have an exciting year ahead of us,

I can’t wait!