I've been mulling over what word I want to use for 2014 and came up with 2: less and more. I know that seems like two odd words to put together, but here is what's been going through my mind:
Father, in 2014, help me to have:
Less distraction and More time in Your word.
Less time with technology and More intentional non-school time with the kids.
Less time wasted doing nothing and More time making our house a home.
Less sitting on the couch, eating junk food and More exercise and eating nutritious foods, not so that I look better, but so that I am healthier and will be around for my family longer (hopefully).
Less time worrying about what I look like in the mirror and More time working on the inside and becoming more like Christ.
Less time doing all the "extra" things and More time spent with friends and family doing the IMPORTANT things.
Less time focused on myself (what I want) and More time focused on serving others in His name.
Less time thinking the house is too messy for others to see and More time spent gathering around the table with guests who become family.
Less time thinking of all the things on my to-do list and More time enjoying life and all the amazing blessings God has given me.
Less time yelling, crying, and asking "why" and More time listening, loving, speaking gently, and listing gifts.
Lord, I know that my year of being intentional wasn't perfect, but I saw so many changes and blessings in my life as a result. As I look ahead into 2014, help me to see where I need less me, less temporal and more You. Then, Lord, give me boldness to take the steps I need to take to remove anything that doesn't glorify or point others to You. Give me a joyous heart and lifestyle so that others can see it's about You, not the circumstances. Lord, move in ways only You can! I turn 2014 over to You and look forward to all the amazing things I'll be able to see You do in my life, Kevin's life, our kid's lives, and in the lives of all those around us.