Here we are, over 2 weeks into the new year. Since the beginning of 2012, I've seen a few bloggers write about their Word of the Year. I'd never really considered having a word of the year until this morning. Something in me, or maybe it's all the circumstances around me, tell me that my Word of the Year needs to be: LOVE. Some might say that the word I chose isn't very exciting or original. But, I'm saying that this word is mine and it's the perfect word for me to focus on this year.
Sure, I'm filled with love. I have Jesus in me and I have so many people in my life that I love. What I need to work on is bringing this word into action. Using the word love as a verb. This morning I thought a lot about the word love. While Judah was having his breakfast, I looked at him and asked him what he thinks of when he hears the word love....
Here's how our conversation went:Me: "Judah, when you think of the word love, that do you think of?"
Judah responds: "Daddy!"
Me: "What does love mean to you?
Judah: "I see a train conductor driving a train!"
Ok so, maybe he gets it...a little bit.
For love to be my word of the year, I need to focus on a few areas of my life that could use more love.
Disciplining in Love
I love my children all the time. No.Matter.What. Nothing will ever change that. I'm trying to get in the habit of telling them this on a regular basis. This year, I hope to become better at disciplining them in love. Sure they will get in trouble but, I want to focus on being calm with them and not showing my frustration as much. I want to teach them good character by being calm and obedience without getting flustered with the situation. I find that I get the most frustrated when I don't feel confident in the way that I'm parenting. I'm horrible about comparing myself to other moms or second guessing the way I do things. If I grow my confidence as a mom, I'm bound to handle difficult situations with more love and less frustration.
Speaking the Truth in Love
Speaking the truth in love is something that I've struggled with my entire life. I am brutally honest and while it's good to not be a liar, I struggle with my tongue. Oh how I struggle with this! As I type this, I'm not sure exactly how I plan to learn to speak with more love. I guess the first step is knowing that I have a problem in this area. I'm going to try and watch how I speak. Words are so powerful and mine could definitely use a
little lot more love.
Intentionally Look for Acts of Love
I've heard many times that a woman's greatest need is to feel loved and a man's greatest need is to feel respect. It's pretty easy to focus on not feeling loved instead of looking for ways that people are trying to show their love. Even with my children, I'd like to focus more on seeing the way that they are showing each other love.
Creating Moments Filled with Love
With love being my word of the year, I'd like to be more intentional about creating moments where the people that are important to me feel loved. This could be done by writing my husband more notes, spending more time playing on the floor with my kids or sending an encouraging note to someone. Creating a moment filled with love doesn't need to be complicated, I just need to be intentional about it.
Filling my home with Love
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Yep, that pretty much sums it up!
So, what about you, do you have a word of the year?
Do you have an area of your life that could use more love or do you just need to be more aware of the love around you?