Sitting here this morning I think perhaps my word for this coming year is discipline. That doesn't sound as appealing as Joy, or hope or love does it?
However, I think it is a good word for me. I tend to be very undisciplined in my daily life. I tend to be very 'go with the flow' and unstructured. This, of course has to do a lot with my learning style. I wrote about it here last January.
Unfortunately, this lack of discipline spills into other areas of my life, my eating habits, exercise, spending, managing my household.
"For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant,
but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who have been trained by it."
I am trusting the Lord to help bring change in these areas. I included the spending because we don't want any debt at all, not even one we pay off every month. We'd like to have more of a cushion in our savings. We have some big purchases on the horizon, including that stove I mentioned early this year. We still haven't replaced it. It is fast becoming a necessity.
I am hoping to look back on 2014 and see that God worked discipline into my life, for my good. He is always at work on my behalf, and I'm thankful for that.
So, what about you? Do you chose a word for the year? What kinds of things are you looking toward in the New Year?