At the end of each year, I spend a little time reflecting on accomplishments and short-comings, successes and areas for improvement. I also conclude the year with either a vision board or a focus word to carry me through the next year. Last year, I chose the phrase to follow through as my accountability (focus) word. It resonated with me, and this phrase would ensure that I was intentional with my time and deliberate through my actions both in season and out of season. The fruit of the word follow through became evident in the filing of my 501c3 and solidifying my stance as the founder of RunYourVision. For years RunYourVision acted as a community-based organization with limited reach, but now we can function as a trademarked non-profit and receive tax-exempt donations fully. This tax exemption status was huge! Now that the legal matters are handled we can solely focus on our goal of making a significant impact in the community and in the lives of young girls who are choosing to first pursue Christ above all else. Follow Through
Also, I developed this space you’re visiting and committed to building a blogging space for women who are mothers (by desire, adoption, or labor), have a luster for life and life more abundantly, and have the heart to serve the kingdom of God. Motherhood, livelihood, and servanthood. Follow Through
And, last but certainly not least, I started writing my first devotional in the summer of 2017. I didn’t quite finish, but I followed through with a desire that has been heavy on my heart since a young girl. By no surprise, this first work will debut in volumes one for young girls and young women. Follow Through
As 2017 came to a close, I had the honor of having the pastor of a church I was visiting speak prophetically over my life. His words were, without doubt, right and in great detail. He spoke to some of the vulnerable areas of my life, and he also spoke life into some of the areas of fear and worry. The praise team even sealed his declarations with a song of praise over me. Honestly, it was the most overwhelming yet reviving moments of my life. I’m choosing not to go into detail about this moment, but his prophecy helped to seal my assignment for 2018 and surprisingly gave me my focus word for the year. This word is Penmanship.
Although, I know this has a great deal to do with books and blog posts — I feel as though penmanship will be further revealed as the year goes on.
So what’s your focus word for the year? What will you be intentional about? Ask, the Lord to reveal His plans to you, so that you can walk in alignment with His will for you. Your focus word may not come to you through a prophecy. My 2017 focus word came to me at a New Year’s Eve dinner with six close friends. So you’ll know when you know. Ask the holy-spirit to give you a sense of peace and once you have that peace, live freely in it.
P.S. I’ve also decided to explore, and self-care will be added to my 2018 journey. Self-care is significant for us moms. (: