Word of the Year – 2015

Happy New Year!!! Better late than never. Right? Right! Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, I’m all about a word of the year (at least for the past 2 years). 🙂 2015 will be the third year I have chosen a word of the year. I actually chose this word before the end of 2014, but I just haven’t taken (I won’t say I haven’t had, because we all know we make time for the things we want to make time for.) the time to sit down and complete the post.

The purpose of a word of the year is to choose a word that reflects what you most want to change about yourself or a word that reflects what you want God to do in, through or with you and then concentrate on that word for the entire year.

For 2013 my word was surrender.

For 2014 my word was praise.

For 2015 my words are Discipline/Focus.

I felt that discipline and focus were so interrelated that I could not separate them. After all, you need discipline to focus on areas of your life that need attention. Therefore, I have 2 words this year.

Discipline (n): an activity, exercise or regimen that assists you in developing a skill.

Focus (v): to pay particular attention to.

My focus verse for the year is Titus 1:8 Rather, [s]he must be hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 

In that context, disciplined means to exhibit a controlled manner of behavior. At this point in my life, I feel that I truly need discipline so that I can focus on accomplishing my goals – deepening my walk with God, building a client base for my legal practice, launching a marketing plan for Sugarcoated and resuming my exercise regimen. All of these things are essential to my happiness and health (mental and physical).

I need to be disciplined as it relates to the way I go about accomplishing my goals. If you, like me, need the discipline to focus OR need to be disciplined as it relates to your life’s goals, here are three steps that will help you:

  1. Fix Your Focus on God
  2. Accept God’s help
  3. Adopt a Plan

In such a busy world, many of us can’t, don’t or won’t focus on God because of ringing phones, pinging text messages, meeting reminders, the requirements of personal and home life and the chirping Facebook, Instagram and Twitter notifications. These things get our attention before God.

We don’t seek and accept God’s help because we live in a world where we seek instant gratification. We try to figure things out for ourselves.

We don’t adopt plans because we fly by the seats of our pants. We’ve all heard the phrase, “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” We try one method for a while, then we see that someone else is going about it a different way and we decide to try their way.

We all need more focus in some area(s) of our lives. What do you need discipline to focus on? If you like me need discipline to focus, here is a prayer for you to pray.

Dear Father,

Give us a heart that surrenders to you and your will. Grant us the discipline necessary to focus on you, your purpose for our lives and our goals. Bring about focus so that we aren’t distracted by the details and busyness of our lives. In your son, Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Wishing you Blessings throughout the New Year,

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Great Work

“…I’m doing a great work. I can’t come down. Why should the work come to a standstill just so I can come down and see you?” – Nehemiah 6:3 (MSG)

My great work isn’t your great work. Your great work isn’t my great work. But both are great works. Nehemiah’s great work was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Sandballat heard of the great work that Nehemiah and his men were doing and became upset. He wanted to do all he could to prevent Jerusalem from being restored. As a result, he invited Nehemiah away from the safety of the city to meet him so they could “resolve the conflict.” Sandallat’s invitations were potential distractions that would’ve caused the work to come to a standstill had Nehemiah accepted.

In our lives, our Sandballats/distractions cause breaches in our respective walls/lives that prevent our great works from being completed. The breach or the thing that could cause you to fail and your work to remain uncompleted could be hanging out, bad habits or relationships (platonic or romantic). Your great work can relate to many areas of your life.

If the great work that God has called you to do isn’t completed it could change your life. The thing is, if Nehemiah had come down, he would’ve been killed. Sanballat and his many (four) invitations were distractions. In addition to the invitations, there were also threats of invasion and other danger. But, Nehemiah and his men continued working. They watched and prayed. If Nehemiah had come down the wall probably would not have been completed, and the people of would not have had their legacy restored. Nehemiah was focused. His heart and mind were set on the great work God had called him to do. We should be the same way.

I have started saying aloud, “I am doing a great work, and I CANNOT come down.” I think about it. I say it. I mean it. I am at a point in my life where friends, fun and excursions, though important, cannot be distractions from the great work I am being called to do.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10

I am doing a great work, prepared just for me, and I cannot come down. Another way to say it, You/I/We are doing great things that God called us to do, and we cannot be turned around. Right now, you may not be certain of what your great work is, but believe that everything you do works together for your good and God’s glory.

God is calling us out of our sins and away from distractions to do great things. What has God called you to do? What does your heart or gut tell you you must do? Don’t be deterred from God’s plan for your life. Don’t be distracted from the vision God gave you. Don’t ignore God’s will for your life.

Will you join me in doing great work and not losing focus or being distracted?



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