January 11, 2017

My Word for 2017

       In 2011, I started having a My Word for the Year versus coming up with a long list of resolutions, for which I have failed almost instantaneously every year. It starts really good during the first few months, then I get lost and distracted in the process, ended up veering to my old ways, and before you know it, my resolutions are forgotten.

 I love the simplicity of having just one word ~ it’s beautiful, it encompasses a larger concept, it’s not boring, and it demands your attention better, clearer, and stronger.   Just to recap, here is my previous My Word for the Year, which you can find here in my blog:

2011 – Focus

2012 – Present

2013 – Intentionality

2014 – Nourish

2015 – Strength

2016 – Worthy

Choosing a different WORD every year has taken me into different kinds of changes, more so…a new level of transformations.  Instead of focusing on my physical appearance and having tangible resolutions (lose weight, get fit, have this, have that…yada, yada...yada…),  I focused on my inner self.  The WORD directs me and sets the tone for my everyday functioning.  It doesn’t set boundaries, rather it offers flexibility and grace into my daily intentions; consequently, allowing me to evaluate myself and my responses, and the leniency gives me the opportunity to alter or modify certain behaviors and responses.  More importantly, the WORD allows me to control my behaviors in every situation; therefore, reflecting and triggering a transformation that is favorable and honorable.

Honestly speaking, I normally come up with My Word for the Year around the end of January, but not this year.  It came to me suddenly on 2 January 2017.  My family and I went to Kahana Bay Beach, Hawaii for our much needed family day.  We enjoyed a whole day of playing in the water, eating, napping, and relaxing.  The word came to me while reading a book, while in between watching my husband play ball with my twins, as well as while savoring the cool breeze from the ocean, listening to the sound of the water and my family laughing, the gorgeous mountain view near the shore, and the soothing sands in between my toes. Everything about that moment and that day was beautiful and memorable! It truly touched the deepest part of my heart and it even made me cry.  It was that exact moment when the word came to me. 

 My Word for 2017 is LOVE….

LOVE….the greatest of them all!

 The Bible is full of great verses and passages about the topic of love.  God’s love for me and my love for HIM is a perfect example…a good starting point in fulfilling My Word for the Year.  Love encompasses an expansive concept in relation to my faith, marriage, my children, my job, my friends, my home, my neighbors, my planning world, my pets, and my overall environment. To better unite my reason for selecting this word, I referred to one my favorite Bible verses, Psalm 91:14-16,  which speaks about LOVE in the most profound and reciprocated way….

“Because she loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue her; I will protect her, for she acknowledges my name.  She will call on me, and I will answer her; I will be with her in trouble, I will deliver her and honor her.  With long life I will satisfy her and show her my Salvation.”

Look around us….somehow, in our world, in our country, in our families, and even in ourselves, love is transitory, if not absent.  Hate, indifferences, and anger have significantly mounted. Therefore, as a child of God, I want to be an example of HIS everlasting LOVE by meeting indifference with love, understanding anger and frustration with love, accepting and receiving fear with love, delivering and applying forgiveness with love, and sharing and showing love with more love.

So, this year, I wanted to fulfill my word LOVE in many different aspects. Yes!  It is easy to say “I love…..” but how can I truly quantify and explain its impact?  To do this, I will seek LOVE each day. I will document “I LOVE…” in order to deepen my understanding and appreciation for my LOVE in EVERYTHING around me.  To do this, I’ve selected and dedicated this new 2017 Planner to document these understandings and appreciations by writing daily about something that touched my heart.  I will capture each “I LOVE…”, then explain how it has impacted me and my day-to-day activities.

I know that 2017 will bring loads of challenging situations, but I will be, as always, a fierce protector of my heart.  I will be conscientious in my quest for LOVE each day in order to maintain a balanced lifestyle that encourages positivity, joy, loyalty, blessings, and gratitude.  God’s wonderful LOVE for me must transcend further than HIS expectations.  I must continue to honor HIM, respect HIS gracious guidance and mercy, and convey God’s wonderful LOVE for me to others every day. 

            I wish you all a Happy and BLESSED New Year and I hope 2017 bring you an abundance of LOVE.

~ Ella