Don't Let Circumstances Dictate Your Mood

“When we make this world about us, we begin to worry about our health, finances and other earthly possessions. Our focus becomes on our wants, needs and desires. Whether our life is going well or we are struggling with pain, we must ultimately remember who we are…a spirit born in the image of Christ…here to fulfill a purpose before we go back home.

Think about that…doesn’t it completely change how you feel and see life?”
Laura/gitznjo

My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?
Galatians 5:16MSG

Supernatural Help

One thing people typically focus on at the start of a new year is better health. This could mean eating better, exercising, taking supplements, using more natural products on yourself and in your home or something else entirely that’s personal to you and your situation. It could even refer to your spiritual health or the strengthening of your spiritual life.

Love this word of the year and acrostic that my sister, Angela Loomis, posted regarding that very thing:

Although I consider myself to be a spiritual-minded person sometimes I let secular activities crowd out my spiritual activities. I want to focus more on spiritual things, so this year I am going to put more effort into keeping my spiritual routine. My word for this year is SPIRITUAL:

Seek God’s Kingdom first
Pray more specifically
Imitate Jesus’ example
Read God’s word daily
Imitate God’s faithful servants of old
Take time to meditate on God’s Word
Understand the Bible better
Allow God’s word to mold me
Let others know what I am learning

Those are great intentions!

A friend and fellow encourager shared the following words at the start of the year.

Praying that you will receive supernatural help in identifying and achieving your goals and dreams this year, and that God will bless you abundantly.

Pray big. Worry small. Trust God.

What are your intentions?

For several years now, at the start of the new year, I have searched for and shared my “word” for the year. This has often been a word or phrase that I sought through prayer and/or by reading various books and articles to help guide my thoughts and actions for the year ahead. Although a lot of people do this, they enlist various methods for coming up with their word as well as different ways to use it or focus on it in the days ahead.

If you’re not sure how to get started, here are some thoughts from a few other writers/sources that might assist you in discovering your word or phrase for 2020 and understanding the benefits of coming up with one.

“Instead of a rigid New Year’s Resolution, a Word of the Year is your constant—yet gentle—reminder to focus on creating positive change. Use your Word of the Year to help guide your decisions and continue moving towards what you want.

The first step to manifesting anything you desire is awareness and intention. A Word of the Year will set you in the right direction by bringing more awareness to your intentions.” Elizabeth Rider

Dayspring.com asks, “What if you replaced your resolutions with truth from God’s Word? What if you chose to focus on this one theme all year, helping you filter decisions, calm emotions, and face each day with resolve?” They have a 7-question quiz to help you find your word that you might want to check out.

Heidi Kundin from Happiness Is Homemade provides some thoughts on the trend of choosing a word of the year – “I wanted to choose something meaningful that would guide me through the year and be a compass throughout life’s many decisions, something that would encourage me to be the best version of myself.” On her website, she provides a list of 150 Word of the Year Ideas (in scrollable or printable formats). If you’re drawing a blank, this might be a good place to get some ideas.

This year, I took my direction from some thoughts shared in Valerie Alexander’s First Wednesday Happiness Letter of the New Year, a weekly newsletter that I subscribe to. She shared the following:

“This time last year, I shared the exercise that my friend, the sassy Debra Trappen, created for the start of the year. It was to come up with a word that defined your intention for the year, then create an anagram of that word to guide you towards that intention. [Valerie has since noted with input from a reader that “anagram” is actually not the right word. It’s an “acrostic.”]

My intention last year was to worry less and accept more, so my word was TRUST, which turned into:
Take a deep breath
Relax
Unwind
Savor the Moment
Thank the Universe for all that you have and all that you are.

And you know what?
It worked!
I did worry less last year and reaped the blessings that came with all of those guiding actions.”

I have to admit, there have been times in the past when I have started out strong, but let my focus waver as the year went on. I liked the idea of the anagram giving more definition to my word and providing me with some reminders of what might help me achieve it as well as measure it. After too many years of focusing primarily on work and professsional goals, this year I want to focus on a personal goal – to discover and experience more enjoyment in life. So, my 2020 word of the year is ENJOY!

I want to expect and be open to amazing things happening in my life; notice and be grateful for everyday blessings; take more day trips and other types of trips with my husband where we truly step away from work and daily expectations; enjoy nature more; and make/take time to be creative and have fun doing it. None of these things are difficult; they just take focus and making the right things … the things that really matter … a priority.

Think about what matters to you. What do you want to see and experience more of in 2020? What is your intention and how can you bring it about?

“Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, Drink wine with a robust heart.
Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Dress festively
every morning. Don’t skimp on colors and scarves. Relish life
with the spouse you love Each and every day of your precarious life.
Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange For the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one! Whatever turns up,
grab it and do it. And heartily!” Ecclesiastes 9:9-10 (The Message)