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My Focus for 2018

I’ve joined in the practice in selecting a word at the beginning of each new year. Most of the time, I have forgotten the word (as we forget or fail at resolutions), but I feel like it’s still an important exercise to end one year and begin another.

A few days ago a friend posted a helpful resource, which helped me begin to think ahead for a word for 2018. I thought about this past year and how challenging it has been.

Many words came to mind: listen, strength, attitude, etc…As I thought about all the different aspects of life in which I wanted to feel differently or more positively about.

And then a few nights ago, as I was relaxing in bed, listening to music and able to slow down my mind, a Bible verse came to mind:

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2

As I contemplated a word to launch 2018 I wanted something that resonated with where I want to go, a word that would lead me through a process and help me to grow.

So, here is the phrase that will be my focus.

As I contemplated this word, I thought of all the opportunities that await me.

For my mind to be transformed….
For my attitude to be transformed…
For my voice to be transformed…
For my serving to be transformed…

For God’s love, grace & forgiveness to transform me.

As I write this, I’ve got a few ideas of how I will begin this process. But I am not going to lay it out all at once. I am going to start with the activities that really resonate and then grow and move into other areas of interest as the days move forward.

One of my first travel adventures of 2018 will be to VoxCon! I am super excited to go knowing that I’ve got an area of focus and room to grow! I know I have a voice and story to share and I am looking forward to learning more on how to do that!

This Bible challenge has me excited. Focusing on a verse from each book of the Bible is a neat idea, plus listening to the Bible (I am in the car a minimum of an hour a day) in the year seems like a goal I can and desire to accomplish!

In the last few weeks, the early chapters of several books have got me back on the book reading bandwagon. This will forever be a goal/resolution as I begin a new year, but with the focus on being transformed and renewing my mind, I know that reading will help to accomplish that!

Summer of 2018 will be the 10th anniversary of my career in DCE ministry. As I think about my first 10 years and the years ahead, I recognize my role is changing. I am looking forward to learning how I can continue to serve in this awesome community that I am a part of!

These are just a few of the things I am thinking about as I meditate on being transformed in 2018! What is your focus for 2018?





  • Kim

    This is my 5th year doing a word focus. If you recall, I began following your blog when I read your October writing subject, Hope, my 2017 word. It was a really tough year, personally, emotionally, even spiritually. Keeping Hope in mind got me through much. For the first time, I feel led to keep my word for a second year. But w a different approach. Hope last year was what I grappled for, clung to. Hope this year is what I am to live, and offer. How remains to be seen, but I’m looking forward to it instead of dreading.

    • emily

      Kim – What a wonderful idea! I love how your perspective has changed and how you can continue to grow with how you focus on the word, hope!

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