Welcoming in a new year means that the blog world is bombarded with obligatory flash-backs on 2012 and resolutions for 2013 posts. I’m always one to try and rebel because I’m constantly marching to the beat of my own drum line…a drum line that wears Toms, sequined top hats, and jitterbugs in the middle of the grocery aisle. But, really, it’s important to take time to relish in past blessings and to look forward to the future with hope.
I’ve been sitting on this post for two weeks now because I hadn’t felt led in any specific direction toward a word or theme for 2013. I have big goals for this year but I don’t like making a list of resolutions, but rather come up with a blanket statement that helps me stay focused on any goal or vision that I set for myself. Last year “Be Intentional” came to me immediately and I decided to make that my theme and my goal for 2012.
“I want to lose 10 pounds.” Be intentional about eating right and exercising. Boom.
“I want to write 30 minutes a day.” Be intentional about making the time. Bam.
“I want to get more involved in my new church.” Be intentional about meeting people. Shazam.
See what I mean? And what was cool about that is being intentional has become a part of my life, not just one year where I decided to live it.
So I wanted to set an equally awesome theme for 2013.
I was reading Greater by Steven Furtick (Amazing book. Read it!) and it’s all about being a greater Christian and not settling with life. He wrote a chapter that pointed me toward 2 Kings chapter 3. The Readers Digest version of this chapter is that Elisha was telling people to get ready for God’s rain but first they had to prepare for it by digging ditches throughout their land so that they could store a huge supply of water.
Basically what’s happening here is that God was saying that he had amazing things in store for these people to supply all of their needs but he needed them to do two things:
1) Have faith and show that they believed he would follow through on his promises by digging ditches to prepare for the rain.
2) Do the hard work ahead of time to prepare for the time that God would pour out his favor.
As soon as I read this I knew it. I knew deep down in my spirit that 2013 would be the year of “digging ditches.” A year of me doing the hard work and showing my faith in belief that God is going to rain his favor over the goals I’ve set for myself…
The goal of having a first draft of my book done by the end of February.
The goal of getting a copy of my book in my hands by the end of 2013.
The goal of being in ministry with my husband.
The goal of being willing to go where God will lead us in our journey to parenthood.
I’ve called 2012 a year of transition for me. It was a year where God took me to a deeper level and relationship with him, healed me of my grief from infertility, gave me a supernatural peace, put me in a position to minister to others, and gave me beautiful, fresh vision of how he plans on taking all the hurt and pain I’ve been through over the past 2.5 years and turn it into something so incredible that I never could have imagined.
And all that has started in 2013. For that reason, I wanted to make my theme for 2013 proactive with sails big enough to carry me wherever the wind of God would take me.
So this year is the year of “Digging Ditches.” A year of doing the hard work as a sign of faith that God will pour out his favor on my life and fulfill the promises and visions he’s placed on my heart.
“When you know God has promised you greater things, you don’t wait for a sign to appear before you respond….Only God can send the rain. But he expects you to dig the ditches.” – Steven Furtick, Greater
What is your theme, your word, or your goals for 2013? If you’ve blogged about it leave a link in the comments so myself and others can read all about it and encourage you in your journey!