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Cultivate What Matters: Uncovering a Word of the Year


"Experience doesn't make you wiser. Evaluated experience makes you wiser," Andy Stanley. 

I sat across from a mentor in November as she shared this nugget of wisdom with me. This encompasses so well why I spend time intentionally evaluating the year behind and what matters most to me before landing on a word or goals for the year ahead.

Before knowing where the new year will take me, I must first know where I've been (see Part 1). Intentional time spent in prayer and reflection over the last twelve months is a fruitful practice I've come to love.

Cultivate What Matters: Know Where You Are


Somewhere along the way I was introduced to Lara Casey's annual Goal Setting series. I jumped all in with her in 2013 jotting everything down in journals and some on this blog. In 2014, I began using Powersheets to more intentionally make progress on what matters most to me.

God has used this process over the last handful of years to break strongholds, build up purpose and allow me to live a surrendered life for my joy and His glory. I'm going to let you in on pieces of my 2018 Powersheets process and the goals over the next few days.

New Year's Eve Survey with Jackson


Motherhood does a funny thing to your ability to fully remember your kiddos just as they are in a season. As much as you may cherish a moment, the mind doesn't always keep all the small details. So, as a fun way to get Jackson in on my year in review practices, I started this survey in 2016 (see last year's responses). It's simple, but gets him thinking about the year behind and the year ahead. 

Revelations at the Well - Part 3


So much wisdom was gleaned at the Well with my Savior this year. You can read about much of those lessons in Part 2 of this series. Today's revelation at the well has been the overarching, life-shifting lesson of them all and deserving of it's own space.

Of all the revelations, of all the lessons learned and good things bestowed on me through the year of well here's what I'm clinging to: Jesus is not just the Good Shepherd, He is my Good Shepherd.

Revelations at the Well - Part 2


Jesus went out of His way to meet the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. He took a path that culture told him to bypass; the way that wasn't socially acceptable but filled with holy purpose. Just as Jesus met the Samaritan woman that faithful day at the well, I felt His intentional, out of the way, pursuit of me this year.

Can we pause for a minute to acknowledge what a privilege it is that the Lord of Lords would seek us out to share His love, wisdom and joy?

Little by little His word revealed to me things I'd never fully known about my walk as a daughter of God and friend of Jesus.  Through the power of the Spirit, God took His word from my head to my heart to the work of my hands.