Sunday, January 11, 2015

My (Not-So-Glamorous) Word for the Year

A few years ago, I decided to choose one word to focus on each year. This word usually stems from a place within my heart that God is speaking to.

In 2014, I chose the word Hope from Isaiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Throughout the year, God worked through this word to teach me more about Himself and the calling He's placed on my life. It was a wonderful word to meditate on. I love HOPE.

This year, a new word settled in my heart. One I wouldn't choose on my own, but one I feel God wants me to think about often, and put into practice. The word is Discipline, from Hebrews 12:11. "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." (Italics mine.)

This word is much less glamorous than last year's word, but it means a great deal to me for many reasons. God has blessed me with many privileges, but with them come a great responsibility. I feel disciplined in certain areas of my life, but I need to get better in many others. Some of the areas God is calling me to discipline are: time management, sleep, exercise, healthy eating, etc.

Interestingly, I was all set to focus on Discipline after the New Year. Starting last Monday, I was going back to my workout schedule, I had my shopping list ready, and I went to bed early on Sunday night to get into a better sleeping habit.

But I had a hard time falling asleep, and when I woke up early to exercise on Monday, I had a sore throat and I felt crummy. My entire family (minus one), ended up with Influenza and Strep Throat. I didn't leave my house for six days. Six. For me, that's unheard of.

My well-laid plans to focus on Discipline went to the wayside.

I felt terrible. My first week of Discipline was sabotaged by life's circumstances. I didn't exercise. I didn't eat as healthy as I had hoped. And my sleep schedule was totally messed up.

But I learned a great lesson this week. Discipline isn't always about accomplishing a to-do list. It isn't necessarily about exercising, or sleeping, or eating the right foods.

Often, Discipline is all about submitting.

Submitting to my limitations, submitting to God's plans when I have other ideas, submitting to my husband (yes, I said it), even when I want my own way, submitting to my list of priorities, even when they aren't always fun, and submitting to a healthy lifestyle.

Discipline is about doing the right thing, even if I don't want to. It might hurt in the moment, but later on, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace when I've been trained by it.

Your Turn: Do you choose a word to focus on each year? If so, what's your word for 2015?


  1. Oh, that's beautiful, Gabrielle. Submitting. I love that.

    I just simply chose "today" ... just getting done and making the most of what I can do in "today."

    Blessed by you!

    1. Shelli, thank you for stopping by my blog! I love your word "today." It's such a great reminder to stop and live in each moment, appreciating the little blessings, along with the big ones. I'm praying 2015 is filled with an abundance of both for you. :)

  2. Great word. It may not sound fun, but when you discipline yourself in the areas you mentioned then you'll have fun. Happy New Year!

    1. That's the beauty of discipline, just as Hebrews suggests. Discipline isn't pleasant at the moment, but later on, when we've learned how to live disciplined lives, we reap the blessings.

      Thank you for stopping by, Rachel! It's a joy to see you here. :)

  3. 2015 is my first year to have a word. Mine is happiness.

    1. Welcome to my blog, Martha! I'm so happy you chose a word this year, and happiness is such a wonderful word to choose. I hope it brings you much joy this year.

  4. Hi Gabe,
    I was stuck on disciple and diligence for three years! Oui. Talk about a hard road and one I'm still walking on (notice I didn't say running. lol).

    My word this year - Grace. Grace to approach God in my time of need to obtain mercy and help. Boy do I need it!

    Alena T.


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