My One Word for 2015

There is a custom I enjoy at the beginning of a new year, of choosing a single word that will provide oversight and direction for me throughout the year. One powerful word that I will set as my True North, striving to point my behaviors, attitude, and relationships towards it.

My word for 2015 is LOVE.

I had an epiphany about Love a few years back. My epiphany moment came after a time of anger, bitterness, distancing, and other very unLOVEing behaviors holding my heart (and my marriage) captive.

I was at a coaching conference in Marco Island, FL. One of the keynote speakers stepped on stage and was to talk to the room of 400+ coaches about leadership and core competencies. He began by telling us that after having spent the last two days mingling with us at the conference, he was sure of what our core competency (as coaches) was. He said, “Your core competency is LOVE. That’s it. Love is what you do and it’s all you ever have to do.”

I remember thinking…Only Love. All I have to do is one thing? This is going to be easy!

Sure, it was easy until I began to see what LOVE really means. I wrote a post about it called “The Love Challenge” which you can find here.

Well fast-forward a few years and I will tell you that I have not found LOVE to always be easy. I have found, however, that the choice to LOVE always leads me to peace-of-mind and deeper spiritual connection.

Love in 2015
My decision to choose LOVE as my word for this year was influenced by a little book called The Apostolate of Holy Motherhood. At just over 100 pages, this short book is definitely not short on inspiration. Nor on challenges. The Apostolate is a call for mothers to become ‘apostles’ for the mission of restoring sanctity and peace at home, to stop the spread of evil that is destroying many families today, and to mitigate the suffering of innocent children around the world. If you’re interested in learning more, you can find the book on Amazon.com here.

The messages in the book are challenging me in new ways and I’m finding them a powerful aid in my spiritual growth. I am learning how to truly put God first in my life and what it means to really surrender myself – 100% – to the Divine Will.

My biggest take-away from the book is a phrase that jumped right off the page and into my heart. That phrase is “silence & obscurity” (within the context of how to live out my vocation of motherhood in service to God). These two challenging words are forming the foundation of my 2015 LOVE.

Silence: Silencing my endless petitions so I can listen for His plans and His desires for me. Silencing my “coaching” at home and allowing Him to speak to my family through me. Silencing advice-giving to friends and clients and leading us in intercessory prayer instead.

Obscurity: It’s not about me. It’s actually all about Him. Everything. My mothering, my marriage, my coaching, my friendships, my service. It’s been a fascinating revelation to experience the freedom in thinking about myself less and thinking about Jesus more.

So, what will my loving look like in 2015? How will love inspire my behavior, my speech, my relationships? I can’t say I have it all figured out yet. What I do know so far is that my 2015 Love will:

  • Be grounded in prayer and in pursuit of how Jesus wants me to Love
  • Strive to be that servant kind of love, especially within my immediate family
  • Involve a lot less talking and lot more listening
  • Approach my daily duties in my home with a joyful and grateful heart
  • Be verbalized more. That is, I plan to say ‘I love you’ more often, especially to my husband
  • Guide me to think & act beyond myself; to be more self-less.
  • Safeguard my intentions and motives, ensuring they are for love of Him and the desire to align my life with His Divine Will.

As I read back over all that I’ve written above, I am thinking… Holy Cow! This is going to be a challenging year! And I think I’m up for it. I feel prepared, thanks to the work that the Lord did in me during 2014!

So, what new challenge are you up for this year? In your mothering? Your close relationships? Your faith walk?
Is there a particular word that you will choose to guide your growth this year? Share in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!

Closing Prayer:
Father God, we ask your blessing upon us as we begin a new year. May we walk closer to You, both in every joyful moment and in our times of trial. We ask for increased strength, hardiness, and confidence in following You wherever You will lead us this year. Grant us great love and attentiveness for the needs of others, most especially those within our own homes. Fill us so completely with Your Love and Light so we will be a blessing to all those around us. We ask all of this in the name of Jesus, AMEN.

With love,
De

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  1. Bethany says:

    I love your word for 2015. I never heard of the book you mentioned, but as a mom myself, I hear your heart loud and clear. We need the silence.

    Funny, I’m completing my certification to become a life coach and I see you are doing coaching yourself. I would love to connect more if you are interested! Love finding you at A Faith-Filled Friday!

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    • De Yarrison says:

      Hi Bethany! Thanks for visiting and for your comment. I feel incredibly blessed to be a coach. I’d love to hear more about your journey and your plans. I’ll email you directly. God bless you, De

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  2. I’m in need of some refocusing today. Help in sending my love outward rather than just dwelling in my own struggles at the moment. Love is a wonderful word for 2015! I am doing a series right now and the foundation of it is on learning to love more and having our lives be the proof of His love. I love that your article ties it all back to Christ. There is no better example of love. I’ve enjoyed your posts form Google+ before but today I’m visiting from Fellowship Friday.

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    • De Yarrison says:

      Hi Kristi, Thank you for visiting! I will pray for abundant Heavenly help in your desire for refocusing. I LOVE your “Love More Printable” (just downloaded it). I will use your suggestions in my morning routine as I too, focus/re-focus my mind & heart on the love of Christ. I have a follow-up post in the works which will share some of my favorite scriptures and quotes about love and the way we’re truly called to love. You may see some of these scripture verses there!

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  3. Love your word for the year – and how you’re envisioning it. Sounds like you’ll be on quite a journey with God this year. I’ve been diving deep into prayer and quiet time with God recently in preparation for a blog series on prayer and stillness – and it still amazes me how restorative and renewing quiet time with God can be.

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  4. Sarah Sinni says:

    Loved yours words above and meeting you last night. You have given me a new way at looking at my life and how I choose to be going forward. I am working on a new relationship with God, my son, my husband and all that I encounter each day.
    Looking for more love and patience this year.

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    • De Yarrison says:

      Hi Sarah! Wonderful to meet you as well. I wish you many blessings in your relationships and with your intentions. I hope we will have the opportunity to get to know each other better and continue to support one another in our journeys!

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