Getting Radical

If you’re a regular reader of my blog or have done any coaching with me, you’ll know that positive change, while challenging for most of us, is absolutely possible. We re-create our behavior patterns and literally, re-wire our brains in support of the desired change, through vigilant focus and daily intention on what we WANT to move towards. You can read these older blog posts if you’re interested in learning more about the science of positive change:

And So It Is
Yes I Am

The transition we experience every December 31st presents a perfect opportunity to reflect. The start of a new year is incredibly inviting – like opening a fresh journal, full of crisp blank pages. The new year invites me to set new intentions, create new behavior patterns, to write “Chapter 2016” of my life story.

What is it I wish to move towards in 2016? Who is God calling me to become this year? What qualities or behaviors is He calling me to express more fully?

As I began praying and thinking about the one word I would choose to guide my 2016 journey, I contemplated the work the Lord has been doing in me lately. He’s definitely been shining a light on my merciful-ness (and lack thereof 😮 ). And He’s arranged many opportunities recently for me to surrender my worries and trust in His timing and provision.


A little back-story

My dear tween-age son has been giving me a run for my money lately. In my better parenting moments, I remember to encourage him towards the behavior I want to see more of, as opposed to nagging him about the behavior I want to see less of. I’ve taken to saying to him, “Come on, you can do it! Let’s go for radical obedience!” Radical! Over-the-top. Extra eager.

So, it wasn’t a big wonder that I kept hearing the word “Radical” as a candidate for my 2016.

Radical: Uncompromising, fanatical, unbending, stubborn (Lord knows I’m gifted in the stubborn category. Why not apply my gift in a constructive direction?)

Radical is just the right adjective to precede my mercy-giving and my trusting. To qualify my surrender.

Now comes the fun part. Experimenting with what “radical” will look like in the different aspects of my daily life. Being radical has an instantaneous, eager quality about, doesn’t it? I envision myself leaping up instantly and eagerly at the many daily opportunities that I am sure God will send my way 🙂 .

What does “radical mercy” towards my children look like?
What’s different when my trust in the Lord becomes “radical trust?”
What if my surrendering of a situation or decision becomes “radical surrender”?
And how about love (my word from 2015)? How will I express “radical love” towards my husband?

I’m excited to see how applying a dose of “radical” will impact my mothering, my marriage, my faith. Stay tuned…


What is God calling you towards in 2016? What one particular word might you choose to guide “Chapter 2016” of your life story? 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.

Linking up with: Mommy Monday Blog Hop, Motivation Monday, Women with Intention, Titus Tuesdays, Essential Friday Devotions, Grace and Truth, Faith Filled Friday

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  1. GinaB says:

    I’m gifted in the stubborn category as well, lol. If there is a word to describe my mission for 2016 it would be Focus. Prayerfully I will be able to use my a fore mentioned gift to my ability. visiting from #MMBH

    • De Yarrison says:

      Hi Gina! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. May God bless you and all your intentions this year! I’m going to hop over and read your post shortly. Blessings to you, De


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