No Resolutions, New Plan


For the last several years, instead of setting New Year’s resolutions that I know I won’t keep, I have been choosing a word for the year.

One word that I would spend the entire 12 months focusing on.

This past year I didn’t choose a word – because as 2014 began, I was going into it with some uncertainty and worry. You can read more about it by clicking here if you’d like.

I needed to spend the year focusing on trusting God’s plan.

So that’s what I did, and I’m very thankful that God answered some big prayers this past year.

It’s been almost 1 year since our friends Andy and Stacey’s son Nolan had heart surgery. Now he’s saying “Momma”, gives high fives and his sweet smile melts the hearts of everyone around him.

2014 didn’t start out great for my son Noah, but has ended with what sure seems like complete healing. The juvenile rheumatoid arthritis he struggled with last winter hasn’t made a reappearance this winter, and we continue to pray it stays away!

And although my dad may not be living here in Washington yet, we’re still taking steps in that direction and doing what’s right for him.


As I was considering a word for 2015, I kept thinking about all the amazing people in my life.

I’m surrounded by all sorts of incredible people – single parents, teachers, business owners, stay at home moms, retired grandparents, recovering addicts, pastors, and military.

There are people in my life who inspire me, encourage me and challenge me to grow.

So I’ve decided that for 2015 I want to be better about letting the people in my life know what they mean to me.

Instead of just thinking it – I want to actually say it.

Maybe in person, or with a card, or even right here on my blog.


Each Tuesday morning, in our staff meeting at NWLife, we take a bit of time and write a card to someone within the church – to show appreciation, or thanks, or maybe to let them know we’re praying for them. Afterwards we all sign each card. I honestly think it’s one of the most important things we do as a team in that meeting – because we’re recognizing people.


I want to appreciate, encourage, support and uplift those around me.

I want to let people know how much I value and love them.

I want to magnify their strengths.


That’s what I’ll be focusing on in 2015.

How about you?