Sometimes I find it helpful to sit down and make a list of things that are important to me, or the kind of person I want to be, or the things I think God wants me to do with my life. I find it helpful to focus for just a minute. In 2012, among other things, I just want to work on being a better person, a better wife and mother, a better imitation of Christ. I don’t want to just take things for granted, accept second best, or waste what I’ve been given. I want to be what GOD desires of me. This is my prayer:

My word for 2012 is “Transformation.” Inside and out. Last year it was “Well-functioning.” We worked on a lot of daily habits in pursuit of a well functioning home and we discovered and practiced a lot of things that really work well for us. This year we need to keep that up and JUST DO IT when it needs to be done, even if we don’t want to. This year we need to take off laziness and put on diligence. We need to shed complaining and put on contentment. We will discard leaving things for someone else and take initiative. It won’t be easy. But if we keep practicing the habits we’ve been working on and seek God for wisdom and strength we can transform our bad habits into good ones. The same is true for taking care of myself better – I have lots of bad habits to shed and plenty of good ones to take on instead.

So then, my verse for 2012 is Romans 12: 1-2:

 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Do you pick words for the new year? What’s yours? (Or if you DID.. what would you pick?)

Also, you can read my “resolution”, er “To Do in 2012” post, here.

This is linked with Meghan’s New Year’s post at The Tuckers Take Tennessee. Check it out! You can read what others are using for THEIR 2012 word.

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Hey, y’all! I'm Amber, and I wear many hats: Pastor's wife, marriage advocate, eclectic homeschooler, mother of three, and domestically challenged homemaker--lovin’ life and livin’ deep in the heart of Texas.
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