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  • Writer's pictureMandy

reflect before you project

Have you ever written a “word of the year” at the beginning of a new year? Every January, I see family and friends share words they plan to focus on throughout the year ahead. Words like faith, joy, celebrate, and focus.

I love the idea of setting an intention or goal, but choosing a “word of the year” means something different for me.

Over the past several years, I’ve gained valuable wisdom through coming up with a reflection word. A reflection word summarizes lessons, experiences, and valuable nuggets of wisdom God wants me to take to heart from the past year. This practice helps me remember God’s faithfulness in specific ways I can always refer back to.

So, I encourage you to find a quiet space to ask God: What do you want me to take to heart from 2020?

The word placed on my heart is growth.

Through the ups and downs and all arounds of last year, God was fully present and at work. He grew me in specific areas I don’t want to forget – spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and physically (Yay Baby Johnson!).

I’m grateful for the growth, both joyful and painful, and hope you grew in unique ways as well.

What’s your reflection word for 2020?


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