Rather than using the typical “New Year’s Resolution” to support accomplishing goals, I instead look for a theme for the year to focus on.
Last year’s theme was “unshakable faith,” which – in effect – brought lots of faith-promoting experiences which led to a HUGE increase in faith in the Lord. Wow. What a year – intense + miraculous! The year before was “intention,” leading me to be more intentional with my life. This shifted SO much for my life in a BIG way. My good friend, Kelly Anderson, was the one who inspired me to search out themes for each year. She chooses a word, which I tried to do, but this year as I was pondering on what the theme should be, an entire scripture came to mind:
“… establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.” – Doctrine & Covenants 88:119
I realized that EVERYTHING I desire right now for myself and my family is mentioned in this scripture. Mmm! I love it!
You may be wondering: how do you know when you’ve found your theme for the year? For me, I know I’ve found it when thinking about that word or phrase makes my heart sing. When I think about this scripture, I get ALL fired up. It gives me lots of energy and tons of ideas. It doesn’t feel heavy or like a big “project” at all. I want to post the words of my year’s theme on the walls in my home and maybe even order custom jewelry with the words etched in it. THAT’s how I know I’ve found my theme. (If you have more questions about how to find your theme, ask me in the comments and I’ll answer them there.)
Looking closer at my 2013 theme, I saw some really interesting things. Here’s a snapshot view of some thoughts/desires I have about creating with this scripture theme:
House of Prayer:
House of Fasting:
House of Faith:
House of Learning:
House of Glory:
House of Order:
House of God:
As you can see, this theme opened up a LOT for me in seeing how most all of the “goals” I have are related to this scripture theme. Just amazing. I am SO excited to keep working on this and opening it up further.
I’ll be posting more about each of these areas and continued insights as I receive them. What an exciting year!
What’s your theme/focus this year? I would truly LOVE to hear about it in the comments below!