Wednesday, January 7, 2015

give

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For the last few years, I've chosen a word to help define my year, something I want to learn more of, or picked a word that would be a reminder of how I wanted to live my life for that year.  This year I hadn't intended to choose a word, but I started to notice a theme that seemed to be surrounding me.  I prayed about it for a few days and really just felt like God was telling me something specific He wants me to do more of in 2015....GIVE.

I don't completely know what this looks like, but I definitely have some ideas....I want to be mindful to not only give tangible things, but also time, help, knowledge, resources, money, food, free babysitting...whatever it may be, I just want to be intentional to give.

Giving is something Steve is amazing at...almost to a fault.  For him it's like his greatest strength can sometimes also be his greatest weakness.  He gives and gives and gives, not always paying attention to how it affects him...physically, emotionally, mentally, financially.  But his heart.  Oh his heart is always, always in the right place when he gives.  He gives sacrificially.  With intention.  And complete selflessness.

I want to give more like that.  That is my goal for this year.  To be more of a giver.  Not to be taken advantage of, but to be a blessing.  A help and encouragement.  To give with no expectation of getting anything in return.  At the end of 2015, I want to look back and know that I gave more than I received.  Because isn't that what living and loving should always be about?

"For it is in giving that we receive." -Francis of Assisi


14 comments:

ashley said...

Such an amazing post lady! <3 I wish I could say I was like your husband as well. You are an awesome loving person & it is amazing that you have such a selfless goal for your new year.

Cassie Lee said...

GREAT word. My husband is really good at this too. I want to serve more this year.

Emily @ Ember Grey. said...

I'm so excited to see how God works this word into 2015 for you :) Last year was the first year I chose a word and it wasn't until the end of 2014, looking back, that I realized just how much God grew me and loved me with the word I'd chosen. Bless that husband of yours!

Amy @ Set Free said...

thank you! I've got a lot of work to do, but I know it's something that I definitely need to work on and I WANT to!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you! SERVE...that's a great thing to strive for this year. It's hard for me to do too, because it;s so selfless...I tend to get all caught up in "well, do you know just how much I've been doing lately?!?..." ugh...less of me, more of Him!!

Amy @ Set Free said...

I'm excited, too. This is my 4th year picking a word, and my principal always has us pick words for our school year, too. I love reflecting at the end of the year to see just what God did through a simple word He puts on my heart at the beginning of the year.

Whitney said...

Give is a great word for 2015! We have a similar goal to be builders this year. In building up our family and our church family!

Amy @ Set Free said...

BUILDERS...I love that word!! It has so much meaning to it.

Sarah @ 12 Twenty Seven said...

Such a great word, Amy! It's awesome that you have a husband that knows and lives that word so you can lean on him in times of exhaustion!

Kristen @ Treats and Travels said...

I think this is such a great word and a great concept. I've never tried this type of resolution before, but I really like the idea of it. Maybe I'll think of a word of my own...

Amber Thomas said...

I cannot wait to see what GIVE does for you this year. I've found that you pick a word with one heart behind it and then it's completely transformed to something completely and entirely different that just blows my mind (and makes me realize He's got such awesome ways of doing things).

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you! I can't wait to see what God is going to do!! It seems like every year I pick a word, God transforms me in such a way, so far beyond what the word evens means. I always love looking back to see what God did through a simple word or phrase.

TheAdventuresofBugandBoo said...

I think this is a marvelous aim for the year. I love the way you write about Steve here, there's so much love clear to read in your writing. :) I pray that you will find bottomless wells of giving this year, and find that you are blessed 100-fold over in return! XO

Amy @ Set Free said...

So far, I am loving my word of the year. It's been fun to find ways to *give*, and be creative with it. Thank you for what you said about Steve. That means so much to me!