Wednesday, November 11, 2015


At the end of 2014 I asked the Lord to give me a word to live by for 2015.  I've done this the last several years, and sometimes, I hear the word right away, and other times I have to wait, search, and really pray about it.  That's how it was this year.  It didn't just come.  I had to really pray and listen. But when I heard, I knew it right away.  Give.  My word to live by in 2015.

I have tried so many times to write this post and do a bit of a recap of how it's going with my word. But, it's super hard to write about all the ways I've learned to give without coming across as arrogant, like I have reached this place of all knowing, and I have it all together now that I'm super generous.  So this is really weird to write.  Because I'm really none of those things and I still have so much to learn.  

But let me tell you this.  When you make giving an intentional part of everyday life, it changes you. (some of you are reading this like, duh.)  It changes the way you view people.  It changes the way you view stuff.  It changes the way you live life.  I still have so much to learn about giving (and a million other things), but there is freedom in being generous. There is freedom in not being so attached to things.  I have found so much joy in the daily, mundane part of giving because my focus has shifted.  It's become truly about others and not as much about me.

For me personally, giving hasn't always been about things, but a lot of it is about my time and how I spend it.  I'm an introvert, so giving people time is a big deal.  When I give a lot of my time to others, it exhausts me.  So I'm learning to be very selective in how I give it.  With that being said, when I give time with the right attitude...thinking of others before myself...I don't feel as exhausted.  I mean, I still do, but it's refreshing, fulfilling.  I can't really explain it, but if you've experienced it, you know what I mean.  And sometimes my way of giving is saying no.  Because if I can't give joyfully, then I need to say no.  And then not feel bad or anxious about it.

Being intentional about giving has truly changed my relationship with my husband, the way I parent, it's changed me as a sister, a friend, small business owner, and teacher.  It's changed the way I love my family, the way I view my stuff, the way I run my business.  I'm grateful for this giving journey I've been on in 2015.  I'm grateful for the way my heart has expanded for others.  I'm so grateful for the small, tangible, daily ways I've learned to be a better giver.  And I'm excited to see how God grows this gift in my heart in the years to come.  


Audrey Louise said...

I think you expressed yourself perfectly! It takes such dedication to give every day and I'm so glad you're seeing a difference in yourself and your relationships. I don't think that I have enough self-awareness to consciously give everyday, but I do try to pay it forward and keep my eyes open for people that might need help or encouragement. I'm glad your word has effected your year so positively!

Tayler said...

This is awesome! You are definitely becoming more Christ-like this way. Charity is the pure love of Christ

Southern Komfort Blog said...

This is such a wonderful and strong word to live by! There need to be more folks in this world with a heart like yours :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh wow, Kelly....thank you so much! Your words are always so kind and sweet. I'm encouraged so much by you!!