Words are powerful, and boy do I love them.

Every year God gives me a word [or phrase] to use as a compass for the next 12 months. I use this word throughout the year to grow, reflect, and hone in on who God needs me to me be.

My word for 2020 was fly. I didn’t understand at all what that meant or what the year would hold for me. Honestly, it’s December and I’m just now getting it. After all, fly means to move quickly or be hurled through the air.

Don’t they say hindsight is 2020? See what I did there? Moving homes, moving towns, moving jobs, all during a global pandemic definitely had me feeling like I was being hurled through the air. Some days I landed gracefully, and some days I landed gracelessly. But I landed. And boy did I learn a ton.

This past Sunday God gave me my word for 2021, and I’m pretty pumped about it. My word is FOCUS which is a lot less scary than FLY.

1. Focus on God

2. Focus on Family

3. Focus on Rays of Sunshine

I’m pretty excited to see where this takes me. I’m excited to make the above three things my true center of attention. I’m ready to hone in, dig in, and hopefully not be hurled through the air anymore. 😆

What’s your word?

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

Because We Can

That mean girl mentality needs to be squashed.

And mommas – it starts with us.

What do our daughters hear us say about other women – even in the privacy of our own home? What type of words are we using? They understand them.

Be careful, momma.

When another woman walks into the room what vibe do we give off? Our daughter feels it.

Texting another woman about another woman across the room – our daughters see that, and they absolutely “get” it.

When we are on the phone with our best friend what words are we using? They hear them.

And that social media mean girl is a whole other type of monster.

What are we typing? What are we reposting? They see it. They read it.

We are their first role model. That’s a lot of pressure, and it should be.

Let’s strive to be better for them.

Let’s break out of the mold for them.

Let’s celebrate others for them.

Let’s love with our whole hearts – for them.

Let’s raise up a generation of young women that encourage and empower other young women because we can. Because they can.

“The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.” Proverbs 17:27