Back in November I had prayed about 2010 and thought it would be fun and good to have one word that would help me focus for what would be coming down the road. SIMPLIFY was the word that I was given. I held onto that word, knowing how necessary it was and yet not knowing how it would play out in my life.
Then, I bought Jamie Ridlers Soul Reflections workshop knowing that I needed to have purpose and direction in my art pursuits. As it turned out, the workshop was wonderful but it turned out to be a springboard for developing my life goals for this coming year not just my art. I was so surprised about what appeared in front of me that I sat in total silence almost in unbelief at what I was looking at. So I prayed some more and wrote out my 2010 goals.
Then as a final sealing of the deal, God gave me two verses to hold onto this year. To remind me of my focus and purpose. The whole thing was incredible and precious and encouraging to my wounded heart of 2009. It would take pages to tell it all and I wouldn't do that to you but here are the goals and verses that will be my foundation for the coming year.
1. simplify my life by:
a. de-cluttering the house
b. focusing on only a few relationships
c. make my relationship with God #1
2. Limit my time spent with joy stealers
3. Create a support system of friends
4. Get healthy (spiritually, emotionally, physically)
5. Create a place of peace and refuge
Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus on whom our faith depends from start to finish Heb. 12:1b-2a
Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith, and love and peace and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. II Timothy 2:22b
When all these things happen then the art just flows because I am relaxed, peaceful and creatively free. 2010 is looking hopeful and simple and I am ready to move forward with purpose.
What is your word for 2010? If you don't have one then what do you want it to be?