This has been the first year that I chose a word to focus on and really felt like I persisted in seeking it out in my life. I guess it makes sense that I would stick with it, since I chose the word perseverance.
It's been hard in a lot of ways. I oftentimes sensed that I was being challenged simply because I chose that word. It's like when we pray for patience, and then we feel like God is giving us lots of opportunities where we feel our flesh wanting to be impatient.
I don't think it's that he's punishing us for focusing on a certain word-- like, don't pray about growing in perseverance or God will give you lots of really hard-to-finish tasks just to challenge you.
No, I think, rather, that we just are more sensitive to those opportunities because we've tuned our senses to that particular word. I probably didn't have any more opportunities to persevere than I normally would have for where I am in life, but I was keenly aware of them because I had honed in on improving in that area.
I've got a few weeks left in the year to wrap up a couple of things, and I'm sure there will be plenty of long days to endure through. In my last newsletter of the year, which I'm planning to send out soon, I'll share a bit more about what I've experienced this year. And then it's time to think of a new word to focus on. Can you believe we're approaching another new year here?
Next year, there is a really unique growth opportunity that I wanted to share with you. As the lazy blogger that I am, you know I must be excited if I'm blogging about something less than 12 hours after I heard about the opportunity. And I am. I'm that excited.
My friend Mandi of Life Your Way is a self-confessed "recovering serial entrepreneur." I've walked alongside her for some of her journey when we worked together for Simple Living Media and seen that in action-- she is an amazing entrepreneur and mom, but even she realized this year that she needed to refine some things in her life.
Mandi has put together an e-course for 2015 that intends to intentionally walk through a different area of what really living means each month.
As I read through the list of monthly contributors, I got more and more excited. So many of these women are bloggers I've grown to follow, admire and learn from, and several of them are women I would consider close friends and/or mentors (and, I know that many (if not all) also love the Lord). These ladies have written books and blogs that have helped me grow immensely in various areas of my life.
The monthly curriculum is as follows:
What’s included in the course?
- a step-by-step approach that helps you focus on one area of your life at a time to create real, lasting changes
- experts sharing fresh, exclusive content on each topic
- a variety of multimedia formats: written blog posts, podcasts, vlogs and printables
- ad-free content
- a rolling format that allows you to join us in any month and cover the course material over the following 12 months
- lifetime membership so you can revisit the monthly themes year after year
- BONUS: offline content (PDF, .mobi and .epub)
- BONUS: access to a private Facebook group for encouragement and discussion
What a life-giving gift to get yourself or ask for as you go into a new year. I know it's definitely something that I want to save up for, as I know that when I look at the topics and at the invitation to LIVE more fully in those areas, and immediate YES! resounds within me.
Live :: Creating a life you love is available now for the introductory rate of $156, and then the price will go up next week on December 15th.
I'm already excited to turn the page of a new year. Starting fresh is one of my favorite things to do, and working through a year-long project like this sounds fantastic.
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