2019 was my year to “Recalibrate life.” It was a year of learning and making slow changes in many areas of life. But, it was mostly a year of heart tranformation. Now we find the year nearing it’s end, and we’re ready to embark on a new year.
I made a long list of possibilities for my 2020 word of the year, and to be honest, nothing seemed right, one-by-one I scratched words off of my list. That is until I came upon the word “grace-paced,” I immediately knew it was a perfect fit.
It is a perfect word for me because it describes exactly who I want to become and how I want to live. Let me explain. To me to become and to live grace-paced means to really seek to learn to follow Jesus in His “unforced rhythms of grace”. And in order to do that I need to live out what I have shared in many of my goals. It means:
♡ living Spirit-led, quieted within, and aware of the Lord’s presence, aware of His nudges and whispers to me.
♡ living simply, unencumbered with too many things and too much busyness.
♡ living slowly, taking time to breathe deeply, taking time to be present, to listen, to play, and taking time to be aware of others, their feelings and needs.
♡ living intentionally transparent and authentic, not self-protected or fearful but rather more trusting.
♡ living in a way that demonstrates loving others deeply, more selflessly and others-oriented.
♡ living life from a restful and rested place within, not anxious, overwhelmed and exhausted, but calm and easygoing. Really learning more of resting in the Father’s love.
♡ living prayerfully, connected to my Sweet Abba, moment by moment.
Grace-Paced to me is really all about continuing my growth in Christ-likeness. So once again it is more about heart tranformation. This truly describes how I desire to live and who I desire to become.
As I read through all of this, I immediately think how lofty it all sounds. I had to remind myself it’s not about perfection, it’s about seeking to emulate Jesus and live life honoring Him. As in all of life it will be a gradual transforming. Again, it’s not about trying to do it perfectly, because I can’t. All changes will only come as I allow Him to work in and through me.
It is fully about growing in Him according to His timing and His lessons and being fully open to what He has for me. The pace of grace is living focused on Christ and allowing my soul to be refreshed by Him. Isn’t that how we are suppose to live?
As I have said many times, I have lived distracted, not focused, and too overburdened for too many years. And much of that has been of my own making as I have tried to fill empty heart holes. This new year, once again, as was 2019, will be more about heart transformation.
What about you, have you chosen your word for the year? How is your word already motivating you as you think about 2020? I look forward to connecting with you in the comments.
*Photo from Unsplash by Cara Fuller