#Oneword 2017

I believe that God gave me my “one word” and Scripture for 2017. I wasn’t looking for it. In fact, I thought about not having a “one word.” I’m not into fads. 

My precious sis Maria
My precious sister Maria

But as I sought my sister Maria’s counsel on an important matter at the end of 2016 (she’s my sister and a therapist!), she encouraged me about being intentional–doing things on purpose. Here below is what she emailed me:

“My word for the last few days is “on purpose.” We have to do things on purpose – get closer to God and family and friends. Make time to do things. Improve ourselves like health and money management. I guess my question is what can you do on purpose to make things even a little better?”

She also wrote, “I so get feeling like things are stuck in a rut, an endless pit of crap. We can’t control other people, only ourselves. If this was a therapy session, lol, I would try to have you identify three things that have shown improvement in the last month (exercised more, prayed more, went to a workshop, etc), then three things you can do on purpose to improve things. And I am preaching to myself! I love you immensely. Praying God will fill your heart to overflowing!”

Then as I sat in church yesterday in my black dress, cloaked in an emerald-white sapphire necklace and bracelet and many questions about life, our pastor Jeff talked about being intentional in 2017. There’s that word again. When God says something once, I listen. When He says something twice, I sit up and pay much closer attention. Third time, I know He’s a-shoutin’ at me!

2017 One Word Intentional

So my “one word” for 2017 is intentional. 

I didn’t really want the word. It’s tired, overused, much like the word “purpose,” which I’m all over and about in my mission encouraging women to use their gifts for God and doing what they love.

But it’s a word I need in my life. Down to my writing bones. (This phrase came to mind, remembering author Natalie Goldberg’s excellent book, Writing Down the Bones.

The definition of intentional, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary online is:

  • done by intention or design; 
  • done in a way that is planned;
  • done in a deliberate way; not accidental.

Synonyms for intentional are:

  • voluntary
  • willing
  • deliberate.

Voluntary implies implies freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion.

Willing implies a readiness and eagerness to accede to or anticipate the wishes of another.

The antonyms (opposite meaning) and near antonyms of intentional are even more intriguing:

  • nondeliberate;
  • nonpurposive.
  • accidental;
  • hit-or-miss;
  • aimless;
  • coerced;
  • forced;
  • casual;
  • impulsive.

As I look over and reflect on these lists of words, I ask myself: am I willing to do what God says to do in 2017? Will I obey Him? 

mule Image source: : http://images.wisegeek.com/mule-near-grass.jpg
mule
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Everyone who knows me knows that I’m stubborn as a mule. I like to think of it as “being my own person”–independent, a free spirit. But many times it’s just plain defiance and obstinance. No one is going to tell me what to do, by God! Not even God!

Control. Pride. “Stiff-necked” the Bible calls the Israelites. This trait cost many of them their lives in the wilderness.

So I surrender. Thy Will Be Done. https://youtu.be/Dp4WC_YZAuw

Beth Jones Women's Conference Speaker & Author
Beth Jones
Women’s Conference Speaker & Author

My prayer for 2017 is that I’ll be intentional:

  • in seeking God and His Kingdom first;
  • in taking care of my health;
  • in my marriage’s healing and restoration;
  • in spending time with my children and grandchildren;
  • in speaking to empower men and women;
  • in writing more books;
  • in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and lead the lost to salvation;
  • in generous financial giving to others in need;
  • in intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare;
  • in walking in peace, not worry, fear, frustration, anger, stress;
  • in being  a productive, profitable Proverbs 31 woman.

My Scripture for 2017 is Ephesians 5:10, The Message: “Figure out what will please the Lord, and then do it.”

What is your “one word” for 2017 and why? Please leave your comments below.

Have a blessed, happy, and prosperous New Year 2017!

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Talkshoe Women’s Battles Show with Timeko Whitaker on March 20

Talkshoe Women’s Battles Show with Timeko Whitaker on March 20

Co-Pastor/Speaker Timeko L. Whitaker
Co-Pastor/Speaker Timeko L. Whitaker
Do you know who you really are? Are you pursuing a life of passion? Did you know that your passion will cause you to live an intentional and purpose-filled life? With Romans 8:28 as your foundation, nothing can stop you from knowing and living in your God-given purpose!

Join me with my special guest, Co-Pastor/Speaker Timeko L. Whitaker, on Wednesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. Central Time (2 p.m. Eastern Time). You can find out more about Timeko at www.AuthenticIdentityCoaching.com.

You can join us live in the chat room by clicking here.

Or you can call into the show with the call-in details below:

Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 98698
PIN: Your Talkshoe PIN No. or 1 #.

Timeko is the wife to Pastor Eric J. Whitaker and mother of Daelin and Eyuana. Timeko identifies with the concepts of devotion and servitude, having honorably served her country for over 20 years in the United States Army, culminating in her retirement in 2008. Timeko now brings the Army’s core character values of loyalty, duty, respect, selflessness, honor, integrity, and personal courage into her journey to fulfill her ministry purpose.

More central to her core than serving her country is her devotion and service to the Lord Jesus Christ. She is humbled at the call to serve as Co-Founder and Co-Pastor of the Mercy Seat Church, where she flows in the anointing of a true oracle and intercessor and operates in the gifts of exhortation and encouragement.

Timeko has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management, as well as a Masters of Theology. She is a Certified Human Behavior Consultant and a Certified Christian Life Coach.

She is the Co-Host of the Intentional Kingdom Living radio broadcast which airs weekly on AM1310 The Light and the part-time television host of TBN’s WCL J-TV.

We’d love for you to join us live in the chat room for this show on intentional, purposeful living.

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