FOCUS: Set goals by making a vow

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (‭Mark‬ ‭12‬:‭30‬ ESV)


Make a V.O.W.



Each year I set my own personal goals, but one of my family goals this year is to get in the habit of learning, understanding, and applying God’s Word on a daily basis; together, as a family.

I’ve always felt that if you simply recite the words of the scripture, but don’t actually know what they mean, then how can we use them as motivation or tools in our lives. The bible says that God’s word is active; that means its very purpose is to MOVE through our lives. God’s word is ALIVE; which means it’s breathing into our lives and it’s like a double edged sword which cuts through the ‘tough stuff’.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬ ESV)

As we ‘MOVE’ forward into the year, into our fresh starts and new focus; let’s do more than consider the plans God has for our lives let’s put them into action.


I’ve joined the mission at Make A Vow to keep my family on a path of recognizing God’s Word first and allowing it to be our guide. Each week we’ll focus on memorizing the scripture and how to use it. I’ll  share the verses here, blogging and journaling as the Lord reveals the application of His Word and I would love for you join me. I love that this plan of purpose falls right in line with the FOCUS challenge and my ONE WORD for 2015.

Have you established your ONE WORD yet? Oh if not, get your word now and set your focus!

I couldn’t think of a more perfect verse to finish this year strong and usher in the excitement of the new year than Mark 12:30

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (‭Mark‬ ‭12‬:‭30‬ ESV)

All your heart, all your soul, all your mind, all your strength…did we leave anything out of that verse?

Talk about a clean slate!

We get a clean slate to give everything a fresh start.

To give everything an opportunity to finish strong and begin again!

To give everything we are, everything we have and everything that makes us move, breath and live a brand new start!

To give all that to God who gives ALL THAT back to us brand spanking new unbroken, whole, healed, stronger, braver, purposed!

To give all that to loving Him with everything.

We make that step forward toward Him He makes a step toward us.

One small step (which usually starts as a consideration in our heart – when your heart skips a beat and your pulse begins to quicken as you think about how much you want your life to be better); one small step (when your emotions/soul, thoughts/mind and ability/weakness/strength) says I may not be able to do everything I desire to do and even though it looks impossible I know that ALL THINGS are possible with God and because of this He gives me the ability to do everything in His strength.

One small step is a goal, one small step is a vow, one small step is ONE WORD, one small step for us is a giant leap into our future for Him!!! How awesome is that!!!!!

I’m so excited for everything this year is finishing with and can’t wait to see what God has in store for us in the coming days, weeks and months!

We’ll unwrap each of those points of purpose (heart, soul, mind and strength) throughout the week but for now, because music has a way of moving us; (pun intended) and music has a way of sinking a message into our heart, soul, mind and strength; I wanted to share this song with you.

Let’s make our goals, make our vow, make our one word and make our commitment to give Him our all!

I’d love to know what your ONE WORD is, comment below and share it with us.

He Wants It All by Forever Jones

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  2. My oneword is LIFE. What is really cool is that last night, my small group got together to recap and share our onewords from last year. It was beautiful to hear the God stories that happened and to see how each grew with his/her word. I am looking forward to this year with my new word!

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