Last year my theme going into 2012 was No Excuses. Looking back I’m happy with how I took this, embraced it, and ran with it. I got into the habit of working out 3 times a week, eating a little healthier, doing regular devotions, and many, many of the other items on my 2012 To Do List can now happily be crossed off.

There was a surprise, however, in that it didn’t turn out to be a normal year–well, let me rephrase, it DID turn out to be a normal year with yet another cross country move and total upheval of our lives as we transitioned from military family to civilian college family, from being 2,000 miles away from any relatives to living with them.

All of these things go swimming around in my head, complicated and crazy. So I decided to just pick one word for 2013, one word to help me guide my focus and keep to my goals. That word is

as I look at my goals from year to year it strikes me that they are all a steady continuation. To be more healthy, more godly, more of a helpmeet to Bob and wonderful mother to our children, to be a more loving friend and a kinder person are goals that will take a lifetime to achieve.

These are not things that can be ticked off nicely at the end of one year. And to be sure the growing process–the stretching, maturing, re-shaping of my ideas, thoughts, and attitudes, is a difficult journey with many tumbles, aches, and pains.

But I’m getting to the place where I can see the benefits. I can see the hard needs to come for the good to come to. So as we face these next few uncertain years–instead of writing down a tidy little list and expecting the year to go my way I instead picked a word. Grow. I expect that 2013 will cause me to grow, stretch, and change in ways that I don’t imagine but that are needed. So here is to 2013, I look forward to striving, learning, changing, and yes–growing this year!

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18

Thanks to my sweet blogger friend From Tracie who inspired me to pick one word for the year.

Nicole Elliott