a word to live by for 2014

Minted stationary and journal set

i have a love hate relationship with New Year’s Resolutions. i HATE that they can cause us to fall into self righteousness when we set a goal like “read the Bible everyday” and then we do it and rejoice in ourselves – not the Lord working in us. or when we resolve to lose 30 lbs and fall into shame, failure, and frustration when we fall short of that goal. but i also LOVE that setting goals can challenge us to step out of the box. we can become intentional about working towards a better version of ourselves. it helps us break out of the mundane and work toward something bigger than ourselves. 

last year was the first year that i asked the Lord for a word or words for 2013. as it was my first official year as a Mayberry, i picked established & daring. this year, i thought of many great words but i couldn’t figure out what one to choose for 2014. 
(v) have a strong desire or craving for
when i sat down to do my devotions this morning (such a blessing to have a day off and be able to have an extended quiet time) i was reading in Romans and i was overwhelmed with the word “hunger” to hunger for the Truth, for His word, for His righteousness, for Him. Romans 1: 24- 31 never uses those phrases but for the first time when i read though that passage i felt how quickly you can lose sight of what is important and be walking on a road the opposite direction of where you want to be going. i saw the slippery slop of “just getting by”, calloused living, and an apathetic heart.

“For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (1: 21)

the passage goes on to explain that the Lord gave them up in the lusts of their hearts… gave them up to dishonorable passions… and gave them over to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done… apathy lead to a change in their hearts, which over time was reflected in their actions, and became their lifestyle. they became gossips, slanderers, haughty, boastful, faithless, foolish, ruthless, heartless,  envious, deceitful, and they justified it – “they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them” (1:32)

a couple months ago i talked about how easy it is to apathetically go through life when things are good (in this post). i don’t want to unknowingly slip into apathy, foolish thinking, new idols, and then find myself living a life of selfishness and darkness. i want to hunger for His truth, to be revived and renewed by His word. to live 2014 intentionally seeking His heart. 

last year when i first started the “word for the year” challenge i was unsure how to track my goal. with such a broad word, where do you see the Lord working? where are the milestones? 
i was out to coffee with a dear friend today and she said that she was going to use a journal for her word. this journal would be separate from all other journals and writings and dedicated only to her word for 2014. she asked me to do it with her and i jumped at the idea! i just bought this journal on Minted and it will be my hunger journal (even though a hunger games journal would have been more ironic ;)) verses, songs, movies, quotes, people, stories, anything that brings me to this word will fill the pages. and next year i will be able to look back on the milestones and see what things the Lord has done. will you join me?

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • Jenny Fish

    I love your choice of word. Our pastor talked about "resolutions" on Sunday, and he, too, talked about how our priority should be seeking after God wholeheartedly. He used the verse Psalm 42:1 – "As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God." It really challenged me – what does an animal-like hunger and thirst for God really look like? I'm sure my usual coasting from day-to-day doesn't qualify.

  • Thank you so much for this encouraging post. I fear becoming apathetic and getting comfortable enough that I think all of my success is because of my hard work and I can take all of the credit. Now I'm off to start thinking about what my word for 2014 is going to be!

  • Samantha Schwartz

    I want to do this! Do you know how many pages their notebooks have?

  • I've never heard of picking a word for a year but I like it!

    Have you heard of blueletterbible.org ? It is an AMAZING BIble study tool. (I want to write a blog post soon on how to use it.) However, you can go to their site and type the word 'hunger' in and it will pull up every verse in the Bible that has the word hunger.

    I think a big goal for me this year is to seek God relationally and to learn to remain calm. 2014 will most likely bring lots of changes and I want to encounter those changes with a heart full of faith and not anxiousness.

  • What a thought provoking post. Honestly I heard about my one word on klove radio some time in December and I have been thinking about it since. I have chosen a word just in time to use it on the first day of the year. Now I am going to find a journal to record how it comes to me each day and how it relates to this chapter of my life. Thanks for helping me find another way to commit to my word. I am also waiting on my copy of the my one word book.

  • meg pitts

    I have a "thankful" journal where I write down my 1000 gifts (Ann Voskamp)… from Minted. Weird. Minted is just that cool. All the cool people have them. πŸ˜‰

  • I have a "thankful" journal where I write my 1000 gifts (Ann Voskamp)… from Minted. Minted is just that awesome. All the cool people have one! Ha! πŸ˜‰

  • agodfashionedlife

    I love your word choice for the year! I'm journaling about my word too!


  • Your posts about your faith always encourage and inspire me. Interestingly enough, a FB friend of my posted today that her daughter was asking questions about God and used the the hashtag hungry. So this is the second time today that I have gotten the message about having a hunger for God. No coincidence, I'm sure. Happy 2014!

  • I love when the Lord does that!!! Happy New Year right back at you!

  • Thanks! I think it is such a great idea to journal it πŸ™‚

  • yess! I seriously love everything minted!

  • I honestly have no idea! lol. when I get mine in the mail I will count them for you!!

  • You are so welcome! Where are you getting your journal and what is your word?!?

  • Beka! That is such a good idea!! I have heard of blueletter bible! I will have to do that for my journal! ….. and you should pick a word to describe that πŸ™‚

  • Jess I am so excited for you! I cannot wait until you share your 2014 word with us!

  • mmm! I have always loved that verse. it is so simple and organic. just thirsty.

  • Rach

    What a great idea! I have a prayer journal. a write-notes-in-during quiet time with my Bible journal, and a journal for Sundays when I learn new things at church, but I hadn't thought about a journal specific for a word like this. I love this idea!

  • Patty

    I love your words for 2014! I love keeping a prayer journal…I'm trying to get better about writing in it when I sit to pray. For me writing is one of the best ways I connect to God:)

  • me too! i love writing my prayers!

  • I know!! I am pretty excited about this!

  • This is such a fantastic idea!!!! I love your word and I love how intentional you are going to be with it. πŸ™‚

  • I looooove your word. And I love that even though our words sound like the complete opposite of each other, they both hold special meanings in our regards to our relationship to Him.

    Oh, and I also love your thoughts on resolutions: "they can cause us to fall into self righteousness when we set a goal
    like 'read the Bible everyday' and then we do it and rejoice in
    ourselves – not the Lord working in us." That is so true and I'm so glad you brought that to light–I've definitely done that one before.

    Happy 2014, friend! Here's to being hungry and full this year. πŸ™‚

  • I am so happy that you took the time to comment on my post and thus allowing me to find your blog.
    I really needed this today as I am working towards a stronger relationship with God. I wasn't happy with the direction my life was taking and I have found myself just getting by.
    Thanks for your lovely words. May God continue to bless and use you.

  • What a wonderful word! I love blogging to document all these sweet memories. I used to journal more but it's fallen by the wayside since I've been blogging.

  • I love the Here Comes Sunshine set!

  • Samantha Schwartz

    Haha! No need to count them! I just wondered if I missed where it was listed on their website. Their journals are adorable (like all of their products). Also, I've never done this kind of journal before. I'm just now starting to actually do quiet times and such. The book Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph is really helping me to plan how to do it. Any suggestions?

  • oh man, I love that word!! I have never done a word of the year but I'm thinking of trying it this year πŸ™‚

    and thanks for linking up with Treat Yo Self Thursday!

  • Read this verse this morning and made me think of you & your word for 2014:
    "When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God of Heaven's Armies."
    -Jeremiah 15:16 NLT
    Have a great day!

  • JEnny!!! Thanks so much for sharing with me πŸ™‚

  • thanks Allison!

  • you make me laugh because you always quote me! πŸ˜‰ and i echo the hungry and full!!

  • me too! that is why i wanted to start this up again!

  • i know πŸ™‚ so pretty right?!

  • mmm. thanks sweet Susannah!

  • always! you should try it sometime! it is a different look at new years resolutions!

  • Haha, it's only because I looove the things you say! πŸ™‚