#OneWord365 “Generosity”

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Last year I noticed that many of my friends chose a word to focus on in the coming year. I did not have the time to reflect and do so. I was caught up in all things parenting and job hunting. Maybe my word was “work” and I just did not claim it as my word.

I had not consciously planned on focusing on a word this year either. But, as things often work out for me, a word chose me.

I’m rather stubborn.

I often do not know what is good for me. God, however, is really very smart, and he places His Word on my heart just when I need it. So, throughout the month of December while I was on a blog hiatus the phrase “live generously” kept echoing in my head.

Now, since having children, I’ve learned to be generous with them, even lavish at times. Christmas seems to bring out even more of this. In a time when so many get caught up in trying not to give their children too much out of fear of spoiling them; I get caught up in wanting to lavish them with great gifts, as this is a picture of what Our Father in Heaven has done for us. He sent His Son, the perfect gift. God was not worried about spoiling us. He realized better than we do that the gift He gave was not deserved. So, I’ve learned to be generous with my family.

Most of the time.

Except when I’m not.

And I am generous with my resources within my church family and my community.

Except when I’m not.

And I’m generous with my time and my time and my talents.

Except when I’m not.

And that, dear friends, is where my OneWord comes in. The scriptures teach so much about generosity (which by the way, really has less to do with amounts of money than it has to do with the spirit in which the giving is done.) It is time for me to learn more about what being generous really is. I’m going to write about my journey of generosity.

However, this is not going to be my generosity brag, because that is not how God wants our giving to be. That, my friends, is hypocrisy and pride. Instead, I will share with you parts of my journey, my struggles, my insights, and way to help you (and your families) be more generous. oneowordbutton Chime in! Have you chosen a word for the year? What it is it? What made you chose it?

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I’m a Lutheran pastor’s wife and mom to six kids, including toddler twin girls. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!

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  1. carol - January 2, 2014 Reply

    Great word. I hadn’t thought about generous. My word for 2014 is simplify. I need to simplify my life.

    • Dakotapam - January 2, 2014 Reply

      Simplify is a great word! If we can simplify our lives then our “things” won’t stress us out so much.

  2. Lisa - January 2, 2014 Reply

    Yup, I’m doing it! My word this year is Focus. Again. It was my One Word last year, but I realized as the year came to a close that my struggles with it were because I left it far too undefined and broad. So I think it chose me, really – I need to RE-Focus and make my efforts at improving my Focus more specific. I chose it because it is still an area of my life that really needs work and it will cover so many of the different goals I have for the year. I think it’s going to be awesome.

    • Dakotapam - January 2, 2014 Reply

      I think when our words choose us there tends to be a deeper drive! I look forward to following your journey!

  3. Hilda - January 21, 2014 Reply

    Great word Pam! I’ve chosen one this year too… Balance. I’m enjoying looking around your site and I look forward to getting to know you through the SITS tribe too!

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