If you could pick one word as your theme for the new year, what would it be?

Mine would be presence.

I want to be here. I want to see. I want to notice.

I want to put Facebook down and put a smile on my face when I’m in a waiting room.

I want to truly see the person on the other side of the table. The person laying in bed next to me. The girl working down the hall from me. The sorrow of a friend. The excitement of a family member. The need of a stranger.

I want to be present for my kids. Not just physically, but emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically.

I want my presence to be more than just the location of my body. I want my heart present too.

I don’t want my kids to only see the top of my head as I engulf myself in my phone. I want them to see my eyes. For them to know my ears are listening.

True presence happens when we turn off our electronics and focus on the people behind them.



I want to be present in His word, and in prayer. I want to be present in the lives of others so that I know what to pray for.

And maybe, more than anything, I want to make myself more aware of His presence, of His creation, His beauty, and His love.

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