Last year, around Marchish, we heard about The One Word Club as we were visiting with one of our best friends, Kristin. It basically is where you ask God to lay one word on your heart that you feel He is wanting to work with you on through out the coming new year. Then after that word has been given to you, you give it to God and promise to allow Him to work through that certain area in your life by choosing to live your life to reflect the meaning of that word in every aspect of your life from thoughts, to actions and everything else in between.

Like a lot of other people we know, around New Years we made resolutions last year too. We also make prayer-olutions which is basically situations, people, things and ways that we are going to intentionally pray for and about through out the next year. But this idea of allowing God to give you one word that He would like to see you better yourself in was really intriguing to us. We’re always talking about how we strive to do what God wants in your lives and through our marriage and family. Always praying for His will to ultimately be done in all circumstances, and though we feel that He is be pleased with our resolutions and pray-olutions we really liked the idea of letting Him lead us to the area in our life that He knows we need to work on most; the big ticket item that He wants to grow or remove from our life. So we decided this year that we would become members of The One Word Club personally and as a family. We started asking, for each other and ourselves, for God to show us each our one word as individuals and as a family and in early December He gave us three words. So today we would like to share one of those three significant words with you and what it has meant in our life and how we have been, and plan to, live out the year 2015, and beyond, in our little family of two, centered around this one word and personality trait of Gods.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

The Pomeroy Family Word: Generous

From the very beginning of our marriage generosity has always been something that we strived to be. But like many others, for us it is not a skill that is easily mastered. Some days we do really well with being generous and others are more of a struggle. When we were praying for a word for our family this year it seemed that generous kept coming up everywhere. It was the theme of the books we read, the conversations we carried and the topic that pulled at the heart strings of our marriage. We learned as we delved into the term more that generous does not just pertain to finances but to every aspect of life. It is a way of life that God calls us to because in all that He does, He is generous. And just like any good parent, our Abba Father longs for His children have the same qualities which are life giving, that He has in Him.

So in 2015 we are striving to be more generous with:

our time.

our love.

our talents and resources.

our grace and forgiveness.

our understanding.

with showing encouragement and support.

with our lives and hearts towards God, giving Him each day because it’s His anyways and He was gracious enough to put us in it.

with our praise.

with sharing our joy.

with sharing our trials and triumphs so others can find inspiration in God and how He works in the most unpredictable ways.

with our listening.

with our presence, giving others our full undivided attention when we are with them.

And not expecting any of it back in return. Just simply giving for the sake of giving. Giving to be a blessing to others, to be more conformed to the image of our Abba Father and to bring recognition to His name.

What about you? Is there a specific word that has been laid on your heart for your family? Is there an area that you can tell God is calling you and your spouse to work on in the next upcoming year to better align your priorities with His? If so please share in the comment section below because we would love to hear all about it as well as work towards our goal of being generous with our readers in supporting and encouraging each other!

We will be back tomorrow to share the other two words that God has laid on our hearts are individuals for this year. Until then feel free to sign up be email notification to watch our little family as we grow in The Lords ways daily. See you tomorrow!

Much love & prayer,

Matt & Blair



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