Shani’s One Word For 2014 – Dedicate

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One word has been on my mind these past couple of weeks – dedication. I have always been one of those people who gets really excited about doing something new. I would plunge into a project headfirst and do a lot of work on it or do really well… at first, and then that determination would fizzle out over time. I am also what you would call a procrastinator which I believe is genetic, although I do not believe there is a way to scientifically prove that is possible (Love you Mom!)

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I have been longing to change that though. I would not call my life unsuccessful in any way shape or form, but I strongly believe that as human beings we are always striving for more. Material things are not important, but we want more out of our lives – to accomplish more, to reach more people, to be better people. I think that in order to accomplish these goals I have to dedicate myself more.

…I strongly believe that as human beings we are always striving for more. Material things are not important, but we want more out of our lives…

First and foremost I need to dedicate myself more to God. He needs to be the primary focus of my dedication. I need to pray more, read his word more, and live my life by example. I am not what many would consider a “bad Christian” now, but it is not about what other people think of me. If there is something that I need to work on in my life according to the word, then I need to get it done whether other people notice it or not. I need to DEDICATE myself to doing these things to further my relationship with God.

Dedicate - Shani's One Word For 2014

Second, I need to dedicate my time to the ministry of God. I am a housewife and a mother of one. I have so much free time (that I really enjoy, don’t get me wrong), but am a spending enough of that time to further the kingdom of God? No, the answer is I am not. If I dedicate myself more to God, like mentioned previously, then theoretically this type of thing would fall into place. I could be doing things like cleaning the church, or passing out flyers, or feeding the homeless to help further the kingdom. I could even be doing things like talking to people next to me at the grocery store about God. I hope to add these things to my list of accomplishments at the end of the year – if only I will dedicate myself.

So… How am I going to do this? How am I going to dedicate myself? One day at a time. It’s kind of like when I tried to go to a healthy lifestyle. It never worked when I just woke up one day and decided to eat healthy. However, when I made a single healthy choice one day, it led to another which led to another and so on. I also swapped out an hour of TV for an hour of playing with Noah or taking a walk… My dedication will be the same way. I will not try to overwhelm myself by completely changing my life in one day. With God, I can take things one day at a time and learn to dedicate myself fully to the Lord. I challenge all of you to do the same. Happy New year, and God Bless.

Leviticus 27:28 ESV

“But no devoted thing that a man devotes to the Lord, of anything that he has, whether man or beast, or of his inherited field, shall be sold or redeemed; every devoted thing is most holy to the Lord.


Will you be dedicating yourself this year? Is there something else you will be focusing on? 
Hi, my name is Shani. I am a 26 year old wife to my husband, Sean, and a mother to my 3 year old son, Noah, and our newest addition, Benjamin. My family and I have recently moved to Southern California from Nashville, Tennessee. I come from a Christian home, where my Mom and Dad raised me to know the Lord, and to do His works. We had lived all over before settling in Tennessee. I was born in Arizona – lived in Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, then Tennessee. So, here we are, ready and willing for the Lord to use us. Sean is enjoying his job, and I am enjoying raising our sons as a stay at home mom. I miss my family terribly but I know that God has something great in store for my family. I look forward to sharing more of my story throughout my blogging time here and I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this loving ministry. God Bless.

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  • Angie Schott

    I absolutely love this post, Shani. I especially relate to the “one day at a time” part. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve overwhelmed myself with trying to change everything at once.

    If you’re looking for something to do with all that free time, I’m sure you could come clean my house, I mean, come hang out at my house. 😉 HA! Love ya girly! Thanks for sharing.

  • Shani Winship

    Thanks Angie :)

  • Emily McClure

    I can totally add dedicate as a second word for me for 2014!