Good day and Happy New Year!
Today is the first day I can truly let my wheels down, with house guests departed and no plans on the calendar until Monday’s National Championship Game (War Eagle!).
What a lovely feeling…
I’ll be slowly tackling the piles on my desk, catching up on emails and blogs, and — in general — relaxing. Woo hoo!
I’ve been contemplating what my Word of the Year would be for 2014 for a couple of weeks now. Last year, I wavered between “Joy” and “Discernment”. And in looking back over the year our family had in 2013, I was seeking Joy more often than Discernment. And I learned that you have to choose Joy in all circumstances. I think I did pretty well considering…
This year’s Word presented itself quickly … and in multiple ways… once I opened my mind and heart to the possibilities.
Suddenly, everywhere I looked PEACE was The Word.
Last year was a turbulent one for me and mine.
This year, I’m seeking peace.
And I love that this Isaiah verse reminds me that if I keep my mind steadfast — actively and intentionally keep it steadfast — God’s “perfect peace” can be mine.
In other words, I have work I must do.
Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians gives this advice that speaks to me, too, in how I want this New Year to look…
Make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands.
1 Thessalonians 4:11
So I’m taking some quiet time over the next few days to refocus my heart and mind.
I’ve much to share in the weeks ahead… new DIY projects, more favorite recipes, some larger goals and projects for my home, and some of my favorite books. I feel so blessed to have this small space to muse about and share things I love. And I’m so thankful for each and every reader, those of you that comment and those of you that read and quietly exit.
I wish many blessings for you and yours in 2014!
And I’d love for you to share if you have a Word for your New Year, or a resolution or goal you’d like to put out there.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!
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