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Friday, January 3, 2014

In a Word

Do you make New Year resolutions or goals? I do. We were headed home from Fredericksburg yesterday, and I jotted down four columns worth...Personal, Home, Family, Emma's Hugs. Some are lofty and others are small. I think it's good to have a goal. I also chose a word for the year. I actually chose it at the beginning of December and shared it with you when I showed you the cool cuff my family gave me for my birthday. My word for the year is JOY. My cuff says, "Choose Joy." It's a choice...a daily choice. When winter sets in and it's hard to breathe because I miss her so much and am reminded just how much so on the day of her passing in February and the day of her birth in March, I will choose joy. When the kids are driving me plum CRAAAZAY and their schedules are adding to the madness, I will choose joy. When I'm bummed because another week has gone by and I haven't exercised at all, I will choose joy. When life is hard and there's loss and sadness and pain all around me, I will choose joy. I haven't chosen joy the past few years. It's hard to see past the grief and sorrow to the joy, but I am tired, and I know He is joy, and I am choosing Him...Jesus. "Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 I need His rest. I need His yoke.

What are some of your goals for 2014? I plan to continue to purge the house...each room, closet, and attic. I want to make exercise a habit and eat more plant-based food. I want to know Him more. I want our family to go to some fun places this year. I want to paint and set up a workable office space. I want to dream big and take leaps of faith. How about you?


  1. Christy- I love to read your blog. So many times I want to chose joy, but I'm just not sure how. So the easy thing for me to do is settle in for some "poor me" time :-) But I know God wants us to ask him HOW to choose joy in all our circumstances. Anyway, that's my prayer for me. My prayer for you is peace, wisdom and, of course, joy.

    1. Thanks, Amanda. I always appreciate prayer, especially for the things you listed. I pray you cling to the One who is JOY. Love to you.


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