A small flame

A small flame

A word for my year

Every year for the past 6 years I have chosen a theme for my year. Similar to the One Word 365 movement, but I focus on a theme that may or may not be expressed in 1 word. I have found this to be so much better than setting the notorious ''New Year's Resolutions''. Each year the Lord is gracious to guide me to an area he wants to grow me in.

As we approached the end of last year, I had no idea what my theme for 2015 ought to be. Which made me a bit unsettled, but I just kept praying and thinking. There were several great ideas, but I wanted to be open to the Lord's leading. When he did lead, I almost laughed out loud for the certainty of it. There were no audible voices, but I knew unmistakably what my theme for this year needed to be.

ha·ven (n) a place of refuge, rest or sanctuary


It's not a word I use much, but when it came to mind I knew that was it.



2015 is the year of Haven.

My theme this year has 3 individual but related areas of focus:

  • I want to be intentional about making my home a haven for those who live there and those who we welcome into it.
  • I want to be a haven to others in my relationships, especially my relationships with my hubby and my kiddos. I don't think I've done a bad job of this pre-2015, but I know there are some ways I can improve.
  • I want to be purposeful about haven-ing myself. As a busy wife, mom, friend, it's easy to loose touch with who I am and what refreshes & renews my heart and spirit. I want to put myself in the list of priorities this year.

 I'm eager to see where this takes me. . . and to sharing some of that here.

re-blogging

So blogging.
That's something I haven't done in quite a while.

Health challenges have left me with just enough energy and brain power to take care of the basics of life (parenting, meals, laundry - you know, the fun stuff :) with nothing left over for things like blogging. And, honestly, the Lord had placed me in a season of quiet. Of listening and learning instead of sharing with anyone except those closest to me. And that's been good.


Tough. But good.

I've missed blogging, though! We've been working to resolve some of the health issues and as that improves I feel my words coming back. Super excited about that.

I've got some thoughts brewing that I can't wait to share.
Looking forward to lighting the candle again.