Our Family Verse of 2018

For the last few years, we’ve been thinking of a family word to describe how we want our new year to go.  We also pick a Bible verse to go along with that word.  We have this great wall on our way down the stairs to put it on, so we can read the verse daily, either as we’re going out, or just in passing as we’re going down the stairs. (Here is last year’s verse).

Here is this years verse!  I gave Autumn some watercolour, so she painted the background.  I love the way it turned out because it looks kind of like a tree, which fits very well because our word is GROWTH.

Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him.
Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
-Ephesians 3:17

We picked growth because we’ve been going to our church for almost two years, and we’re wanting to continue to grow in community there.  We’re planning on growing in our relationship with each other, with our children and with our friends.  We want to grow in our jobs, and we want to grow in our spirituality.  Grow felt like the right choice for this year for all these reasons and more, and this verse fit really well.

Do you choose a word or a verse for the year? What did you choose?

xoxo,
Alysa

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2018: Simplify

For the last couple of days, I’ve been trying to think about what goals and resolutions I want to focus on this year, and I’ve been trying to figure out my word.  Other years, it has felt like it has come easy to me.. that I just know what I want my word to be all through the last week of the year, and it’s been easy to write about.

So, today I sat down to really think about it.  And as I thought, and as I looked to other words for inspiration.. it became really obvious to me.

Over the last few months, I have become really interested in the minimalist lifestyle, and the concept of hygge (which is Danish and basically means “cozy contentment and enjoying the simple things in life”).  I’ve been slowly trying to rid myself of baggage, and things that weigh me down over the last few months.  Whether it’s clutter, or emotions.  I’m trying not to let things get to me as much (and this is a huge work in progress haha).  I also tend to overthink things, and stress over things that, ultimately, don’t matter all that much.

So, my word for 2018 is simplify.  Stop over-thinking.  Declutter.  Simplify!

What is your word for the year?

xoxo,
Alysa

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