For the past two years, I’ve done the ~Word of the Year~ thang, and shared it in my blog. This years word is BOLD. Another thing we’ve done as a family for the past two years is choose a verse to go along with that word! Here is the verse for 2017
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength
They will soar on wings like eagles
They will run and not grow weary
They will walk and not grow faint”
– Isaiah 40:31
Last year, our verse had to do with starting a new journey. We knew we were going to be looking for a new place to call our home church, and we knew we were starting out on something new. This year, the word we thought of when we were praying over what verse we should put in this spot was strength. We found our new church and we have begun making friendships and connections there. We want to strengthen our friendships and relationships with the people we’ve met in 2016 at our new church, as well as with our friends.
It’s tough making friends, especially as a mom with little ones. I have found that this is definitely a time of life where the phrase “for a reason, a season, or a lifetime” comes up a lot. There are friends we don’t talk to as much anymore, and there are friends who have become even closer to us in this time. I’m so grateful for the people in my life who have stuck by me through the pregnancies and births of both my children. It means so much to me, not only that they’re still wanting to spend time with us, but also how much they love and care for my children. This year will be about strengthening and developing those relationships <3
I’ve been thinking about this since pretty much right after Christmas. Last year, instead of having specific resolutions, I chose a word and focused on that for the year. You can read about it here. I also chose a verse, not included in that post, that went along with my word. I also wrote out the verse and framed it and placed it in a prominent place in our home so we would see it before we went out. (You can find the verse in this post)
I decided I wanted to do the same thing this year. The only difference is, I’ve chosen a personal word for myself, and I chose a family verse with my husband.
My word of the year for 2016 is Growth.
It may seem pretty obvious as to why I might have chosen this word, but the more I thought about it and what it means to me right now, more things are being associated with it.
- We’re growing our family this year. In May we will be welcoming another little one into our family, so this word works for our family as well.
- Growing in relationship with God. I have a myriad of excuses as to why I’m not reading my bible/doing devotionals, etc, and I’m not going to bore you with them here. I will say that I would like to focus on growing this aspect of my life, and I think a good first step will be to find someone who will be accountable with me (or we could be accountable to each other). I don’t know exactly what it looks like, but this is something I would like to work on.
- Growing in relationship with friends and family. A pretty unfortunate part about having a baby is it makes you realize who you can really count on. I wouldn’t say that I have less friends now than I did a year ago, but I will say that some relationships have definitely weakened and some have gotten stronger. I would love to maintain my friendships, and grow the deepness of relationships with my friends and family, especially as a new baby comes and this loss of friendship potentially happens again.
- I would like to grow my blog. I had been posting daily, and then Autumn was born and I started posting three times a week, but I would like to go back to posting daily. I miss it, really. I’d like to see it go further as well. So growing my blog is a huge goal of mine.
- Just growing personally. I don’t have anything specific I want to do or be, and I could say that I want to be kinder, or friendlier, or whatever.. but ultimately, January 1, 2017, I want to be able to look back over the last year and know that I’ve worked on myself. And I’ll figure out exactly what that means over the next year.
Our family verse of the year:
The Lord will protect you on your journeys — whether going or coming — from now until forever from now
Do you choose a word for the year, or a verse? What was yours?