Simplifying in 2018

Hello friends. Oh how I have missed you! I really fought walking away from this space for a bit, but it was so necessary.

Up until the week before Christmas, I was posting every Monday consistently for my weekly link up. But as the holidays drew near, I knew that I couldn’t keep up the pace of my every day life commitments and keep trying to be creative in writing even the most minimal of posts each week. I also knew that I had to spend less time on line and reconnect my heart and mind to those who cross my every day path, as well as tuck myself away for quiet meditation and continue to pursue emotional healing.

I wish I could say that this new year has brought you a stronger, more vigorous woman. It hasn’t. In many ways the holidays took so much out of me as I fought hard to be present for those I love while at the same time fighting against the lies in my head that continued to beat me down, reminding me of my failures and short comings.

I’ve struggled to find my voice here in this space, for quite a long time actually. While I love the small community that gathers here each week for the link up, I long to write more.  My heart has always been to encourage you through God’s Word and the lessons I am learning, I feel in many ways YOU all have been the encouragement I’ve needed so desperately in this hard season. For this, I am truly grateful.

As 2018 drew near, I began seeing all of the posts on social media about the One Word focuses of so many of my blogger friends. As I read how God unfolded each word, I had already made up my mind that I was not going to choose a word this year. If there was anything I didn’t need was another point of pressure in my life; something to hold over myself to get me all bent up in “performance” mode. But God has a way of bringing His Word to fruition in us even if we try to ignore it.

God has a way of bringing His Word to fruition in us even if we try to ignore it. #OneWord2018 Click To Tweet

One afternoon as I was scrolling through Facebook I came across a DaySpring post in which they were offering a quiz you could take to find out what your One Word focus might be for the year.  I snickered a little and decided I’d take the quiz. I took it twice initially and both times I received the same word.  The third time I took the quiz (just for fun) I ended up with a different word, but the first word was already marinating in my heart and spirit and God was breathing life into it.

If you are curious, you can take the quiz here.

I’ve known for a long time that I’ve been needing to simplify my life. I tend to overcomplicate things. Over this hard season I’ve become a bit of a control freak — something I’m working on, but because of this, I feel as if I’m way tilted to one side, without balance.  I don’t have enough clarity to share all that I believe God wants to do through this word this year, but here is what I do know:

I need to simplify my heart by removing all of the toxins I’ve believed for so long and reminding myself of who I am in Him.

I need to simplify my home by getting rid of those things that take up space and filling it with those things that matter.

I need to simplify my time in God’s Word by not trying to do so much and instead focusing on a shorter, more consistent time of Bible reading.

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While I wasn’t looking for it, I am fully embracing this word for my life in 2018 and look forward to seeing how it unfolds.

What about you? Have you chosen a One Word focus for 2018? If not, do you have a goal you’d like to share, something you’d like to accomplish this year?

Thank you for being here. I truly appreciated each one of you. I will be back on Monday with the first #glimpses link up of 2018. I hope you will join me.

Barbie

Seeking beauty in the ordinary and embracing life to the fullest. Thank you for stopping by and come again soon!

14 Responses

  1. Barbie,
    I’m with you….I need to simplify as well and learn the word, “No.” Jesus lived a very simple life and didn’t carry much baggage….we’d all do well to imitate His example. Cheering you on!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. June says:

    I’m glad you’ve found your one word, Barbie. I love the message and framework it is providing you for 2018. For the first time in several years, I don’t have a one word focus. Rather a scripture (2Cor 4:16-18) is providing me with boundaries in which to frame my thoughts and perspective. Along with a conceptual phrase, Rhythm of Rest, I’m looking forward to continuing to seek Him in 2018. So thankful to be on this journey together – blessings!

  3. Shannan says:

    Oh Barbie what a wonderful blog post. I love the way your word came to you even though you were against it. When I saw your word I knew that was the one for me as well. I’m like a chicken running around with its head cut off…going in a million different directions. Yet I’m getting nowhere and hardly anything is getting done.

    My word is focus because of the complete lack of focus I hAd last year. I’m choosing to focus on what’s important. However when I just took that quiz for finding your word I got simplify too. So maybe I’ll have two words, we’ll see. Either way I’m very thankful for you sharing this post.

    • Barbie says:

      I think we all could use a little simplification in our lives. And I love the word focus as well. Lord knows there are some things I need to focus on this year. Happy New Year!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I love that word! I pray most of all that you will know that you are simply beloved by God. That that truth will sink deep into the marrow of who you are in a transformative, life giving way.

  5. Oh sweet Barbie, my heart aches for you. I am so proud of you for sharing your journey with us, it’s not always easy to write about the hard parts of life, is it? I think the direction God has given you for the year is a good one. May He show you ways it which you can live for Him while you work on simplifying this New Year. xoxo (And don’t feel too bad about now writing for a while, I just put out my first post in ages….life has been too crazy to keep up with online life too!)

  6. Gayl says:

    Dear Barbie, I need to simplify in all those areas, too. May God give us grace to do so. 🙂 My word for 2018 is hygge and it found me. I want so much to clear my home of clutter and make it a more welcoming and cozy place. I think simplifying goes right along with that. Blessings to you! Thanks so much for sharing your life with us. Whether you realize it or not you are an encouragement to many. I think God uses us to mutually encourage each other.

    • Barbie says:

      Thank you Gayl. You always encourage me so. I love your one word choice and look forward to seeing how it unfolds in your life this year.

  7. Amy Jung says:

    Good for you for taking a break and moving toward simplifying! I have three words: Courage, Trust, Peace! I think they are all connected! Blessings to you in 2018!!

  8. Lux G. says:

    Yep, no need to complicate things. The simple life is the way to do it. Cheers to a more simple yet abundant life. Happy 2018!

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