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.
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.