Glimpses, One Word 2017

Heart, Home & Health // Glimpses Link Up

Happy New Years my beautiful friends!

Even though I am thankful that 2016 is behind me, I wouldn’t be the person I am today without having the experiences and the challenges that I did last year. I have grown in my reliance on the Lord in difficult situations as I continually lay my desires at His feet, trusting Him in all situations. Despite hardship, I recognize that God has been good to me.

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Although I do not make resolutions, I am setting a few goals for myself this year. For 2017, God has called me to commit all areas of my life to Him. You can read about my One Word choice and how it found me here.

Today, God has been revealing in greater detail three distinct areas He’s called me to focus on this year.

In order to commit my heart fully to God, I must engage myself in daily reading of His Word and prayer. I was not always on target with this last year. Matter of fact, I would allow days to go by at a time before allowing the Holy Spirit to bring fresh revelation from His Word.

In order to help me accomplish this, I will be committing to read chronologically through the Message Bible this year. I have never read The Message Bible, and already on day one, my heart is coming alive as I am reading. This is helping me to naturally flow into prayer and thanksgiving.

If you’d like to join me, I have a Facebook group for those reading chronologically through The Message this year. Click the image below to request to join the group.

In order to commit my home fully to God, I must give greater time and attention to my family, and gain control over the mess in my home. I can tend to be a little selfish with my time. It’s hard working full time, homeschooling and trying to run a blog. But my family comes first next to God, so I must schedule my time better in order to give them the time and attention they deserve.

One thing I am doing to gain control over my mess is by participating in the Declutter 365: A Year of 15 Minute Decluttering Missions. I just started today by preparing my sale and donation bins, and already they are both almost half full. Each day I will do a 15 minute task to declutter an area in my home. I can’t wait to see what I accomplish!

In order to commit my health fully to God, I must begin to eat better, exercise and get more sleep. This is an ongoing area of struggle for me, but I am going to really try to focus on eating healthy and nutritional foods, walking and going to bed a little earlier (which is so hard since I’m such a night owl).

One thing I am doing to help me in this area is by trying to incorporate more whole foods into my diet, abstaining from processed sugar and drinking more water.

If I can stay on track with these goals, I will have a full heart, a peaceful home and restored health in 2017.

And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.

Glimpses #251-260

251. Lighter days at work so I can clean and organize my desk.
252. Fun and laughter with co-workers.
253. God giving me a job that I honestly love.
254. A monetary donation from a person I’ve never met who lives in Hungary.
255. All His promises are YES and AMEN!
256. A renewed focus for 2017!
257. He enlarges my capacity to receive more from Him.
258. I need Thee every hour!
259. Behold! He makes ALL things NEW!
260. Putting behind the past, and moving forward with hope and expectation.

Have you made any goals for this New Year? I would love for you to share in the comments below.

Blooming lavender in a field at sunset in Provence, FranceIt is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
Words written, gratitude given, photos taken, things created — anything that reflects the beauty of God revealed in your ordinary life.
1. Grab the button to place in your post, or simply link back here.
2. Link up with the post permalink, and not just your blog url.
3. Visit and encourage others who link up. We need each other!
4. Share about the link up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
5. Use the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty so that we can find each other’s posts.


28 thoughts on “Heart, Home & Health // Glimpses Link Up”

  1. Lesley says:

    Happy New Year, Barbie! I love your goals and your word for the year. Sounds like you have a great plan to work on all of these areas. I hope you have a wonderful 2017!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Lesley! Happy New Year!

  2. Michele Morin says:

    Barbie, I love hearing about the ways in which God is strengthening you through your resolve to follow Him in these specific ways!

    1. Barbie says:

      Happy New Year Michele! So glad you stopped by.

  3. Sarah Geringer says:

    Thanks for sharing the decluttering calendar link. This is exactly what I need! I shared the link on my Facebook author page. Blessings to you in 2017!

    1. Barbie says:

      Sarah, I think this challenge will be a good one, and a much needed one. I was so inspired yesterday. Not so much today, but I will get it done before my head hits the pillow. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. jodie filogomo says:

    Happy New Year, Barbie!
    I’ve never been a resolution girl, but it is always good to reevaluate things and try to tweak them. Small goals always work better for me because then I feel successful…
    Thanks for the link up!

    1. Barbie says:

      Glad to have you Jodie. Happy New Year!

  5. June says:

    Excellent goals, Barbie! My goals for 2017 aren’t nearly as well thought-out and articulated 🙂 I just have a desire to know Him more. I want to be more constant, and consistent in seeking Him! Looking forward to seeing what He has in 2017 for both of us – happy new year, friend!

    1. Barbie says:

      Wanting to know Him more is my top priority as well. This is going to be a great year. Blessings!

  6. Lisa notes says:

    You’ve set some wonderful goals, Barbie. I love that you have concrete ways to do them and keep track. That’s always a big stepping stone to success! May we each experience new and wonderful things in 2017!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks Lisa. Hopefully I’ll be able to stay on top of it. One day at a time. Blessings!

  7. Melissa says:

    I have goals in similar areas this year!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks awesome Melissa. Happy New Year!

  8. Gayl says:

    I have the same goals which are really ongoing for me. May God bless us and guide us and draw us closer to Him. Happy New Year, Barbie!

    1. Barbie says:

      I do believe these goals will be ongoing for me as well. Thanks for stopping by Gayl!

  9. Mary Geisen says:

    Such a powerful word. I love how you broke it down to heart, home and health. I will be praying that God continues to teach and lead you closer to Him throughout the process of committing.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you so much Mary! Happy New Year!

  10. Trudy says:

    Happy New Year, Barbie! You have laid out some great goals. May we commit our hearts fully to God in 2017! Hugs!

    1. Barbie says:

      AMEN Trudy! Have a blessed week.

  11. Diana says:

    “Despite hardship, I recognize that God has been good to me.”

    I certainly understand that sentence… it’s a daily thought I’ve had for many years. I’ve always tried to *commit* everything to God – for Him to handle His way. Sometimes we aren’t able to see what the good has been, but it’s there nevertheless.

    I believe you have some excellent goals that you’re *committed* to for this year. I wish you much success in every area!

    I’m always praying for you and your family, my friend. I’m *committed* to doing that. 😀

    1. Barbie says:

      Diana, thank you so much for your encouragement and your prayers. I so appreciate you!

  12. Lois says:

    Great goals – thanks for sharing!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Lois!

  13. Mitzi says:

    I read this the day you posted it…and I know you will forgive my delay in leaving you a comment. I absolutely love these goals. It is definitely difficult to pin things down to just one thing isn’t it? I so look forward to following you along your journey this year! Happy New Year! (((Hugs)))

    1. Barbie says:

      Oh Mitzi! I can’t tell you how many times I read and go back to comment (or forget to go back to comment). I am so glad we are together on this journey of pursuing all that God has for us this year. I love what you are doing with your new blog and look forward to reading your words again!

  14. Wanda says:

    Happy New Year Barbie. Wishing you all the best as you pursue his best in each area of your life Barbie. Off to check out the declutter 365.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks Wanda! The declutter mission will serve me well, although I’ve gotten a little off track. I will catch up over the weekend. Blessings!

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