My Word for 2018

I’ve been praying this prayer over the past several months, and when it came to choosing a word for 2018, this prayer popped in my mind and one word stuck out to me as the theme:


To know who to be, where to be and what to be in the season I’m in.

To not run from season to season so busy and missing what’s most important.

To have a holy anticipation about the future so that I live each day like it matters.

To be a woman who lives (and loves) intentionally.

To seek God’s way and not my own.

What is my piece of the puzzle?? (not what do I want to do with my life but what will He have me do)

To live out my purpose.

To live life on purpose.


I started focusing on just one word for the year in 2016. I wrote a post at the beginning of last year about that first word and never published it, so I’m sharing it here below…


2016: My First Word

Starting in 2016, I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions and decided to focus on one word instead… a Fruit of the Spirit actually.  I decided to make this my one, only one, New Year’s Resolution. I won’t take credit for the idea – it was given to me the from the first sermon of the year at our church, This is My Year… I Promise.  Basically, we tend to make a New Year’s Resolution or two every year based on what we think is possible for ourselves, but what about what God thinks is possible for us? The gist was that focusing on one Fruit of the Spirit for an entire year could have a radical positive impact on your life.

As a refresher (I had to look them up too), these are the nine Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness & self-control. My 2016 New Year’s Resolution: Peace. To make, to seek, to find peace… true peace.  The previous year, 2015, was my first experience with what I believe would be considered anxiety. Or maybe I was simply grieving, but I needed to find a way to get past it (or make peace with it).  I mean, I was able to walk around with a smile on my face, and honestly, anyone who knew half of what was going on said, “Wow, you’re so strong. You don’t let it affect you.”  What?! I’m crumbling! I can’t wait for my girls to take their nap almost every day so I can have a good cry because I can’t keep it together any longer.

We all have fears and grievances, but it’s no place to live our lives. It is possible to experience these feelings, then rise above them. But it wasn’t until several months into the year, of me trying to achieve it on my own – chasing after anything & everything I thought would bring me peace – that I realized I needed to let go – this wasn’t something I could control. To most of us, it seems completely counterintuitive, but surrender is key… true peace requires surrender because it isn’t something that’s found within.  When we surrender, God takes control of the outcome. And finally… I began to understand what true peace felt like.




True Peace…

That peace is different than comfortable.  It isn’t absent from difficulties, but is based on a steadfast trust in God and infuses us with the power of internal stability. What sweet relief it is to realize we aren’t expected to get through the tough times on our own. When we are weak, He is strong. As one of my dear friends (and former pastors) would say, “When I need someone to lean on, He’s always there. Some may say it’s a crutch, but when you’re crippled, you need a crutch… and I’m crippled.” The peace that only comes from Jesus is so necessary this side of life because we will all go through these seasons, unfortunately. But guarding our hearts with His peace means never losing hope in these situations and gives us the supernatural ability to walk through it with the knowledge that God can be trusted. “I don’t have peace because I figured it all out. I have peace because I believe in Christ.”


A few of my revelations through this process:

  • True peace is believing that when things don’t go as planned (our plan), God’s plan for each of us is greater than anything than we can even imagine.
  • I needed to stop being selfish – my circumstances aren’t about me. Realizing my purpose & the purpose for everything is part of a much greater & grander story.
  • It’s a choice… to dwell in it… to listen to the enemy. OR to put God’s truth above all & live in it.
  • If God is the ultimate source of peace, why not start each day here? This app is perfect for us busy moms to be with the Lord for just the first 5 minutes of the day.


So what about a New Year’s Resolution that can’t be broken or even checked off a list?  Would you choose a Fruit of the Spirit to focus on for an entire year?  A single word? Which one?





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Easter: Celebrating Hope

I keep saying Easter is one of my favorite holidays, but the older I get (no doubt it has so much to do with being a mom now – realizing the importance of raising these little hearts with an eternal perspective) it’s really become my #1 favorite holiday.  No, it’s not because of the bunny or egg hunts and all the other activities, which are most definitely super fun without the stress & expectations of Christmas, or that with Easter comes spring… *Oh how I instantly feel a lift in my spirits when the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and we’re (all 4) riding down the road with our arms up singing “Hands in the air like we don’t care!”…


But no, that’s not it.  To me, Easter is the definition of Hope.  Easter is when God’s promise was fulfilled.  Just when darkness thought they won, they had been defeated in the biggest way… You know the feeling you get when you get to prove the naysayers wrong?!  That’s the victory Christians felt the moment Jesus had risen again and defeated death, proving He indeed was the Messiah, our Savior!

Because of the resurrection:
  • You & I can pray knowing God hears our prayers.
  • We can live knowing there is life beyond this life.
  • You can sacrifice knowing your faithfulness matters
  • He proved he was who he said he was… our Lord & Savior.
Explaining it to Little Ones
This can seem pretty difficult to talk to little ones about, talking about death and all, but it shouldn’t be… that’s not what we’re celebrating.  We’re celebrating that he conquered all and lived again.  So this is how I easily explain it to The Kraze: Easter reminds us of the day Jesus saved the entire world… and they excitedly ask, “Like a superhero?!”, to which I reply, “Jesus is the #1 Superhero!!!”
I leave you with this… and hope that you’ll take in each word:
Alone in my sorrow dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love Made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began

Ash was redeemed only beauty remains 
My orphan heart was given a name
My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance
When death was arrested and my life began

Oh your grace so free
Washes over me 
You have made me new
Now life begins with you
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with you

Released from my chains I’m a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom he faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and he called me his friend
When death was arrested and my life began

Our savior displayed on a criminal’s cross
Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That’s when death was arrested and my life began 
That’s when death was arrested and my life began 

Oh we’re free free
Forever we’re free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed

Yes we’re free free
Forever amen
When death was arrested 
and my life began


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