Wow, it’s been a minute since I exercised my writing muscles. And by a minute, I mean it’s been over two years.
I don’t want to pretend like any of my readers have stuck around that long. But if any of you have, my prayer is that you’ll be seeing more of me in 2024. Writing again is one of the biggest goals I have. I genuinely miss it. I miss being creative, I miss sharing Jesus through written word, I miss the blogging community, I miss it all. The desire to write has not gone away, but the time over the last few years has. I truly appreciate the mamas who have maintained their online presence and made the time to create in the midst of bringing babies into the world because you were able to do what I mentally and physically could not.
What to to Expect in this space
Some changes to be made as I’ve learned a lot in this time. I will not have any goals for monetizing this space. Every time I’ve attempted to do that in the past, my focus has shifted. My heart was just not in what I was writing. While it would be nice for this to be what I do full time, it’s never been the intention of this blog. I’d like to go back to my roots. I started writing in 2017 so I could share about the coolest man to ever live, Jesus Christ. My desire is to share what a life lived for him looks like, to encourage wives and young mothers in what that looks like in this season of life, and to be a relatable friend to those who have questions about who Jesus is, why He came, and what this whole thing is all about. That being said, my posts will not be frequent, but I sure hope they will be regular, prayerfully considered, and prompted by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus truly has been the constant in a season where so much change, trials, deep valleys, and trauma abounded. In the coming weeks I hope to share about what he has walked us through as a family, and the blessings that a life devoted and obedient to Him has resulted in. You can also expect book reviews from what I am currently reading as well as some reflections on what the Lord has taught me through the study of His Word.
A Reflection on 2023
Last year I decided to have a word focus for my year, alongside some attainable goals. As I reflect on 2023, my word for the year being “intentional’, I realize that I was able to be just that. I was very intentional with my spiritual disciplines first and foremost. I created a physical care routine, caring for the temple God has entrusted to me. I successfully engaged in my community, specifically my church community, but also our local community, family, and nurturing friendships. I’ve made efforts to intentionally tell and show people how much I love them, to pray for my people, to pray for divine appointments, and so much more. God has blessed that intention more than I’d ever imagined possible. Who would have thought a life led by obedience would be blessed? Maybe God said that in his word for a reason, hah!
You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasuresPsalm 16:11
My Word of the Year for 2024 is JOY
In 2024 I’ve settled on the word JOY. I want to have more fun and play more in 2024. I want to enjoy more time with friends, my family, and I want to see the good in everything, even with the hard things. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit and it means: content, full of peace, calm, unruffled, serene. Joy is a byproduct of having a strong and intimate relationship with Christ, because Jesus is the source of Joy. An advent devotional by the Daily Grace Co put it this way “joy is knowing deep in our hearts that even when we experience hard things, Jesus promises to be with us, help us, and forgive us. Life won’t always be hard”. I love that. And now, on the other side of multiple familial traumas and healing, I can testify to that sentiment. Life will most certainly not always be hard.
The Psalmist put it this way “you reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasures” (Psalm 16:11). A life devoted to the Lord will overflow with joy. So that’s my hope and prayer for 2024. I want to do like Paul says in his letter to the Romans, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).
I have lots of goals and plans I’m beginning to set in motion for 2024, including this blog, women’s conferences, vacations, and yes, exercising in ways that bring about joy too. My biggest goal is for if you encounter me in any way, I want you to notice the Joy of Jesus. So you can ask me about why I’m so joyful and I can tell you all about Him.
Have you ever picked a word for the year?
If you haven’t, I definitely recommend it.
- Start by writing out some of your goals.
- Think about what the common theme of your goals is
- Then pull out a thesaurus. (That’s how I do it anyway)
- Once you land on a word, prayer over that word
- Seek the word of God & pick a verse that will help you center your focus on the Lord and how he will help you to achieve this vision for your life over the next twelve months.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”Romans 12:12
Most of my goals for 2024 involved fun and play. And so I was like, Lord? What is it you’re trying to cultivate in me this year? The answer: more joy. Once I landed on a word, I found the verses above to help me focus on God’s intentions with that word. What does Biblical Joy even look like? And so Psalm 16:11 says that Biblical Joy looks like being in the presence of God. Paul’s letter to the Romans says we can find Joy in the hope of Jesus, and by prayer, being in constant community with the Lord, God almighty. Most of my goals for the year will be pointing me back to more time in the presence of God, hopefully being an overflow of Him to the world around me.
Okay that’s enough for now. You’ll hear from me again soon.
What word did you come up with for 2024? Share with me below!!