Friday, January 3, 2014

Hello 2014: This year is all about GRACE

Hello 2014!

Wow, I cannot believe we've said goodbye to 2013 and welcomed 2014.  What a year 2013 was! My blog would never know it since it was put on the back burner.  I think it was on the back burner at someone else's house! 

Last year I chose the word simplify {read about it here}.  I wanted to clean my life of clutter: what is in my house, what things I take on and people etc.  It was really hard for me to say no to things, but I did learn to really listen to God and keep my focus on what was important to me and what was going to help Scott and I achieve our dreams and goals.  I turned down some opportunities but I truly believe it was God testing me. When I did listen to him he showed me how he was going to bless me and reminded me that his plans are better than my plans. 

One of my goals was to spend my time in the word. I had ups ands downs with that but I ended the year with a good solid 10-15 minutes each morning in His word, it totally changed the outlook of my day. I am excited to keep this going and really work on digging deeper and studying scripture more. 

Last year I also wanted to be more intentional with my purchases. I really think I nailed that one. There were a few times I bought things that I was not 100% in love with, but I ended up returning them, so I call that a win! 

I've thought long and hard about the word I want to define 2014.  The word I using to define 2014 is... 


I want to give myself and others more grace.  While I think I can use many of the meanings of grace, in 2014 this definition is what I'm striving for:  disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency.  I want to be kind to myself, I want to stop doubting myself and being too hard on myself.  I also want to extend that to others. I want to stop being so short with my husband, I want to not get frustrated with emails from people. I want to extend grace to all.  

2 Corinthians 12:9 {GNT} is a verse I want to focus on for all of 2014, But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me.

I am also going to look at my goals for 2014 a bit differently, I want to focus on 1 or 2 things each month.  

For January I am focusing on my marriage.

Scott will be deployed for most of 2014 so I really want to spend January focusing on making our relationship stronger before we embark on a 9 month deployment.  We've already started this by doing simple things together, going on a run and as I write this blog post he is sitting next to me at  the coffee shop sipping his own glass of wine.  

There are so many things I want to share in the little space I've created, and for the first time in a long while I am excited to blog again, so I hope you'll stick around and see what 2014 has in store.

What are you hoping 2014 looks like for you?


blm said...

love the monthly goal idea. may january bring you so much marital joy!

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