Category Archives: Inspirational

My Word for 2018

Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions this year, I’m picking a word that will be “my one word” to focus on during the year. There’s actually a book called My One Word and a website, too– This is not a new book–it was first published in 2012. But it’s new to me. I’ve not read the book, but I’ve browsed the website and I like the idea of having “one word” to focus on instead of a list of resolutions that I probably won’t keep!

Here’s part of a description of the book and the “one word” concept you can find over at AmazonThe concept of “My One Word” is simple. Lose the long list of resolutions―all your sweeping promises to change―and do something about one thing this year instead of nothing about everything. Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you, and focus on it for an entire year. This single act will force clarity and concentrate your efforts. As you focus on your word over an extended period of time, you position yourself for God to form your character at a deep, sustainable level. Growth and change will result.

Over at, there are 3 steps to help you choose your word, which I’m condensing and editing a little here:

  • STEP 1: Determine the kind of person you want to become. Go beyond simply being healthier and wealthier. What’s going on in your heart and soul? How is God speaking to you and what do you need to focus on to become the person that God has created you to be?
  • STEP 2: Identify the characteristics of that person. Is that person gentle or generous? What are the qualities of the person you want to become–the qualities you’re sensing God wants you to grow in?
  • STEP 3: Pick a word. Just one word that stands out the most to you. Commit to this one word for the year–it will provide you with a lens to see the changes you need to make as well as help you see whether or not change is actually happening. Staying focused on your word will help you move in the right direction and see God working in your life.

You can visit, to see words other people have chosen for themselves to focus on during the year. That may help get you started.

So what is my word for 2018?

Yes, SIMPLIFY–this word has been on my mind and heart for a few months now, but I’ve never really fully focused on it. I want to simplify my life so I’m not distracted by unimportant things. I want a more uncluttered life so I can focus on what is most important and hear God speak more clearly.

Do you have a word you’ve chosen for 2018? If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late! Please share what your word is in the comments below–I’d love to hear!

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Creating Quiet

Simplify, simplify. A simpler, less busy life is what many of us long for. A life that’s uncluttered and downsized, with more time to relax and just enjoy being. I’m all about wanting to clear out the unimportant so I can focus on what’s really important. Are you wanting that too?

Clearing away the unimportant things, whether it’s a too-busy schedule or a cluttered room, helps create “quiet” in your life. The other day I read something that helps explain this mindset of simplifying things–this journey of creating a less crazy, more simplified life:

The journey of these years have been toward quiet–toward creating quiet around me, but more than that, toward creating quiet within me, which is much more difficult, and much more profound.

I’m amazed at how many things are ultimately connected: I like living in our home more when it’s less full of stuff. I find it easier to get dressed in the morning when I have fewer choices.

I’ve begun wandering through our house, gathering things up–less, less, less. And in my closet–less, less, less. I’m creating quiet in our home, on our walls, in my own closet, and that quiet gives me energy. The simplicity feels spacious, and inspiring, like I can draw a clean breath.

–Shauna Niequist, Present Over Perfect

I’ve read that having a lot of “stuff” is actually stressful. The more “stuff” you own, the more time you spend taking care of it, worrying about it, repairing it. It’s easier to focus on what’s important when you’re not surrounded with unnecessary clutter and distractions. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” We can miss out on quite a bit, especially hearing God speak to us, when we’re too busy to take the time to “be still.” Or too busy to take the time to rest. Mark 6:31 tells how Jesus invited His disciples to “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” We all need time to rest and recharge!

So I’m encouraged to keep on moving toward a simpler life–less clutter, less busy, more quiet, more rest. Are you on that journey too?

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Good Things

He crowns you will unfailing love and compassion like a king….

He fills you with good and beautiful things, satisfying you as long as you live.

PSALM 103:4–5 The Voice

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Grow in Grace

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. II PETER 3:18 NIV

I saw a cluster of irises growing near a creek when I went on a walk one day. The irises looked so graceful and the phrase “grow in grace” came to mind from the verse in II Peter. Hope it brightens your Sunday! 🙂

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Beautiful Truths

I’m sharing some hand lettering you’ll find in the new She Reads Truth Bible. It’s beautifully designed, with special hand lettered key verses from each of the 66 books of the Bible.

There are also specially designed maps, charts, and timelines for added insights as you read, study, and reflect on God’s Word. I love all the color and hand lettering! You can find out more about it at

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

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