In 2013, my #OneWord was play. It was a fun year full of playful moments.
For the past week or so I’ve been seeking a new word for 2014. And, suddenly it hit me. My new word is new.
2014 is going to be a year of newness. From new habits and lifestyles, to new perspectives and opportunities.
I love new things. And, not only in the traditional sense of the word, like when you’re shopping and start to lose track of all the fun new things you’ve purchased. There’s also the glorious feeling of newness that emits from a clean, organized and colorful home, warm folded laundry, or a homemade meal steaming and bubbling with flavor. There’s newness after sweating it out at the gym, soaking in a hot shower and wrapping up in fresh sheets with a page-turning novel. I cannot deny loving new things.
But the new I’m focused on this year is life renewal. When we live a life in close companion with God, we can find constant renewal every day of the year. Even on the the most tired and crabbiest of days, we can hit refresh. Even when we lash out at our husbands or say something rude to our family, we can start anew. This is all made possible through forgiveness, the love that He first displayed on the cross. Our slates are wiped clean. We’re given a brand new start.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Everyone needs time to renew and recharge their batteries. Here are a few of the ways I plan to do so throughout the new year:
- Hit up the gym most days of the week. Use the time to exercise my body, blow off stress and digest my thoughts.
- Read more actual books. Frequent the library.
- Embrace mornings. Practice gratitude early in the day. (Translation: go to bed earlier.)
- Make time to create. This could mean writing, cooking, decorating, party planning or a host of other creative endeavors.
Keeping my mind, body and soul refreshed and renewed ultimately makes me a better wife, mama and human being.
Happy brand new year. What’s your #OneWord?