Monday, January 24, 2011

Word...to your Mutha

I've seen many bloggers choose a word of the year. A word to live by, I suppose...I've never really been one to do that, but this year it hit me. JOY...a small word, but one that has so much meaning this year. 2010 was not what I would consider a good year by any stretch, what with Lilly getting diabetes, so much sickness-Every. Single. Holiday. it seemed, financial ickies, etc.-I know many people have things they deal with, but these are my things, you know?? Violet's birth helped redeem it, but overall I could have done without 2010. I read a verse a while ago that spoke to me...
James 1:2-3
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

I have decided to embrace JOY instead of letting things get me down...to thank God that He spared Lilly's life, that Cory has been able to keep his job, that we have a super cute rental house to live in{oh yeah, we are moving}...so many things to be JOY-full about...

What about you...do you have a word to live by...a word for 2011??

{Oh yes...the JOY hanger was from Target, after-Christmas clearance from 2009. It was white originally and I just mod-podged fun papers on it...a reminder everyday to find the JOY in all circumstances...}



And finding the JOY in having to wake up early to take one to school...BEAUTIFUL sunrise...Thank you, Jesus, that you love us!!

Linking up to Blessed Little Nest, Life Made Lovely...

9 comments:

Rambling Girl said...

Your so right, Elise! We all need to realize that just because things happen in life doesn't mean it's the end of the world. Keepin God in there is nothing but pure Joy!

I didn't have a word either till this year when I saw so many and thought I just want things to be simple. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what others perceive you to be and try to live up to that way. I said I want my life to be more simple and go with the flow.

Are you moving to another town or still be in the same one?

I wish you nothing but Pure Joy this 2011!

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

I love how your JOY letters turned out... I have changed my 2011 word a few time already, but for the last week it has been RESTORE or RESTORATION... 2011 is going to be a JOYful RESTORing year indeed... and I think we will get to MEET...

Amy R. said...

I love your word for the year and your letters are so cute! My word for the year is "Enjoy" I want to enjoy life more, enjoy my kids, enjoy my full, messy house at times and realize it comes with the territory, enjoy the simple things. I want to let the little things go and just enjoy!
I hope your 2011 will be full of joyful moments and memories!

Heather said...

A great word for you, Elise! Perhaps we can combine your joy with my relax and have a great time ;) ... can't wait til you move back nearby :)

Ruth said...

What a perfect word for the year. I hope your heart will be filled with JOY to overflowing.

Blessings,
Ruth

Em said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today :)
I love your word for the year, and such a simple reminder to always see the joy around us - real joy is in Him, despite the circumstances (and that washing pile!). Lovely to 'meet' you! xx

Erica said...

I love your word for the year! I was just thinking about you today and was wondering how the 'pink' laundry room was coming along, but then I read that you are moving. I'm working on redoing my laundry room with board and batten! I hope you have a great rest of the week and keep us posted on the move...just think a whole new house to decorate ;-)

Hugs

Leah said...

more like a sentence...someone I know said something about bloom where you are planted. Oh, that someone was you! So here I am, doing my best to bloom where I am planted. I will turn my face to the sunshine and know that the rain is going to give me just what I need to bloom too. thanks!

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