On 2014 and Learning to be Still

I’m fashionably late to the New Year’s resolution post party and even now I’m not going to be making any resolutions. Last year was the first time I chose a word and a verse to focus on during the year rather than make resolutions and I loved the concept of choosing a word to center on rather than a whole bunch of goals that I would likely never achieve.  This year I have chosen the word:

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STILL.  Breathe.  still.  

I am by nature a bit of a whirlwind.  I like to move and do and create and even in those moments when my body is at rest, my mind is always moving.  There are benefits to this (life is never boring), but there are times when this can be detrimental.  One of the areas that I most want to focus on this year is learning now to be still before the Lord.  To sit and contemplate the wonders that He promises to reveal, to practice listening prayer, to learn to wait on Him in silence.  To go along with my word, I have claimed a verse for the year: Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

So for this year I am hoping to learn to be still.  I’m excited for all that 2014 holds and for what God will teach me this year.  Happy new year (a bit late), friends!

Tuesdays Unwrapped

Today is Tuesday and so it’s another chance to look at the singular moments in my day that are blessings and gifts.  I am doing this in community over at Emily’s blog Chatting at the Sky.  You can read more about Tuesdays Unwrapped here, or read my last week’s post here.

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Today has been a crazy, busy, stressful day.  There are times in this Advent season that the beauty of Christmas is completely and fully drowned out by the suffocating pressures of life.  When doing something as simple as reading a book with my boys feels like one more demand on my time rather than the life-giving experience it should be.

This is a day when a glimpse of this little sculpture, sitting above my sink, keeps me grounded.  The only thing my family and I have been called to is serving the Lord.  Even in, or maybe in spite of, the craziness that surrounds us.  So at this moment I am drawing a deep breath, putting my phone out of sight for now, and settling down on the couch with frosted sugar cookies, a book, and my boy.  I will serve the Lord, and my family, by being still for a while.

I’m linking up with Emily over here.