Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. We stayed in our pj’s all day and finished watching all of the Star Wars movies. Our girls had never seen them, and I’ll admit I had only seen a few. I understand all the hype now. And can I just say I love Anakin Skywalker and Padme’s love story. I’m a sucker for a happy ending, it was hard for me to watch knowing how it all ends.

This time of year is just so magical. I love celebrating Jesus’ birth. I’m not sure I’ll ever get it or get over it: God’s love for us. How he sent his son for us. Our worship team opened Christmas Eve service with the hymn, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. I’ve heard it plenty of times but this year it gave me chills. Here is the first verse:

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

I love that line, let us find our rest in thee. I don’t know about you but 2016 was a doozie. I started off the year recovering, followed by a move back to the mainland, settling into a new home, and town, and school for our girls. I went to my first writer’s workshop and began to pursue my dream of writing. My family and I made several trips to national parks including Mesa Verde and The Grand Canyon. It was a good year but I’m looking forward to more rest in 2017.

I’m not usually one to set a whole bunch of goals or new years resolutions. I haven’t, in the past, spent a whole lot of time evaluating the past year and looking toward the future but this year is different. So when I was challenged to set a word of the year for 2017, I rolled my eyes. It sounded silly to me but after talking with my husband, it seemed like a great way to be intentional with my year before it even began.

Before I tell you my word, I have to say that it’s not what I expected. But after reviewing my journals and thinking about what I wanted to accomplish this year. After praying and reading His word, I settled on the word: SLOW. Yes. Slow.

In a world, that is all about hurry and hustle. I’m going to embrace slow, still, unhurried, and rest. It doesn’t mean I’m not going to work hard or meet goals I’ve set or use it as an excuse to be lazy. It simply means I am not going to rush around filling my plate with too much, with more.

“Much good happens in the space where nothing is happening.” Christina Wells

Are you choosing a word of the year for 2017? If so I would love to hear it, share in the comments below.

Without further ado, here are the Four Most Viewed Posts of 2016

  1. My InCourage Guest Post: Wild Watermelons
  2. When You’re Sick and Tired of Getting Christmas Wrong
  3. My Favorite Gifts that Give
  4. My Friend Jenn’s guest post: Let it Be Plentiful

Thanks for all your support and love this year. Here’s to a year of more rest and taking things slow. Blessings!