My Word for 2013

Since giving up New Year’s resolutions and choosing a word of the year instead, I’ve come to love the start of a brand new year.

Choosing a word of the year has always felt like a God-given focus instead of a pressure-filled standard to meet. The last thing any of us needs when starting afresh is pressure, am I right?!

And this year was even better because God spoke this word into my life over a month ago, which has given me extra time to pray and get excited about what it will mean for 2013!

Do I have you curious now?!

My one word for 2013 is…

That gorgeous bracelet up there? A gift from my dear friend Beki at The Rusted Chain that I want to wear EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. You can get your own with YOUR word of the year {or anything else you want to put on it} right here!

Oh, I just get giddy about how this word will change how I live this year! It’s not about “doing,” which is good because I don’t need to “do” anything extra right now. My heart needs to find the joy in each and every day. “Celebrate” is exactly the word to point me in that direction!

Bring gifts and celebrate, Bow before the beauty of GOD, Then to your knees—everyone worship! ~Psalm 96:8-9 {The Message}

I will spend 2013 celebrating…

  • God’s goodness and mercy and blessings
  • My marriage to my best friend
  • Our children – a gift from the Lord
  • The friendships of women, both in real life and online
  • The talents He has given me to use for His glory
  • Our progress & victories in homeschool {no matter how small!}
  • The beauty of God’s creation
  • Anything and everything else He brings to my mind!

Of course we will celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and milestones, but celebrating doesn’t have to be reserved for those “special” days! I’m living a whole LIFE of celebration this year!

Along those lines, God has given me some big dreams for my family and this blog. He has placed in me a desire to celebrate family life and share that passion in writing. I call this my God-sized dream because putting God and family first and still finding time to use this gift of writing is a major balancing act that I can’t figure out on my own.

I am blessed to be a part of Holley Gerth’s God-Sized Dream Team for 2013! Holley is such an encouragement to me as I pursue the wonderful things God has planned for me and being a part of this team is helping me focus in on His big dreams for my life!

Holley’s brand new e-book, The “Do What You Can” Plan: 21 Days to Making Any Area of Your Life Better, is really the perfect way to kick-start 2013. It is full of motivation and resources to take baby-steps toward your dreams, not bite off more than you can chew! So many New Year’s goals and plans fail because they are just too big, too daunting, too overwhelming. Holley’s book encourages all of us to start small and let things grow, instead of your dreams remaining just dreams!

The “Do What You Can” Plan is only $2.99 on Kindle, but TODAY ONLY {January 1}, you can get it for FREE!

I’m so stoked for 2013 and pursuing all the dreams God has revealed to me – and the ones I don’t even know about yet!

And I’m ready to CELEBRATE! Join me?


What is your word for 2013?


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  1. YAY I just downloaded my copy. SO excited!

  2. LOVE that word!! Can’t wait to help you celebrate life this year! 🙂

  3. My word is imperfect. Blog post coming soon. 🙂

  4. My word this year is change.

  5. I got the book earlier today…can’t wait to get started reading! My word for 2013 is one that practically defined the end of my 2012: whimsy. I’ve been on a search for and have been appreciating the whimsical these past few months and want to continue that into this new year. It’s gonna be good!

  6. So excited about sharing this year with you! And love your word. Celebrate indeed. 🙂

  7. My word is loving…I am writing a post about it and why I chose it, and am fighting it 🙂 Can’t wait to celebrate every day with you in 2013!!

  8. I love the idea of choosing a word instead of resolutions, for the very reasons you mentioned! I also love your word choice: it is dear to my heart for a couple months now. We found out six years ago after our second boy was born that my husband has a rare genetic progressive disease called Friedreich’s Ataxia that has no cure or treatment. We have been faced with fact that our home is no longer safe for him, and after seeking God’s will, decided to leap out in faith to build a barrier-free, wherlchair accessible home. It was a hard choice to make, the cost is vast. But God keeps showing us this is the direction he wants us to take: He has put a builder in our path who has been open hearted and generous to us, the company is called Celebration Homes. The more that I think of this company’s name and how fitting it is. I can’t wait to Celebrate in this home with family and friends and church family, to celebrate God’s faithfulness and provision. I can’t wait to celebrate new friends and neighbours in this new community, and pray that we can be a light for God there! So I hope you don’t mind if this becomes my word too!

    • Oh Mandy, I totally love your attitude and I would be honored to “share” this word of the year with you! My prayers
      are with you and your family as your new home is built and you make the transition! Many reasons to celebrate!

  9. I love your word!! And what a cool bracelet! : )

  10. Delonna @ Chick Flick Diva says:

    Cool bracelet! I just went to Beki’s site to order my word -Orphans. I also love that you are looking at ways to celebrate every day. Inspiring post. I look forward to reading more in future post.

  11. Loved this fellow dreamer.. thank you! what an awesome post!!


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