Happy New Year! Grace & Truth Link Up

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Can you believe that it is 2019? I am still trying to figure out what happened to November! I hope and pray you have enjoyed a Christmas season filled with joy and peace. I also pray your new year has started off with all of the hope and inspiration that a new year ushers in. Which brings me to a question I want to ask you, do you choose a guiding word for each new year? My word this year is “minimalism.” I struggled with choosing this word because I know it’s a very on point trend right now, it’s a crowded band wagon I’m jumping on, but it feels right. I mean, I am always ready to gut my house after the holidays because it suddenly feels super cluttered and messy, but this need to purge began stirring in me before I bought back to school supplies and it’s not going away so I feel like I need to tune in and give this growing need some time and attention. But I have to admit, though I am ready to purge my house of the excess and focus my energy on spending less and learning to enjoy what I already have, this stripping away the excess is feeling a little deeper for me. I feel like I am arriving at a place of needing to strip away the things in my life that use up my energy that in reality do not even matter or aren’t really what I feel called to do. You see, I am a yes woman, I take on more than I should. Couple that with my very broad interests and I can quickly become stretched too thin. I end up doing a lot of little things and as you can guess, with lots of little successes but never that real sense of accomplishment. The even crazier part is that I am acutely aware of this habit of mine, I even recognize my gut when it’s telling me to say no to the next thing I am asked to do… but I still say yes! But, I’m beginning to realize that I have this one life and it’s ok to say no to things, it’s ok to do fewer projects, take on less work…it’s ok to minimize where and how I spend my energy. So, my mantra in 2019 is

cultivate what matters and stop watering the weeds

And there you have it, how I want to practice minimalism in my life this year- choose what matters the most and let go of the rest!

Now how about you? What are you goals for this new year?

NOW FOR THIS WEEK'S LINK UP! LET'S BLESS AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER IN OUR WALK WITH THE LORD.

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