Hello, dear friends!
Today's post is one that speaks from the heart :) As I watched my 8 year old son riding his bike at the park, shouting "YAHOOOOOO!" every time he passed me, I smiled at the realization that this is truly what life is all about.
The simple moments.
When we stop long enough to cherish the small things and
when a hug and a smile and an "I love you" are simply enough :)
At the beginning of each new year, I chose a 'word' to guide me through rather than make any resolutions. My word of 2012 was "Grace" which was the mantra I used to simply give me the courage to face the new year ahead. I tried hard to incorporate that in all the things that I did last year ... fellow-shipping with friends, bible studies and adventuring into areas that made me really uncomfortable but did them anyway (God is my sun and shield!)
This year? I am refocused, recommitted, re-energized and ready to live a year of Simplicity.
Simplicity? According to Websters, that has a meaning of being simple, plain, freedom from hardships.
And yes, that's true!
But more-so ... beyond that ... I want to slow down more and share this world God intended us to be with them on a more deliberate level. I've always been a stop and smell the flowers kind of gal.
And the sandcastle builder, the nature walker, the cloud watcher, the rock skipper, the one who watches two butterflies dance in flight and think "Thank you GOD for that beautiful moment!"
But there is so much I know I'm missing. This is the year I plan to recapture it back again :) Simplicity.
My dear husband jokes: "Simple? Like we're going to make our own homemade toothpaste and grow turnip greens?"
A couple years back, I bought and devoured Ann Voskamp's "One thousand Gifts" book. I was so inspired, I started a list of my own WITH photographs to memoralize in my smash/scrap books.
And I got to Feburary!
I just looked at my Grace-i-tude List 2012 (that would be the year of Grace and gratitude list combo!) and seriously ... I got up to #161. And a goofy ending to a very short list that was ... here, I'll share:
161. My “This isn’t a souvenir, it’s a proof of survival!” t-shirt from zip-lining.
God, I hear you. I know there is a lot that I am missing.
But I am thankful for much. My children know and worship an awesome God.
They put him first in all things - thoughts, prayers, actions towards others.
And for me? I can learn to let go of any and all things that do not bring me closer to him! Simplicity.
So the next time we are on those bikes?
We'll take time to get off and skip a few of those rocks.
Because the rocks aren't there to block our path.
They are there for us to pick them up and skip the across the water of life.
May you be so richly blessed this year.
May God speak to your heart and guide you!
*I'd like to leave you with a few of my favorite quotes from my journaling :)
*Voluntary simplicity is not a grim cutting back, it's discovering and filling the genuine human need to do work that you love. --Cecile Andrews
*When you realize you have enough, then you are truly rich. --Tao Teh Ching
*Live simply that others may simply live. --Gandhi
My verse of the Year: 2013
Pray about everything; tell God your needs...
If you do this, you will experience God’s peace,
which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.
Great big special thanks to Melanie at Only a Breath for taking the time to make the blog buttons as a wonderful reminder for all of us to remember the reason for the journey! I'm humbled to receive this and am grateful to your generosity and creativity!
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