Abide: One Word 2017 ♥

You know those moments in life 
when you just know something is meant for you? 

That was me. In church.  'Bout a month ago, give or take a Sunday :)

I was daydreaming.  Not even gonna fib.
I was lost in thought, thinking about who knows what ...
laundry, the kids, chicken or beef for that night's dinner ...
literally staring up at the ceiling.

See, that part was kinda great ...
it fit.
At least to those around me.
I looked like I was seeking, praying, nourishing.

Because I wasn't paying attention closely enough,
I didn'nt notice that Pastor had started to walk down
 from the stage and onto the floor.
Getting closer.
Preaching to us in the congregation.

 "Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." ~ John 15:4

I nearly jumped off the pew!
Okay, Lord ~ I hear you.

Loud. and. clear.

I knew right then in that moment,
before Christmas, before ringing in the new year,
that it was a word meant for me.

According to definition, it means: 
1.  to endure without yielding, to withstand, to bear patiently, tolerate 
2.  to accept without objection

2016 was not a year without it's flaws,
but 2017 will.  be.  different.

Each year holds 365 days.
Blank pages, one for each day, and it's up to us to fill them up. 
God has spoken to my heart and for this year's story
I will reconnect with Him on a deeply personal level ~ 
listening, enduring, withstanding, tolerating, dwelling, abiding.

My goals for this upcoming year are simple.
 I will abide in growing my faith, my family, my creativity
my friendships and my passions.
Simply, that means I'll savor the world in which is our gift.
I'll trust in Him that all is designed for me.

Three hundred and sixty five ways 
to abide in grace and wonderment ..
three hundred sixty five opportunities!

My story starts today.
And I'm excited to see where this journey takes me

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings! 



  1. What an inspiring post Kelly--I love it and I hope 2017is great for you!

  2. Oh Kelly, this post brings me to tears. Your way with words... and your chosen word... perfect!

  3. Kelly, such great words to live by. love this

  4. What a great word Kelly - my word is very close to yours - steadfast!!

  5. What a beautiful post, Kelly!! And what a great word - so strong and inspiring!! I hope and pray 2017 is an amazing one for you my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Great post, full of great words... :D
    Hugs and blessing!

  7. SO beautiful! I love the idea of taking it a day at a time!

  8. Kelly, I am so moved by this post. I would like to share it on my blog, with your permission...just a link back to this. Would that be okay? Now I have to remember to check back for an answer. Memory don't fail me now.