January usually hits hard. All the Christmas decorations are packed away. School is back in swing and it is cold. Our house is especially cold. It is not well insulated and so we struggle in the winter. We do have a fireplace and I love having fires. I am a spring/summer girl. I love Christmas/Advent but when it is over.... I start looking for spring!
Today I bought a book I am really excited about....
Choose JOY is by Sara Frankl. I am so happy about this...
"Sara's story only grew louder, braver, bolder with her death. It's a story that we all need to keep hearing." --Lisa-Jo Baker, bestselling author of Surprised by Motherhood
Sara Frankl knew she had a terminal disease, but she didn't let it stop her from living. In the face of immeasurable pain, Sara chose joy--again and again. Her unforgettable message of hope and purpose lives on, even after her death, in her words.
CHOOSE JOY is a compilation of the lessons Sara learned while she was dying, written in her own words and sewn together by her close friend Mary Carver. It is a reminder to see the beauty in life, even when it looks nothing like you hoped or planned.
In a world full of tragedy, choosing joy is no small task--but, as Sara knew, the importance lies in the choosing. Once you learn to make that choice, every day, no matter what happens, joy will come.
I read Sara's blog faithfully.... and the way she would Choose Joy helped me choose joy too. Seeing her make the choice even when life hurt. I know several friends that do this. I choose to do this also. Life is often hard here. I do not talk about it much. I love being a mom and I am so very thankful for my children, love being able to stay home and home educate my children.... but, through the years being married to an ex-military, agoraphobic who dances with the bottle more than us... is a daily struggle. Some of you know this but most of you do not.
God is bigger than that.
His grace is sufficient.
I count the gifts and "that" seems to grow smaller. Some days it is harder than others and at times unbearable.
As I read through Sara's blog/Gitzen Girl..... it encouraged me. We all have struggles, some harder than others. Just like with Kara Tippets and her struggle with cancer. Life is hard. But, we CHOOSE JOY instead of allowing the enemy to steal it.
Can't wait to start this book. Even today as words have been said to cut deep... I have to breathe deep and CHOOSE JOY.
May the Lord bless you this year and draw you close to Him. May you know the everlasting love of our God. May you REST in His mercy, grace and peace. May He give you His Hope.... and may you find JOY that only comes from Him. In doing all of this..... may you find.....
Yes, my word for 2016 is REST. Always toward the end of the year.... right after Christmas I start thinking about the new year and new goals. I do not do resolutions .... I do set some goals that I want to accomplish. Books to read, projects to finish/start. Fun places to see and adventure too.... fun times with my kiddos....
For the past 5 years I have asked God to give me a word each year to focus on. Each year He impresses a word on my heart. I always wait for a few days to make sure this is from Him.
2 Cor. 12:9
.... and 2016....
Would love to hear about your New Year, goals or even your word for this year.
May mercy, grace, peace, hope, joy and rest be yours~
My word for 2015 is/was JOY. JOY. It is such a beautiful word. God is so gracious and this past year so many JOY things ....
Over and over in 2015 .... JOY of so many things....
1. JOY of His love for me,
2. JOY of a new grandchild.
3. JOY of family and friends
4. JOY of his abundant grace.
5. JOY of seeing family & friends bless my children.
6. JOY of our sponsored children.
7. JOY. JOY. JOY
I am so very thankful for His JOY. The way JOY has spoke to me this year.....
For several years God has given me a word. Through the year He speaks to me through that word. It helps me to focus on HIM more... and ME less. Helps me to count the gifts instead of focusing on the difficult times.
My word for 2016 is still unsure. I have a word that keeps coming up but I want to make sure this is what He has for me.
Thank you to all of you for your love through the years. Would love for you to comment below! May God bless you this coming year. Much love.