{One Little Word - Twenty-Sixteen}

I can't believe that we are already five days into this new year. Just like 2015, this year is already proving to be moving by fast. At any rate, I am excited about this new year. A clean state. A refresh. New direction. New ideas. New, new, new. My brain is a foggy mess right now with all of the ideas I have running through my head. Not a bad thing, just makes it hard to concentrate. Not to mention all of the catching up I have to do.

Anyhow, I've learned that me & resolutions just do not work. Like at all. I make them and have the best of intentions, but then life happens. So, instead of setting myself up for failure making any resolutions I chose a word. A word to think about, pray about and reflect upon throughout the year.

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I started thinking about my word on the way home from our camping trip on New Years Eve. I really thought my word this year was going to be present. Especially after a trip that forced most of us to be present (hello no cell/internet signal). I loved the quality time with the family and just being present and it reminded me that I need to carry that on throughout the rest of my days.  But, recently God keeps laying a different word on my heart.

And that word is hope

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Hope is a feeling of trust, a security, and a reason to keep going. It is a passionate desire of our heart. It is a feeling of expectation and longing for a certain thing to happen.

Something I haven't shared much on the blog before is our infertility struggles. It took us over two years to get pregnant with Mason. And this month marks a year since we started trying for baby #2. Being in the waiting is draining and depressing and frustrating and just plain hard. I pray for strength and patience during those hard times and to always put my hope in the Lord and not that of the world. I want to remember always that my prayers do not land upon deaf ears and that His timing is always perfect. It's so easy to focus only on our present situation and forget about His faithfulness. I will have hope.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)

 . . . we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Romans 5:2-5) 

What is your one little word for the New Year?


  1. So sorry to hear about your fertility struggles. While I don't discuss on the blog (because my husband would prefer I don't), we have a lot of trouble ourselves. While we are no longer hopeful for a second, my "words" recently have often come about based on where I am in my fertility journey. I'll be praying and hoping for your journey to have a better ending!

  2. Thinking of you sweet friend! He knows the desires of your heart and he is so faithful! Love ya. :*

  3. Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite verse. I'm sorry to hear about your infertility struggles. I am praying for you. Hope is such a perfect word.


  4. Sorry to hear of your infertility. I know it can be so hard to be patient, but I like that you decided HOPE was your new word of the year. Many prayers for you and your family. I hope that sometime this year you'll be announcing a pregnancy and we'll rejoice with you.

  5. Hope is a good word. I pray that your year is fruitful. I am still undecided on my word but I am narrowing it down. I am always behind....

  6. Jeremiah 29:11 was my saving verse after my miscarriage; it gives strength and peace and I know the Lord will fulfill your hearts desire. Love this word. Prayers for you, sweet friend!

  7. That is my favorite verse. My word is Hope for many of the same reasons. Prayers that your journey through this season ends soon.

  8. 2016 is your year friend! Hoping for the best year yet and thinking of you and your sweet fam! Xo

  9. Praying for hope with you friend. God is so faithful in all things and His plan is one of hope and one that glorifies Him perfectly. Big hugs to you.

  10. Praying for you and praying 2016 is the year that the waiting game ends!
    And Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my all time favorites. Such a perfect verse.

    Happy New Year, friend!

  11. Praying for you and your sweet family. He is so faithful!

  12. Prayers coming your way this year, I cannot wait to see what God has in store for your sweet family.

  13. I'm so sorry that you guys are struggling to conceive baby #2. Hope was my word last year and we welcomed our baby boy, I hope and pray that your hope brings the same for you! XO


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