word of the year

ok, so it’s already half way through February and i’m just now writing this. but really, it’s been on my mind since December. before i went into labor, it was New Years. on New Years, husbuddy and i thought up a few new year resolutions together. i also thought and prayed about a “word” for my new year. {here’s a good blog post about choosing 1 word for a whole year} SO…i’ve been trying to write this post since January 1st. {i guess i got kind of distracted along the way} 

in 2013, my  word of the year was Joy. you can read more about that here or this post 

as i’ve been learning how to be a momma to sweet Sophia, i’ve been praying for what God would have for me this year, her first year of life, my first year learning how to do this thing… the word that God keeps revealing to me is PEACE.

peace frame

i have such a desire for peace in my heart. it’s a prayer over and over that i’ve either said or that i’ve heard prayed for me this past month. it’s a word that God seems to want me to know, and know deeply.

  • i desire peace when worry keeps me awake at night.
  • i desire peace when i’m overwhelmed with being a new mother, with not knowing what i am doing.
  • i desire peace when she’s screaming in the middle of night and all i can do is cry
  • i desire peace amid all the “helpful” comments that come from every direction.
  • i desire peace when my to-do list seems to never get checked off.
  • i desire peace inside a house that’s constantly challenging us, is never clean, and is in constant need of repair.

peace is what i need to focus on this year. the peace that only God can provide.

the other day when i was thinking about this,  i was reading one of my favorite sections of scripture, Philippians 4. we all know these verses of course, but i was re-reading verses 6-7 and it struck me that this is the peace that i desire to envelope my life:

“do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

the peace that surpasses all understanding. i crave that more than water right now! and whats interesting is that these verses come after the command to rejoice. to find Joy in our Lord. verse 4 says:

“rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” 

so, what’s interesting to me is that God wanted me to focus on Joy last year, and it is only natural, even to Paul, to focus on Peace next. peace comes when i first find all of my joy in Him. when i’m not focused on my own worries and anxieties, but when i notice HIM in the little things, and give thanks for everything. peace comes after the thanksgiving and after the joy. peace that GUARDS YOUR HEART. that’s what i crave. HIS perfect peace that will guard my heart from the world of worries and from my selfish anxieties.

then Paul continues in verses 8-9:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise; think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me- practice these things and the God of peace will be with you.” 

our Father is a GOD OF PEACE. He desires to be with us. He desires to guard our hearts with HIS peace.

in my quest for His Perfect Peace this year, i am really just seeking HIM.

i’m sure i’ll be learning a lot more about this in the weeks and months to come…thanks for listening to my ramblings, friends. 

xoxo-kimberly renee

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