One Word,  unexpected blessings


I started a “new year, new focus” blog post a couple of days ago, but  it wasn’t resonating with me. Something wasn’t right.

We all go through this process, whether it be the beginning of a new year, at our birthdays, or at some other time when we want to make a change.
Over the last year, I’ve realized that I’ve lost some self-motivation. As I shared in my previous post, it was a tough year. And as the countdown to 2017 occurred, I wasn’t as hopeful for the new year, even though I wanted to move past 2016.

I have made a list of priorities for myself (thanks to the encouragement from my husband) and I will post it somewhere I can see, but this year, it’s not going to be on this blog.


I like having a word or phrase to focus on, but I knew it had to be simple. I typically set high, sometimes unrealistic expectations for myself and don’t usually give myself much slack. I need to celebrate the small victories and focus on one day at a time, being thankful for each time I wake up.

While back in the Midwest visiting my family after Christmas, my older sister gifted me with some clothes. She is a great gift giver and one of a few, who can give me clothes that I love wearing! She said she usually wouldn’t give me a shirt with a saying on it unless it was something I believed or would live out.

This. This is what I need to do every single day this year:


It embodies everything I believe. It expresses the message of Jesus Christ, my Savior, teacher and friend. It encompasses everything I want to do in a society that feels divided and broken.

Love God.
Love my family.

Love my neighbor.

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37 – 40 (NIV)  

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