Monday, January 30, 2017

Word for 2017: PURPOSE

Before January completely squeaks by, I wanted to share the one word I've chosen as a motto for 2017.



It may seem a little late in the game, but January as a whole is a contemplative month for me. I like to pray and think about my goals for the year before committing to them, and December is such a busy month I usually don't do it before the new year hits. I mean, there were 54 people in this house over Christmas. Not exactly conducive to deep and pondering thoughts. 😉

For the past few years I have picked a word of the year that I felt the Lord laid on my heart for that year.  My word for 2016 was CHANGE, which came from a preparing of my heart for what I knew would be a year of change! I was facing a new boss, new leadership at church, becoming an Aunt for the first time, and of course by the end of the year voting on a new president.



Change is not something I usually embrace, but I knew 2016 would be a time I needed to learn to do so! And I'm so glad I did, as the year brought even more change then I realized early on.   I changed from 2 part time jobs to 1 full-time, and changed positions within that job. So. Much. Change!

Looking back now on the year, I am thankful for the outcome of each and every one of those changes,  but now I am ready to change my focus to 2017 and a year of PURPOSE.

Why purpose?

Philippians 3:14 says, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

First and foremost, I want to live this year pressing toward the mark of God's purpose, not my own.

"I want my purpose in life to be the same purpose for which God the Father called me, God the Son redeemed me, and God the Holy Spirit empowered me." -- Pastor Bob Philbrick

It's not enough to just sit back and wait for God's will and God's purpose to fall in front of me. I want to be pressing toward that mark!   And that requires living my life with purpose.


Secondly, I want to live my life with purpose in a practical way. 

What are the efforts I am pouring myself into each day? Am I mindlessly spinning around in circles,  following every next whim and fancy, or am I intentional about the things I say 'yes' to?

I often feel as though I am simply flying from one thing to another between work, church commitments, piano lessons, and other things that come up. Amidst all the flying, am I truly doing the best things? Or am I just doing all the things, not thinking about how they are going to affect me or those around me?

A few ways I intend to be purposeful this year:

 - Spending an hour with God each day
 - Setting a monthly budget and sticking to it
 - Setting specific goals, something I've fallen off the bandwagon with in recent years!
 - Less time on social media

Some last thoughts for this blogging community...what does purposeful living mean to you? And if you have picked a word or motto for 2017, I'd love to hear what it is.


Friday, December 09, 2016

Weekend Wind-Down Party #146

Yay for the weekend! After a long week, its time to share the fun posts you've created. Can't wait to see them! These parties are getting to be full of Christmas links, and I LOVE them!


In case you aren't familiar with our party, here is the scoop: we like to learn new things, visit new blogs, and see what you all have been up to recently! We just ask that you link back to us somewhere on your site! From the sites that do link back, we will occasionally pick a handful of posts to feature.

I also would love for you to drop a line in the comments section...let us know how you found our party, and what elements you enjoy. Thanks! I love to hear from my readers!

Want to add another dimension to the party? Share it on social media and tag a fellow blogger that you think would be interested in joining the party! The more the merrier!

Here are a few features from the last party:









Congrats, bloggers! Here is a button for you to display proudly on your site:



And now on to this week's links!

Here are the super simple rules to make this a fun party zone:




Here are the hosts...follow each one on the social media platform of your choice!

                                                                             Snippets of Inspiration

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/

Pinterest/Google+/Instagram


So Sew Organized

Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/

Etsy/Instagram


Motivated Days

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/

Pinterest/TSU/Google+/Etsy


Moms Who Save

                                                                                  Blog/Facebook/Twitter

                                                                                /Pinterest/Google+


I'd love to see what you have been working on! Link up your most recent posts, I can't wait to see them! I will visit as many as I can. Have fun, and be sure to visit some other links and meet some new people! I can't wait to see what YOU link up! =) 




Friday, December 02, 2016

Weekend Wind-Down #145

Yay for the weekend! After a long week, its time to share the fun posts you've created. Can't wait to see them! These parties are getting to be full of Christmas links, and I LOVE them!


In case you aren't familiar with our party, here is the scoop: we like to learn new things, visit new blogs, and see what you all have been up to recently! We just ask that you link back to us somewhere on your site! From the sites that do link back, we will occasionally pick a handful of posts to feature.

I also would love for you to drop a line in the comments section...let us know how you found our party, and what elements you enjoy. Thanks! I love to hear from my readers!

Want to add another dimension to the party? Share it on social media and tag a fellow blogger that you think would be interested in joining the party! The more the merrier!

Here are a few features from the last party:







Congrats, bloggers! Here is a button for you to display proudly on your site:



And now on to this week's links!

Here are the super simple rules to make this a fun party zone:




Here are the hosts...follow each one on the social media platform of your choice!

                                                                             Snippets of Inspiration

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/

Pinterest/Google+/Instagram


So Sew Organized

Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/

Etsy/Instagram


Motivated Days

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/

Pinterest/TSU/Google+/Etsy


Moms Who Save

                                                                                  Blog/Facebook/Twitter

                                                                                /Pinterest/Google+


I'd love to see what you have been working on! Link up your most recent posts, I can't wait to see them! I will visit as many as I can. Have fun, and be sure to visit some other links and meet some new people! I can't wait to see what YOU link up! =) 




Friday, November 18, 2016

Weekend Wind-Down #143

Hello and happy Friday! I'm glad to be back to another week of the Weekend Wind-Down party!


You may have noticed I missed the party last week...but I had a VERY good reason! I spent the weekend with a whole bunch of my cousins and aunts, and Samantha from Motivated Days was there too! We got to actually chat about blogging and life stuff in real life...imagine that!




It was a fun weekend of Christmas-movie watching, coffee drinking, shopping and laughing. Much needed before a busy holiday season hits us!

But now, lets get on with this week's party, shall we?


In case you aren't familiar with our party, here is the scoop: we like to learn new things, visit new blogs, and see what you all have been up to recently! We just ask that you link back to us somewhere on your site! From the sites that do link back, we will occasionally pick a handful of posts to feature.

I also would love for you to drop a line in the comments section...let us know how you found our party, and what elements you enjoy. Thanks! I love to hear from my readers!

Want to add another dimension to the party? Share it on social media and tag a fellow blogger that you think would be interested in joining the party! The more the merrier!


Here are the super simple rules to make this a fun party zone:




Here are the hosts...follow each one on the social media platform of your choice!

                                                                             Snippets of Inspiration

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/

Pinterest/Google+/Instagram


So Sew Organized

Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/

Etsy/Instagram


Motivated Days

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/

Pinterest/TSU/Google+/Etsy


Moms Who Save

                                                                                  Blog/Facebook/Twitter

                                                                                /Pinterest/Google+


I'd love to see what you have been working on! Link up your most recent posts, I can't wait to see them! I will visit as many as I can. Have fun, and be sure to visit some other links and meet some new people! I can't wait to see what YOU link up! =)