I’ve been pondering and praying about my word of the year for a couple weeks and the one word that keeps coming to me is JOY.
Last year was a rough year and I admit I let some difficult circumstances get to me and ended up having a generally bad attitude most of the year. I was grumpy with my husband, children, friends, and others. This attitude affected everything I did as well as those around me.
This year it is time to reclaim JOY!
For me this means:
Choosing to be joyful; choosing to see the positive.
Finding joy in day to day life.
Cultivating joy in my home and inspiring joy in my children.
Being joyful and uplifting with my friends.
Bringing joy to others.
I know it will not always be easy to choose a joyful attitude, and I’m sure I will fail often but I will keep my eyes on the goal of joyfulness!
Just a few verses to help me keep focus (all NIV, emphasis mine):
John 16:20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness….
What is your word of the year? Let us know in the comments!