Five Minute Friday Simplify

This is one of the occasions that I picked the song for this post, before I even really thought about what I wanted to write. As soon as I read that the word was simplify, I thought of the below song by the Newsboys. I have to admit that I am not great at simplifying. Even as a teen my Dad would joke with me about my knack for making things far more complicated than they needed to be. I tend to wander down rabbit trails, and put way too much thought into “what-if” scenarios. Here is the kind of “what-if” that could be helpful for 2018. What if I stopped worrying so much? What if I stopped overthinking things? What if I had the courage to simply love God and love others, and to live out that love. Maybe I would be more at peace and more joyful throughout 2018. This sounds like a good way to simplify to me.





My #Oneword for 2018 Presence

There has been something that I have been thinking about often lately. I only have one more decade with my Princess before she turns eighteen. She turned eight last Summer, and I sometimes scratch my head and wonder where the last eight years went. It does not seem that long ago that I was bringing my newborn baby girl home from the hospital. I think that the next ten years may pass as quickly as the last eight. I want to be fully present for them.  I have chosen Ephesians 5:16-17 as my verse for 2018.

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

I want to think practically about the word present. I want to be on my computer less, and spending more quality time with my children more. I want to say yes to more time baking cookies, to more reading stories, and playing board games. I want to say no to things that will not matter next week, next month, or next year. I want to be all in in my roles of wife and mother, and memory maker and memory keeper for my family. I need to remember that every day is a gift, even the hard ones, and I want to make sure that I am not taking one single moment for granted. So, did you pick a word for 2018? I would love to read about your word for 2018 in the comments.


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