It’s that time of year again.  Where we all decide on resolutions, ways we are going to “change” for the new year. I’m going to be completely honest with you – I’ve never really liked resolutions.  They’re not practical.  We all try to start them and we’re lucky if they make it through the first week of January let alone the whole month.  I don’t know of anyone who has made a life change based on a New Year’s resolution.

**Sidenote, please excuse the lack of actual editing in this post, WordPress just updated and I have to figure out how to navigate this new (and weird) setup.

                While in a lot of ways it’s still the same idea, I strongly prefer the idea of choosing a word for the year.  It’s easier to remember what your word is.  It’s empowering to have a word that encompasses multiple facets of your life.  On the other hand, I feel like we all have a tendency to simply forget whatever our resolution was.

                So while I feel like the last year has been absolutely crazy, with this one starting off on the same note, I wanted to choose a word that encouraged me to appreciate those I have around me.  After I went to college and then after moving in with my (now) husband, we really slacked on physically going to church.  While we had (some) legitimate reasons, we needed to have a community of believers around us.

                So my word for this year is going to be “together.”

With Proverbs 27:17 being the focal verse, I am excited to see what focusing on this word will do in a few different areas.  

                “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17 NIV).

Our Marriage … together.

                First and foremost, because we are still newly married, both of us would openly tell you that we have a TON to work on as a couple.  It truly is amazing to see, however, how much God has used our marriage already to strengthen us as individuals, to help us to lean on one another, and to show us areas where we needed to grow.

Church Life … together.

                This one kind of speaks for itself, but just getting actively involved in church again is vital. While we were still watching church online, it is so vastly different to watch church and to be involved in a congregation of other believers who can support you, encourage you, and hold you accountable when the time comes.

Parenthood … together.

                With our first baby on the way (it’s a girl😊), we have truly realized the need to ask for help when we need it.  This includes both from one another and family and friends.  It takes a village, right?

I love how Proverbs 27:17 speaks for itself in explaining the nature of how relationships focused on Christ can help us to learn and grow closer to God. As we dive deeper in these relationships, we become more aware of who we are called to be and sense the Holy Spirit more and more. Obviously, this does not cover all bases, however, it covers a lot of what the theme of this year is going to look like. I’d love to hear from you what your word for the year is and why! Share with me in the comments below.

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22 year old Liberty University student, Majoring in Biblical Studies, minoring in Sport Outreach. Epilepsy Awareness. Married to Jonathan, Momma to Evelyn Two amazing dogs.

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