2016 Word of the Year: Joy

Wow- everyone is thinking it … but how did it become 2016?

My brain still thinks 1998 was just a few years ago. *whew* It is hard to believe I will be married to my husband for 10 years this year, or that our oldest daughter will turn 6 this fall (oh. my. gosh), or that we even have 3 children.

It is especially hard to think we will have FOUR children by mid year!

2015 wasn’t unkind to our family, as a matter of fact it has been flourished with blessings from every direction- J.Tom’s new job, a (small) farm, good new friends and neighbors, healthy babies, and a new addition to our family come in July.

On the flip side, one of my favorite people in the world, my Granny, was diagnosed with a very aggressive breast cancer that has spread to her liver and lymph nodes. (But is being treated and looks promising.)

And through all these amazing events, wonderful experiences, sad times, and transitions, I am finding it hard to be joyful. Not like, not thankful for my blessings, but somewhere in the last month or two I have become frustrated and … well, lacking of joy in my every day life.

But this is not me.

I am someone who absolutely delights in cooking real, from scratch meals most days, keeping our home, and doing the other things I have felt called to do without complaining too much.

I feel like …. I just want to go outside and dig in the dirt! And maybe that’s it! Maybe it is being stuck inside more, less sunshine and fresh air (although we try to get outside a few times a day).

But if I am completely honest with myself, I know it is because my quality time with God has been lacking. We have not yet looked for a new church home (and I miss our NE church), I haven’t spent as much time in my Bible since we moved, writing verses, or journaling… I know where I am lacking. I think I might head over to the Tithe.ly website at some point soon because they have lists full of inspiring Bible verses about love, marriage, and a bunch of other subjects. I do like to read such verses as it helps to keep my mind on track and focus on what truly matters.

Why is it so hard to fit it in my day? A year ago I started my day with Jesus and coffee, and it got me much further than starting my day with just a cup of coffee …

So this year, my word is Joy.

Joy: Word of the year 2016

But not just because I have blessings to be joyful about. Joy because I am doing what I know is right- diving into the Word, growing in Christ, setting that example for my children.

Joy because when its cold outside, and I am feeling stir crazy, it is so easy to feel “bored” and a little sad.

I can’t find time in the day to accomplish it all on my own- I can’t study my Bible, make breakfast, do laundry, keep the house, tend the chickens, homeschool, prepare 3 meals a day, blog, sew when I want (or need) to, and take care of myself without putting God first.

When I do, I know the frustration will end. I know it will melt from my shoulders and there will be joy (even if it is brown and cold outside for 3 more months).

Here is my word for 2015

What is your word this year?

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4 comments

    • Meghan says:

      TaMara- Thank you so much for your kind words! What a wonderful way to think of this season in life; definitely a little overwhelming, even by blessings. =)

      I hope you have a wonderful 2016! Blessings

  1. Lori H says:

    I hope that your focus on joy will indeed help you see it in your life and bring it to your heart. Moves and finding a congregation of believers to worship with are difficult things. I hope you find that settling soon and that good friends will come from it to bless your life and help you find your joy. Joy is such an invasive emotion that I hope it invades your life fully!

    • Meghan says:

      Lori- thank you so very, very much! Those are such kind words, and I am praying joy into our lives as well. And especially a new church family and friends. =) Thank you for stopping by!

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