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Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Year, New Goal, New Word

Last January I told you what my goals were for 2012.

I accomplished most, but not all of them. 
But, I did the most important things, I think, like consistent morning prayer and reading my Bible from front to back.
And of course, those are the two things that I will continue with this year.

I see many people are picking a word for this year. 
I thought about that and decided that "GRATITUDE" would be my word. Like you, I have had my share of disappointments this last year.
I find that disappointment naturally leads me to ingratitude. And I don't like that.

I have found something that will help me in this process.
Many of you have likely read the book "One Thousand Gifts" written by Ann Voskamp.
I will tell you that I purchased the book at the beginning of last year, meaning to read it and talk about it on my blog.
But, I haven't read the book yet.
I have read Ann's blog A Holy Experience, off and on and today while reading it I saw her Joy Dare Collection and that's when I knew. 
I knew that was what I need to do this year. 
I am going to write down three things a day that are gifts in my life.
And thus count out just over 1000 gifts by the end of the year.
My guess is that I will need to do this for nearly ten years before I come up with 10,000.
But I'm on my way, how about you?

Practicing this should remind me to be grateful every day, for something, don't you think?
Ann is a wonderful writer, reading today's post brought tears to my eyes... as her writing often does.

Have you picked a word, if so I'd love to hear what it is.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.


“If gratitude is an antidote for anxiety, and giving thanks is a real cure for stress,
we don’t have to relegate thanksgiving to a holiday,
for giving thanks to God revolutionizes all of our days.” 
-Ann Voskamp


Patty Sumner said...

I think your word for the year is one attitude that we don't see enough...Gratitude...and I believe your focus on gifts (blessings) in your life each day will bring on that attitude of Gratitude! Great Post..Blessings!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Wonderful word, we should all be more grateful and count our blessings everyday!
Great post...BTW I love the ceramic pup on your table!!!

Rhonda said...

Hi Cindy, I have an optimistic personality but you are so right that disappointments just make ingratitude grow. And I don't like it either. Hope you have a wonderful 2013.

My husband has another appt. tomorrow about doing his TKR re-do. Needless to say, we are both wondering what is going to happen.

The Zeigler Homestead said...

Ouch! Your post is convicting because I find myself doing a little too much complaining lately.
Thanks for sharing this I needed it :)

Faye Henry said...

Lovely and thoughtful post, Cindy..
I need to think about it..
Love your ideas.. xo

Pamela Gordon said...

I noticed a lot of people choosing a word to go by this year. I haven't done that. I like the word you chose though. I have Ann Voskamp's book and started to read it but just couldn't get into it. Some day I'll have a clear enough head (I hope) to concentrate on it. I find it's heavy reading. I do like the idea of writing down 3 things to be thankful for each day. Blessings.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Wonderful word! I love it! I think if we all remembered this....2013 would be much better!


RicKaren said...

Great post! I especially like the picture in the first photo. I haven't chosen a word, but I do choose a special Bible verse each year. Many times I don't know for sure why I am drawn to it at in the beginning, but it always makes sense by the end of the year and many times serves to cheer and encourage throughout the year.

OurSearsKitHome said...

I have read most of Ann's book (it was at the little 17th century cottage we stayed at a year ago for our anniversary) and I read her blog regularly. I took the Joy Dare last year, and continue to do so! It's a wonderful practice. I made journals for my mom and sister for Christmas this year so they could join in.
I have not told anyone but Mister, but my word for this year, or at least this season is serve. It's easy to serve at home for me, but there are situations where it can be a stretch!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy, A lovely post and such charming photos you have shared. A reminder to each of us to be grateful for each and every blessing. Have a delightful weekend.

nannykim said...

This year I do not let myself get out of bed until I have thought of things I am thankful for---it makes a big difference in my attitude for the day!

camp and cottage living said...

I thought of this when I was complaining about something the other day that didn't turn out just right! I need to be grateful for my heavenly Father knows all that I have need of and he supplies me with just what I need.
It's a reflective post!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I read it last year...I'd like to read it again and write the list and chat about it as well. Gratitude is a meaningful word.
I used to have my kids write 'gratitude lists' (myself too) when we were experiencing shelfishness, pride, anger, is eye opening.
blessings, Pat

Carol Z said...

I work at it every day, but don't keep a gratitude list. My word for this year is (En)joy. I don't always make it, but my goal is to enjoy the good things in my life.

It's me said...

I have that book too....but it is hard for me to read in English...i will try it....i love what i have read till now....lovely

Rebecca said...

You've selected a powerful word, Cindy. Sounds like you have a good start in 2013. I'M grateful for YOU. Your home, I believe, reflects a heart anchored to The Rock and I am blessed every time I visit your blog.

(I'm trying to figure out how 3x365=10,000 though....)


podso said...

Hi Cindy,

Ann VK has had an amazing impact hasn't she? I read in all sorts of places about gratitude and wonder if its an effect of her writing. I enjoyed this post. Good things to think on. Have a nice weekend.

Robin said...

You have choosen a wonderful work for the year and I love your idea of writing down three items a day. That should keep you focused on the good things in life.

I have decided my work of the year is "focus" I want to spend less energy on the unnecessary and more on one on one time with my kids and hubby and to also focus on my home making it a good place for us all to be.

Helen said...

I will have to put reading Ann's book on my "To do" list this year . . . . . . . . it sounds amazing,
Love Helen

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love your word, Cindy...a state of gratitude would be a wonderful way to live! My word this year is "learn"...I want to learn new things and hone skills I have...

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Your word is perfect Cindy...but the very last thing I would ever think you to be is ungrateful. We all need a reminder though...counting your blessings seems to put things in perspective. Enjoy your weekend. thank you for the comment on my weight loss post. I'm so proud of you for walking. I need to do better at that!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Cindy, thank you so much for sharing Ann's blog link. I didn't know she had a blog, but have loved her book! Gratitude is a wonderful word for 2013! great post. blessings ~ tanna

poppilinnstudios said...

A wonderful post and word choice, Cindy. I think my word this year will be "Forward".
Happy New Year!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I used to do a word instead of resolutions but I realized that I would forget what ever it was by spring. I think gratitude is something we should always try to keep in mind. I did start a gratitude journal this year.


YES! I'm visiting you just in time...GRATITUDE should also be my word for this entire new year, although, like you I did accomplish most of my last year's propositions and finished many. Thank you for this beautiful post, my friend. Big hugs,