Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 Word of the Year


Last year, when I chose Trust as my 2015 word of the year, I had no idea just exactly how that would encompass the way my life would play out in the last 12 months. When I felt that God was telling me that trust needed to be the center of this past year, never in my life would I have dreamed that the trust I was desperately trying to cling to would have to hold me through 4 miscarriages and so much heartache.

That I would take that trust from God, and finally give it back to him. That I would have to be at my lowest of lows to give my whole life over. This whole "picking a word of the year because I'm a blogger and it sounds cool" thing pretty rocked my entire world for an entire year.

And this year? 
This year I see Joy. 
I want Joy. 
And I choose Joy. 

Because it is a choice. Joy is something that you can choose to have, even on the crappiest of days. It isn't happiness, although you can experience the two at the same time. But to me, and for this next year, I choose to find joy in the moments that I'm in right now. In the situations that I am given, even if that means searching for joy through heartache.

I know one of my greatest assets in this is going to be One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I borrowed it via audio book from my library and it completely changed the way I was thinking about my life. I now have a hard copy, and want to read a little bit each week. Even if you don't have trouble finding the good in every day, I encourage you to read it because I really, truly do believe that it will at least encourage you to continue striving to looking for the joy in each day.

I am so hopeful for this coming year, and after a long time of living in the valley, I am looking forward to what the promise of a new year brings.

If you want some joyful inspiration in your life, check out my Pinterest board that's all about my word for 2016. I'll be compiling things that bring me joy there. Let me know if you'd like to join me! I'd love collaboration.

Have you chosen a word for this year? 

3 comments:

  1. What a fantastic word, Caitlin! It is so true that we have to choose joy. I will have to check out that book! My word for the year is peaceful. Have a good week. :)

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    1. That's a great one too! I just have a feeling mine may not be peaceful, but darn it if I won't try to find the joy in it :) The book is amazing, I'm glad I have my own copy now because it's just so wonderful to go back to when I need encouragement.

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  2. excellent word for the year. and you are so right about choosing joy. it is a conscious decision that i need to make more often :)

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