Hi Friends,

Since it’s been awhile since we’ve chatted and this is the first time in 2023 I still think it’s appropriate to greet you with Happy New Year! Like most, I started reflecting on the previous year towards the end of 2022, and the one word I chose, ELEVATE.

If I’m being honest, the first few months of 2022 were terrible. My husband was deployed and my life consisted of taking care of a newborn and toddler by myself. So, I had to elevate certain areas of my life over others in order to survive, yes survive, and guess what?

I did.

Once he returned I took a breath and reevaluated my current circumstances. This caused me to elevate different areas, so my family and I could adjust to being back together. It wasn’t until June or July that I started feeling like I was coming back to life. And once again, I elevated certain areas of my life over others. 

One lesson I learned in 2022 is busyness is the thief of joy, at least in my life. One definition described busyness as the quality of being excessively detailed. Friends, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want an excess of busyness in my life, not anymore. I used to think being booked and busy was cute, until I was overly booked and excessively busy.

In November I started reflecting on 2022 and the next word I wanted to live by in the upcoming year. I kept being directed towards the same word over and over again. So that was my cue to pursue this word in 2023. 

In 2023 I’m focusing on the scripture Isaiah 40:31 NLT, “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

I’m claiming I will have a year of rest. Mentally, emotionally, relationally, physically, spiritually, and financially. As we take on 2023 together I plan to be in touch once a month.

If you would like to incorporate One Word in your life, start by reading the book. It’s a quick and easy read.

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