Maybe you have noticed that a lot of people choose a word to focus on each year rather than make resolutions. This year I was not planning to choose a word, but God had other plans. The word joy kind of slipped up on me unannounced. More about that later.
My one word last year was hygge, which is a Danish word that expresses welcoming places of warmth, coziness, comfort, hospitality and more. You can read about it in my post from last year, Simplify Your Life and Seek Hygge.
Towards the end of 2018, I thought I had not done very well with the word. You see, I had in mind clearing my house of all the clutter. Then I wanted to make it look more hospitable and welcoming.
ANOTHER WAY TO SEE HYGGE
While we did get rid of some clutter, there is a lot more to go. So my house is still messier than I would like and certainly doesn’t look very hygge. As I was explaining this to a friend, she helped me see it differently.
She reminded me of how we have welcomed people into our home even amidst the clutter.
By warmly receiving people, being hospitable, providing food, and making them feel at home – we were actually practicing hygge. The more I thought about it, the more I knew she was right.
I still want to continue ridding the house of clutter and make it look welcoming. But I will not let that stop me from making people feel welcome to the best of my ability. Even in the midst of clutter, our home can be a place where people are made to feel comfortable, safe, and peaceful.
JOY AT HOME
A few days before my 2019 word came to me, I had tried a new design in my art journal.
I wrote out the word joy and filled it in with pieces of dried up acrylic paint. The idea came from a prompt that suggested we write a word and fill it in with collage pieces.
Then I began to see the word in other places. I realized that I wanted my life to be a life of joy not depending on circumstances. Rather than complaining about all the mess at home, I would look for things to delight in, for ways to be joyful.
Just as unexpectedly another word kept popping up, and I knew I would have to have two words this year.
The secondary word is home. I know I need to find joy right here in my own home. How will I do all this? I don’t know for sure, but I do know I will try harder to be content and to enjoy what I have.
SOURCE OF JOY
God is the source of my joy, my strength, my creativity – my whole life.
One of the first things is to realize is that my source of joy is not in my circumstances or how I feel but in God. Knowing He loves me and is working in my life gives me freedom to pursue my deepest desires. I don’t have to be afraid of failure or a perfectionist syndrome. Instead, I make plans as I continue working to rid the house of clutter.
When things don’t go according to plan, or if interruptions come, I don’t have to be discouraged. Since my life is in God’s hands, I will trust Him to help me work through each area. And I refuse to let anything or anyone take away my joy.
How priceless your faithful love is, God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They are filled from the abundance of your house.
You let them drink from your refreshing stream.
For the wellspring of life is with you.
By means of your light we see light.
GOD’S LOVE ILLUMINES MY SOUL
God’s love pours into my life through scripture, nature, fellowship with friends, music. It illumines my soul, bubbling up into a fountain of joy, spilling out into life as I create through music, art, poetry, hospitality.
God’s love pours in
illumines my soul
becomes a spring
flowing in and out
bubbling with joy
throughout my life
How about you? Have you chosen #oneword for this year? I would love to hear about it!