Welcoming 2016 (My “Word” and Goals)

I have been praying about my Word for 2016. The word itself has no power over the year ahead, but the process of choosing it does make a difference in my life. It causes me to pause, to ponder, to pray, to think about the last year and contemplate what I would like the next year to be.

First and foremost, I want 2016 to be exactly what my Lord wills it to be. I do not want any single thing to happen without the Lord’s blessing. I do not want to desire or chase after any single thing that is not of Him and for Him. I pray that my “goals” and my hopes for the future will be transformed into what God already knows to be best for me, my family, and our life!

One Word For 2016

Several words came to mind as I thought about what I’d like to study, meditate on, and pray over in 2016. Intentional, Grow, Rest, Contentment. In the end, I have come to a word that can encompass all of those to some extent. My Word for 2016 is Bloom.

“Bloom Where You Are Planted” — that holds a lot of meaning for me. I have always strived to bloom where I am at in my life. To accept. To embrace.

In 2016, I want to Bloom in every area of my life: in my faith, in my marriage, as a mom, in our homeschool, as a homemaker, as a friend, my health, and in all areas of my business.

I don’t want to seek or expect more. I just want to take what I have been given and nurture it, embrace it, and let it Bloom.

A few ways I plan to #BloomIn2016 :

– Spend time reading the Bible and jornaling my thoughts & prayers every day.

– Be a more JOYful wife and show my husband how important he is to me.

– Be kinder, more intentional with character training, and play more with my kids.

– Make our homeschool more fun, so that learning is more fun for my kids.

– Joyfully do my homemaking tasks.

– Reach out to my long-lost friends, cultivate new friendships.

– Take daily supplements that I know make me feel better, Eat healthier, Be more active.

– Focus on consistency and the skills I need for my online work (Blog, Virtual Assistant, Writing, Lilla Rose, Usborne Books & More).

My scripture for the year:

Philippians 4:4-13

4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.


To get a look at how I #BloomIn2016, follow me on Instagram where I share behind-the-blog and my-favorite-things pics!

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2 thoughts on “Welcoming 2016 (My “Word” and Goals)

  1. What a wonderful "One Word", Clarissa! I LOVE the Scriptures you shared, too. They were precious to my soul this morning! I started following you a little while back in the midst of a giveaway, if I remember correctly. This is my first time commenting, so I just wanted to say "hi", and God bless you and your family in the new year!!

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