Wishing You Abundant Joy

Well, it’s a new year. January has come and gone, and we are almost through February, and I am just now getting around to writing my first blog post for 2017. I really love having a blog, and I enjoy sharing my thoughts and discoveries with all of you, but sometimes it just feels like another “have to do” hanging over my head. I need to find a way to bring the joy back to the process.

Speaking of joy, I am happy to say that this is my word for the year (at least I hope it will be a positive thing). If you are not familiar with the idea of having a word for the year (or even if you are), here is what Debbie Stuart from Hope for the Heart had to say in their December newsletter:

Ask the Lord for a Word for 2017.

By that, I mean ask the Lord to give you a literal word. This word will be like a banner over your life in the coming year. The word that is impressed on you might describe what He wants to develop in your life or what He wants you to focus on. I’ve found that the Lord usually confirms the word in various ways, and it becomes a sweet thing between you and Him. My word for 2017 is resilient … strong enough to come back from severe stretching, bending or other adversity; irrepressible. I heard the word several times from the Lord but it was confirmed when I saw the Gold Bond® Hand Lotion at Walmart with the words “Strength and Resilience.”

You can also watch her video here. I just love to listen to this woman share wonderful words of wisdom. [Please let me know if the link doesn’t work.]

I found something I wrote back in 2009 on our Fuller family Shutterfly page that seemed to fit with this message, so I edited it slightly to be appropriate for today.

With most of the year still ahead of us, even though we don’t know what lies before us, I know that God’s hand is upon us and that we are certainly blessed. I hope and pray that we will all remember the truly important things in our lives and that we will not let the worries of this world stress us out or cause problems in our relationships.

Although our family has been much luckier than many, we still have each dealt with our own struggles and issues over the years – both shared and personal – and through our trials as well as our successes, we have learned things about ourselves and others and we have grown – each in our own way. I believe 2017 finds us all at a point in our lives where we still have things to learn and ways to grow, but it seems like it is also a year full of wonderful possibilities.

I hope that we all enter into this new year with a sense of gratitude, happiness, love, and hope; and that we not only find peace and joy in our own lives, but we find a way to bring those things to the lives of others as well. I love you all (family, friends, and followers).

Let the joy of who you are to Jesus light your heart tonight.
May you feel as loved as you truly are —
and may you and those you love experience
the joy of God’s irrevocable love for you —
as we step into the New Year with Jesus’ hands
in yours and mine!

Bonnie Gray, FaithBarista.com

Do you have a favorite “joy” Scripture or quote? Please share it with me here. 🙂

Have a beautiful day!


4 thoughts on “Wishing You Abundant Joy

  1. Vicki says:

    My word for the year is Hope as it has come to me in several ways. My scripture verse several times but especially this year is Isaiah 40:31 But those who Hope in the Lord will renew their strength……………….

  2. Nina says:

    Hope is always a good thing to hold onto.

  3. Angela says:

    My joy scripture: “and may you be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might+ so that you may endure fully with patience and joy ” – Colossians 1:11

    I’ve been trying to find a word for 2017. I thought about forgiveness, because that is something I need to work on. I kept focusing on Colossians 3:13 which says we need to forgive even if we have a cause for complaint against another.

    Colossians 1:11 helped me to become aware of the many times I have come across the word patience so far this year. I realize that I need patience to help me forgive others, even if I feel that I have cause for complaint against them.

    I also need patience as I try to endure my present circumstances. I know that it will take time to combine 2 households, both possessions and the way of doing things.

    I look forward to practicing patience throughout 2017 and beyond.

  4. Nina says:

    Thanks for sharing Angela. Patience is a challenging one for sure.

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