Jan 3, 2017

{Happy New Year and my 2017 Focus Word}

I hope that your New Year has started out wonderful and that you are counting your blessings no matter great or small from 2016. We spent New Years in Georgia hunting, eating and shopping! The hunting wasn't all that great but the eating and shopping was! Of course eating and shopping is always great huh? 


Needless to say that none of us stayed up to see the New Year come in. But, we surely praised the Lord for another New Year.


 With a New Year brings the unknown for us all. We never know what tomorrow may bring and honestly, that's a good thing. But with the New Year it does bring a new Focus Word for me. There is nothing magical about having a focus word. It just simply gives me something to think about or to focus on. I will find myself looking for my focus word in the Word of God, on signs, billboards, sermons, Bible studies and more. It is amazing at what the Lord will show me through a simple word.  The stories that I could tell you at how the Lord has used each word each year in my life has been life changing for me.  In 2013 my Focus Word was Peace. In 2014: Rejoice. In 2015: Praise and in 2016 it was Reflect-Reflection

It seems the Lord had a two-part word for me for 2016.


Reflecting on 2016 has surely given me reason after reason to praise Him and to be thankful for even the little things in life that others might find silly, not important, and even a little crazy at times. It seems that as we age and begin to watch our grandbabies grow up that it's the little things in life that surely matter.   Now the {Being Still} part of this equation has been the hardest for me. And I mean being still in the Lord....

Reflection; when I am prayer daily, when I put on the armor of God daily and when I am in His Word daily I can see a reflection of Christ in the mirror. But, there's many days that when I look into the mirror all I see is Cindy! I see the ugly, the bad, the woman that could so easily get so caught up in sin and I am so disappointed in myself. How I praise Him that He loves me despite my sinful nature and that one day when I look in the mirror I will see Him in all His glory! 

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Which brings me to 2017...........

I prayed and asked the Lord to give me a new word and three different times this word came to me. YEP...another one of those silly stories (to some anyway) but the Lord doesn't always have to speak to us through a burning bush you know....But, I will spare you the story for now. 


My FOCUS WORD for 2017 is...........



I challenge you to ask the Lord for a Focus Word for you this brand new year. Your word doesn't have to be a Biblical word. One of my blogging friends said one year that her word was Me. When I first read that I really wasn't sure what she meant. But as I began to read more and listen to her...truly listen, I realized that she had every reason for her word to be ME! She needed to start doing things for herself...taking care of her health, getting her finances in a stable order, thinking about her future with retirement, and to quit being a workaholic. Not that she had the mindset that life was about her....but simply that she needed to start taking care of things for herself.  She needed for her word to be ME! 

It's my prayer that your New Year will bring the desires of your heart and that you will be blessed beyond your beyond.

Linking up with Deb with a WORD for 2017.
http://www.jeremiah-2911.com/2017/01/one-word-2017.html



 Hugs and blessings, Cindy



 


 

58 comments:

  1. Hi Cindy and Happy New Year! What a lovely family you have and so glad to hear you've had a nice time. I love your words for the year. I don't usually do this but I do believe mine has to be 'Thankful'. After all that happened with my little granddaughter last year and me falling and breaking my knee when I was most needed, the Lord has chosen to heal her and heal me. Thank you, Jesus! Here's to another year of blogging with you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Dear Sheila , oh yes my friend you do have so much to be thankful for with your sweet grand girl and yourself . I need to count my blessings daily Looking forward to blogging with you too .

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  2. Hello Cindy, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment. I've never chosen a new year word but this year I plan to be in the presence of God through prayer every day. As an avid gardener my gardens provide many blessings and are the ideal place for quiet prayer.
    Who knows, perhaps a focus word will be given to me.

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    1. Judith , I love how you spend time with God in your garden . How precious . So glad you stopped by to visit .

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  3. I so enjoyed reading about your past year's focus words. I bet you have some beautiful stories that you could share with us, and all to the glory of God.
    BELIEVE is a great word to focus on.

    Blessings for the New Year and all that the Lord has for you~

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  4. Great Word! I just started reading Believing God by Beth Moore, she gives some wonderful insights into increasing our "BELIEVING" in God.

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    1. I read the book some years ago . I never taught the study but several of our teachers at church did . Great book. I pulled it back out over the holidays and began looking at the things I had highlighted . Wow!

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  5. My WORD FOR 2017 is P0SITIVE.....xoxo

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  6. What a beautifully written post. Glad you had a great New Years with family. I read another post by a lady who said she did not pick a word to focus on because there were just too many. I realized that she probably hadn't asked God to give her the word He wanted her to focus on. My blog post on Monday was about our one word or several to focus on this year. Mine is MORE.... More ofJesus less of Debbie! Love you, dear friend, and praying 2017 is full of lots of blessings for you.

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    1. Thanks Deb. Headed over to read about your focus more. Oh yes....MORE of Christ and less of me for sure!

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  7. I am so blessed by this post! How wonderful to have the words you had and that they spoke to you. I have not looked for a word of the year in a long time but this year for some reason, and more than once, KINDNESS came to be. I have a few situations in my life right now that I get so frustrated and, I guess, unkind about! It will be a challenge but I know that because I choose to follow our Lord and Savior, that He put it on my heart. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks AnnMarie. Praying that kindness overflows from the depths of your soul sweet lady.

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  8. Happy New Year Cindy and family. Love the photos as usual. Your word is GREAT!

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  9. I loved seeing your photos, Cindy, and hearing about your chosen word for 2017. I am choosing two words...joy and thankful, and I intend to focus on those. Happy New Y ar to you! XO

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  10. I never do resolutions or a word for the year, but this year the word "Faith" has been on my heart. Happy New Year Cindy :)

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  11. Y'all are too darn cute, Cindy...and I mean that in a nice way, smiling...my word is Faith...have a beautiful day friend.

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    1. Awe...you are so sweet Linda....headed over now to see you.

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  12. Your focus word reminds of a scripture I use in prayer. Mark 9:24: 'I believe Lord; help my unbelief' It keeps me centered on the fact that even though I truly believe, I need his strength to do so.

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  13. Great pictures Cindy and Happy New Year. I don't do words and I don't make per say resolutions. But I have tried to set certain goals and at least 2 per year to work on. Last year it was to remodel a bathroom and to try my hand at roses. Bathroom was done and I now have 4 rose bushes that have done well. This year my 2 goals are: redecorate my small back porch and to try at least one new dish once a month. I am a creature of habit and not much at trying new things at all. LOL! Connie Royals

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    1. Connie, I used to be that way with NOT trying new dishes but I love trying new things. I might not try it again after the first time but I do love trying new things. Hoping your back porch looks just like you want it too girl.

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  14. Hi Cindy, Happy New Year to you and your family. Love seeing all those smiling faces bringing in the new year. Love your focus word for the year. It certainly is a good one!! Believe and Be Blessed always my friend. xo

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  15. I like how you spend your New Years, with family. Cute picture.
    You have chosen well, your word for the year. It's a word of hope!
    (By the way, I really like your coat, the one with the leopard collar!)

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    1. Thanks Christine. I too love that little jacket. Nice and warm too.

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  16. I BELIEVE I love your Word!!! Believe me, you are going to have a wonderful year...seeing is believing! (sorry for the play on words) I believe, help my unbelief! God bless you and have a wonderful New Year!!! My word is REST.

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  17. Happy new year, Cindy! I'll be prayIng for my word for this year.

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  18. Happy New Year to you, sweet Cindy! I just love seeing pictures of you and your precious family, and my, what a perfect word for this new year! I just love it :)

    Love and hugs to you, lovely lady.

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  19. Happy New Year Cindy! You always have such nice family shots, and you seem like a very close-knit family. You've chose a wonderful word to get you through 2017.
    Wendy

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    1. Thanks Wendy. Those girls of mine hang pretty close to their mama and daddy! LOL!

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  20. Wonderful! Thank you for your inspiring words. May the new year be full of blessings for you and your family!

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  21. Cindy, I think your focus word is a great one! I have chosen discipline this year and it covers so many areas of life! Happy New Year and blessings~

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    1. Pam you are a brave soul with that word . Thanks for stopping by to see me .

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  22. Believe is a great word! I need to believe more, too! Which, as you know from my blog, goes hand-in-hand with my word...miracleS. (I absolutely continue to type it with that capital "S". ha, ha.) I look forward to hearing more about your year and your word. :)

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  23. Your photos are beautiful, Cindy! I don't do resolutions; however, what I am going to do this year is to keep a journal of all the GOOD things that happen in 2017. This will keep me focused on the good and positive...and at the end of the year and I read through and see what happened! :) Wishing you all the best in 2017...and always! :)

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    1. Linda a journal sounds like a good way to keep track of the good things for sure . Happy new year .

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  24. Love your chosen word Cindy. I think have a focus work is a great idea! Here's to a blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous new Year. Hugs

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  25. I love reading about your focus word. I hope to share mine soon. It is 'Trust'. That's what He has called me to do during difficult days of the new year! I am sitting beside my dear, little mother's bed. She will be with Jesus very soon - and I can TRUST Him for these days and on into what the future holds for us.
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. Sweet friend , praying for you as you care for your mother . Asking our Lord to hold you close to Himself during these most difficult days .

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  26. Cindy, I always enjoy visiting with you. You have such a beautiful family and it is easy to see that you all truly love one another and enjoy each others company.

    I like that you use the term "Focus Word"...and I will look forward to reading here how God weaves Believe into your every day life.

    Hugs to you, my friend,
    Dianna

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  27. I have really missed you Cindy, and our ladies bible.
    Believe is a great word, because if we truly Believe, we will live like it!

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    1. Thank you Darlene . I actually saw your name tagged so I knew this was you . And yes you are so right about believing . See you in class .

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  28. I do resolutions and this year will be for me to get closer to God, it is the only thing that keeps me sane from this world in turmoil we live in.
    May God bless the USA and it's new POTUS.
    Have a happy and very blessed 2017 dear friend.
    FABBY

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    1. Thanks Fabby . Looking for forward to what God has for us this new year .

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  29. Cindy that is a wonderful word for 2017! Believing can get you very far with the help of the Lord. My word for this year is Patience. And I came by it from reflecting upon the coming year and all the tasks that are ahead of me. Happy New Year to you Cindy!

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    1. Thanks Mary for coming by to visit . Oh patience is s great word and I would mist certainly have to stay focused on patience . Wish I g you a year of patience sweet lady .

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  30. It has been many years since I choose a focus word for the new year. You have inspired me. Hmmm - still thinking . . . .

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Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. Have a blessed day!
Hugs and blessings, Cindy