Verse and Word of the Year, 2019

Welcome  Last year was the first time I scrapped New Year’s resolutions and it was wonderful!  Instead, I selected a Word and Verse of the Year.  Last year, I selected “faith” for my word and my verse was Matthew 17:20–“He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (ESV)

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Food For Thought  I spent the good part of the year doing personal Bible study and readings focused on strengthening my faith.  And it mattered!  I know I’m far, far from having perfect faith, but I did notice growth, and others did, too.  It brought tears to my eyes when my mom shared with me over Christmas the positive changes she has noticed in my life over the past year.  Of course, I don’t grow my faith for the approval of others, but sometimes others’ words give us enough strength to continue the race set before us.

The great thing about selecting a word and verse for the year, instead of a resolution, is that the word and verse can have effect in all areas of my life, not just in one specific area.  I was amazed how many times my brain would latch onto my verse or word when I was dealing with something difficult or trying to make a decision.  Trust me, faith had a lot to do with things that happened in my life in 2018 and I ended the year happier and more at peace than I have in many previous years.

So, have I selected my new verse and word for 2019?  Of course!  I wanted to continue to grow my faith, but I also know that my faith has a lot to do with trusting God and His will.  I have been learning a lot about how my plans are not always best for me or my family.  I have also learned that I cannot possibly fathom all of God’s works or reasoning for why some things are the way they are, but I trust Him anyway.  I want to worry less and trust more.  I want to kick my anxiety to the curb!  All of these ideas come together in Proverbs 3:5–“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (ESV)  My word for 2019 is (officially) TRUST.

I had some good conversations with my mom over the holidays and I shared with her some of the spiritual things I have been learning.  One of the big ones is knowing and believing that God can do so much more and better with my life than I ever could, even though I’ve tried to be in control for so long.  I said, “Mom, you know what, my life is so much more blessed now that I let God have the control.  For the longest time, I felt I had to be in control to make things go the way I wanted or needed them too.  I now see that life goes so much smoother when I just release all control to God.”

Don’t misunderstand…2018 was not a super easy year for my family.  We still had trials and difficulties, personally and as individuals, but between faith and trust, we made it through, with less stress, less tears, less anxiety, less anger.  We didn’t lose sleep and we still had all of our needs met, physically and spiritually.  I want to allow God to continue to work through our lives, giving us blessings and letting us bless others throughout this new year.  For this to happen, I need to trust God and not try to manipulate everything according to what makes sense to me or those around me.

I look forward to another year of spiritual growth and blessing and pray the same for you.  What word or verse are you going to focus on in 2019?  Share in the comments section or on our Facebook page.  Happy New Year!


Today’s Scripture

Today’s Arts and Crafts

As I shared in yesterday’s post, Saying Grace Part 2, I am so grateful for the opportunity to create things. I may not be a professional artist, but God granted me these gifts to help me feel connected to Him as Creator of all beautiful things. I relish the moments spent with paper and pen or canvas and paint. It brings me peace, calm, and joy.

It just so happens I read a couple of really applicable quotes yesterday (images courtesy of the individual listed on graphic, via Pinterest):

Bible Journaling Pages

Bible Journaling for Proverbs 3:5
Bible Journaling for Proverbs 3:5 using black pen and colored pencils
Bible Journaling Matthew 17:20
Bible Journaling; Matthew 17:20; watercolor

Painting Project for Verse of the Year

I decided to take the intimidation out of lettering a wood sign by tracing script stickers with a sharpie.
When creating a wood sign, decide what will go in the center first and work from there outward.
I used my t-square to line up the additional words of my verse, using a fine sharpie, again working from the inside going outward.
All the lettering is put down with Sharpie. I will go back and fill in or trace with acrylic paint after completing the outer embellishments.
I decide where and what my biggest flower will be and begin outlining with a dark acrylic. For these hibiscus flowers, I outlined with cranberry.
I continue to add dark and light shades to my flower to get the desired shadow and highlight effect. For my hibiscus flowers I used cranberry, crushed coral, pink parfait, and ivory. Dark roast and pale yellow were also used for shadows and highlights.
I added leaves and additional flowers and a hummingbird (my first one!)
I added the final highlights to my flowers and leaves and then used black acrylic paint to go over my lettering. I used four different size brushes to keep the lettering the size I originally traced it out to be, which is very difficult on wood because it soaks up the paint.

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