Friday, January 5, 2018

One Word for 2018

Last year my one word that I really felt like God wanted me to focus on was FAITH.  I was blown away by focusing on this one word, how it showed up repeatedly from my faith to God's faithfulness to stepping out in faith and more.  It was a blessing to be constantly watching for how this word would play out in my life.  So this year I have a new word to focus on for 2018.  God laid this word on my heart back in November and it has slowly been rolling around my brain and making itself evident to me until it became very clear it was the word God wanted me to focus on in 2018.
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The word that God has laid on my heart for 2018 is JOY.  I have been working on my overall health for the past few months and through that process God has been stripping away layers of grief and sorrow.  He has repeatedly showed me over the past few months that He wants JOY for me.  He doesn't want me focused on the negative, the hurtful, the sorrow, the grief, and all the other painful emotions.  He wants me to look for joy, seek joy, experience joy, live full of joy, and praise Him for that joy.  
Once I realized what my word for 2018 would be, my faith journey from 2017 made even more sense.  I have dealt with a lot of grief, sorrow, and emotional pain over the past few years.  A lot of this has come from family members and very close friends dying,  people being lead in other directions job wise, and emotional pain from being stuck and not moving forward when I should have.  All of this plus some other things are what I have let rob me of my joy over the course of the years.  There were moments I would feel joyful, but overall I was completely overwhelmed with negative emotions.  So it comes as no surprise to me that it is time to feel joy again, seek joy, and be joyful.  I am looking forward to all the ways JOY will show up for me this year now that I am focused on finding my joy.  The other day I was chatting with my sister-in-law and she very excitedly told me she couldn't wait to see what my word for this year would be.  So I shared the word on my heart with her and she said, "Oh my goodness, wait here!"  She ran out of the room and came back and handed me this sign as a reminder.  It is precious to me because I know that it is absolutely true....
So for 2018 I choose JOY!!!!

What is your word this year?  I would love to cheer you on and check in with you on your word for the year.  Leave me a comment below on your word choice for the year.  I am linking up at the Homeschool Review Crew blog this week.


  1. Joy is such a beautiful word. I have never chosen a 'word' for the year but I have many friends who do. Praying you find great joy and many blessings in 2018!

    1. I never picked a word before 2017, but felt God really laying a word on my heart for last year and this year. I am looking forward to see what He does with this year's word.

  2. Oh dear heart, may joy be your ready companion this year

  3. I have enjoyed the word, "Joy" in the past and even named a kitten that name within that year. I like how you did your photos in this post so you have "joy", then later "choose joy". Great post.


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