Sunday, January 6, 2013


Although I never posted about it, I have been a person who has a “word of the year” for a couple years now. Last year, my word was love. In the Fall of 2011 I really felt convicted about how I have been called as a Christian to love people above all else. And not to love them because of what they can do for me, but because they are children of Christ, no matter what path their life has led them down.
As a nurse, I have been blessed, and challenged in meeting people from all walks of life. In the past year some of my patients have been involved in drugs and alcohol, have been a sex offender and child molester, and I also took care of a couple prisoners. Yes, you read that right. As difficult as it was to care for all of those people, I really felt it on my heart to love them. I continued to tell myself that if I didn’t show them Christian love and kindness, then they may never see it. I’m not trying to make it sound like I am a saint by any means, I just realized I was put in a position where I could show others Christ, and needed to take advantage of that.
In addition to my patients I felt called to learn how to better love my husband, family, in-laws and coworkers and friends. 2012 also brought the huge lesson of motherly love, when I gave birth to Landon. That took this whole “love” thing to a whole new level. While I still have a long way to go, I’ve come up with a new word of the year.

So what’s my 2013 word of the year?
This little gem of a word started popping up all over the place the past couple months. Some days I would be driving down the road and it would creep into my mind, I found myself just reflecting on it.
Its a very simple, yet profound word that I feel like has a ton of meaning and beauty within it. It even led me to my blog name change.
So in 2013, I am learning about grace. I am learning grace for myself- that I don’t have to have it all together, and be super mom and super wife. That sometimes I just can’t do it all. I am also learning about grace for those around me and showing them grace when its easy not to.  And finally, I am learning about God’s grace, that even though I really don’t deserve it, He gives grace freely, every single day.
So here's to 2013, and a whole lotta grace.

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