A New Year, A New Word

Here we are again, on the cusp of yet another new year.

2018 is a year full of promise and opportunity, uncertainty and mystery. This year might bring the very best of moments into our lives…it may bring the very hardest of days…or it may bring both. This year could bring incredible joy, or it could bring deep pain…it will probably bring both. There’s so much we just don’t know about what the next 12 months might hold. But there’s one thing I do know, one truth that I can hold on to no matter what this next year may bring: God is with me, through it all.

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Every year I choose one word. Not a list of goals and plans. Just one word. One word to dig deep into. One word to really lean into and intentionally practice.

This year I’ve chosen the word “surrender.”

As I made my list of words that have been on my heart lately, my short list included words like “brave” and “risk,” “trust” and “given.”

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“What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?”

This was one of the questions our missionary, JJ Alderman, asked when we were on our mission trip in Togo back in October. It has been heavy on my heart and mind ever since. What is the greatest risk I’ve ever taken? What have I risked for Christ? Have I risked anything, really? I’m not naturally a risk-taker. I tend to do everything I can to play it safe and to maintain my secure little bubble of a life, guarded against risk and pain and failure. But more and more I can hear God calling me to take bigger risks, to step out of my comfort zone, to just trust Him and risk my comfort for His Kingdom. This year, I want to take bigger risks as I follow Jesus.

“The only way to abundant life is the broken way of risk.” – Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way

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The Broken Way has been one of the books that I’ve gone back to over and over throughout this past year…so many of Ann’s words have made their way into my heart and shaped how I see my life in light of eternity and how I walk this broken journey along the way.

“Look at us all wandering around a spinning planet with these bucket lists, desperate to fill ourselves up with meaning, when meaning comes from emptying ourselves out….
…I wonder if that isn’t a better way to live than carrying around a bucket to fill up: live for something worth dying for. Let love break into you and mess with you and loosen you up and make you laugh and cry and give and hurt because this is the only way to really live. Bucket list or not, don’t waste a minute of your life on anything less. Don’t waste a minute on anything less than what lasts for all eternity.”
- Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way

I don't want to waste a minute on anything less than what lasts for all eternity.

One thought that has stuck with me ever since our mission trip to Togo has been this: I want to live a life that outlives this life. I want to be a part of something that is bigger than my own lifetime. I want to invest in things that will outlive me, things that are eternal: the Kingdom of God, the Gospel of Jesus, the souls of people. I want to live in the light of eternity…to “think of eternity, and live backward from that.” (Ann Voskamp)

The way I will do that is by living fully surrendered to Christ, fully submitted to His will and His plan for my life, whatever that may be. The story He is writing is bigger and greater than anything I could write for myself. So this year, I surrender. I want to lay down my dreams and my desires and my very life at the foot of the cross and let God write my story…to say yes to what He asks me to do, to follow where He leads, to walk by His side and watch His story unfold in my life. What that will look like, or where He will lead, I’m not sure. But I’m sure of this:  “The Lord himself goes before [me] and will be with [me]; he will never leave [me] nor forsake [me].” Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

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So, this year, I surrender.

“I choose to surrender my story wholly, fully to you. Take the pen, Lord Jesus. And write.” – Mary DeMuth, Jesus Every Day


What’s your “one word” for this year? What’s the one thing you’re leaning into?

I’d love to do a custom lettering of your one word for you! Now available in the shop: Custom “One Word” Lettering.

I’ll custom hand-letter your one word, and send you a JPEG image you can save and share and print, and a PNG image you can place on your own photos or graphics. The option to order a foiled print of your one word is also available, for a limited time. For more details, hop over to the shop and check it out!


Whatever your goals or dreams or your “one word” for this next year, I pray that 2018 will be a year that God draws you nearer to His side, that you will experience His love and trust His plan and find joy in this crazy wonderful journey.

Happy New Year, friends!

Celebrating Smallness

Celebrating Smallness || Little House Studio

Small.

It’s my “one word” for this year…one thing I’m continuously going back to and leaning into…one word that is changing how I see and experience and process my days.

I’m embracing small moments, small beginnings, small steps.

I’m pursuing smaller instead of larger, slow instead of hurry, secret instead of spotlight.

I'm focusing on the everyday routines, the often unseen rhythms, and watering the hidden places of my soul.

I’m celebrating smallness…in my life, in my work, in my days.

And it’s in a large part due to a book I read over a year ago that continues to resonate in my soul. Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman has become a dog-eared, marked-up, well-loved favorite of mine. There are so many beautiful nuggets of wisdom in its pages…so many words that speak to my heart and challenge me to see the world and the purpose of my days from a new perspective, with Kingdom eyes that notice the small hidden things, that see beyond what is temporary and visible to what is eternal and invisible.

Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
“Tuesday reminds me to accept the beauty of smallness, hiddenness, and the secret work of Christ in the deepest part of who I am.”

“There is a daily-ness to my work, a small-moment perspective that whispers for me to connect with the work in my right-now hands, not because it’s going to become something Big and Important, but because Someone who is Big and Important is here, with me, in me, today. I can exert the effort and risk of moving, choosing, and releasing because he is with me and the outcome rests safely in his hands.”


“We don’t have to fear this small way. We don’t have to worry that embracing smallness will shrink our impact...
When I’m small, I know I can’t control opinions, manipulate outcomes, or force my agenda on others. When I’m small, I can move into the world confident as the person I most deeply am because I know I don’t move into the world alone.
If this is true, then small is my new free.”


- Emily P. Freeman, Simply Tuesday

I just completely love this book.

So when I was asked last year if I would be interested in illustrating the pages of a coloring book based on quotes from this book, I was completely humbled and absolutely thrilled!

And then, almost immediately, I was extremely nervous and began feeling totally unqualified and inadequate to do the words of this beautiful book justice with my simple illustrations.

But then I remembered…

“We don’t know where these moments might lead, what we might grow into, whom we might influence, what impact we might have. That is not our business. Instead our job is to stay right here with our friend Jesus. To know he is with us and within us, and he’ll stay no matter what.” -Emily P. Freeman, Simply Tuesday

Over the last three years especially, God has proven to me, in very clear and humbling ways, that His plans for me are far more than I could ever dream or imagine. He has shown me that I don't need to worry about where the path might lead or whether or not I am equipped to handle what is coming around the corner, because He has been with me and He has been preparing me every step of the way, even when I didn't even know what He was doing.

I can trust Him.

And so I gave Him all my doubts and my fears and my anxiety, and I trusted His plan, and I got to work. As I worked, I prayed. Each time I began a new page, I prayed for Him to guide my pen and to allow the work of my hands to bring Him glory.

I worked quietly, secretly, one little illustration at a time. Months of moments. And then a quiet waiting.

“I can plant seeds but I can’t make them grow,
I can create art but I can’t make it sell,
I can act in faith but I can’t determine the outcome.”
-Emily P. Freeman, Simply Tuesday

And now here we are, a year later, and I have a stack of these books sitting in my dining room.

“I’m thankful we have a God who sometimes chooses to tell his big story in small, delightful, quiet ways.” -Emily P. Freeman, Simply Tuesday

It’s just pure grace. And ALL the glory and praise goes to God alone.
All of it. Every bit of it.

This project was truly a labor of love. It was such a humbling grace to get to be a part of it. I just know that the words on the pages of this book, both Emily’s beautiful words and the Scriptures that she shares, will be like a breath for your soul and will encourage your heart.

A little sneak peek inside at a few of the pages:

Some illustrations have lots of little details, others are a bit more simple with larger spaces to color in or to add your own patterns and designs. The pages are nice and thick (I love them!), and they are each perforated, so they can be easily removed to hang on your wall or frame as a gift. The cover is just beautiful and soft, with touches of gold (SO pretty!). The designers at Revell and Baker Publishing did an amazing job putting this book together...it truly is lovely. And Emily's words and the Scriptures inside are what make it absolutely beautiful!

To celebrate the release of It’s Simply Tuesday, I’m giving away some fun bonuses to the first 40 people who Pre-Order a copy of the coloring book through my shop. (Of course, you can order a book on Amazon or just about any place that you buy books, but these free bonus goodies are only available for orders made through my Little House Studio shop. ;) )

The first freebie you get when you Pre-Order is a hand-painted watercolor and line ink drawing, specially made to celebrate It’s Simply Tuesday. Each 5x7 piece is signed and numbered. I created each piece individually, so although the basic design of each piece is the same, no two are exactly alike and each one is unique.

The second free bonus you will get is a “Mustard Seed Charm & Bookmark”:

I love what Emily writes about the mustard seed in Simply Tuesday:

“We plant, trusting God for the growth.
We act in faith, trusting God for the outcome.
We build, trusting God to fill.
We offer, trusting God with the response.
We remember the mustard seed that is like the kingdom of God, the seed that will grow anywhere and everywhere even without our help. We remember this is a ‘hardy seed that remains viable for years—even centuries.’ “

This handmade bookmark with a single mustard seed in the charm is a simple reminder of the significance of small things, and that even a tiny amount of faith has the power to move mountains.

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And the third freebie you get when you pre-order is this hand-lettered 5x7 print:

I was inspired to letter this verse after I read Emily’s words in Simply Tuesday:

“This day belongs to the Lord…This is the day the Lord has made for me to rejoice and be glad in. This is not the day Emily has made to toil and strive and earn.
Today, the banquet table is laid out for me in my soul. And it looks like meetings, deadlines, and a few household chores on the outside, but on the inside I know that my Father is very fond of me, and he has plans I know nothing about, and this is the day he has made. He invites me to come and sit at his table and pull up a chair made for small legs. He invites me to surrender myself to his agenda and trust that he intends good things.”

I hope this little print will be a reminder to you, that every ordinary Tuesday, and each day of your life, is a day that the Lord has made…a day to rejoice and be glad in...a day to notice the small moments and celebrate the little gifts that God gives…a day to celebrate His grace.

It's Simply Tuesday Pre-Order Bonuses || Little House Studio

Pre-Order your copy of It’s Simply Tuesday to snag these bonus goodies! But hurry, I only made up 40 sets of freebies…order your book today to make sure you get yours! :)

And if you’re in the Greenville, SC area next Friday, April 7th, I’d love to meet you! I’ll be joining Emily for a fun little coloring night and book signing event at the Barnes and Noble on Woodruff Road at 5:00pm. See the event page for more details. I’d love to see you there!

Small: My One Word for 2017

For the fourth year in a row, I've chosen just one word to focus on this year. The past three years I've chosen the words "peace," "listen," and "rest."  I almost wanted to do "rest" for another year, it was such a needed word for me (and I don't think I quite got the hang of practicing it the way I had hoped). But although I will continue to work on creating a rhythm of rest in my life this year, there is another word that has been tugging at my heart and that I am longing to pursue this year: "small."

One Word 2017: Small || Little House Studio

Instead of bigger and more, I am being drawn toward smaller and less.

In a world that seems to tell me that growing bigger is better, I want to dig deeper into the truth that maybe small is actually best.  In a culture that pushes the idea that the pursuit of happiness is to pursue more (having more, being more, doing more), I’m wondering if the pursuit of true joy is actually to pursue less – less of me, more of Him; less selfish striving, more selfless sacrifice.

After a year of feeling the pressure to produce more and do more, I am feeling the tug now to bow low and make myself small…so that HIS name can be made great. I am finding myself longing to embrace my smallness…to make less of me and more of Him…to find joy in the little things, the selfless things, the quiet, unnoticed, small things.

One Word 2017: Small || Little House Studio
One Word 2017: Small || Little House Studio

When I think of small things in the Bible, I think of the mustard seed – the seed that the Kingdom of heaven is likened to (Matt. 13:31-32), and that faith of its size could move mountains (Matt. 17:20)....I think of the small loaves of bread and small little fish that were given to Jesus to feed thousands (Matt. 15:34, Mark 8:6-8)....I think of the widow’s small offering, her two small copper coins, a small offering that was a great sacrifice (Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4)....I think of how James described the small rudder that guides a large ship (James 3:4)....I think of how the Bible describes the smallness of our lives, as a tiny momentary mist that appears only a little while (1 Peter 1:6).

And as I think about these things, I think maybe there may be more to this idea of smallness than I have realized.

So this year, I have no grand plan to achieve giant dreams or conquer the world…I simply want to embrace my smallness, to humble myself at the foot of the cross, and to give all that I have, as little as it may be, into the hands of Jesus and let Him do with it as He will…all for Him, all for His glory alone.

Do you have a word this year? What one thing do feel God asking you to pursue?

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Oh, and here's a free little 5x7 printable of John 3:30...a bit of encouragement to make much of Jesus and little of ourselves, no matter what we pursue this year. Enjoy!!

 

One Word for 2016

I don’t know about you, but 2016 swept in a bit like a clumsy storm around here.

I had all sorts of good intentions of being completely prepared and organized and ready to start this year with all kinds of fervor and commitment. But then…reality. I turned around and suddenly it was January already and we were cramming to get a science fair project finished before school started back, while at the same time the house was turned upside down because I decided to go and clean out the entire attic and lay down a new plywood floor up there before we stored away all the Christmas stuff.  Yeah.

And so here we are, already a full week into this brand new beautiful year, and I feel like I’m just now coming up for air, catching my breath and getting my bearings.

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Today the house is quiet. The attic is finished and all the Christmas boxes and piles of memories are tucked away neatly. The girls started back to school on Wednesday and our regular routine is slowly starting to kick back in. The house is gradually being put back together and the tsunami that was Christmas Break has subsided. Even outside, the weather has calmed (it seems like it's been raining here for a solid month…), and it’s actually a little chilly outside (at least in the mornings ;) ...so who knows, maybe winter is finally settling in). So I am finally slowing down enough to really think about this new year and all the possibilities it holds.

I don’t really make a big long list of resolutions anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love lists. I am a natural list-maker and I’m sure I’d have no problem at all filling up an entire page (or two…or ten) with lists upon lists of things I’d like to do and accomplish and improve this year. But for the third year in a row I am actually laying aside my big giant lists of “resolutions” and simply choosing one word to resolutely focus on this year.

In 2014 I chose the word “peace,” and last year I chose the word “listen.” I almost chose listen again for this year because I still feel like I have a long way to go in the area of really listening - listening to others, listening to hurts and to hearts, listening to hear the souls behind the stories… listening to God, listening to His voice and His Word….listening, not just to give an answer, but to really hear…listening better in order to love better. I’m still practicing my listening skills, still sharpening my hearing…I have a feeling this will be a life-long pursuit, this daily habit of slowing and stilling and listening.

But as I listened this past year, especially toward the end of the year, there was one area of my life that God started to gently convict me about…He stirred my soul and sparked a curiosity in my spirit. It’s something that, up until the past couple of months, I honestly have given little real deep thought to: the Sabbath. Holy Rest.

I know about the Sabbath. At least kind of. But I sure don’t live like I practice the Sabbath. Not intentionally or consistently anyway.

So I chose the word REST as my “one word” for 2016…specifically, Sabbath Rest. I want to learn what it means to really rest, I want to intentionally and consistently honor the Sabbath one day every week, and I want to cultivate a Sabbath heart that rests in Jesus every day.

I think what made me really land on the word “rest” was this book by Mark Buchanan: The Rest of God. I just finished reading it a couple of weeks ago, after slowly working my way through it for 2-3 months or so. I think I ended up underlining or starring or circling something on every single page. It is SO so good.

Honestly, I’ve never really given the Sabbath very much weight, at least not in practice. Whether it’s because I haven’t really understood it or because somewhere along the way I felt it was unnecessary or archaic, or maybe because I was simply too busy to pay it much attention…whatever the reason, I have not been super great about keeping that fourth commandment. Something tells me that it should be a little more than just going to church and taking a nap on Sunday…but sadly, that has pretty much been the extent of my Sabbath practice…and until now that hasn’t really bothered me much. But God has been changing my mind about the Sabbath, stirring my heart to something deeper, something more. I still have much to learn, but I don’t want to stop with just learning and knowing. I want to practice whatever He gently leads me to do.

“We need to change our minds, yes, but we also need to change our ways. And for this we require practices to embody and rehearse our change of mind. The physical is a handmaiden to the spiritual, but a necessary one, without practices—without gestures with which to honor fresh ways of perceiving—any change of mind will be superficial, artificial, short-lived. We might attain a genuinely new thought, but without some way of putting it into practice, the thought gets stuck in abstractions, lost in forgetting.” – Mark Buchanan, The Rest of God

I don’t know why I’ve brushed it aside all these years as something that isn’t really all that important, or at least I live as though it is not as important as the other commandments in Scripture.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Exodus 20:8-11)

When I read the other nine commandments, they just seem easier to understand. Don’t kill…ok, that one I totally get. Don’t covet…yeah, I understand that one (although it probably gets broken more than I'd like to admit…). Don’t steal, don’t commit adultery, don’t take the Lord’s name in vain, don’t have any idols…I’ve heard lots of sermons about those, I get those ones…  But the Sabbath?  That one, I just minimize and brush aside for the most part. I make so many excuses for not really keeping it, mainly because I don’t really know how to keep it. I know it should be more than just a list of things you can’t do on that one day each week. But what is the Sabbath, really? What kind of work is it talking about? Isn’t that what made the religious rulers so angry at Jesus, because He healed and did good works on the Sabbath? Jesus changed everything when He came. So what does that mean for me today? Do I even need to keep it? How do I keep it? What does it even mean to keep the Sabbath day holy?

What does it look like to really rest?

I don't rest well. I can crash with the best of them, I can be lazy and procrastinate like a pro. But to really rest...?

Our culture is certainly not a culture of rest. Each day is squeezed dry as we try to accomplish and purchase and work our way ahead. If we’re not working at jobs on the weekends, we’re working to “catch up” on the weekends…there is not really a single day of the week that there’s not something to do or accomplish or check off the never-ending list of obligations.

But in all that busy rushing, I think maybe we’re missing something really important…

Mark Buchanan writes, “In a culture where busyness is a fetish and stillness is laziness, rest is sloth. But without rest, we miss the rest of God: the rest he invites us to enter more fully so that we might know him more deeply. ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Some knowing is never pursued, only received. And for that, you need to be still.”

Then he writes of Sabbath that “…setting apart an entire day, one out of seven, for feasting and resting and worship and play is a gift and not a burden, and neglecting the gift too long will make your soul, like soil never left fallow, hard and dry and spent.”

And Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15, emphasis mine)

1 John 2:3 says, “And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.” (emphasis mine)

1 John 5:3 says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” (emphasis mine)

His commandments are not burdensome. His commandments are a gift.

The Sabbath is a commandment. The Sabbath is a gift.

This year I want to unwrap that gift and see what beautiful truths God will reveal to me as I trust Him with my time and my heart.

So I got some new books to read (I’m reading from multiple perspectives, even theologies that may be a little different from mine, including a Jewish perspective, because I think I can learn a lot from how they practice the Sabbath and the heart behind all that they do), and I’m going to really dig deep into the Scriptures and pray through so many passages about the Sabbath and rest. And I’m going to try some new things to practice the Sabbath every single week and see what God shows me. I’m not even sure what it will look like week to week exactly, and I’m sure I’ll fumble my way through it and fail miserably at some points along the way, but I’m actually really excited to see how God will work in my heart, and even in our family, as we intentionally honor the Sabbath every week this year.

I’ve started building a playlist on Spotify of songs that will encourage my soul to rest in Jesus this year. You can follow the playlist or save it to your own playlists if you want…just click to listen:

And if you’re interested in learning more about the Sabbath, these are the books I’ve picked up so far: The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan, The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel, Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline by Lauren F. Winner, and Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives by WayneMuller.

Do you have “one word” you chose for this year? I’d love to hear what it is! :)

And if you'd like to get your one word (or any words) made into a custom art print, you may want to check out the Custom Design options over in the Shop! And now through January 31st, use the coupon code "ONEWORD2016" for 15% off any custom order!

 I made this one for myself with my word, Rest. (This print is also  now available in the Shop , with a free bonus coloring page included with purchase :) )

I made this one for myself with my word, Rest. (This print is also now available in the Shop, with a free bonus coloring page included with purchase :) )

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you will be able to make some space on your calendar to slow down and simply rest in the love of Jesus this weekend <3

A New Year, A New Word: Listen

Listen2015Well, here we are on the cusp of another new year! 2014 was quite a doozie.  It was a year full of amazing blessings and difficult challenges…there were super high highs and incredibly low lows, and everything in between.  It was a hard year, a good year…a crazy, incredible, trying, difficult, wonderful year.

I have no idea what 2015 will hold, but I have a feeling it will have its own share of ups and downs.  There will be days that are full of joy and laughter, and days of sadness and struggles.  Good days, bad days, boring days, busy days…this year will be full of all kinds of days.  But through these next 365 days, whatever may come and no matter how the path twists and turns, there is one thing I know: God is good.  And I know that He loves me, and I know that He is working everything, all the days, together for the very best good.  The days may not unfold the way I think they should or the way I want them to or the way I expect them to (do they ever, really?), but God is still the God of all my days…and through all these days, I will hold on to Him because He holds all my days - He holds everything - together.

And for this next year, as I lean into Jesus and as I trust Him with all my days, I am going to focus on one word….just one word, all year.  This is the second year I’ve thrown away the long list of resolutions and instead just focused on one word.  A year ago I chose the word “Peace”...and even though I’m nowhere near an expert on the subject, by focusing on peace and intentionally seeking peace…when I think about all that I learned and all that God showed me...it changed me.

This year I am choosing a new word…one that I think will challenge me and stretch me and possibly even break me in some ways, but one that I think is so important for me right now where I am:

Listen.

It’s a word that just keeps coming up…in things I read, in things I hear, in my quiet times, in my prayers, in my life.

Listen.

I even wrote a little about it back in August…and ever since then I just keep circling back to it.

Listen.

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Listen Quote_Ann&;Amena(This quote is from an amazing spoken word poem [found here] by Ann Voskamp and Amena Brown...listen to it if you haven't...it's so so good...)

1 Kings 3:9

I want to listen.

I want to listen to others. Listen to my husband. Listen to my kids. Listen to my family. Listen to my friends. Listen to my neighbors. Listen to those who are not like me. Listen to those who are hurting. Listen to those who are outcast. Listen to the lonely, the orphaned, the widows. Listen to their stories. Listen to their hearts.

I want to listen to my life. Slow down and listen to the rhythm of my days. Listen to the beat of my life. Listen in light of God’s Word and see my life in a new way, through a new lens, and evaluate where I am and where I need to be.

And more than anything, I want to listen to God. Listen to His voice, above everything else. Establish and continue holy habits that will keep me ever-aware of His presence and leaning in close to hear Him speak to my soul.

In Matthew 13:3-9 Jesus gives the parable of the seed and the sower.  He begins with the word "Listen!"...and then at the end, He says, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

I want ears to hear…I want to listen, to understand.

I’ve been reading this book by Mark Buchanan called Spiritual Rhythm (I’ve actually been reading it slowly for months now…I read it in small bits, digesting it slowly...it is so so good).

But he wrote about this whole listening thing, and I love what he says here: “Ears to hear doesn’t mean, always, a mind to grasp.  It means you listen.  You lean in.  You wait, you pester, you dig.  You hang on to God and wrestle him all night if you must, and refuse to let go until he blesses you.” – Mark Buchanan, Spiritual Rhythm

That’s what I want to do this year…listen, lean in, wait, pester, dig, wrestle, and refuse to let go.  I want to listen with my ears wide open…and with my heart wide open.  I want to listen, not just so that I can respond better, but so that I can SEE better and so that I can LOVE better.

This year, I want to listen.  Really really listen.

Even if I don’t understand what I’m hearing, even if it’s difficult and hard and I have to wrestle with it for a while…I’m going into this year with ears wide open…this year, I’m going to listen.