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Happy Half Year

July marks the mid-point of the year. Happy Half Year to you! Depending on how you choose look at it, either you can’t believe the year is half over, or you have 6 more months to look forward to.

Let’s celebrate! Bake a cake (like I need an excuse for cake), or simply lay in a hammock; reflecting on the past 6 months.

So, how’s that One Little Word Resolution coming along? You know, the one you made back in January. Yeah, me too. My One Little Word was NOURISH.

I had every intention of Nourishing my heart, body, mind & soul in January. I enthusiastically read books, recommitted to reading the Bible, stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies, took steps to better manage my health…I was ready to go! Then, life happened. I got off track (or was it derailed?). Either way, now is a great time to reflect on what has worked and let go of what wasn’t working the first part of this year.

It’s time to rev up, recharge, and recommit to your One Little Word.

Maybe you’ve found that your One Little Word isn’t working for you and there is a different word that is speaking to you. Go ahead and change it. There are no rules. Or, maybe you simply want to reflect on what you’ve done thus far in 2011. Maybe you have remained committed to your resolutions…good for you! Pat yourself on the back.

Reflection is good. You can choose to do this while eating a piece of cake, or laying in a hammock. The choice is yours. As for me, both sounds good!

What was your One Little Word and what have you been doing to stay on track for the past 6 month?

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How are you guarding your heart these days?

I am working on a Bible study guide of Proverbs. I find working with a study guide helps me understand and “pay attention” to the Word. I give thought to the Word. Otherwise, I tend to skim over the message and I don’t really “listen” to the words.


Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) is a plea from a father to his son to guard his heart from evil influences and wrongdoing. Isn’t that the fundamental principle of parenting? It tells us to keep our “eye on the prize”, which is Jesus Christ.

How are your guarding your heart these days?

I know I don’t guard my heart as well as I should some days. Our modern-day culture is full of heartless distractions: violence (video games/movies), hatred (speech), pornography, selfish greed (money/things)…the list goes on and on. My guilty pleasure is certain reality shows. It’s the train wreck aspect of it. I can’t not watch the out-of-control craziness. It’s insanity at its best, or worst, however you want to look at it. I know it’s not good for my heart, even when I am watching it. Train wreck. Maybe watching reality shows isn’t a character defining decision...Or is it?

It’s easy to justify our decisions…everyone’s doing it, or it’s just how it is these days.

In Hebrew the word “heart” means “the essence of our inner-self, the totality of our thoughts, feelings and will”. According to Solomon, we live out of the heart.

Our heart is at the center of who we are.

So, those justifications we make for not guarding our heart really don’t pass for good reasons. We must filter what goes into our hearts so that we guard it from taking us down the wrong path. The decisions we make every day must deepen our relationship with Christ. Whether it’s what we watch, how we speak to others or how we act because “…it determines the rest of your life.”

Let’s guard our hearts together. Nourish your soul.

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For another thought provoking and inspirational take on guarding your heart head over to …From Mr. Maden. The post is a few years old but TRUTH is never outdated!

Also Lara at {in}courage says, “What does matter is the condition of my heart when the future arrives.” Read her tearful post here. Seriously, I had tears in my eyes reading it!

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nourish manifesto

nourish manifesto

I found a manifesto at holstee.com and it got me thinking about my 2011 word: nourish. I love the typographic layout of the manifesto so much that I designed the above manifesto based on things I want to be thinking about in the new year. Some of the statements are obvious but a few, like “crave more” have a personal, not-so-obvious meaning.

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forget resolutions…instead focus on ONE LITTLE WORD

I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. All too often we make a resolution of kicking our caffeine habit…losing weight…eating less junk food…or whatever. We do alright at first. Maybe even last a few months but by March we fall back into our old habits again. I like the idea instead of picking one little word for the year and allowing that to be my focus.

Resolutions are too vague. I’ve read that one-third of us who make a “resolution” for the new year dump it within 2 weeks and 50% of the rest say “forget about it” within 2 months. Besides, you can start a diet any day of the week, or any time of the year. For 3 years now I have chosen “one word” rather than make a resolution.

The idea behind the one little word concept is to give yourself something to focus on throughout the year…”A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.”

This concept is totally from Ali Edwards. I have found this works much better for me than resolutions.

In 2009 my one word was “be”, as in “just be in the moment.” I struggled with being in the moment at first. It had to be a conscious decision and I still remind myself of it today. It’s not a trait that comes naturally to me.

In 2010 my one word was “faith”. I think I did pretty well with that this year. I renewed my faith and continued reading the Bible. I still have many more Books to read but “it’s the journey, not the destination” or “it’s a long road, but the reward is great.” However you want to look at it, I will still be working on faith throughout my life.

For 2011 my one word is “nourish”. I originally chose “health” as my one word. I had a bit of a health scare this past month and that word is definitely on my mind right now as I go for more follow-up exams at the doctor office. Low Thyroid and  “Disordered Prolifertive Endometrium” (or I like to say: a dysfunctional uterus). Both are something that must be dealt with but are manageable.

“Health” became too vague of a word. For me, it’s more than that, it’s being more mindful of what we, as a family, are putting into our bodies, minds and souls. Yes, I am dragging my family into this too. Some of them are kicking and screaming. So, I thought a lot about it and came up with “nourish” as my word. It encompasses my whole feeling of what I want this upcoming year to be. For my mind. For my body. For my soul.

I have been reading more about “whole eating” or natural eating. A blog I really like is 100 Days of Real Food. The challenge is to eat only “real” food. No prepackaged meals. No junk food. No soft drinks. No fast food or take out, unless you know what is in it, which let’s be honest…how can you really know? Fast food restaurants bill their food as “healthy” when it has more fat and calories than their cheeseburger meal. Tough. Anyway, I am not interested in being extreme about eating, I just want to be more mindful. I don’t want to be a dictator about food, especially with my girls. I want to make smarter choices for each meal. And I want my children (and hubby) to grow up to be more mindful of food. Eat to live, ya know. Another part of the goal is to start practicing yoga again. It’s good for the body, as well as the mind. And of course, continue to feed our spiritual souls.

So, what’s your “one little word” for 2011? What do you want to accomplish or focus on in the coming year? I challenge you to create something, anything that will help you focus on your word in the coming year. Maybe I should post my word on the fridge…

Flourishes on the above “nourish” sign from http://www.designsbyanita.blogspot.com

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