Every year, I choose a word to focus on throughout the year. The years I hold myself accountable and really dive into my word I learn so much. This year, I've chosen "Cherish." It is abundantly clear to me that God has blessed me immensely, and yet I find it easy to take his blessings in my life for granted. The definition of cherish is to keep or cultivate with care and affection; to nourish. I love that it is a word that takes action. If I cherish something or someone, I have to put my time and attention into it. This applies to my marriage, my relationships with family and friends, my time spent with God, my creative time, my health, my future and more. If I'm to truly cherish this life God has given me, I can't let it slip by me.
The first verse I found to help me dive into this was Ecclesiastes 11:9-10. "You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless." There is so much in these two verses that I want to go back and camp out on. I want to focus my heart on the blessings in my life. To find something worthy of cherishing even in the mundane or difficult. I want to let go of any anxieties about tomorrow and put it all in our Father's entirely capable hands so that I can appreciate what I have right now.
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