Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Welcome 2008! Welcome JOY!

I was just visiting the amazing blog of Ali Edwards (look for link on the sidebar). She has a post about picking a word for the year and this concept amazed and inspired me. I have chosen the word JOY, which was inspired by one of my Flybaby friends over on SCS. JOY stands for Jesus, others, you. The Merriam-Webster definition of joy is: 1 a: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight b: the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety2: a state of happiness or felicity : bliss 3: a source or cause of delight

This year, it is my intention to find the delicate balance of JOY in my life! At least once a month, I intend to write a JOY post to talk about how this journey is going, to reflect on where I've been and where I am going.

For me, JOY started late last year as I began to rebuild my relationship with God and returned to the church. And by doing that, I have undoubtedly improved myself. I am more content with myself, feel more at peace and feel ready to grow into the person God wanted me to be, and that I unfortunately lost for a while. As I have started this journey, I have realized it's time for many changes, some that I have already started, and some that I am building the courage to make. I asked for and received forgiveness from God for mistakes I have made, and am finally at peace with that forgiveness. With my JOY journey, I know there is rebuilding to do in many areas of my life...and I am ready to start construction :)

Some things JOY means to me today...
faith, family, friends
rebuild and renew
peace and happiness
strength and courage
forward movement
learning from mistakes
thankfulness and appreciation

I am so excited for the hope of JOY in 2008. What will your word for 2008 be??


Suzanne said...

Thanks for this wonderful idea. I may just have to come up with a word...I went to Ali's site also and now have it on my google reader and from there found out about the 365 project. Taking a picture every day of the year....intriguing thought...no wonder I have no time to do anything I want to do it all.

Lori J said...

Happy 2008! JOY is a great word to focus on for the year. :0)

jkschumaker said...

Great word, & great reasons for picking it.....Hope I can share some of your JOY this year & bring you some too!!!!

Hmmmm....Totally not meant to sound dirty. You know what I mean!

Lee said...

Keri!!! What a very awesome idea and a wonderful word you chose!! I need to think about a word too......thanks for inspiring a new, year-long journey for me too!! It will be a growing and learning experience for all of us!

LadyDoc said...

Wonderful, thought provoking post- thank you for sharing.

Kim Hughes said...

what an awesome word!!

Lee said...

Hey girlie!! Go check out my blog for a little shout-out! :)

cookingmama said...

I love it. I am not sure of my word yet. I have been thinking about it for awhile now. Glad you found yours.

thinker said...

JOY - what a wonderful concept upon which to build 2008. Keri, it is wonderful to hear of the "baby steps" you are taking as you have embarked on this journey of faith. May God guide you... and bless you