New Year, New Words

Warning: This blog post has absolutely nothing to do with farming. It’s just my ramblings about something happening in my life at this moment. If you continue reading, remember you’ve been warned. I like to talk and share life with you. And sometimes that includes conversational topics other than veggies and milking goats. :)
Do you do New Year’s resolutions? 

I don’t. 

I’m not in the camp of people who think they are dumb, ridiculous, or hard to keep. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them. I just don’t do them. 

Instead for the last 5 or 6 years, I’ve had a Word of the Year. 

Sometime around the end of the year/beginning of new year, I find a new word to focus on.
It involves me spending some time in prayer, thinking about the past year’s struggles and successes, and planning for the next year’s goals. I even spend some time looking through the dictionary. 

Eventually one word stands out to me. And then I find a Bible verse to accompany my word. 
Past words have included purge, release, and peace. 

Honestly, some months I do a better job of focusing and implementing the word into my daily life than other months. But overall, by the end of the year, I can see spiritual and mental growth in my life. The purge year I donated and threw away well over my goal of 2016 unneeded items. 
2018, the year of peace, is ending with me calmer about the CSA, farming, and my family than ever before. 

As much as I love having just one word, this year I feel God is calling me to do something more. 
This morning I finished the devotional Words to Live By by Craig Groeschel. He encouraged us to list all of our negative self-talk and then demolish those thoughts with spiritual truth. And then read those truths to yourself every morning. 

Here are a few of mine:
*I will love and laugh instead of complain. 
*I am content. I am disciplined. Christ in me is stronger than the wrong desires in me.
*I will encourage, build up, and instill truth in my children. 

I believe these statements, along with my word for the year, will make 2019 an amazing year. 
Not by some magical power, but through intentionally focusing on these statements to enable growth with the farm, the CSA, my relationships, and community development. 

2019 will be a year I can look back on and say I filled my deep longings to provide organically grown veggies and to teach my customers how to use them. This way they can confidently serve delicious veggies their family will want to eat, but won’t have the hassle of growing them themselves. 

I hope 2019 will be an amazing year for you too. I’d love to hear about your resolutions, failures and successes in past years, and if you plan to find one word for this year. 

Farmer Rachel

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