I was thinking about the idea of choosing a word for the new year instead of making resolutions. My friend Willow at Willow’s Cottage chose Simple. Jerrelea at Jerrelea’s Journey chose Rest. I decided on the word Prepare.

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: to make (someone or something) ready for some activity, purpose, use, etc.

: to make yourself ready for something that you will be doing, something that you expect to happen, etc.

: to make or create (something) so that it is ready for use

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One challenge we heard at the first worship service of this year was not to focus on ourselves but to ask the question, How can I make the world a better place? Now I wonder what will help to prepare my heart for this challenge? Time will tell.

This year there are new things that I need to prepare for, too.

Medicare, banking online, a home office space for Dear, to name a few.

Some other things I’d like to continue to prepare for through the year are hospitality, good meals, organized spaces.

Way back in elementary school I memorized the following verses that have been favorites and a comfort through the years.

John 14: 1-3 (ESV)

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

I memorized these verses in the King James Version below.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

It’s amazing to think that the God of the universe is preparing a place for me!

Do you make New Year Resolutions or do you pick a word or verse for the year? Let me know if you do/did.

The photos that I included in this post are from a week ago when we got a little dusting of snow that came and went during the course of one day.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

7 thoughts on “Prepare

  1. Great thoughts Ellen…… I love the beginning of a new year to renew and evaluate what is important and resolve again to make the Lord central in all I do..

  2. I like the word you have chosen. I am still pondering what verse or word to use for 2016. This will be my first full year of retirement and my aim is to fulfill it usefully and intentionally. Maybe my words should be “get organized” – that would help? Sigh! Love your snow dusting pictures – we are getting a good little dusting/storm over here right now …

  3. I like the different ways you are looking at the word “prepare.” Preparing our hearts is always a good thing…whether we’re preparing for worship or service or day-to-day living or His return!

    What a amazing thing to know that He is preparing for us!

  4. How I missed this one I do not know. (Perhaps it is because your blog does not always update on my blogroll, which is true for many others as well. ) Anyway, I am glad that you have much to celebrate this week. It’s odd how all the kids’ birthdays fall in two months. Maybe not all…Andrew has a birthday. I should say most of the kids’ birthdays. That requires some planning. I always think so with my grands’ birthdays so close after Christmas. Those verses are among my favorites. I have it memorized in the KJV as well.

  5. Hi, Ellen. Happy New Year. I enjoy your thoughts about “prepare” because they are so central to hospitality and a good practical reminder to “Be ready always”. I find that if I have my house tidied it is so much easier to say “c’mon over” to people on a moment’s notice. I know we aren’t supposed to be perfectionistic or house-proud; I’m just sayin’ that I find hospitality a lot easier to express when I have kept half-way prepared. I wish I had this as a life style. I need to include Willow’s word, “Simplify”, too.

    I don’t have a word for the year, yet, but something I have been thinking about lately is grace, and that word would be a good one to have as a goal and a reminder for me for the coming year. I experience God’s grace to me in big ways and small ways, and I need to extend it to others and myself when there seems to be a shortfall.

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