I'm inviting you to join me this year!
I've never been one for New Year's resolutions. Y'all know I like to wing it far too much for that.
But I do love the idea of "themes," or One Word that might be a goal or focus for the year. Now, that seems to work for me.
This year, my heart and soul are crying out for sanctuary.
I need sacred spaces to live in, breathe and grow. I need to de-clutter, revamp, and undo. I want to live generously and openly.
I want to open closet doors without fear of something falling on me.
I want to write letters on nice stationery, and be able to find stamps.
I want to have people over for dinner, without stressing about the house.
I want to sense God's presence, like a peaceful warm blanket, in my home.
It's really no surprise that my One Word for the year would be "sanctuary," is it, now? After all, it's been my theme for ages and ages! It's my go-to word when life feels overwhelming and hard, which let's face it, is quite often.
This year more than ever, I need Sanctuary.
How about you?
After the past couple of years of stepping back from consistent blogging, I'm ready to get back to the thing I simply adore: sharing my heart for sanctuary in this online space.
I've always said that the keys to sanctuary are peace, order and beauty. We need each of these "legs of the stool" to feel a sense of well-being when we walk through our doors and into our private spaces. After all, what good is a beautifully decorated home if your marriage is hurting? Or how can you experience peace if you can't find your keys because they're buried under a mountain of laundry? What's the point of having a perfectly organized house if there's no freedom to mess it up sometimes?
Sanctuary is that thing our souls need. It's what nourishes us with comfort, makes good memories for our children, and gives us strength to face the world outside. It's what we work for, fight for, and long for, whether we consciously realize it or not.
Starting on Monday January 9, (notice how I've given us a week to recover from the holidays?) I'll be posting here at Home Sanctuary three times each week.
On Mondays, "Peace" will be the theme.
It might be in the form of a printable prayer, a relationship builder, or a motivational post to help set the tone for the week.
On Wednesdays, "Order" will reign supreme.
I will post a simple task or challenge that will nudge us in the direction of organization. I might even trick you into cleaning something, you never know! Remember those Small Things? This is the day you'll see them! I'll be doing these right along with you...because, winging it has its limitations and I still need help.
On Fridays, "Beauty" will swoop in and inspire our senses.
Maybe it will be eye-candy that I've curated from Pinterest, or a recipe for something that makes your home smell yummy, or perhaps a simple decorating tip that will help you fall in love with your home again. I'm all about EASY, my friends. Easy and pretty and scrumptious.
Will you join me?
Let's ALL make "Sanctuary" our word for 2017!
Meet me here each week for inspiration, motivation, and encouragement.
And probably a few laughs, because, well you know me.
You can read blog posts here, or find links on Facebook and Twitter.
To keep it easy, you can have posts delivered to your email inbox by subscribing to this blog.
And, know someone who could use some sanctuary this year? I hope you'll help me spread the word by sharing!
Never miss a blog post.
My encouraging posts can be delivered right to your email! Here is the form: