Thursday, January 01, 2015

word for the year | REST

2014 was my first full year of blogging & i had so much fun putting together my year in review. it's so neat that i have an entire year of my life captured in the moment. i can look back on it in the years to come & remember all the little details that i would have forgotten.

my 2014 word of the year was balance & you can read all about the reasons for that here. in a way, a lot of that still holds true today. i'm not sure that i was really expecting anything to be different when 2015 entered the picture. but maybe i was. in March i posted about how i was learning that balance didn't necessarily mean stress-free but rather leaning on the Lord and allowing Him to balance me in the midst of chaos. that's the most important thing i learned this past year.

REST, according to Webster's Dictionary
o1. the refreshing quiet
o2. relief or freedom, especially from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs. 
o3. a period or interval of inactivity, repose, solitude, or tranquility
o4. mental or spiritual calm; tranquility
o5. absense of motion
o1. to refresh oneself
o2. to relieve weariness
o3. to be at ease
o4. to be quiet or still

at the end of it all, i've decided that my word for 2015 is REST. when we think of the word rest, we tend to think of taking a nap, watching a movie, weekend getaways, etc. and i do think those are needed & that they are a part of rest. but rest means so much more than that. this year i want rest to look like the Sabbath, resting in the Lord, spending time in prayer, giving Him my burdens, and worshiping Him. 

this past December, we took a low key approach to Christmas. instead of focusing on gifts, decorations, and having each day packed out with plans... we incorporated a lot of white space into our days. i did an advent study through the month each night before i went to sleep. it was nice to have those 15 minutes to rest in His word and force me to slow down. it was what my soul needed desperately & it still does. so here's to a year full of true rest!

REST, redefined
o1. a ceasing of striving
o2. leaning on the Lord
o3. laying burdens down in His hands
o4. being still in His presence

Psalm 46:10-11
Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Hebrews 4:9-11
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

what's your resolution or word for 2015?


  1. What a wonderful word, Robyn! I've got my own word planned and just wrote a post for it (but it won't go live until Monday). I really love seeing what people choose for their words and why they chose it. That said, I love the idea of focusing on rest--something I definitely need to work on! I hope you have a very restful 2015 and very Happy New Year!

  2. I love your word, Robyn! Rest is super important but so hard for us to do sometimes. I hope God gives you a year of wonderful rest.

    I don't have a view or a single goal for 2015. I kind of feel bad about it but my last few months have been spent adapting to life in Myanmar. So I guess I will keep my focus on the goals that I had when I first came here.

    THanks for being an open and honest blogger. It's nice to read your encouraging posts.

  3. Rest is such a wonderful word to focus on as we can so struggle with it. Finding the balance between doing & resting can only be found & obtained as we focus on Him. I hope your word keeps showing up throughout your year so as to keep you on track.
    My word for 2015 is Believe - "Do not be afraid, just believe...." (Luke 8:50)
    So glad to have stopped here from Faith & Fellowship this morning. Have a wonderful New Year!

  4. i can't wait to read all about your word! :) i hope you also have a restful 2015! :) happy new year friend!

  5. it really is hard to find true rest sometimes or to be intentional about it! :)

    don't feel bad about not having a view for 2015! Jan 1st is just a date - nothing special about it! you have all year to focus in on goals! i can imagine adjusting to a whole new country & phase of life is enough right now!! :) thanks for your encouragement friend!

    p.s. thanks for your card :) i love that it's handpainted!

  6. it can be such a struggle to not only rest, but to find true rest in Jesus! but it's something so vital to our lives that i know i need to be more intentional about it! thank you! :)

    believe is a great word/theme! here's to a year or believing & resting! :) happy new year!

  7. I love how you defined rest, then redefined rest. I also find accompanying scriptures to go with my word for the year. It also helps me too to find a song that relates. This year my word is MORE and there were a couple of really good songs that have already become like an anthem to my 2015.

  8. What a great word to choose! I chose "intentional."

  9. thanks! :) intentional is a great word! here's to an intentional & restful year! :)

  10. i love doing a word study in scripture to go with my word for the year! :) gives me a broader definition of my word! :) i like the idea of finding a song too!!!

  11. TRUE rest, thank you for the reminder- love the definition with the image you chose "a ceasing of striving" I love looking up words that I know, but need a new take on- thank you for this!

  12. I'm glad you got the card! I love the hand painted cards here too. They are super fun.

  13. This is such a great word I love it! I'm is Intentional. but we get so use to be in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we forget to rest. Not only for ourselves but because God has commanded us to do so.

  14. thanks Natalie! that is my favorite definition of rest that really drives the point home to me :)

  15. you are so right - sweet joy! i love how intentional this word is!

  16. that is so awesome! and hey, now that we're 3 months into this year (b/c i'm REALLY late at replying to this comment) it is cool to see how you have your son at home now & are able to rest in this new season (although i know it is a huge adjustment, so it may not feel restful!)

  17. i love how intentional the word is!!! you are so right - we get used to always striving to do something that we forget it's okay to be still! :)

  18. I feel like I should change my word because I love how you described rest. I feel like I need that more.