My Word of 2015

2015 has started off on a fantastic foot, if I must say so myself. I love the thought of twelve months in front of us...a blank slate, a fresh start. I've been dreaming about this magic reset button for quite a few days now, and it's here and it feels good. It feels good to look forward at the year ahead, all while being thankful for the lessons learned and the memories celebrated. 

To put it simply, I want 2015 to be a year where I become a better version of myself. I have lots of goals and "resolutions" per se, but to boil it all down, I want to be a better me. 

I knew my word for 2015 about halfway through December; it just seemed to click and the Lord opened my eyes to how He wanted to use this word in my life. When I say it out loud, it almost sounds funny to me, because it's quite the opposite of who I am. 


My word of 2015 is simplify. 

To get rid of the excess in my life to make room for the things that matter. To get back to the basics of our marriage to become a stronger couple. To simplify our home and our possessions, to live with less because excess is just that, a waste. To focus more on my relationship with the Lord and to realize that our lives are for His glory and that only. To serve others genuinely and passionately. 

Less is more. Less obligations, less mess, less stuff. More life, more time, more joy. I want to get rid of the things that are cluttering my heart and crowding my happiness.


As I said earlier, I live a lifestyle that is the opposite of simplistic; I have the personality that is the opposite, too. I'm loud and open, quick to spend money and eager to gain more. I think the Lord knew that my heart would be troubled over this word simply because of that fact, but I've quickly realized all the good that can come from the theme of "simplify." 

He's slowly teaching me that the act of simplicity in my life isn't about deprivation from one thing or another, but rather, it's creating space for living and living purposefully. I've been praying for the Lord to fill my heart and life with what's important and what betters me, and for me to be done with the rest. All you need is less, right? 

A dear friend said this to me a few weeks ago and it was just what I needed to hear. She said, "Rach, when things aren't adding up in life, all I can tell you is to start subtracting. Keep it simple and keep it honest." 

And honesty will say I don't mean for this year to be the year where we sell all of our belongings and live off the land--that's not what I mean by simplify. Heaven knows I'm not that kind of girl. I merely mean to rid my life of those things that are draining me of my joy, take away the people who don't add to my happiness, and simplify those areas where clutter and chaos seem to overtake.

So there's my heart all spilled out on my theme for 2015. It's still a work in progress, and I'm really not fully sure where the Lord is leading me with that word, but I know that He is using it to seep into all the little crevices in my life, changing my heart and changing my feelings one day at a time. 

Love God. Love people. Live simply. That's what I want my 2015 to be about.

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." -Hans Hofmann 

19 comments:

  1. Love what your friend had to say! Such an awesome word :) I find myself gravitating towards simplifying this year too. I often times find myself looking for more when I already have more than I'll ever need. Thank you for this encouragement on the first Monday of 2015!

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  2. I can totally relate to the need to simplify. I think it is so easy to fall into the trap of trying to multitask and cram every moment of our day with something. It's what our society pretty much teaches us.
    Best wishes in 2015!

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  3. What a wonderful word to hold on to this year! Have you read 7 by Jen Hatmaker? My friend is reading this book now and she said it really made her realize that there are no "things" that can truly make us happy. Thank you for sharing your heart friend!

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  4. My word for the year is content. One of my "real life" friends who blogs put up an excellent post a couple of weeks ago and in it, she talked some about simplifying but something she said really spoke to me and it was about stuff. It's really easy now to buy stuff. You don't have to go to a store; all you have to do is follow someone on IG, DM them your email address, they send you an invoice, you pay through PayPal and voila - you have more stuff. Follow a fashion blogger - they post direct links to stores and there you have it. More stuff. I've bought more clothes and jewelry this year than I can ever remember. And why? Because someone told me I needed it. Someone told me I had to have it. And I bought into it - literally and figuratively. So this year, I'm going to try and be content. Content with what I have and with myself. I'm going to try and break free from some of the stuff I've held onto - tangible and intangible. I'm going to try and be content with myself, with what I have and even what I don't have. God has blessed my family - immeasurably. He has healed family members and friends. He has provided when we didn't have. His words are true and His promises are forever. I have a husband and kids who love me. That should be all I need.


    PS: I started the Names of God study Saturday. Boy...it makes you think!!

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  5. This was my word last year! Towards the end of December, I saw this word play out more than I anticipated. :) Be prepared for God to move and make you uncomfortable!

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  6. simplify was runner up for my word of the year! (i chose REST!) but my soul longs for simplicity & i love all of your reasons behind choosing it!


    one of my goals for january is to simplify & purge. we are doing this with our home right now but i love your words about un-cluttering your heart and simplifying it! we all so need this! :)

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  7. I love this! This weekend we worked on "simplifying" our apartment before we went back to school & work, to make it more functional for us. It just helps me to even feel better. Encouraging you in your pursuit of simplicity this year! While I wouldn't necessarily say I have one word - I'm leaning towards living a life with more intention.

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  8. This is exactly what I am hoping for 2015. Thank you for sharing! I look forward to hearing how God blesses you through simplicity throughout this year!!

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  9. I love this word. My word is intentional. you should read the book Packing Light. It's a great book about simplicity.

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  10. I love your word and I love the advice your friend gave. So true!

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  11. I LOVE YOUR NEW DESIGN SO MUCH. BEAUTIFUL!!!! And mine is "forgiveness."

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  12. So that the necessary may speak....I love that.
    I pray that the necessary will speak in all of our lives. Amen!

    www.desiringyou.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh, that is so funny, my daughter told me yesterday that "simplify" is her word for the year too. And, I think it probably should be the word for many of us. I'm trying to remember this as I am packing up this house to move into our new home in the Spring. So, so much stuff and so much of it was stuck up under cabinets that I have not seen in years. So, obviously I must not need it, so I need to just let go of it. I do not want to become a slave to "stuff." A great post Rachel!

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  14. I could not have said it better. I also need to simplify, and that has been my resolution for the New Year. I am a saver. I have containers and boxes labeled and stacked in our storage area. I have to admit, there are time I have been grateful for the things I have held onto over the years, but it all becomes a little overwhelming and a source of anxiety for me. Over the next year I resolve to go through and rid myself of one box a week. I'm really excited about the idea and I have already started. Simplify. Just saying the word gives me comfort. More comfort than holding onto "stuff".

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  15. First of all, I love the new design! You totally inspire me to keep going when my day is not so great. Thanks for the opportunity of getting to know you!

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  16. love this! challenges and inspires me...simplifying my priorities is something I so need to work on. .thanks for sharing!

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  17. YES to getting rid of clutter. The clutter in my closet, the clutter in my kitchen drawers, the clutter on my heart, the clutter that draws me further away from the Lord and the clutter that bogs down my calendar. I love this resolution and I think you will completely rock it this year :-)

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  18. I've been realizing the same thing. Less is more. Do whatever you're doing fully and to the glory of God. Have you heard of Jen Hatmaker's book called "7"? I haven't read it yet. I'm determined to this year! :) You might like it too.

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