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I saw this around the blogosphere last year, but it just wasn't something I jumped into. 
Again, towards the end of the year, I saw it mentioned here and here and here. 

So, I decided if I'm going to be more purposeful this year in the many things I mentioned here....I should pick a word, plaster it in my kitchen so I can see and remember and of about it!

So, I picked JOY.
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I intend to be purposeful about joy this year. I want to see joy in every day, every moment and every person. Whether or not I feel like it.
And sometimes, I may just have to make my own joy.

Something I learned this past year, in watching my Mom handle her breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent chemo was this....celebrate every chance you get. 
First surgery done? Celebrate.
Second surgery done? Celebrate.
First chemo done? Celebrate.
Half way done? Celebrate.
Chemo done?! Celebrate the heck out of it!

Don't wait until your situation has completely improved, don't wait until you "feel" ready to be joyful or give thanks.
Often times, my Mom still has felt sick, and yucky, and tired and in pain....but she isn't wasting a moment of her life...she's being purposeful about her thanksgiving and joy and praise and that has taught me so much.

You may be in a tough season. 
Your "season" may be turning into your life.
Don't wait for things to turnaround, maybe this is right where God wants you and you have to let go and see the joy.
It's there. 

So....I challenge myself this year, and you too! 
Seek JOY.

If you are a blogger and want to hop on board, check out these links!

If you aren't a blogger, you can still pick your word for the year!

Don't make a list of a million things to do...just pick a word!


  1. My small group is doing this. We'll be picking a word and making a bracelet to remind us of our word. Maybe we could link up for our kick off?
    I've picked my word too.... ;)
    And JOY is perfect for you. Love you, friend.

  2. My word is INCREASE! Love your word :) Joy can change our lives because it permeates our perspective and everything we do!!

  3. what a great idea! I really need to do this for 2012!

  4. Love this idea. (I just posted a comment and blogger erased it...hmm) Anyways, lovely idea!

  5. great word and great encouragement!

  6. This line jumped out at me: "Don't wait until your situation has completely improved, don't wait until you 'feel' ready to be joyful or give thanks." What a great truth you've shared! Thanks for this inspiring post. Blessings!

  7. JOY! What a great word Krystle, and what a great idea! It's such a fun word, and uplifting word, a positive word - great choice!

  8. A perfect entrance into a new year...

    Choosing JOY!

    Keep to it. May the peace, favor, and joy of the Lord travel with you, sister.


  9. We talked about JOY at Bible Study last night! Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" What a great attitude for the new year!! Love it!!

  10. i love how as believers, our joy is found in Christ. so since He never changes, neither should our joy! good word!

  11. This is so inspiring and what a great lesson you learned from your mom! I hope 2012 brings you all the happiness you deserve!


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