Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. ~ 1 Peter 4:10

Monday, February 6, 2012

My "One Little Word" for 2012

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Thank you so much to everyone who read my last post and for all of your kind comments, encouragement and prayers!  They mean more to me than you could know!!  I just love this blogging community and feel it is truly a gift to be a part of it!

As I mentioned in my last post, the last year, and especially the last few months, have been quite hard.  It has been a time full of heartbreak, loss, huge changes, growing pains and challenges.  But it has also been a time full of hope, answered prayers and the beginning of healing.  For this reason I've chosen Heal to be my "One Little Word" for 2012!

Heal the world !!!
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I want to take this year and focus on healing. After all we've been through I feel like this is a time to rest, breathe, listen, learn and heal.  I'm excited about this new word!  I've been pondering how I can focus on healing and restoring my spirit.  Here are a few things I've come up with so far...

First, I am a daughter of Christ and He is the Great Healer!  No healing will come except through Him!

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."  ~ Psalm 147:3

I'm so thankful for this, for a God that I can go to for everything!  It is so important to me to spend daily time with my God.  I want to meet with Him, pray to Him, read His Word and grow to be more like Him.  I don't pretend to be perfect, and sometimes my day gets away from me and I haven't had that sweet, quiet time with Him, but I always want to try!  I know this is the only way to truly heal my heart!!

Next, I am an artist! 

"Create" by Jennifer Snellings
Mixed Media painting

"For this reason, I ask you to keep using the gift God gave you. It came to you when I laid my hands on you and prayed that God would use you." ~ 2 Timothy 1:6

My art has always been so healing.  It is a place I can escape from the realities of life and focus on my passions!  It re-energizes me, reconnects me, and feeds that special place that God created in me as a creative soul.  My art is nurturing to my heart, so I hope to spend lots and lots of time creating this year!!  It is also my prayer that God will use my art, in His amazing way, to impact others.  Serving and helping those around me is another way to bring healing to my heart!!

Finally, of course relationships can be so healing!  My goal is to make extra effort this year to nurture those most important relationships, with my God, my husband, my children, my family and my friends.  I want to make intentional efforts to spend quality time together and not let the busyness of life get in the way!  After all, life is so short and we don't know how much time we'll have with one another!

It is my hope and prayer that 2012 will be a healing year for you as well! 

Happy creating,
♥ Jennifer