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Start Your Year with a Powerful Non-Resolution by Stephanie Rische

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It’s the beginning of another new year, and I might as well make my confession now: I am terrible at resolutions.

Oh, I might make an impressive list of goals with corresponding sub-points. I might write them down in a pretty journal and even color-code them with fancy pens. But don’t be fooled. Before the Christmas decorations have had time to gather any dust, I will have forgotten all about my lofty aspirations and bullet-pointed lists.

So I’ve made a new resolution: No more New Year’s resolutions! Instead, I’m shooting for the “New Year’s for Dummies” version of goal-setting and choosing a word of the year instead. That’s right—no lists, no striving after a bunch of unattainable ideals, just a single-word theme.

The idea is that throughout the year, my heart and mind can settle on that one word and be open to what God wants to show me on that topic. This is a relief for a recovering perfectionist like me, because it offers a lot of room for grace. My yearlong quest won’t be about succeeding or failing; it won’t be about how many boxes I check off or how far off the mark I find myself come December. It will be about anticipating the transformation God is going to do inside of me in the year ahead.

As this new year begins, I’d like to invite you to join me on this adventure of non-resolutions. Whenever you can sneak in some moments of quiet—in the morning, while you’re in the car, or over a cup of coffee, ask God if there’s a word he wants you to focus on this year. And then, once you’ve settled on your word, jump in with both feet.

The beautiful thing is, there’s no wrong way to pursue your word. Maybe you’ll write the word on a sticky note and post it on your mirror or your refrigerator to recalibrate your thoughts throughout the day. Maybe you’ll read the Bible with an eye open for what God has to say on the topic. Maybe you’ll meet with a friend each month to share how you see this playing out in your life. Maybe you’ll find a book that speaks into this topic or tells the story of someone who lived out this word well. You might even have a family meeting and decide on a word of the year for your whole family.

If you’re not sure where to begin, here are a few ideas to get you started, along with some books that go along with each theme. Some of the books are for you, some are for your kids, and some are read-alouds for the whole family. I trust that they will be good company as you pursue your word of the year.


 

story-travelers-bible-tracey-madder

 

breaking-cover-michele-rigby-assad

 

treasure-island

 

jungle-book-rodyard-kipling


 

the-giraffe-that-was-afraid-of-heights-amy-carlson

 

under-the-cover-of-light-carole-engle-avriett

 

the-red-badge-of-courage-stephen-crane


 

wow-dandi-daley-mackall

 

so-close-to-amazing-karianne-wood

 

loving-luther-allison-pittman


 

give-thanks-board-book-kathryn-obrien

 

long-days-of-small-things-catherine-mcniel

 

little-women-louisa-may-alcott

 

great-expectations-charles-dickens


 

one-year-book-of-bible-trivia-for-kids-kathy-cassel

 

oy-book-of-did-you-know-devotions-for-kids

 

chronological-life-application-study-bible


 

i-can-be-kind-amy-carlson

 

daily-acts-of-kindness-devotional

 

love-kindness-barry-corey


Once you decide on your word for the year, we’d love to hear from you. What word did you choose? How do you hope to see it play out in your life and in your family in the year ahead?

Happy 2018!


Stephanie Rische is a senior editor and team leader at Tyndale House Publishers, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as Today’s Christian Woman, Christian Marriage Today, and Significant Living magazine. You can follow Stephanie’s blog at www.StephanieRische.com.

Letters from War – Veteran’s Day 2017

One of our very own Tyndale Kids authors, Dandi Daley Mackall (author of Wow! The Good News in Four Words), has two veteran parents. Her mother, Lt. Helen Eberhart Daley, and her father, Captain Frank R. Daley, M.D., both served in World War II. Dandi recently published a fiction book based on their lives and their love story, called With Love, Wherever You Are. Dandi also frequently shares pictures and memories of her parents on her blog, keeping their memory alive.

Below are some photos and captions taken directly from Dandi’s blog. To see more, head to Dandi’s blog, or find Dandi at her website.


“Lt. Helen Eberhart Daley, Army Nurse, and Captain Frank R. Daley, M.D. (Early pictures find him still a lieutenant in the Army, however.) As I was writing and revising and rewriting With Love, Wherever You Are, I used each of these photos to help me describe locations and to help me visualize my young parents in such strange circumstances. Helen is pictured in Rennes, where she served in an Army hospital during the war. Frank is in a Battalion Aid station inside Germany, then in Heidelberg, and in a temporary camp. In the old Army trunk, I found both the sleeping bag on his back and the canteen pictured in the bottom-right photo”.


Imagine yourself serving in a makeshift hospital overseas. Now, imagine you’re in the middle of World War 2, trying to care for desperately sick, wounded, terrified soldiers. And on top of that, you are a newlywed, and your spouse of only a few weeks is also at the front, caring for battlefield wounded . . . in a different country. How could such a marriage survive?

Letters. These are just two of the Army trunkful of letters from my mom and dad, Dr. Frank Daley and Nurse Helen Eberhart Daley. They lived for mail call, when they would hear from each other and know they were safe and still in love, in spite of the physical distance between them. Imagine waiting for a letter, hoping, praying . . . and nothing for days and days. You had been writing 2 or 3 times a day, every day. And then, imagine receiving a treasure–11 letters at once”.


To those who have served, are serving, or will serve our country, we thank you.

Happy Veteran’s Day!


Looking for a fresh way to present the gospel to young children? Wow! The Good News in Four Words (by Dandi Daley Mackall) is a perfect resource. Head to tyndale.com to learn more!