My Word of the Year is

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Last year was the first time I decided to pick a word of the year. The word I picked was progress. I didn’t stick to all of my goals or do anything extra special, but when I look back at where I was a year ago, I see progress.

This year my word of the year really fell in my lap. I was getting frustrated with all of AJ’s complaining. She was complaining about everything. My income is extremely limited so I can’t always give her everything she wants, but she has everything she needs. I was beginning to feel like nothing was good enough for her and like nothing made her happy.

My word of the year for 2016 is Content

One day after she was complaining that we were having chicken for dinner again, I lost it. I think I must have yelled for about 5 minutes straight about how lucky she was to have a place to sit, a plate, warm clothes, and any food at all. I was so frustrated that she didn’t realize how lucky we are. If we didn’t live with my mom we would have been on the street a long time ago, and I am thankful for what we have. Don’t get me wrong, I am frustrated and angry with all of the things we have had to go through because of my accident at work. I don’t think it is fair that I have to live in constant pain and that I can’t do the things I use to. There is a lot we have to be angry and upset about, and I think those feelings are valid, but what kind of life will we have if all we do is focus on the bad and negative parts?

Even after reminding AJ how lucky we really were, I didn’t see much of a change. She complained about everything. From the food we ate, to having to do her chores, she found a problem with everything.

About that same time I came across a Black Friday sale at Not Consumed. When I saw this Bible study I knew AJ needed to go through it!

I ended up purchasing both A Content Heart and Because I Said So. Both Bible studies cover topics that I feel AJ needs to improve on.

As I read through both studies trying to decide which one to start with I was surprised by how much detail they both had. I also realized that AJ wasn’t the only one who needed to work on being content. I took a test in the study where kids are suppose to find out how content they were before starting the study. If I was really honest with myself, I didn’t score too well. I try to be happy on the outside and to look on the positive side of things, but inside I am not content.. Just reading through the study really opened my eyes.

So my word of the year for 2016 is Content. I am focusing on the biblical definition of the word which is – a resting or satisfaction of mind. My favorite line so far in A Content Heart is:

We may never FEEL content, but the Bible says we can make up our minds to BE content.

That is what our family will be working on this year. I think that both AJ and I can grow and learn together, and the first step will be completing this study.

Did you pick a word of the year? Let me know what you picked in the comments!

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