2014: Welcome

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During 2013, I became very inward-focused, more concerned about growing a baby, recovery from a c-section, adjusting to having two kids than about reaching out to meet new people or help those outside my bubble.  We stopped hosting the weekly Bible study & dinner for college students at our house and I spent almost all my free time at home with my family.  

I think all of this is probably pretty normal for someone with a new baby to take care of.  (They’re fairly demanding little creatures!)  But it creates such a conflict within me — I may not be a full blown extrovert, but I start to get really sad and lonely if I don’t get to see friends and family on a regular basis.  And taking care of my family is a high priority, but volunteering to help those close to me, as well as people in the community and around the world that I’ll probably never meet, is really important to me, too.

As I mulled over what I want my 2014 to look like, wrote some goals, and made plans for January, the word welcome kept crossing my path.  This lovely post about unexpected hospitality pushed me over the edge — welcome it was… my word for 2014.  For me, welcome means…

  • Continuing to welcome my sweet baby into our family and see his personality develop (I can’t completely get away from that baby stuff!)
  • Welcoming each day with a moment of quiet reflection and prayer
  • Making my house a welcoming place for friends, family, and yes — even those hungry college students
  • Making people feel welcome in this space, my little corner of the internet
  • Carrying a welcoming spirit with me in all situations — I’ve seen time and time again how people open up and really shine when they feel welcome in their environment, whether at work, at church, visiting friends, or even just interacting with strangers at the grocery store

Do you have a word that’s resonating with you right now?

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25 thoughts on “2014: Welcome

  1. My word for this year is “deliberate.” I kind-of-sort-of chose “present” for my word last year, but I’m being more formal about it in 2014 by joining Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class.

    I used to host get togethers much more often than I do now. Not sure what happened in the past two years, other than a ton of home renovations and a crazy schedule. One thing I’d like to get back to is having a soup night (in cold weather) or cook out (warm weather) once a month. Or maybe once every six weeks.

    I’m reading Addie Zierman’s When We Were On Fire right now and your word – welcome – and how it relates to Christianity is a very prevalent underlying theme in the book.
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    • Deliberate – I really like that! Have you read much about deliberate practice? I read a book called The Talent Code that talks about how people who seem like phenoms really have just put in the most work. Malcolm Gladwell talks about it in Outliers too, I think.

  2. I love this word and also the post that inspired it. I love how “welcome” isn’t just on a physical level but also spiritual. I also have become less “welcoming” after kids – little time, little energy when 110% is for them. Even if I can’t welcome people into my home in 2014, I’d like to be more welcoming in spirit, whether it be not being stingy when letting drivers merge into my already-crowded lane, standing for more than 5 sec to hold a door for a stranger, or just smiling. Thanks, Sarah!
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    • That’s so true — welcome can be a state of mind, even when we’re not officially in “hostess mode.” Those are perfect examples of how I can be more welcoming too, even when the thought of inviting someone into my home is overwhelming to me.

    • That’s a cool program — the students really do love to get away from campus, have a home cooked meal and hang out in a homey environment for a while. A few of them even seem to like spending time with my kids! 😉

  3. I love your word for 2014! What an inspiring post. “Carrying a welcoming spirit with me in all situations…” This is something I would love to work on! It’s so easy to close people off when life is stressful, but I always find that letting people in [especially in the hard times] helps WAY more than it hurts! Looking forward to connecting with you this week. Congrats on the new baby, also. :]
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    • Yes, I find myself closing people off during stressful times, too — I am discovering that this word found me at just the right time. Thanks for stopping by and yes! I’m looking forward to connecting with you, too.

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