03 March 2014

seek depth

I've never really chosen a word for the year and I'm not much for resolutions. But this year I felt like God was nudging me toward some kind of focus. And the words that kept coming back to me were "seek depth". Depth in my faith, depth in my relationships, in my marriage, in my prayer life, in all the things I love. I am one who gets excited about new things, new projects, new people, new ideas... I dip my toes into 518 different pools at any given time. Sometimes I pursue so many little things that interest me, I end up never really enjoying any of them fully. I have a million tiny ideas floating around in my mind and just end up a little scattered and disjointed. 

I realize it's March and 2014 started months ago. But that's the way it goes with me. 
I did actually start praying through these words from the beginning, feeling God pulling me in closer. And it isn't all spiritual - I feel like I want to be better at the things I love - the things I do for my business and the hobbies that bring me joy - like photography and food and sewing and writing.

I love to cook and bake. I love trying new foods and cooking with strange ingredients. My pinterest boards are full of endless recipes that have lured me in. But then I thought to myself - what about the basics? What about really knowing my ingredients and the best ways to use them? I went to the library and got a copy of the Joy of Cooking, which has been praised by the likes of Julia Child as "one of the most influential books of the 20th century". I think that might be a good place to start. So am I venturing forward and challenging myself to work my way through this little piece of American history. Not all 4000 recipes because... life. But to learn as many as I can and grow in depth even in the kitchen. I'm kind of excited about it. But then, I usually am when it comes to food.

Did you choose a word or phrase for the year? Is there something you want to delve more deeply into? I'd love to hear about it!


  1. I have that cookbook and I have yet to crack it open. Such a great challenge, I'm excited to see how it goes!

  2. Good luck with all that fun cooking and baking!!

    My word for this year was "grace", specifically in regards to how I talk to people. Sometimes it feels like I use my words like karate- (unintentionally) fast and kinda hard hitting... I'd like my words to be more like yoga or judo- slower, softer, and deliberate. To be honest, this last month I kinda forgot about this goal~ thanks for posting this and helping me remember. I hope you're able to work on yours also. *^_^*

  3. my word for this year is 'treasure'- treasure the good and bad moments of motherhood and life & to treasure myself as God sees me. i hope you get to post some of your cooking adventures! my husband is a chef so anything food is always fun for me!

  4. Fun!!! That's on my "bucket list." :) My word is JOY for this year. I blogged about it at my blog-- take a look if you want!