: 1 "I love New Years. I love the idea that in an instant we can be made new, different, and more fully alive. Though objectively we know we're exactly the same as the day before, there's something true inside the hope of transformation. Rather than bolstering my resolve with resolutions, I like to find a word that focuses my intentions, and this year's is Wholeheartedness. I want to show up with my whole self this year - in my relationships, in my work, in my faith, in how I spend my time. To be fully present, committed, wholly alive. .
But as I've reflected in the word over the past week, I'm growing in my awareness that to live wholeheartedly, I must first actually believe that I am whole. Not broken, not scarred - not too little or too much. So much of my reality screams the opposite of this... I come from a broken home, my body is broken from chronic Illness, many of my choices have led to broken relationships and heartache. And though I wish all it took was the clock striking midnight for all of this to come untrue, I know it takes more than a New Year's resolve to undo my brokenness. So much more. .
It takes grace. .
Grace is the wholeness-maker. Grace sees my mess and says it matters. It doesn't deny the fractured parts of my story, it redeems them, restores them, sets them right. As one of my favorite authors says, grace is 'making all the sad things untrue.' And I am convinced there can be no wholeheartedness without grace. .
So, wrapped in grace and compelled by wholehearted intent, I welcome 2018. Here's to a year of living wholly alive." Winsomeeasel