Friday, January 9, 2015

Welcome, 2015

Welcome, 2015.

Welcome a new year. A clean slate. A fresh start.

A chance to do better at everything. At loving myself.

I'm welcoming in more thoughts and actions concerning things that are important to me.

I've been a wife and mom for nearly 30 years (yikes! I'm old) and I'm just now recognizing how important it really, really is to feed my passions and nurture myself. How good it is for me, yes, but how much better a wife and mom I can be when I do that! It seems foreign and counter-productive to me. This focusing on me, to help others, but that's how it works.

Once again I am reminded of Jesus' words -- 

37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matt. 22:37-39)

If I'm not loving me, I can't be loving others. And that is what I'm called to do.

So, welcome, 2015. A new year of learning to love myself because Jesus said so.


linking up with Five Minute Friday


  1. Hey Melanie! I think this is a great way to welcome the new year. You love yourself! I hope you have the best year ever! Visiting from FMF.

  2. I'll welcome 2015 with ya! Here's to a great year!

  3. Yes! I had to learn that a few years ago, because I was running myself ragged taking care of everyone else. Someone finally helped me understand that if you don't take care of yourself, you can't take care of anyone else. I appreciate the verse that supports the principle, too!

  4. Joining you to welcome 2015 and all it has to offer.

  5. You've hit the nail on the head, my friend! If we don't love ourselves and respect ourselves, how can we love and respect others? Welcome to the new year and to new thoughts about yourself!

  6. Because Jesus said so! Amen! If He said it then it is so!!!

  7. Can't wait to see where Jesus takes you- because He said so!

  8. My one word is "love" and this blog resonated greatly with me. Thanks for sharing, and blessings to you this coming year!

  9. I recently heard it is said that self-care is not the same as being selfish. I think as moms and wives we can get the two mixed up. Cheering you on as you follow God's lead in the ways He wants to fill you up this year so you'll have more of Him to pour out in love to others.

  10. It's so hard for women (Mamas) to engage in the necessary self care, because a) there's usually not enough time and b) when there is a small slice of time for us, we're accustomed to using that time on someone else. But, as you say, its really important to take care of ourselves because if "we ain't OK, ain't none of us OK"!!! Loved your post {I'm visiting from FMF}


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