I Choose Whatever is LOVELY in 2013.

I choose the word LOVELY in 2013.

Why lovely?

Whatever is LOVELY for 2013 via @jennyonthespot
In Philippians 4:8 it says,

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Whether you believe in God or not, the message in this verse crosses all faiths, or non-faiths.

There is a lot to chew on in this verse, but this year I am focusing on lovely…

Being a lovely person to others…

Thinking lovely things about others…

Filling my mind with lovely words and thoughts and ideas…

Colors and sparkly things and creativity.

Making our home lovely… One place that has suffered the last many years is our home. Sure, friends who have seen my home might be surprised by my statement. It is a lovely, lovely home… But I know the places that are stuffed. The things hanging on walls to fill a space, but are only that. Things that have become a distraction instead of a blessing. I think this example represents more than just the place I call home.

I read a quote somewhere, and I can’t find it, so my choppy interpretation is, “If you don’t love it, don’t keep/buy/inherit it.”

That doesn’t just apply to physical clutter… but also what is in our minds… the words we choose, and especially what is in our hearts.

And to be completely honest, I hesitate to share this focus for 2013… for the same I have only prayed for patience once.

I am not planning to buy new couches or bedroom furniture or landscape my yard. All things that would certainly “up” the lovely in my home.

Believe me, if we had the monies – I WOULD.


The lovely of which I speak has nothing to do with the monies.

In 2013, I want to spend some time making our home lovely for those who live here – whether it’s an effort in organization, or purging, or being creative with the possessions we have. Or just lighting candles because I know my kids LOVE coming home after school to the smell of a scented candle. Or cookies. (Candles are easier…. shhhh… don’t tell the childrens!).

It is lovely to be able to find socks when you need them. It is lovely to find bank statements when you need them. It is lovely to be able to find a ruler when you need it. It’s just really, really nice. For me.

It may be different for you.

Not finding socks is a sure gasket-blower for me. It helps to know your weaknesses.

And my heart.

So much of the tone of our home has to do with the state of my (the mama’s) heart.

If my heart is lovely, the so our home will be also.

Oversimplified, but you get my point.

It is lovely to NOT structure “come backs” to unfinished conversations with difficult people. It’s lovely not to stew about how others who have hurt you, or offended you, or are just plain-ol dummy heads.

In 2013, I want to shift my mind when it wanders to bitterness and makes negative assumptions about others.

In 2013, I want to speak lovely things. To others. About others. I want to nurture this in my children.

In 2013, I want to make my home more of a home instead of the landing pad it seems to have become.

In 2013, I want this loveliness to influence my heart of/for hospitality.

I have seen a quote floating around, “Be the person you want to meet.”

Lady friends… we should be the woman we want to meet.

I bet she’s lovely.

Whatever is lovely… In heart. And mind. And soul. And home. And relationship. That is what I want to fill 2013 with.

Do you have a word or phrase or goal for 2013? Share it in the comments… or if you wrote about yours… do share the link! It is so inspiring to read about what others are reaching for. I’d love to read yours!


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25 Responses to “I Choose Whatever is LOVELY in 2013.”

  1. Stowed Stuff says:

    What a LOVELY post. Your lovely heart will do sparkly things in 2013, no doubt!!! I love when the socks even MATCH!

  2. Lisa says:

    What a great word! I’m still chewing on mine…nothing like a little indecision/procrastination (I think I’m 90% decided) 🙂

  3. Cally says:

    Oh, how I agree. A LOVELY post, indeed, and one which I will remember as we ring in the new year. Cheers to you and yours!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Great thoughts! I am going to mull this over. I have found that the things I strive for/write down as goals in the New Year often become reality throughout the year. There is power in words. You’ve given good encouragement right here. Thanks, Darlin’!

    • I agree. It’s amazing that once you fix your eyes on something, how that focus can make a difference. And whether we name it or not, there always seems to be a focus/theme… might as well b]make it a positive one!

  5. Amy says:

    Oh Jenny, lovely is so ……well lovely! I want to steal your word, cuz it’s lovely, and mine is not. And your verse, love love love that verse! Control, that’s mine, not very lovely huh? But that’s it, that’s what I need, control. Control over my tongue , my pantry ( ha), my eating, my thoughts, my time……control, and in the end, it will be lovely too. I hope 🙂

  6. Chantelle says:

    Oh Jenny, this may be one of my favorite posts from you ever! Thank you! You spelled out my disconnected thoughts exactly and I think I shall join you in the seeking of LOVELY. (((hug))) Keep on sparkling, encouraging and brightening our days! 🙂

  7. Ray Colon says:

    Hi Jenny,

    I love this time of year, when we all seem to be filled with good intentions, positive outlooks, and earnest desires to fix whatever it is we perceive as being broken (or due for a touch-up).

    The pursuit of lovely is a good a place as any to start. For me, there are few things more important than making my home a serene refuge from the petty absurdities of the world.

    • I know the passion will wane… but hoping a focus will help… well my FOCUS 🙂 Or help me keep my priorities more…well… prioritized? I’ll need all 35 days, I am sure of it 😉 Thanks for coming by, Ray! Always love hearing from you!!!

  8. Jamie M. says:

    What a Lovely word for the year, and a great thing to focus on. I love reading about others words, it is inspiring!! I tried my hardest to just pick one word but could only come up with a phrase, “Be The Good”, I wrote about it here. http://www.jaymerzm.blogspot.com/2012/12/one-little-word-2013.html

  9. Can I choose your word and 2013 focus as my own?! I feel like you were speaking from the needs of my heart….so much clutter in my home and in my head these days – I love this focus for the year and I need it so much.

    I’m sorry, I may just have to be unoriginal….

    OH! And, you should pick up The Happiness Project “Happiness for the Home” book – she does something very similar to this – focusing on small efforts that bring peace and joy in the home. I haven’t read the whole thing, but I think it would resonate and help you with this goal.

    Happy New Year friend!! You are most certainly one of the loveliest people already….just sayin’

  10. My sweet friend, I adore this deep in my soul… from the verse to the variety of your lovely intentions.

    Your friend Ray wrote, ‘the pursuit of lovely…’ and it strikes me that this is a part of your journey for 2013. And it is perfection.

    I have a word, a goal, a guide…. it is LEAP.

    I wasn’t happy as I entered 2012. I can remember this time last year – and I felt anything but peaceful. I have spent a long time just ‘letting things happen’ and responding as they have. But fear – in many forms – has prevented me from LEAPING after the many things I want, the many versions of myself I am positive I can be.

    I’m three weeks from 40, and I’m EXCITED. I feel like leaping…

    Reading your post has added to my inner peace and a desire to add ‘lovely’ to my 2013 journey….

    Seeing your face sometime this year will only make it better.


  11. Lisa says:

    This is a great post Jenny! So much is relevant in my own life.. especially the landing pad instead of the home. I think that is why I asked for paint for Christmas, so I can work on creating more lovely in my home so we will all want to be here more instead of just passing through.

    You are one of the loveliest anythings in my entire life.

  12. jubilee says:

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  13. Lu says:

    What an awesome word. Love it! Mine, too is biblical-based. I selected the word Restoration. Because He can restore anything.

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  15. Janis Cox says:

    I have linked your wonderful post to a post on Family and Faith Matters.



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