Motto & Word of the Year ~ 2014

My word of the year is PEACE.  I seek the peace that encompasses simplicity, contentment, thanksgiving, appreciation, patience, tranquility of the soul, and conformity to God’s Holy will.  I seek peace not as the world gives.

There are many reflections that I will be mediating on this year to help me grow in peace.  G.K. Chesterton offers  great reflections on contentment. 

"Content" ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased;True Contentment - JOYfilledfamily Word of the Year 2014 placidly, perhaps, but still positively pleased. Being contented with bread and cheese ought not to mean not caring what you eat. It ought to mean caring for bread and cheese; handling and enjoying the cubic content of the bread and cheese and adding it to your own...

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare. The absence of this digestive talent is what makes so cold and incredible the tales of so many people who say they have been "through" things; when it is evident that they have come out on the other side quite unchanged. A man might have gone "through" a plum pudding as a bullet might go through a plum pudding; it depends on the size of the pudding--and the man. But the awful and sacred question is "Has the pudding been through him?" Has he tasted, appreciated, and absorbed the solid pudding, with its three dimensions and its three thousand tastes and smells? Can he offer himself to the eyes of men as one who has cubically conquered and contained a pudding?

In the same way we may ask of those who profess to have passed through trivial or tragic experiences whether they have absorbed the content of them; whether they licked up such living water as there was. It is a pertinent question in connection with many modern problems.

~ G.K. Chesterton (The Contented Man)


2014 Motto

These words are imprinted on my heart.  Perfection is not sought.  My goal is only to move closer to Him and do His will.

PEACE - JOYfilledfamily 2014 Word of the Year

Printable 2014 Motto

Printable G.K. Chesterton Quote

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Word of the Year Posts

2013 – NOW |  2012 – Pray  |  2011 – Charity (LOVE)


Linking up with Sarah at Amongst Lovely Things for Weekends with Chesterton...


  1. Thank you for sharing this inspiration, Lena. I will be printing. :)

  2. I'm printing this and pinning it. Such powerful words. One part that especially resonated with me was about being at peace within. We have made our worst decisions when coming from a place of fear, even when what we did was good - when it comes from the wrong place which is lacking trust in God, it never turns out right. Thank you!

  3. Soaking this in. Thank you for posting!

  4. I love this. Fabulous selections from Chesterton, and such pretty printables. Thank you so much for linking up!

  5. This is a beautiful reflection. I love your intentions for the year. And I love the Chesterton quote on contentment. Thanks for sharing.



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