Friday, January 3

Hello, 2014. {forwards and favorites}

Moving into a new year is always thrilling to me. Yes, we're still in the dead of winter and the daylight hours are short. Even so, there's a newness and a fresh perspective that comes with a clean calendar.

This year, I'm all about moving forward.


Care to move forward with me?

Let's be women who...

Seek God's approval above all others'.
Delve deeper into The Word. Treasuring, Learning, Growing.
Say no to fear and yes to God-led risk.
Remember Christ is in us to help. We're here to help make Him look good. 
Aren't afraid to say no.
Say yes to kindness, patience, unconditional love, and peace.  
Keep our promises.
Forgive and ask for forgiveness.
Think of ourselves less. Not less of ourselves.
Are slow to speak, quick to listen.
Keep focused amid distraction.
Pray as a first resort. You get first priority every time. 

Even though we're moving forward, I would like to take a step back and recap some favorites of 2013.

The Scarlet Paisley Reader Favorites of 2013

When Your Life is in Ruins {Turn Around}
Confessions of a Pollyanna
5 Reasons Why a Bigger House Isn't Always Better
Homeschooling: You're You, I'm Me
So much GRACE

Favorite Books of 2013

A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman


What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst

The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp {Advent Devotional}

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones
(This has been a favorite since 2010, but it's that good. Really. Get your hands on a copy.)

Modern Essentials {A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils}

Favorite TV/Movies of 2013
Downton Abbey - Season 4 begins this Sunday, January 5th on PBS
(Miss an episode? Catch it HERE during the week.)

Funny Face (1957)

Honestly, I don't remember seeing many movies that became favorites this last year (but I may want to add Frozen to this list after I see it tomorrow with the older kids), but here's a couple old-favorites I've watched and re-watched so many times, I can't not recommend them.

Emma (BBC, 2009)

Father of the Bride & Father of the Bride 2 (1991, 1995)


Favorite Music of 2013

Ellie Holcomb - With You Now is my current favorite album. Download it HERE or listen on Pandora.
Dallas String Quartet
Passion: Let the Future Begin
Christa Wells, song Shine
Christy Nockels

There you have it, a peek inside my brain this last year.

May God bless your efforts and make you more like His Son. .
May you rest in and accept His gifts.

What are you moving forward into in 2014?
What will you be intentional about?
And of course, what were your favorites from 2013?

1 comment on "Hello, 2014. {forwards and favorites}"
  1. Amanda, I have really enjoyed getting to know you and your sweet family thru your blog these past few months. I really look forward to getting to know you better in 2014!!! Thank you for you encouragement and just showing that you are a human mom and wife!!! I love coming to blogs like that. I am a home school mom too and it is encouraging to come here and see what you are doing thru the weeks!
    I hope that you would not mind if I printed out the "Let be women who" part to put on my fridge so I can look at it every day!? I would like to have it as an encouragement from day to day.:)
    Looking forward to more great post,Kristina


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