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Thanksgiving 2013: Perspective and Abundance


Thanksgiving speaks so many things to me.

Pumpkin pie.


Thanksgiving parade.


Time passing on traditions in the kitchen.

No matter where we are, Ohio or New York,

just the four of us or extended family,

I always try to take extra time to reflect on our blessings.

The word God gave me for 2013 was abundance.

What a beautiful word.

And what a faithful God.

Abundance of healing after losing my mother-in-law.

Abundance of family time with a vacation we saved years for.

Abundance of unity with fellow believers as we chose forgiveness together.

Abundance of God’s provision as we have a new pastor we know God handpicked for such a time as this.

Abundance of time to write so I could finish my first novel.

Abundance of prayers from others to help direct my writing steps.

Abundance of laughter as I navigate life as a wife, mom, writer, mentor.

Abundance of healing as my wrist is well.

Abundance of unexpected blessings as I was able to travel to the Adirondacks with my mom.

Abundance of new opportunities as we close doors and open new ones, with His leading.

Abundance of clothes on our backs and closets.

Abundance of food on the table and in cupboards.

Abundance, abundance, abundance.

I also realized this season to have abundance also means choosing perspective, perspective, perspective.

May your perspective this Thanksgiving be about abundant blessings!

Thank you for reading today. I appreciate you!

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My 2013 Word of the Year

Posted by Julie on January 5, 2013 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Nature, photography |

My 2013 Word of the Year

Each fall I seek the Lord for a word or phrase to embrace for the coming year. This year’s word came pretty early and has been confirmed many times before the calendar page even turned.


With that word often comes joy, but I feel I’m supposed to focus on abundance. Honestly, I don’t have an interpretation for that. I know my heart struggles in even in lack, I live in abundance. I see His abundance. I want to operate out of the flow of His abundance.

So it will be interesting to see how this word weaves throughout my life as a wife, mom, writer, speaker, and whatever else God opens for me.

Mary DeMuth wrote an inspiring post about the word of the year. I’m a visual gal, so I wanted in.

2013 word






I think you should join in. These are my own amateur nature pictures, but Mary gives great resources for free pictures if you need them.

I hope the first few days of 2013 have been full of abundance for you!

To share your picture for the year, click here.

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