Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find;
Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Matthew 7:7

As I began thinking of my “one little word” for 2019 several words came to mind. I was thinking of the last year and things that I did and accomplished. One of my favorite things that I did in 2018 was checked off my Bucket List item, and that was spending 2 weeks in Europe in Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. While on my trip I immediately became transfixed on the doors. Some were LARGE and loud, while others simple and quiet. We saw doors of a Castle in Paris, to the somber entry that led to Anne Frank’s Annex. Each door was beautiful and unique. The door of Notre Dame was big and ornate, yet I saw a door uncared for and covered in graffiti. I took pictures of hundreds of doors and loved them all. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the pictures if anything at all.

I remember one morning walking in Amsterdam we were early for a tour and were walking up and down the street. We walked in silence that early morning. Across the street I saw a door that was opened; and I remember thinking how I wished it was closed so I could see what it looked like. We crossed the street and peace came over me. As we got closer, I heard the sound of a piano playing. As we came to the door, we saw a little girl, maybe twelve-years-old sitting at the piano fingers touching the ivory keys, creating a song. That opened door held so much more beauty than it would have if it was closed. It was filled with love and they were sharing it.

I realized that as I took pictures of the other doors, I had imagined what lived beyond the wood or metal portals. As I thought about those doors again; I knew what my word would be. Open! I want to be more open. To open my heart, to open-up and let others see me, to be open to new things, to open myself to possibilities. I want to be open and let the Savior into my life more, to Be Still and listen. I want to be open to change and new things, so I can search and discover. In 2019 I want to be like a Home with an open door, to use the Keys I have been given my my Heavenly Father and use those gifts to let others in, and also walk out and discover the world around me. I will be posting different doors I discovered during my trip and ways that I am learning to Be Still and Open.