It’s been a few years since I had a theme for my year that could be summed up in a word. Some of my past words were “Simplify”, “Less”, and “Strive”, but the last time I chose a word theme was 2012. As I sat down to make some goals for myself I decided this year that all of the things I am planning to implement for my new year can be classified under the theme:
In Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, he states, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Rooted and established.
In my every day I need to love more. Love God. Love my family. Love my neighbor. Love myself.
What does that look like in the things I want to implement?
Daily Time in the Word
I have neglected my daily Bible reading. It’s been a while since I’ve done the Bible in 90 Days reading, but it’s one of my favorites, so I’m going to start with it again, and then decide after the 90 days what to do next. I always feel closer to God when I’m making the reading of His word a priority.
Discipline in Love
This is probably the hardest to implement for me because it’s not something I can put on a check list and just DO. I have a tendency to react impulsively to my children and not necessarily think things through as I discipline. As I focus on doing all things in love this year, I want to make a concerted effort to put more thought into how I react/interact/discipline my girls and do so in the most godly way possible. Disciplining in love also means giving them the time they need even when it’s not convenient or exactly what I want to do at the moment.
Date my Spouse
With (almost) three teenagers, we are in that busy stage of life. The stage where the most of our conversations are coordinating who is going to take whom where at what time. Dating my husband doesn’t have to be about going out, although sometimes that’s nice, but just spending quality time together. Going on walks, having conversation, making each other a priority.
One of the many ways I feel I’m called to love my neighbor is to be hospitable. I’m going to try and continue to make hospitality a priority in my life as I look for additional opportunities to show love to my neighbors.
The past couple of years I’ve been worn out from so many “yes-es”. A full time job, a full time family, involvement in kids’ activities, starting a theatre… moving has ripped me away from a lot of it, and though I loved doing all the things, it’s been nice to take a step back and breathe in the quiet. My house is in order, I’m meeting the needs of my family better, and this coming year, I’m going to carve out some time to do some things for myself that I haven’t made time for in a while. I’m going to write, I’m going to take charge of my health, and I’m going to finally learn to play my guitar. Here’s to 2018!