Happy New Year friends!
I've sort of been on the fence about having a word for the year as the past few years it just hasn't stuck with me or clicked like it did when Slow was my word! But on a stressful day just before leaving home for a month, I was driving Rachel to ballet and the word glorify came to me as I realized that the source of many of my current struggles is simply being focused on myself.
I don't feel like....
I don't want to....
I'm irritated about....
I'm frustrated about...
I'm worried about...
I'm too tired, weary, overwhelmed, etc.
I this, I that.
All of this has really opened my eyes to how very selfish I am and much of our struggles at home are my lack of diligence, discipline and my ease at falling in discouragement. I want this coming year to be focused on glorifying God.
There are some specific areas that I am seeking God to work on in me and specifically that I would glorify Him in these things.
Body: watching my portions, taking vitamins and walking
Marriage: date nights and setting aside more time for David
Tongue: watching my words
Mothering: being engaged
Finances: wisely stewarding and saving
Outreach: sharing my faith and reaching out beyond my normal circles or comfortable people
Time: relax, lessen expectations and control
Mind: Scripture memory
Teacher: homeschool encouragement
Writer: seek God on how/when to proceed with future writing, heal from publishing experience
Home: organize and purge but with grace
My goal and hope is to focus on one of these areas each month - I'm glad there aren't twelve so I have a little room for grace. Right now, I'm searching God's Word for appearances of this word glorify and letting those thoughts sink deep into my heart and mind as I contemplate what they mean and how to apply the truths learned to my own life.
We sang a new song at church and it fits perfectly with this theme!