I must be honest…I was not going to have a theme word this year. I have never been one that liked the “trendy” thing and I never really followed suit very well. But, as I began to pray and ask God for His guidance over the direction of this blog for the next year it hit me. Am I really listening to Him? Or am I going through the motions to make my life “work”? The more I prayed about this blog and God’s plan for our family over the next year, the more this word kept coming up. I finally realized I did need a focus word and God was nearly hitting me square in the face with it!! Sometimes, I can be a little dense and thick-skulled. So my word for 2014 is…
While on break these past few days, I was blessed to have the Flu. Now I know what you’re thinking…”Is she crazy? Blessed with the flu?” And while I may be crazy, I am blessed. I was blessed to have my husband home the 5 days I went through the worst of it. I was blessed to be home and see my kids enjoy their new toys. And I was blessed to have time to sit and really listen to God’s voice.
So over the next 12 months my goal is to simply LISTEN.
Listen to God’s voice by spending time with Him daily reading in His Word. I have several emails that come to my inbox on a daily basis that I often pass over because I don’t get up early enough and I’m crunched for time. No matter what time I wake up, my Bible will be the first thing I read and do!
Listen to my husband and his needs and desires in our marriage. I want our marriage to grow and flourish in 2014!
Listen to my children and their needs. Not just their basic needs – they get plenty of that – but their deep spiritual and emotional needs. It has become increasingly clear the past few months that each of my children have their own personality, spiritual gifts and needs. But I often find myself too busy to give them what they really need. I want my children to grow into the people God would have them to be, not the mold I want to place them in.
Listen to all the laughter that goes on in our house on a daily basis. In connection with the above point, when I remain “busy” I get short-tempered and irritated very easily, which in turn finds me squashing their fun, creativity and laughter. While some order must be maintained, I don’t want to be a drill sergeant barking orders at them and “requiring” them to be quiet when I need it. Kids are kids and they need to run off their energy, explore their creativity and enjoy life!!
Listen to my friends that need prayers and support – both physically and spiritually. While I do pray for those people who ask, I am not always quick to offer anything more. Prayers are silent and private and in my opinion…stingy!! They don’t really require me to actually do anything for someone else. Don’t misunderstand me – prayers are necessary and a vital role in our relationship with the Lord. But sometimes people need more than just our prayers. They need a friend who will bring them a latte’ when they are feeling down. They need a friend who is willing to drop by and take the kids for a few hours to give them some much needed “alone time.” They need a friend who is willing to sit and listen for hours to their heartache and struggles. And when I don’t take the time or opportunity to bless a friend – they’re not the only missing out!!
I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in this journey and new year. It won’t be easy and I will likely fail a number of times. But, I am thankful that with the Lord at the helm, 2014 will be a year of growth in me, my marriage, my family and my friendships.
So what will you Listen to in 2014?
Blessings dear friends,