2016 New Year New Focus And Our Family Meeting

First thing New Years Morning after our family Bible study my husband declared a family meeting! He wanted to start 2016 off on the right track and for our family that meant slowing down, putting our focus on God first and then planning our family goals!

The New Year is the perfect time to reflect on the previous year and decide what worked and what didn’t for yourself and your family. My husband took this time to rework our family chore chart and decide who would be getting different jobs, who needed to be challenged more, and who needed to show more discipline.

It is such a great feeling when he takes charge and shares with us honestly about his vision and goals for us. I can’t help but to feel excited and safe knowing that he cares genuinely about the direction our family is heading and has taken the time to slow down, and see the big picture! To make sure that we get on track and stay on track! I left the family meeting feeling encouraged and excited about a fresh approach to doing things!

Did you set any new goals for your family for 2016? I would love to hear your stories!


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2016 Focus Word Love And Loving Being Created In His Image

Seven years ago in our tiny, little bedroom of our first house I began to read the whole Bible for the first time in my life. It was at my husbands prompting and it forever changed my life. The power of God’s living word reached down deep into my soul and gave me the peace, love, answers, and security I had been desperately longing far. The knowledge from God’s word began the slow process of sanctifying and renewing me!

As I began to read about the strange woman in the Book Of Probverbs my heart overfilled with grief. I could see myself in her description. No I had never been a prostitute but I had been guilty of finding my self worth and self esteem by how many men noticed my body. I dressed to be noticed…I dressed to be seen…I was stuck in this endless cycle of dressing in low cut tops, tight tops, tight jeans, and little shorts, all to make myself feel good but it never worked…not deep down where anyone could see…it never satisfied me deep down….because I needed Jesus.

I began to feel ashamed of my worldy, fleshly behavior, causing men to sin and not even thinking twice about it. Just moving on and going on through life with no reality to the consequences. I was figuratively wiping my mouth to the evil I had done just like the Book of Probverbs.I had been turning to Hollywood and the fashion industry to dictate my dress…and I’m a Christian! These are the only clothes out there I would reason with myself….Everybody does it I would tell myself…Its too hard to find modest clothing I told myself…..but I had already started to be changed by the truth of Gods Word and I couldn’t ignore it. The Lord began to help me see things in a generational view instead of a right now in this very moment point of view. I began to see how my dressing like the world would have an influence on my children, and my grandchildrens dress. I began to see the significance of this decision which would seem tiny and insignificant to others from an eternity point of view. Instead of being overwhelmed and stressed and scared I CHOSE TO LOVE BEING CREATED IN HIS IMAGE. TO HIM I WAS ALREADY PERFECT JUST THE WAY I AM..JUST THE WAY HE CREATED ME!

You see CREATED IN HIS IMAGE is not tight clothing, look at me clothing, trendy styles, thigh high boots with tight jeans to draw your attention to your thighs, legs, and butt, yoga pant, tank tops etc. Jesus did not dress in the latest fashion. He did not wear tight jeans that accentuated is body. He didn’t spend $100’s of dollars on the latest fashion trends. He didn’t look to the world for dress

.Once I realized all this I was able to find peace and rest in the fact that I was CREATED IN HIS IMAGE and that was sufficient for me. I could let go of the standards and the ways of the world and have peace…HIS peace. Since then I have chosen to make a purity statement instead of fashion statement!

Have you chosen to make a purity statement instead of a fashion statement? I would love to hear your testimony of how God has worked in your life in this area!

 


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My One Word For 2016: Love

This new year 2016 I am committed to focusing more on LOVE!! Love for my Heavenly Father, love for my husband, love for children, love for my neighbor, love for my community, love for the sinner, love for the drug addict, love for the alcoholic love for the imprisoned, love for the hopeless, love for the beaten down, love for the unloved….LOVE.

Love that is unconditional, non judging, patient, never ceasing, ever flowing! Love that will uplift, praise, encourage, and edify my brothers and sisters in Christ. Love that will transform my husband and family as Christ love has done for me!

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 King James Version (KJV)

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Pray for me that I let the Lords love reshape my life, focus, and relationships.

What is your focus for 2016? Can I pray and encourage you in your walk with Christ? Drop me a comment or an email and let me know how I can serve you!


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Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep. My mind and heart were burdened down and heavy laden  with concerns about my children, obstacles my family is  facing in the near future, and things I wanted to accomplish in the home. Realizing that I had not talked to my Heavenly Father about these things yet; I dove into prayer and began to talk things out to him!

Instantly, I felt better and could feel my mind and body begin to relax as I yielded towards Him! I knew I could trust him to guide my steps accordingly in the days to come and give me the discernment and guidance I need to make good choices! Although, I still DON’T know the outcome of the upcoming events I had worried about last night, I DO know that I am safe right where I am at–Leaning On My Heavenly Fathers Ever Lasting Arms!

Praise God for His Everlasting Arms!

Have you trusted Jesus to get you through confusing, difficult times? If so, I’d love to hear your stories! The Book Of Revelation says that they overcame the devil by their testimonies and the blood of the lamb! Somebody out there may need to hear your story today!


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How Do You Want To Be Remembered By Others This Year? A Question That Brought Earth Shattering Reality To My Life!

I have been spending alot of time goal planning and setting lately. I have been carefully self evaluating my life, my actions, my attitude, and my responses to others and thinking about the way others see me. When I began to think about how I wanted to be remembered by others this year I stopped dead in my tracks. I began to realize that I needed to change some of my actions NOW…ASAP and beginning living now the way I want to be remembered by others especially my husband and children.

I don’t want to be remembered as the tired, grouchy, overwhelmed mom of many BUT as a vibrant, fun, joyful mom others enjoy being around!

Here is the full list of how I want to be remembered:

  • my love for Jesus
  • my love for my husband
  • my love for my children
  • my love for my community
  • my love for the lost
  • kind
  • compassionate
  • servants heart
  • encouraging
  • words of praise
  • words of thankfulness
  • smiling
  • cheerful
  • fun
  • intentional
  • hard working
  • enduring
  • hugging
  • kissing
  • a good wife
  • a good mother
  • a good daughter
  • a good sister
  • a Good daughter to my Heavenly King

Wouldn’t it be amazing to be remembered for these things? Focusing on this has really helped me to cut through all the noise in my life and realize what really matters most from an eternity perspective! Pray for me as I begin to seek the Lord to help me change in these areas and to use it for His Glory this coming year!

So now I challenge you to ask yourself the say question. How do you want to be remembered by others this year? share with me how you want to be remembered and let me pray for you!

 

 


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