To Give Life
My deepest heart desire is to be a life giver.
A person who inspires and encourages others. The type of woman that when you walk away you feel like “Yeah, I can take on life! I can succeed!”
While I want to create a positive atmosphere, I don’t want to shy away from the messiness of real life.
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. -Ephesians 4:29
To Spread Joy
Though a perfectionist by nature, I want to strive for joy rather than perfection.
Because of choices made by myself and others, I struggle with anxiety and depression. But recently the Lord has been teaching me what it is to have true joy!
Joy is knowing that your identity and your future is rooted firmly in Christ and that He will carry you through. The closer I am to Him, the more I find that joy comes naturally to me. unlike feeling happy, joy is a lasting peace regardless of hardship.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
To Live Intentionally
60 seconds in a minute. 60 minutes in an hour. 24 hours in a day. 365 days in a year. 18 years that your child is a dependent.
How will you spend them?
Hopefully you will be intentional with the time that God has given you with your children. Intentionally training and disciplining, exemplifying and teaching about the God who gave us life!
Being intentional is a hard one for me, I get so busy that I forget, or being the parent of toddlers, I’m so tired that I don’t have the energy. I want to encourage you to never take a moment with your children or other relationships, for granted.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me,when as yet there was none of them.
To Live in the Moment
I hope that at the end of my life, I can look back and feel like I really lived. I don’t want to worry about the future or get hung up on the past. I want to be in this moment. We have one life to live and you can be sure that we will answer for how we lived it in eternity.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
– Matthew 6:34
To Find Beauty in the Ordinary
I stood at the end of a dock early one morning, breathing in the crisp morning air. Mist veiled the lake all around and the water was dark but calm. It was one of the most peaceful and beautiful moments I had taken time to breathe in for quite a while. I get so caught up in life and responsibility and housework that I often forget to notice the beauty in ordinary life around me. In the people that I love, and creation.
The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.
To Love Like Jesus Loves
My ultimate goal is to love with my whole heart, to love with a love like Christ’s love. This is a goal that is way beyond my reach, except for Christ’s love in me.
“… walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” -Ephesians 5:2