Thursday, January 13, 2011

2011 Resolutions

The last couple years I haven't made New Years Resolutions. I figured they were pointless since people rarely keep them anyways. But this year I want a fresh start. I've realized that even when you don't make resolutions, there is something about a new year that makes you feel like you can get another chance. The truth is though, EVERY DAY is a new chance. At least that's what God says...

"The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning.
Great is Your faithfulness.
'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul,
'Therefore I have hope in Him.'"
Lamentations 3:22-24

Because I have a few I've divided them into categories... Spiritual, Family/Marriage, Home, and Individual.

Now normally I wouldn't write these types of things down... You know for the two people who read this blog world to see. However, I figure a little accountability never hurt anyone...

Today I'll just cover the first category... Spiritual. I'll do the rest over the next few days.

1) Spend time ALONE with God, in His word: You see, as a family we do a really good job of reading the Bible and praying together daily... Unfortunately, I've used that as a mental "out" for not having to spend time with God myself. Like any relationship though, intimacy is built by spending that precious time alone. I certainly didn't develop intimacy with my husband in a group setting, and to assume that I can do that with God is just silly.

2) Serve at church: I've pretty much always been involved in serving until I was about halfway through my pregnancy. Now, I need to get back on the horse... a year and a half of just sitting in the pew chairs at church is much too long, and at some point I'm just taking advantage of all the people who ARE willing to serve at our church... Those people who greet us, brew and pour our coffee, seat us, lead us in worship, take care of our daughter, etc... I need to stop taking advantage of them and start serving beside them. I have just volunteered to start working with the Children's ministry at our church, so I'll be starting that again in the next couple of weeks.

3) Finally, Serving individuals: 2010 was a year full of me being on the receiving end of the body of Christ serving eachother at it's finest. We had four amazing baby showers prior to Ainsley's arrival (Thanks to Duke MICU and ER/PVR as well as our small group and my family and church at home in IN). When we had Ainsley we had countless meals brought to our home (Thanks to our amazing small group), visitors to support me in my new role at home(Aaron and Kelly from work!) and family who even cleaned my house and did laundry on their visits (Thanks to my parents and my in-laws!). We have had people volunteer last minute to watch our dogs when we're out of town, and then refuse payment, multiple times(Thanks Kelley and John)! My Daddy's funeral fell on the day before Thanksgiving and my sister's small group from her church all pitched in and made our family an amazing Thanksgiving dinner and brought it to her house for us. And finally, when we returned home we had many people bring us dinner for a couple of weeks (Thanks to the Dagers, the Pecks, the Salazars, the Tomlinsons, the Bowlers, the Lindstroms and Matthew's department at work). We have just been overwhelmed at how others have served us this year. This year I want to be acutely aware of how I can serve others on an individual basis. I've become fascinated with this idea of living life together, and although I'm not really sure what exactly that means yet, I think it starts with being willing to serve eachother.

Alright, well I think that's enough babbling for now... I'll be back to cover the other areas in the next few days...

And now, a complementary picture of Ainsley that has nothing to do with the post, but is just because she's cute :)...You're welcome ;)

It also may be a sneak-peak of an up and coming post...I know you're on the edge of your seats :)

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