This year, I feel like God has two focus statements for me; Consult God and I am Loved
I am an extremely relational person, and have been blessed to be surrounded by wise counsel. I have spent the past year, walking through a great deal of healing, but there is much more ahead of me. In that, I can often go to the people that God has placed in my life, to help me process through pain, give me strength to forgive, or to help guide me in important decisions in life. I do this, at times, in the place of going to God. This year, I want to be reminded to Consult God at every turn, and to allow the wise counsel He has blessed me with, to be simply the icing on the cake.
I am also realizing that there are moments where I still doubt the love of God, for ME. (I realize that sounds ridiculous, but it is honest.) I know that His love is real, and I have no trouble believing in that love for everyone around me, but I often struggle to grasp it for myself. This year, I want to post reminders everywhere to remind me of this truth. For, we cannot truly love another, without understanding love ourselves.
And, as a side note...in Paul and I's marriage we have decided to focus on....
Explore: We realize that we still have a ton to learn about each other, we want to explore each other's hearts, explore new hobbies together, explore opportunities for growth, etc...
Endurance: In this season, with managing a blended family with 4 children, me working, and Paul in school & staying home with the kids, and also walking through some trials together, we need endurance to push through.
Romans 5:34 "More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
So, there you have it! 2014 here we go!!!