Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thinking about the New Year...

Well, I'm sure this time of year most people start thinking about New Year's Resolutions and whatnot... and I'm one of them. God reminded me of this Scripture during my quiet time yesterday...

So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don't act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. [Ephesians 5:15-17]

I have been living like a fool lately... especially as it relates to mothering my two little boys... acting thoughtlessly (that is, not living intentionally)... just living in the moment, doing whatever seems the most comfortable and meets the least resistance. Yuck! After not too long, such complacency feels pretty gross! But God has convicted me—it's time to turn around and make some changes.

Although I cringe at New Year's Resolutions—because they so often seem more like wishful thinking than deliberate choices—I did make a list of things I feel will help me be more intentional with my thoughts and my time, and are achievable....

* Pray more. Complain less. Be more joyful!
* Pray for husband.
* Pray for kids.
* Plan 1:1 face time with each son.
* Stay off email during boys' awake time.
* Limit boys' TV watching.
* Make a chore chart for Brandon.
* Read One Year Bible.

I like to write this kind of stuff in the front of a new journal—then I can reference it regularly to help me stay on track!

I've been struggling with fatigue off and on for awhile now, and sometimes I feel like there's no way I can be a "good mom"—but yesterday God reassured me that I can do it, with His help! What a faithful, loving God!

1 comment:

Carrie Cooper said...

Carrie @

I love your list--realistic, practical, and with God's help, DO-ABLE! You nailed it when you said you wanted to live intentionally. That's been one of my greatest challenges as a mom...letting every moment count for eternity with my children.