I'm part of a women's Bible study group on Wednesday nights that have been meeting together for over a year now. One of the gals recently asked all of us to share a word that would describe our 2013 and then choose a word that we hope to focus on for 2014. Here was my response to our group:
2013 – SCATTER ….. I think feeling this way is probably just some of the fall-out from having 3 children so far apart and as a result having them in such different stages of life – young married, college, and teenager. The real truth of parenting? THEY NEVER EVER STOP NEEDING YOU…. It’s just in such very, very different ways as they grow. The Boy and The Girl need us to be stable and somewhat “normal” (which is a stretch for us!); E needs us for foundational life decisions and financial direction/support; Mary - still so moldable - needs our attention and to see us walking with God and loving her unconditionally. Throw in being a homeschool teacher, wife, daughter, friend, church member and employee and, well…. Life is just simply ALL OVER THE PLACE!! I know most of you feel the same, but this year has been particularly scattered. Hence, my word for this past year!
2014 – GATHER…to come together, assemble or accumulate…. to bring together and take in from scattered places or sources…. That’s what I need to focus on for 2014…. Taking all the pieces of myself that seem scattered about and put them together in a whole, cohesive person…. A person whose Head is Christ and whose body (actions, words, thoughts, emotions) follows His leading and falls under His authority…. A person who lives looking out on the world with a view of eternity every day and who doesn’t get lost in the insanity of the mundane and momentary. I want to see myself and you and the world as Jesus does.
So, thinking on that word this morning, I made myself this little sign, found a spare frame, and stuck it by my been to remember this focus for 2014. Gather. I'm hoping writing a little more consistently will help me do just that!