This month has brought another hard goodbye, sweet time in the family of God, home projects, and precious blessings.
I prayed that this sweet little home would be a place for God’s people to gather. Oh, how He has answered! Thankful for the opportunity to feed and welcome some incredible college students who are seeking after the Lord! Thankful to get to dive into the Word with willing, eager learners. Thankful for an incredible team of leaders to serve alongside. Thankful for a precious young man from the group witnessing to our neighbors.
A list of 26 life goals at 26 years old.
- I hope to grow to be a more knowledgable, obedient, set apart lover and follower of Jesus.
- I want to play an instrument I enjoy. I don’t know what that is, yet, but it’s nothing I’ve dabbled in so far.
- I want to be a disciplined student of The Word who memorizes books of scripture.
- I want to be the woman to whom no one bothers to gossip, because they know it will fall on deaf ears.
- I want to do art all the time. It’s a luxury, I know, but it breathes life into me.
- I will continue to pray for more patience; and I want to grow in the discipline to fight the first knee-jerk reactions of irritation or defensiveness that easily influence my heart. This includes my critical attitude toward others.
- I want to be secure enough in my identity in Christ that I am a refreshment to others. I don’t want to be an insecure person people must reassure, I don’t want to project my fears onto others, I just want to be calm and confident enough to “get over myself” and focus on others.
- I want to experience the strength and freedom that come from taking good care of my body by exercising and eating healthy foods. I don’t want to choose these things over more important things and I don’t want to idolize them, but I do want to treat my body as a temple.
- I want to say, “Yes!” to adventures. I am a homebody at heart, but I want to travel with my husband and try new things because he would love it.
- I want to read again. I used to do it voraciously. As responsibilities have piled up, I have pushed it to the side. I read a bit of non-fiction, but fiction grows my heart.
- I want to invite people into my home all the time, both friends and strangers.
- I want to house someone who the Lord gives us who has no place to go; I want to be able to share our blessings with those who need it rather than keeping them to ourselves.
- I want to learn to cook a few meals that make people grin when they take a bite.
- I want to be a mother to someone who doesn’t have one. I don’t know if this will look like fostering a child or mentoring someone younger, but I know nurturing and encouraging are two of my gifts. I know that Lord created me to love a little more fiercely and to empathize more heartily than some. But these gifts are useless in the form of hands-off, far-away pity.
- I want to boldly speak up for the downtrodden and meek when it’s unpopular to do so. From refugees to children to marginalized groups.
- I want to make peace with my darker skin, shake off the negative feelings I’ve caught from our lost, silly culture, and believe without a doubt that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
- I want to look at my physical flaws, shrug, and move on.
- I want my husband to be able to say that I supported him in his dreams and callings.
- I know I thrive in a supporting role; I want to embrace being the organizer, the facilitator, the quiet helper in the background, and the helper, because it’s where I thrive. I don’t want to long for the spotlight because others thrive there.
- I want to work hard with my hands. I want to fold our laundry, can produce, make meals, make repairs, lift children, and scrub floors.
- I want to love people just as they are, in spite of their flaws, but then I want to encourage them to grow, because I believe that’s a more loving, authentic friendship.
- I want to be so consumed with how scripture, sermons, and rebukes apply to me that I don’t even think of who else needs to hear it.
- I want to go to the beach as much as possible because seeing the ocean makes me cry.
- I hope to continue to be unable to finish reading many children’s stories aloud without crying, because I always want to be moved by the goodness and kindness they often depict.
- I want all who see me to have no doubts in their ability to say, “That is a woman who loves her church/her nation/her pastor/her husband/her children/her state, her family/her friends.” Not blindly, not naively, but wholeheartedly.
- I want to be a teacher who consistently builds children up and never tears them down. I want to humanize, inspire, and celebrate each of my students.
This year, I was blessed to host a small “friendsgiving” for some sweet girlfriends from church.
This little lady and I played tag. The next day, my best friend and I did some Christmad shopping for Rick’s family. The theme of the day was all-local, and we enjoyed stopping by The Amberleaf, Stella’s, Billi Jean’s, Swaney Swift’s, and The Velvet Antler; all Gallatin businesses.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving this past Thursday; the Great American Holiday is one of my favorites. But, for me, it pales in comparison to what’s coming!
A thrill of hope
A weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks
A new and glorious morn’
I’m excited to share this printable set of gift tags to enjoy at home.
I don’t know about you, but gathering, buying, stashing, and wrapping gifts for people during this time of year is one of my favorite things. I love to show people I love and think of them. I actually get teased by my family because I cannot stand to wait to give a gift; I insist that my gifts are opened immediately. And keeping a gift a secret is a real struggle for me!
You’ll want to print this on plain ol’ white paper from your printer, or even better, card stock if possible. 🙂 Then, cut them out and glue or tape them to packages as you wrap away.
Merry Christmas and much love from our family to yours; whether you are part of a family of one or twenty, I know our Heavenly Father has made a way for you to be part of His, too!