The end of 2016 was rough for our family. I know It could’ve been a lot worse, but it seemed like it was just one thing after another. Without getting into details, our family was really tested and put under a lot of stress.
Even though the past few weeks have been tough, we have been extremely blessed this year. God has provided for us just like He has promised, and I’m very thankful for that. As I sat down to think about the past year, I began to brainstorm what word I wanted to focus on in 2017. So many words came to mind, but one word really stood out to me. That word is enthusiasm.
At times I tend to get so caught up in the daily challenges. I realize that I need to get a little more excited about this life that I’ve been given. I want to show others the joy and excitement that comes from serving the Lord.
My goal this year is to ultimately be more enthusiastic with my faith. Instead of scrolling through Facebook in the mornings, I want to wake up eager to get into God’s word. I want to read each passage diligently like I have just heard of the good news that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. I want others to see me live out His word and see the true joy that comes from a life devoted to Him.
I hope to become more enthusiastic when it comes to my marriage and showing my husband how much he means to me, by remembering that he isn’t just my roommate or a babysitter, he is my partner. Instead of pointing out all of his flaws, I want to point out his strengths. I want our home to be a fun place where we laugh and talk together more often.
I plan to become more enthusiastic when it comes to being a stay at home mom. By being prepared for the day and starting it in the Word, I pray that my children would see a mom that’s happy to be with them. That I would get off my phone and color with them, play with them, to show my daughter the joy of learning as we begin our first year of homeschool.
When things don’t go my way and unplanned challenges arise, I hope to remain joyful and calm, remembering that little eyes are watching me. That I would pursue peace when everything seems to be going wrong.
I want to wake up in the middle of the night to feed my crying baby and remember the joy she brings to our family.
I’ll scrub the floors and change the sheets time after time with an eagerness to serve.
I desire to be enthusiastic about pursuing friendships, new and old, online and offline. That I wouldn’t be insecure about myself and what others think of me but confident in the way I was created.
Instead of getting together with others and complaining about what’s going wrong in my life, I want to share the good, the positive. I want to smile more and grumble less.
I love the hope that a new year brings. As I reflect on the past and look forward to the future, my ultimate goal is to live a life of passion and joy today. We aren’t promised tomorrow and as I think of the legacy I want to leave, I hope you see a woman full of love for Christ, her family, and others.
Join me in making 2017 a joyful year. Let’s work, love, and LIVE with enthusiasm.