Well Mamas, here we are at the edge of a new beginning. Don’t you just love the chance to start fresh? I don’t know how many resolutions you made going into the new year, but I’m sure some are right on course and others have already become old news. The good news is we still have 347 days of opportunity and promise ahead of us, 347 days to move closer to the you and the family and the life you’ve always wanted. Whatever you can dream, God’s dream is bigger. He says so in Ephesians 3:20, and I am excited to get refreshed in my spirit, renewed in my mind, and re-energized in my body.
Last year was a tough one for me. Lots of struggle and lots of loss, and I have to admit there were times I threw my hands up and said, “Why bother?” As a result I was sick often, tired more, gained a bunch of weight and lost a lot of energy. Maybe you understand. Maybe I’ll have a year of even greater challenges. Maybe not. I can’t predict the future. But I can say that come what may, I still intend to have the best year and the best me of my life.
I’m a firm believer that God did not create us to just live and die, to struggle into midlife only to watch it all go downhill from there as we age and watch our children leave our homes and our dreams leave our hearts.Jesus says in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” I believe Him. I believe wholeheartedly that we were meant to thrive every single day in every single way. I believe that every age and every stage should be better than the one before.
That’s my quest this year–to grab hold of the abundant life Jesus promises. Will you join me? I hope you’ll decide to be what only you can be. I’ve learned that we can never afford to be stagnant, especially as mothers. Too many people are counting on us. Moms, the world needs you. Besides the details you attend to every day that only God sees, no one inspires, encourages, and challenges quite like you. But you can’t do that if you are drawing from an empty reservoir–physically exhausted, mentally dull, and spiritually drained. Your life matters because you matter to every else’s life.
Let today be the first of 24 hours that moves you closer to your purpose. Not mine. Not your best friend’s. Yours! It is uniquely yours and only you can be what you were meant to be. But in order to have it, you must first see it. So capture, or perhaps recapture, the vision. What do you want you and your family and your life to look like? What you think and can see today is what you will live tomorrow, so think big and see great things.
I’m starting today and I hope you’ll come too. I’m believing with you and for you that a year from now you will be stronger in body, mind, and spirit and it will be said of you, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come” (Proverbs 31:25, NIV).
I’m standing with you my sisters as we press in and press on with confidence and joy.