resolutions, that is.
But I'm still not calling them resolutions. They are still goals in my book *wink* And I reserve the right to change and/or add as I please...
Brad and I spent last week praying and fasting. We wanted to start the year by asking the Lord what HE wanted for our year.
I am excited for this year. I feel we are going to dive even more into worship ministry and loving people.
I feel the Lord wants me to keep my schedule rather open (meaning no new small groups or on-going commitments) so that I can keep my focus on our family. Brad has some opportunities to travel this year. He has always had a couple of trips a year, but it seems there will be a few more this year. It's something we're both excited about, and I want our kids to be as well. I'm doing my best to teach them that our role is to send Daddy off with joy and excitement about all that God is doing through him. (And then receive him with much excitement as well!!)
Along with some of these "big" ideas, we have some tangible goals for ourselves as individuals, as a couple and as a family.
One of my individual goals is to work on our grocery budget. The couponing/sales shopping/stockpiling thing is something I've wanted to get a handle on for a couple of years. I've tried a couple of different methods in the past, without success. I'm so excited for it that I've considered starting a blog just to document my journey. Let me know if that's something you might be interested in reading.
We are also going to be more deliberate about a dedicated family night each week. We normally do our devotions with the kids at the breakfast table, and we're going to continue that. But we were both desiring more time to play, worship and teach our children. We are going to rotate weeks. Every other week will be directed by Mommy and Daddy, meaning worship time and a teaching or activity. The off weeks will be assigned to the kids. They will take turns planning the meal and activity.
We had our first worship time this week. It was so fun to be together as a family, worshipping in our living room. It's something we just haven't done enough of. After worship, we sat and talked through our goals for the year. Brad and I shared some of ours and then each child shared one or two goals. They are sweet goals, like limiting time on the Wii, more prayer and Bible time, being kind and sharing toys.
I am excited for new beginnings and building on lessons we've learned. It's going to be a great year!