1. Pray more. I have heard women further along the spiritual path than me share that they wish they prayed more when their children were growing up. I want to refocus my prayer times this year to include more intentional prayer for my children, and my husband. I pray a lot about our ministry, and those we are seeking to impact...I want this urgency to be reflected in my prayers for my family.
2. Have quieter devotions. Our family devotions are often set on a backdrop of kids munching cereal, my husband watering plants, toast popping out of the toaster, and me desperately gulping coffee. When the day starts like this, chaos is sure to follow. Many days I am happy to have any kind of Scripture reading and prayer before my husband and kids race out the door, but this year I want that morning reflection time to be quieter, stiller, more reflective.
3. Spend more time reading to my kids. I am a big reader, and my kids enjoy books. My daughter devours pages at a time, and it’s her favorite past-time. My son also loves books, and he is just learning to pick out words. I read to him most nights, but often it’s hurried, or short and sweet. I want to spend more time reading with my arms wrapped around both of my kids, and I want to share more stories with them that are worth talking about after the last page is read.
4. Find balance (again). Being a wife, a mother, and a missionary is a balancing act that I have not been able to master. That’s why this morning’s refocusing includes the word “again.” I feel like I am a broken record sometimes: “I need to balance my marriage, my kids, ministry, personal sanity….” and on and on and on. I won’t get this right in 2013, but I want to bring it to the front of my mind again, and remember that my identity comes from who I am in Christ. I need to rely on Him more and more to guide me as I make choices about my time and priorities, and that brings me back to refocusing point number 1!
So here we are at the top of a new year. A new beginning to something…a year, a stage, or a season is a wonderful gift. We have the chance to evaluate, to get out of a rut, and to dream about new possibilities.
What about you? Are you a resolution maker, or a re-focuser like me? What do you have in mind for 2013? Do you have any suggestions to making prayer times, devotion times, time with kids, and "balancing" more efficient in 2013? Please share!