I've pondered and prayed about this new year. I'm so hoping that 2013 will be a year of feeling settled, finding routine, and establishing new family traditions.
Year 2012 was marked by change-moving twice, a new job for my hubby, a surgery for Curly, a new church, new activities, new friends, and a new baby. 2012 seemed to be the year of beginnings, or maybe just of starting over.
So, I'm hoping 2013 will be nothing like the previous year. I want to shift my focus. 2012 was a year of survival. My only focus was on just doing the next thing, getting by, and making it work. I want this year to be about more than surviving; I want to enjoy the moments, make memories, and find joy in all the little things.
My word for 2013 is delight.
I want to delight in the Lord and my study of His word. I want to revel in His presence and dig deep in a Bible study. I want my joy to stem from Christ and not be overwhelmed by my responsibilities and my to-do list.
I want to delight in our marriage. I want to have more time for each other and plan date nights. I want to get back to sending little notes to each other, having movie nights, and finding small and simple ways to encourage each other. In other words, I want to spend time together and delight in building our relationship.
I want to delight in my children. I don't want to look at motherhood as just another job and I don't want to live for naptime and bedtime. I want to play games, do art, and snuggle with books, finding satisfaction in that togetherness. I want to simply be present in the moments and find gratification amidst the busyness that comes with 5 littles.
I want to delight in our home. Laundry, dishes, cleaning, cooking........not what I would term delightful tasks. But I want to work to find contentment in the everyday upkeep of our house. I want to do those tasks as working for the Lord. I want to find delight in our home and in the memories that are built there.
I want to delight in our school. Homeschooling is such a blessing but it can be such a difficult job-and overwhelming as well. I don't want to get lost in the planning and implementation that I miss the privilege of what I'm doing. I want to delight in teaching my children, seeing them learn, comforting them when they fail, and encouraging them to press forward.
I hope that the new year will be a time of focusing on the things that are most important-my relationships and my calling. I don't want to view my days as to-do lists, checklists, or obligations. I want to enjoy each day and take the time to discover the blessings each day brings so that I can find delight in even the most challenging moments.