Hi everyone. Well, 2016 is just about gone and I can’t believe another year has come and gone that fast. This past year has been a major roller coaster of ups and downs for me and my family. I think we can pretty much all say the same thing. This life here on earth is full of so many different emotions, from amazingly fun highs to the most sorrowful days when we just don’t know how we’re going to get through.
It’s always amazing to me how we go from one day to the next and you never know what kind of day that it’s going to be. But I just remember that God said through it ALL He would be with me, He would never leave me. He never promised that we wouldn’t go through hard times, but He did promise to help us through those hard times. I’m so thankful that I have a heavenly father who truly cares about every little thing that matters to me.
Many of you know that my earthly father has all but checked out on life and has not really been a part of my life the last few years. Some days I can just let that get me down to the point of depression or I can remember that I do have the most amazing father in the whole world and that He is constantly here with me, no matter what I am going through. Some of the decisions that my dad has made over the years have been very hurtful, but he has made his choices for his life as I must make my own choices.
Today on this last day of 2016, I am choosing my new word for the year of 2017 to focus my mind on. The word I have chosen is ENOUGH. The dictionary says that Enough means “Satisfying desire; giving content; adequate to meet the want; sufficient.”
I have decided that no matter what situations come my way, that God will be ENOUGH for me. No matter what He blesses me with or takes away, I have enough with Jesus by my side. That is what really matters above all else in my life.
This year, in my homeschool, God will give me ENOUGH and I will be able to do ENOUGH. I don’t need to wear myself out trying to outdo all the “Pinterest Perfect” homeschooling activities as long as I am doing what I feel God is leading me to do. And at the end of the day, that is ENOUGH for my kids and myself.
This year, in my marriage, I pray that God will help me to be ENOUGH for my husband. I hope that I will be able to be a loving and caring wife and partner for him and that I will be his true helpmate that God meant for me to be.
As a mom this year, I pray that God will help me to be able to give my children ENOUGH in every area of their lives. I pray that I will be able to teach them to be content with what they have and where they are in life as I should be also. I hope that I will be able to encourage them and that they will feel loved and cherished by me and their dad.
I pray that this year I will be content that what I have is ENOUGH and not wish for more things that I don’t really need. God has given me so much and I pray that He will help me to keep remembering that and not wishing for other things.
I pray that our family will slow down and be content that we are doing ENOUGH and don’t need to “Keep up with the Jones” as the saying goes. All the fun activities and events can’t compare to a quiet night at home just being together. These kids are growing up so fast and I’m realizing that my time with them here at home is limited. I am determining to treasure every moment and be content with the little things in life.
And so as 2016 slowly fades away and 2017 approaches us very quickly tonight, I hope that you will be encouraged to pray and seek God to give you a word for the new year that you can focus your heart and desires on. I pray that you have a blessed new year celebration. New Year’s is a wonderful holiday. May we look forward to the fresh, new year full of new beginnings and may we be excited for what God is going to do in our lives this coming year. I pray the Numbers 6 blessings over each one of you and your families:
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”
May God be ENOUGH for you and your family, no matter what you face this coming year.
Happy New Year!
ps. Please feel free to comment if you do choose a word for the year, I’d love to hear what your word is and how your going to use it to make 2017 an awesome year!
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