It’s the beginning of a new year and as it stretches forward, full of possibilities, I yearn for a year that is fruitful.
I’ve been sitting with the word fruitful for a few weeks thinking about what it might look like for me as a wife, mother, and woman who loves Jesus.
We only have so many hours in our days to live the lives we’ve been given. I don’t want to squander them, but I also don’t want to guard them so tightly that there is no room for joy and generosity. I want to (once again) search through the good to find the best for my family.
For Russ, being fruitful may mean traveling to Kenya, which brings an extra measure of work for me. But I give myself to the increased load knowing that Russ’ gifts are being multiplied as he works alongside his Kenyan partners providing water to those who need it most.
For our family, being fruitful may take the form of continued healing as we settle more deeply into the family God has molded us to be. I hope it means more time intentionally spent enjoying each other, praying for each other, and serving together. A number of my older children are in a season of life when they are asking God how they can use the talents He has given them to live a life that pleases Him. I pray that in 2011 they will hear more clearly and maybe even know a bit more certainly the direction their time and education should go.
For me? As a wife, I want to give myself more fully to supporting Russ in his work and ministry. As a mother, I need to spread the love around a little more, laugh more, and be fully present for my kids. I want to deepen my relationship with Jesus and with friends, and continue on this unexpected journey into ministry to other adoptive families. I have some special opportunities coming up, and I need to figure out a little bit better how to manage them alongside my family, homeschooling, home, and A Bushel and A Peck responsibilities.
Most of all, I want 2011 to be fruitful — with a little joy tossed in for good measure.
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