Happy New Year everyone! I hope you are recovered from the holiday gatherings and what seemed to be the never ending feast of December. I don't know about you but whew I feel like we ate so much the past month. Maybe it's because we had a house full of family and felt the need to entertain. Whatever the reason, I am glad to see it go and I look forward to a new healthier lifestyle or at least the motivation to continue an exercise regimen so that I can eat however I choose!
With the new year comes a sense of hope and anticipation for a new beginning. I sure am a sucker for New Years resolutions. Let's be honest folks, any time I am given another chance to make things better; I will take it. I make plenty of mistakes. I mess up daily. I make mistakes as a Wife, as a Mom and just in general. So, I am welcoming this new year and a new start.
This weekend my husband and I were talking with our girls about God's mercy and forgiveness. I hope that they got as much out of the lesson as I did. It is so important and imperative for parents to forgive themselves. It is a challenge to raise these young ones that we've been entrusted with. No one is perfect, so we are bound to make mistakes. I'm so happy that my husband and I feel comfortable enough to admit when we've made a mistake. It teaches our girls that it is okay. It is okay to lose patience or to be upset. The important thing to remember is to always ask for forgiveness. I want our girls to know that no matter what happens God loves us and will help us to move on when we seek forgiveness.
The beginning of a new year is a time full of hopes and dreams. Do you have a goal for this year? I decided this year that I was going to give myself a word. I want this word to be one that encompasses my goals and my dreams for this coming year. I thought long and hard about my word. I reflected back on things that I struggled with this past year and what I need to pay attention to in my life. So, my word is BELIEVE.
I need to BELIEVE and grow more in my faith. I need to BELIEVE in and nourish my marriage; I need to BELIEVE in my capability as a Mom and encourage my girls; I need to BELIEVE in and strengthen my friendships; I need to BELIEVE in myself; love myself and forgive myself.
I welcome you 2015! I look forward to beginning anew. I look forward to another chance. A chance to live intentionally with my words, with my thoughts and with my heart.
What's your word?
“From what we get, we can make a living. What we give; however, makes a life.”
― Arthur Ashe
Hi I'm Jen, married to my best friend for 16 years and a Mom to 3 beautiful, energetic daughters. My blog is about life, learning to live with Grace and Girls Raised In The South (GRITS). Thanks for spending some time in my small part of the world! I hope you find a story you can relate to and you'll want to come back!
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