Can you believe that 2013 is half way over? At the beginning of January, I shared that I am allowing one word to mold me this year. Here is a short excerpt from that post:
“While I am truly thankful for 2012, I am ready for 2013. I have chosen the following word to meditate on throughout the upcoming year:
‘But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.’
~1 Peter 5:10 NKJV, emphasis mine
According to Webster’s Dictionary ‘settle’ was first used in 1515, and it means ‘to seat, bring to rest, to become fixed, established, or resolved. To become quiet or orderly.’ It was often illustrated by a high backed wooden bench.
Yep, I am all about becoming fixed, established, and resting during the odd numbered year before us…so bring on the wooden benches. I am ready to settle!”
Checking in with each other:
How am I doing with my one word? To be honest, I have not thought about my word every day. When the word “settle” does come to mind, I pray through 1 Peter 5:10 asking God to settle me in whatever is burdening me.
Is God settling me?
Yes, in many ways He is. We have been in our new home for 5 months. We feel established and have found a new church family. I am finding my niche and am forming some wonderful friendships. I have located the nearest post office, parks, swimming pools, doctor, Hobby Lobby, and the nearest Chick-fil-A. (The last two are VERY important y’all)
God continues to establish in my heart what being a mother that honors Him is and what it is not. For example, although I love my children- I can easily lose my cool with them. This is tearing my heart apart. I do not like it when I raise my voice after I have told my children repeatedly to do or not to do something. I have resolved to pray daily for the Holy Spirit to help me grow in patience and gentleness towards my little ones.
God is serious about settling me in this area. On several occasions, the Holy Spirit has helped me to pause and to remain gracious when speaking to my children. Though these moments feel few and infrequent, I trust God will multiply them.
I am returning to that wooden bench that I built at the first of the year, changed. However, I have yet to sit down on it because I am unsettled in some areas of my life. When I look at how I am serving outside of my home, I feel unsettled.
Since January, God has closed some ministry doors. He has opened other doors that allow me to serve fellow mommies through MOPS, and that allow me to encourage teen girls and their mothers through the Whatever Girls Ministry. I am honored to be a part of these ministries!
As far as One Degree goes, I continue to lift it up with open hands before the Lord. It blesses me to know that you join me here and that God encourages you through what is said. I truly thank God for you!
However, it seems that most of my blogging friends admit to finding themselves in a season of doubt and discouragement from time to time. This is the season I find myself in, my friend. May I ask you to pray for me and this ministry?
So yes, I am waiting for the Lord to settle me in a couple of areas. I am humbled and blessed by the opportunities God gives me to love on those around me, whether they be online or in person. God has placed me on this earth for such a time as this.
May all aspects of my life increasingly glorify Him as He continues to settle me in 2013.
I would LOVE to know if you chose a word for 2013 and how it is or isn’t changing you in the comment section below. Or how is your list of resolutions for 2013 coming along?