Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

It seems in some ways 2010 just began, but reality is that we welcomed it in a year ago and then last night ushered it out. Now 2011 is here and there are so many things ahead of us some are seen and some are left unseen for the Lord to show us during the year.

Today our family has had a very low key day, as I was sitting sipping a warm cup of peppermint tea my mind began to think of all that 2010 meant to me. In the past few years the Lord has done a mighty work in our family in many areas. In 2008 it was being a family more devoted to learning and reading His word. 2009 brought us to a place of seeking simplicity and not being so caught up in the things of the world. 2010 we wanted to be a family that was more hospitable. Each year we grew much in each area, then as the next year arrived we seemed to never leave the previous year behind. The things we were working on the previous year now became a part of who we are.

Speaking personally I have seen much change in my own life in 2010, and it has incorporated all of what our family had focused on in the previous years. For the past few years I would say that I was personally seeking the Lord to be content. When our family began daily devotions and prayer time in 2008, our entire families walk with the Lord changed. We became a much closer family, and our faith much stronger. During this time the Lord began to change our mindset (convictions) in many ways and some of our values. By 2009 simplicity was key in getting our house/life in order, and this was a very freeing time for me. But all the while I sought the Lord for contentment and in 2010 the Lord gave me just that peace and contentment. This contentment came when I freed myself to see just who God created me to be. I knew I was created to be a wife/helpmeet, mother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, and part of a family business. I know I haven't perfected any of these things but with the Lords help I'm working on my shortcomings. Where my discontentment came from, we aren't like the Jones family next door. I/we are very different than other families even though we all can find similarities. For our family we have daily family devotions, homeschool our children, have more than the average number of children, work as a family daily in our business, don't own a TV, sit together every night for dinner, we girls mainly wear skirts, we grind our own wheat but also buy store bought breads, and the list could go on. My contentment has come from knowing this is who the Lord created me/us to be, and that I/we don't have to fit in.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 2:12

Now on to 2011!!!! I look forward to what the Lord shows us as a family this year and will share later what He has placed on our hearts to focus on this year.

May 2011 be filled with joy and blessings for you and your family!!!!!

Oh sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Psalms 96:1


misslynda said...

We wouldn't want you to be like the Jones because we like who God created you to be. Many, many of us admire that your are obedient to HIS call on your life rather than society's. Besides, you only have to answer to HIM one day and not the rest of us. Praise God for the example your family sets.

Nabila Grace said...

Beautiful reflections! ;o)

Cinnamon said...

I love it! All of that inventory of what the Lord has done. Beautiful~


Amy said...

Happy New Year to you and your family!!! If you haven't been to my blog recently, you may want to check out my post from yesterday to see what our current situation.

Rebecca R. said...

Just came across your blog tonight from a comment you left on Laura's "Six Little Arrows" blog. I was wondering if there is any way you could add an email subscription option to your blog, as that is the easiest way for me to keep up with blogs I am interested in. Then the blog post is emailed directly to my inbox, instead of me having to "check in" anywhere. I am a stay home, homeschooling mom to our 9 children, 12 1/2 yrs. down to 8 1/2 month old twins (our 2nd set of twins), so don't have time to go check out everyone's blog updates much. Feel free to contact me at elireeves at stny dot rr dot com. I appreciate your blog just from my first visit.

goatmilker said...

Happy New Year to you and your family too. Rebekah

mssy said...

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I enjoyed reading your reflections of the past few years. We just love you all and think you have such a precious family. I'm behind reading all the posts since we had Stephen. I love the new header and all the lovely pictures of the kids. Happy New Year to all of you! Missy

Emily, wife of Jeremy said...

Hey Laura. First of all I love the new pictures on the side. I can't believe how long your and the girls' hair has gotten. It's beautiful. Love Ruth Ella's dress. I love it so much that Maggie/Emma had one a few years ago. : )

I throughly enjoyed reading what God has done in your life over the past few years. It is such an encouragement to us. I pray that we can get together soon!!!!

Love you,

Theresa said...

You are such an inspiration to me. I am so thankful that God has placed you in my life to be a guide and mentor. I too seek contentment in my life. Thank you for sharing your life and family with me.

Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

You may not be like the family next door but you sure sound a lot like our family. Thank you for your encouraging reflections. Many blessings in 2011.


Christine @ Live to Learn said...

Happy New Year to you guys!
I love your new header with the snowman. I guess you'll have to search for a new one for this year. :)