As I begin this journey toward intentional living, some family goals have come to the forefront of my mind. At this point, my goals are all over the map, having to do with all aspects of family life, but there is an underlying philosophy of stewardship and worship under-girding these seemingly unrelated items. Here they are in no particular order:
- Grow in faithfulness to keeping the family budget, controlling spending, and giving generously from our resources.
- Commit to a healthy lifestyle in both fitness and exercise, in order to stay “young” for my children and participate in their lives and to teach them healthy habits that will benefit them as they grow older.
- Integrate creative discipleship opportunities into our daily lives including Bible teaching, service opportunities, and character development.
- Invest in my husband. Continue to take risks in our relationship to help it grow deeper and remain strong.
- Keep our home in order so that peace can abound. Take responsibility for the tasks that fall to mom–even when it means sacrificing what I would rather be doing with my time.
- Build relationships with my children through play and conversation, intentionally freeing myself from being “too busy.”
- Submit to the Lord’s leading in my own life to take time to develop intimacy with Christ again–even though life is busy and demanding.
My guess is that there are a lot of other Christian moms out there with similar hearts who have been living with this nagging notion that they aren’t quite doing all God has called them to do. We justify it by pointing out our busyness, but I don’t think that excuse works for God. His grace runs deep and I am so thankful, but I do want my family to know how much I love Jesus because the SEE it in me and they EXPERIENCE it in my every day actions.
Don’t you want the same?