I took some time off my blog in 2016. I read through the Bible last year for a second time and I realized that God was wanting me to pursue His words more than speak my own. Proverbs warns us that where there are many words, sin is unavoidable. Oh, how that's true.
We know that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom — and wisdom is to be treasured above all things. This past year, God used His truth and His word to bring wisdom to my life. What he didn't do was give me all the desires of my heart — he gave me the desires of His, which are always better.
In the coming year, I'm going to heed God's instruction for younger women in Titus 2:4 to "...love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God." A REALLY wonderful read on this subject is Carolyn Mahaney's "Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother." I can't recommend it enough for wives and mothers.
In 2017 and beyond, I'm also focusing on cultivating gratitude in every moment. That means fighting through the long day at work or whiny child or husband working late and still want to be present in difficult moments. Throwing away the gift of even a moment is an affront to God and his blessing of time.
Psalm 1:6 tells us that "the Lord watches over the way of the righteous..." I'm comforted by this stepping into a new year. Aren't you?
Happy New Year, friends!