Those are my goals for 2012. My goals as a wife and as a mommy. These are also my goals as a Christian woman.
These are the two hardest things in the world for me to do.
Focus and Simplify.
I've been self-diagnosed with ADD and I have a severe case of "people pleasing syndrome" so for me to focus and simplify - definitely a difficult mountain for me to climb.
But as God so often does with me... I have heard these themes over and over and over again from many, many, many different people and places lately until FINALLY I can say that I'm beginning to understand.
So, I have made some decisions that, hopefully, will allow me to Focus and Simplify.
I am the only mommy my baby girl will ever have and nobody can ever do this job in my place. I am also the only wife my husband has and nobody can do this job in my place.
I will focus on being the best mommy to her that I can be. I will focus on creating memories with her that will last her a lifetime. I will focus on taking care of my health so that I can be a great mommy to her for a really, really long time. I will focus on teaching her through a God-centered worldview instead of a Joy-centered worldview. (there is enough for me to say on this topic for an entire post all on its own but for now - I'll spare you) I will focus on my marriage. God compares the love in a marriage to the love Jesus has for His church. I will focus on giving my husband this kind of love that can only come from a godly marriage. I will focus on him - his needs, interests and goals. I will focus on giving him the respect that he deserves.
Life does NOT have to be a rat race.
I will simplify our family life. I will put first things first - God, my sweet hubby, my fun daughter... THEN everything else. This should always be the order of my life - not the other way around. I will say NO so that when I say yes - I can mean it and do a great job at it. Saying no does not come easy to this people pleaser but it is necessary so I can say yes.
While I feel that these goals are very lofty for me; I also feel that they are really simple. It's all about setting priorities and sticking to them...
And these are my priorities...
|My sweet family|
|My baby girl|
|My girl with her Daddy and the love of my life|
Nehemiah 6:3 says, "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down."
This is my mantra for 2012. This verse sums up my goals - Focus and Simplify.
I know that I am doing a GREAT work that God has prepared ME to do and that only I can do and because of that I CANNOT stop. I cannot give up. I cannot lose focus. I cannot overcommit. I cannot say yes to everyone at the expense of my relationship with God and my family. I cannot come down.