I’m not necessarily one for New Year’s Resolutions. But I do believe that anytime we have something we want to work on, it’s appropriate to make a plan. Once the plan’s complete, we need to set a date.
I’ve been thinking for quite sometime now about the direction of our country, this world, my own place in this universe—and my family.
This country is broken.
This world is broken.
And I am willing to be broken as well.
Like a horse that is broken and obedient, I want to live a life of obedience. Not because it will earn me a single thing, but because I love my Lord. And loving Him brings such a desire to live for Him—His way.
I want to keep my faith strong and also increase it.
I believe that the Lord is calling all of us who love Him into deeper relationship with Him. Things are changing, and changing fast. He doesn’t desire lukewarm Christians. He wants all of us. And I want to give all of me to Him.
As a wife, mother, teacher, and provider, I have duties that call me away from the privilege of being able to spend days on end in the bible and in prayer that I had years ago. I must balance my time.
And I must return to Him over and over and over again despite so many things in my life that call for my attention.
I know I am not alone. Women are always telling me they feel they spend too much time doing one thing or another that keeps them from just sitting at Jesus’ feet as much as they would like.
One of my dear friends is deleting her Facebook page on January 1 in order to spend more time with Jesus. All of the small things add up.
Are you feeling the pull on your heart to come closer? I am.
For 2016 I plan to continue to be in the Word each and every day. I will continue to do Word studies and dig deep into well-written commentaries. I will continue to seek Him in prayer regularly and often.
Our family will continue to do our daily bible studies together. We will continue our praise time and learning to communicate with prayer and quiet listening.
As much as I love sweet fellowship, I am in a quite isolated area, and the people who are around are not Christians, and are not interested. So I continue to travel to meet with other sisters in Christ, and continue to reach out by internet.
But one thing I’m changing is that I am partnering with Faithbox. I have committed to one year of receiving Faithboxes, and I’ll be sharing them with you.
What are Faithboxes? Faithboxes are boxes that come on a monthly schedule that are filled with Christian encouragement from Christian merchants. I haven’t received one yet, so I can’t tell you the specifics.
I have been to their site and looked at the pictures and read some of the customer feedback. It looks like there is usually an encouraging book, some cards, I saw chocolate in one, and the other items vary.
Christian merchants supply their encouraging products to them (I believe at a discounted rate, but I could be wrong). They then put boxes together monthly and send them out to their members.
Faithbox has agreed to supply me with one year’s worth of boxes. I eagerly look forward to receiving my first box and looking through all the Christian encouragement in there.
I’ll let you know each month what’s inside and how I’ve utilized the contents to grow my faith. I’m open to creative ways to see and feel God’s beauty in all that I do and I have high hopes for my boxes this year.
And just so we’re clear–I fully intend to use the contents of my boxes not only to keep my faith strong, but also to bless others and share His good news. Mmm… am I willing to part with my chocolate in order to gift it and share the gospel? Or will there be stationary inside that will prompt me to write a letter of encouragement to another sister? I don’t know yet. But I am hoping you will join me each month as I share what’s in my box with you, and have you give me suggestions as well, of the best way to utilize it’s contents.
Have you tried Faithboxes before? I’d love to hear what you think about them. Feel free to share with me how you enjoy yours and what you’re doing with the contents as well.
Are you curious about Faithbox or want to join me? Click on the picture above (affiliate link) to head over and check them out for yourself. And let me know if you’re trying them too.