happy new year!
we have arrived people. 2013 is here and with it comes blessings and miracles mercies untold. as we were driving to our traditional siblings bowling new year's day adventure yesterday, brad and i were discussing that new years day is a strange holiday. the beautiful reminder tucked within the time off work and the opening of a new calendar is the anticipation for the works god will do in our lives in the coming year. looking back we can see his hand in 2012, and we can hope and have faith that he will remain beside us in 2013, and that promise is worthy of a celebration.
christmas break has brought a lot of family time together. that is my fave. i cannot get enough of my hubs and our three babes. to have them all around more is literally the manifest of my hearts' contentment. though some of the days have been spent healing from various illnesses, the majority have been spent reading stories, eating good food, partying for jesus, playing with wii and lots of teensy tiny puppies, and nesting.
this year, instead of making a new years resolution that i will promptly fail and soon after forget about, i will be intentionally praying for my fam. i chose a verse for each of my beloveds and will be praying that over them for a year. i am so excited to see how god will answer these prayers in the lives of my husband and children.
for brad, "let the beauty of the lord our god be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us, yes establish the work of our hands" psalm 90:17
brad continues to be our sole provider, financing our fun and our food alone. that is a big burden that sometimes weighs heavily on his shoulders. the work of fatherhood is also a daunting task as brad strives to provide for the adorables spiritual and emotional needs as well. i pray that he finds peace and release as he works each day unto the lord.
for max, "because he has set his love upon Me, therefore i will deliver him; i will set him on high, because he has known My name" psalm 91:14
maxer is a smart boy, he has lots of knowledge about jesus and the bible. this year i pray that max really knows jesus as his savior and friend.
for wes, "for god gave us not a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self control" 2 timothy 1:7
bear is filled with courage and adventure and power and passion. my prayer is that he begins to utilize his spirit of self control. because wow.
for ayla jo, "now may the god of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy spirit" romans 15:13
baby blue is such a sweet girl, albeit sassy at times. i pray that her beautiful childhood innocence be filled with hope and joy straight from the source.
i am often overwhelmed with feelings that i am not doing enough with this precious time with my fam. we are at such an amazing place as a fam, the adorables growing and gaining in independence but still considering their daddy and mommy as their best best friends. i dont want to waste or miss a moment. that is a lot of pressure, so i intend to cover them all in prayer, one of the most powerful resources i have as a mom and as daughter of the king.
lord jesus, i surrender to you 2013. may we seek you hard this year, relying on you for our everything with the sure knowledge that you are enough. may your word prevail over our family lord as we strive to bring glory to your name.