I like to do things with intention. Looking at what I’ve accomplished, it seems that if I cannot figure out a plan that is adequate enough for my standards, I will not go through with an idea. I have wanted to have a blog for quite a while, and I have wanted this blog to have purpose and meaning. Because I could not (and admittedly, cannot) figure out every single point of purpose and meaning this blog will have, I have not put effort into it. But how could any mission, task, goal, or life have meaning and purpose granted without effort?
So here I start.
I’m going to start with a baby step. A post that is nowhere near “publishable” by my standards. But after all, this is just a blog. Which for now is simply in existence to create a habit while I work out exactly what is the purpose for my impulse to have a blog.
Here is where I am at in my life right now:
I just got married to a sweet, strong, admirable man, Ezekiel, on May 31st
I have a summer internship at an amazing organization which has been a huge blessing in my life as well as a great and exciting challenge unlike any I’ve ever had really.
My husband and I are participating in a small group at our church called The Resolution. It is a study with individual books for men and women. The books call us to be men and women of God, resolved to embrace our identity in Christ and His plan for us in every part of our lives. The women’s book is written by Priscilla Shirer, and I am very excited and hopeful for the things this study is doing in all of our lives.
We’re heading up to our fourth week of the study and already it has been a challenging, convicting and life-giving experience. I haven’t tackled all of these resolutions yet, but this is a list of all of the topics we will resolve to realign in our lives by the end of the summer.
1. A Resolution To Be Content
I do solemnly resolve to embrace my current season of life, and will maximize my time in it. I will resist the urge to hurry through or circumvent any portion of my journey but will live with a spirit of contentment.
2. A Resolution To Champion Biblical Femininity
I will champion God’s model for womanhood in the face of a post-feminist culture. I will teach it to my daughters and encourage its support by my sons.
3. A Resolution To Value Myself and Celebrate Others
I will accept and celebrate my uniqueness, and to esteem and encourage the distinctions I admire in others.
4. A Resolution To Be Devoted To Christ and Defined By His Word
I will live as a woman answerable to God and faithfully committed to His Word.
5. A Resolution To Devote My Best to God’s Priorities For Me
I will seek to devote the best of myself, my time, and my talents to the primary roles the Lord has entrusted to me in this phase of my life.
6. A Resolution To Esteem Others
I will be a woman who is quick to listen and slow to speak. I will care about the concerns of others and esteem them more highly than myself.
7. A Resolution To Release Others From The Prison of My Hurt
I will forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
8. A Resolution To Live with the Highest Standard of Virtue and Purity
I will not tolerate evil influences even in the most justifiable form in myself or my home, but will embrace and encourage a life of purity.
9. A Resolution To Care
I will pursue justice, love mercy, and extend compassion toward others.
10. A Resolution To Be the Kind Of Woman Who Truly Blesses Her Man
I will be faithful to my husband and honor him in my conduct and conversation in order to bring glory to the name of the Lord. I will aspire to be a suitable partner for him to help him reach his God-given potential.
11. A Resolution To Train My Children in Righteousness
I will demonstrate and teach my children how to love God with all their hearts, minds, and strength, and will train them to respect authority and live responsibly.
12. A Resolution To Make My Home a Welcome Place To Be
I will cultivate a peaceful home where God’s presence is sensed not only through acts of love and service, but also through the pleasant and grateful attitude with which I perform them.
13. A resolution to live today with tomorrow in mind
I fully resolve to make today’s decisions with tomorrow’s impact in mind. I will consider my current choices in light of those who will come after me.
All in all, I feel like I am in a whirlwind, defining moment in my life and I am giving a lot of effort to assessing how I am doing and handling it all as well as really examining my heart for what is important to me and what I want my marriage, my career, and my personal life to look like. It’s all pretty amazing and overwhelming, and I am looking forward to using this blog as a way to process and reflect on it all, at least in my first few posts.
Grace and Peace!