God laid on my heart back in October that my One Word for this year would be Growth. At the time I had no idea all that would encompass, but as December has revealed itself Growth will be even more stretching than it seemed!
Five areas of Growth this year are…
Family– My boys are getting older, and I realize our days of influence are lessening. This year I’m looking for ways to connect with my boys individually, finding the “shoulder to shoulder” quality time opportunities to have fun and listen.
Ordell and I will be married 15 years this June. There has been a lot of living in these years together, and my prayer is that as we grow older, we will grow together discovering, even more, depths to our relationship than this first 15 has brought.
Ministry- I’m in a sweet season of ministry these days. Watching the women on our campus pursue Jesus with a new hunger brings me deep joy. It is a privilege to be invited to be an influencer in their lives. I’m looking forward to a retreat with them in January and attending conferences for myself in February and March! We’ll also host our 2nd IF Local conference on campus as well. My prayer is that God will clearly direct our ministry in the direction he desires it to go and that more women on our campus will feel loved and encouraged by it.
I’m feeling more determined to love on our team this year too. We’ve tossed around some ideas, and I’m hoping to get to the point where I finally know ALL their names without the aid of uniform numbers 😉
Wellness Coaching- Although not something I write about often here, I have a “real life job” as a campus wellness coach, which will now support 2 college campuses. As I obtain certification after certification, I’m reminded of how intertwined nutrition and wellness are with a balanced life. I’ll wrap up my Naturopath Certification in the next month adding it to Diet and Nutrition Counselor, Mindful and Emotional Eating Counselor, Life Coach and Stress Management Counselor. I want to continue to grow in my Coaching skills to best support my clients as they need.
Health I wrote recently about my 22-month Thyroid Health journey. My doctor is working towards putting me into maintenance mode in the next few months. This is an exciting step for me as it means fewer blood draws, less medicine, and fewer doctor appointments. It’s also scary because it means I will be on my own to pay attention to symptoms that may need further attention, and of course, since it’s my job there’s a little extra motivation to stay on the right health track! My desire is to grow in knowledge and understanding of my body and to be able to do my part to independently keep my thyroid as healthy as possible.
Relationship with God Certainly not least, but lastly, I’m hungry for growth in my personal relationship with God. After a few years of a wilderness season, I’m finding I see and hear God in new ways. I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I feel like I’ve learned some lessons from scripture that need to be shared. As I continue to pursue God, I’m taking the time to reflect on what I’ve learned. I’ll be posting on Wednesdays over on a separate blog Lessons From The Wilderness. This will be Bible study format with my personal journey sprinkled in. I’ve learned it’s impossible to move forward while trying to ignore the past. My prayer is that as I reflect in a more structured format, putting words to lessons God’s carried me through that growth will occur and the past will encourage future growth, and maybe you will understand something differently too!
I’m linking up with Mrs. Disciple. Check out the #FridayFive HERE!