Good morning, Ladies! Let me just say right up front that I'm a little bit discombobulated (is that a word?) this morning, because it looks like Baby Maeryn is going to be born VERY soon! A new life coming into the world is a huge thing, so it's hard to focus on just about anything else.
But if I can set my mind to anything, it's YOU. The goals you've set for yourselves are so heart-felt and God-filled, I just had to stop and applaud you, because you, too, are "giving birth" to new life.
RACHEL wants her prayers to be more like conversations with God. ANNABELLE's going to for a good Bible-reading plan. NICOLE, like me, wants a more trusting and conscious relationship with God throughout the day. EMII's thinking of reading the Old Testmament. ALY has three, one of which is to spend at least an hour on devotions everyday. MEGAN wants to go to God with everything. Even in the midst of a tough time, MELODY is holding onto that thread of wanting to trust God. ALISHA is going to fight her battles in a far different way from now on (she said it so much mroe eloquently than I'm paraphrasing). GOTHGIRL wants to shine for Jesus without worrying about what people are going to think. TORI TJ is all about not insulting and nit-picking at her siblings. In her effort to think more about God, JYLLENNA is going to try to see herself as God sees her. BETHANY's main goal is to be the best friend and witness to others that she can be (since as she points out, it's selfish to keep God to yourself!) . MARY CATHERINE would like to find a lot of passages in the Bible that she can really relate to as a fourteen year old girl living in the twenty-first century. As for KATE, even in the midst of a huge move (again!), she wants to renew her relationship with God by spending time with Him again. JESSICA is going to try to think more pure thoughts and have a postivie attitude towards all people.
Y'know what? I am glad my granddaughter is going to be born into a world that has all of you in it. Can you even imagine what that world would be like if EVERYONE set and stuck to the kinds of goals you've realized God has shaped for you? You CAN change things -- and you will -- starting with these not-so-small steps.
Speaking of which, our next step is to find a way to support each other as we try to weave our longings into our way-busy lives. We've talked about accountability groups, or even a pairing of people with similar goals. Here's what I'd like to do. Between now and Monday, see if you can come up with some approaches to this through our blog. I know I have as many different things going on here as I can handle (and by the way, look for a new post on THE BLESSING POOL momentarily! If you want to post today, over the weekend, and Monday, tell us your ideas. I'll look at them all Monday evening and see if I can put together a plan. Feel free to comment on each other's ideas (in your usual positive way). I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
Now, off to the doctor with mama and soon-to-be-born baby!