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the new year

this year, i want to be more intentional. i think that this has been brewing for sometime. as posted on my last post, we did RACKs 2012 for advent. that was my first attempt at being more intentional. since then, that word continually comes up in life. ben and i talk about what we want to do with our kids this year, what are our goals for our family for 2012, and all i can think about is wanting to be more intentional with them. i want to memorize scripture with them. i want to play more board games with them, and have more meals with them. i want to be more intentional with who they hang out, with what they see me do. i also want to be more intentional with my relationships, with what my husband and i do together, and just how we do life in general.

philippians 2:1-8 says:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

this is what i want. i want to have the same mind as Christ. in everything i do. whether it’s in a birthday party, a baby shower, a wedding, dinner with my family, taking my kids to school, taking care of sick kids, or how we run our home. i want to show others that i truly love Christ.

what are you going to do this year or even this week? if it’s too hard to think about all of 2013, start by thinking about what to do for a week, or a month. take it a week at a time. and if we mess up, we try again the next day. because Christ forgives us, and i’m eternally grateful for that.

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