Thursday, January 13, 2011

2011 Word of the Year...FAMILY

My word for 2011 is FAMILY.

What does this mean?  Well, I want to spend the year being intentional in the care of my family.  I guess you could say that I strive to be a Proverbs 31 woman.  What does THAT mean?

Proverbs 31:10-31 is a summary of what it means to be a wife of noble character, who in turn, takes excellent care of her family:

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
   She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
   and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
   all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
   and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
   bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
   she provides food for her family
   and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
   her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
   and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
   and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
   and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
   for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
   and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
   she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
   but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
   and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Let's take a look at this more closely.  Basically, I want to be:

10)morally strong and valuable
11)a trustworthy steward
12) a consistent blessing
13, 14) a seeker of the best who works diligently to provide for the family
15) an early riser who fights off laziness and idleness to guarantee a good start for her family
16) purposeful in my pursuit to support my husband in providing for our family
17) physically strong and able
18) able to reap the rewards of my diligence, using my time wisely (both day and night)
19) engaged in constructive activities
20) a discerning friend to the poor
21) prepared to meet the needs of my family in all seasons of life
22) clothed in good taste (inner and outer beauty)
23) a contributor to my husband's success
24)  industrious
25) covered by the strength and honor of the Lord with confidence in the future
26) careful and kind with my words
27) keeping active watch over my household
28, 29) accepting of praise from my family
30) mindful of emphasis on outer beauty, allowing focus on inner beauty.

So, what will this look like in my daily life?
  • Daily quiet time to focus on biblical knowledge and application so I can be a Godly woman and so I can pass it down to my family-both the knowledge and the application.
  • Finding ways to save money while providing the things we need, and sometimes, the things we want.
  • Finding opportunities each day to make things a little better-working my home business to earn money, decluttering my home, menu planning, record keeping, paper organization,supporting schooling, household chores.  
  • Making changes to become more healthy with diet and exercise.  
  • Working on using my time wisely. (Stop wasting so much time on FB!) 
  • Pursuing art projects and home improvement projects-things that bring me happiness, beautify our home without costing a lot of money.  
  • Volunteering to help those less fortunate and encouraging my family to stand with me
  • Supporting my husband in every way possible
  • Knowing when to speak and when to hold my tongue.  
  • Being involved in my children's pursuits so I can make adjustments and corrections when necessary.
  • Taking care of all that I've been given-spiritually, physically, emotionally.
That's a pretty tall order, wouldn't you say?  Impossible even.  It's a guideline, a goal, my goal, to become more purposeful, intentional, and consistent in the care and keeping of my family.  I hope to raise the bar this year.  I have a lot of work to do!

2011 is the year I focus on my family by becoming the best possible Lisa I can be.

This is the verse (or verses) I've chosen for us this year with emphasis on verses 2-3:

Psalm 126
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.
1When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem,
it was like a dream!
2We were filled with laughter,
and we sang for joy.
And the other nations said,
“What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”
3Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us!
What joy!
4Restore our fortunes, Lord,
as streams renew the desert.
5Those who plant in tears
will harvest with shouts of joy.
6They weep as they go to plant their seed,
but they sing as they return with the harvest.

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