Happy New Year, dear readers! I sincerely hope you are enjoying 2015 so far. If not, don’t worry! There is still plenty of time for things to look up =)
If you read any blogs at all nowadays, you already know that a popular thing to do around New Years in the blogosphere is to choose one word to focus on throughout the upcoming year. The idea is that if you narrow your focus for the year, you will probably be more successful than if you wrote down a long list of resolutions.
It’s pretty genius if you think about it. Over the past week, I’ve heard (and read) some statistics like 50% of adults make New Year’s Resolutions each year and of that 50%, only 8% will successfully follow through with those Resolutions. 8%. I don’t like those odds!
We at The Bronson Bunch adopted the My One Word (read more about it here) idea for 2014 with ‘Patience.’ This time last year, we had a 13 month old Aymen Grace and I was still in my first trimester with Ada. The holidays are extremely busy for us with Aymen’s birthday being the week after Thanksgiving and then trying to get ready for Christmas. We were trying to imagine what Christmas 2014 would be like with 2 littles instead of 1 and trust me, there’s NO WAY you can anticipate what’s to come. However, we did know that things were about to change drastically and we knew what both of us needed to work on to smooth over a year of transitions for our family.
Have you heard the saying “Be careful what you pray for?” Well, it’s pretty much true. You see, when you pray for patience, God doesn’t just magically transform you into a patient person. Instead, He puts you in situations that will stretch your current abilities and push you to be better. In other words, we prayed for patience and realized that our patience had never been tested as much as it was in the last year.
From dealing with a strong-willed
teenager toddler to waiting for months to hear about a promotion/raise for Lee, God really stretched us and oh, are we better for it now.
One verse really stuck with both of us throughout 2014 and I want to share it with you.
“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24-25 ESV
Our hearts were comforted during trying times by these verses because we learned that in being patient, we were putting our hope in God’s perfect Will. By putting our hope in God’s perfect Will, we were taking our hope out of our selfish need to be instantly satisfied. We are patient because we HOPE in the Lord and in His love for us!
So what is our Family Focus for 2015?
Drum Roll, please…
: the quality of being easy to understand or use
: the state or quality of being plain or not fancy or complicated