Sunday, January 1, 2012


Happy New Year Dear Ones:

This post was inspired by Kelly from Ordinary Days. She is a wife, mother by birth and adoption, and also has children with special needs. I read her post this morning and it got me thinking. What word would I want to have for 2012.

As I pondered about my hearts desires the word more just kept coming. I desire more in 2012. 


  • Jesus
I am most at peace when I am most with Jesus. Life bombards you with stress from many directions so in this new year I want more of my Jesus and more peace.
  • Times of worship
My God is good all the time regardless of circumstances. I want to focus more on that and spend more time giving him the worship He is worthy of.
  • Bible study
I find when I saturate my brain with truth my perspective and everything else about life is improved. So I want more of the word in my life.
  • Of my family
Having a large family requires a lot of energy. Sometimes you can get so caught up in what you have to do that you can lose sight of who you are doing it with. I want to pause in the midst of life's activities and be active about enjoying who I am with. I want more of my family.
  • Laughter
Laughter really is good medicine. It is one of the things I enjoy most with my husband and family. I am asking the Lord to give us more laughter this year.
  • Fun
Life is so full of what you have to do. I want to purpose to mix it up with more what you want to do when possible. Take a break. Spend time with friends. Read more books. Recharge. Decorate. Go on more dates. 
  • Fitness and Health
I plan to continue exercising and get better at what I eat. Im not going to lie, food is a big part of fun, so I hope to find a good balance in it all. 
  • Writing writing and more writing
When I write it is like what Eric Liddle said about running. I feel God's pleasure! I most certainly crave more of that in my life.
  • Photography
I LOVE photography. I love how a photo can say I love you without a single word. The business of life has crowded it out lately and I hope to find a spot for more of it this year.
  • Kindness and others
Sometimes I can get so caught up with our family and the needs we have that I don't see the needs of others. Jesus help me to see that and obediently respond to it more this year.
  • Thankfulness
Difficulties can literally drain your gratitude. May I have the mind of Christ this year, renewed by His word, to walk in truth and gratitude.
  • Progress
Finally, I want to see progress with my girls. FAS is a mighty foe that brings numerous challenges and difficulties. With my God I want to be an even mightier warrior. I don't even really know exactly what that is supposed to look like as we fight for our girls. May God minister to us and them as we do exactly what we should for them. May we have wisdom to know what to strive for and what to let go of. May he fill our parenting toolbox with what works. And ultimately may Big Sisters adoption progress and finish this year to be forever ours. We know she is already His.

So this is the list that I can ask and think of. "Now to Him who is able to do IMMEASURABLY MORE than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20

Amen to that!


  1. Great post! I intend to use it like a devotional. It is short, sweet and focused and a good reminder of what's important. Thanks, Michelle!

  2. Thank you Debra you are a great encouragement to me.


"As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord."

Joshua 24:15

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