Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Year ~ Kindness

Hi Dear Ones,

I know it has been a while and this is my first post of 2014. Forgive me if I am rusty. My writing has fallen to the wayside and oh how I genuinely miss it.

Here are some highlights to fill you in on what has been going on with our family. Elijah my oldest son turned 18 on December 27th and will graduate from high school this year. Jubilee started kindergarten. I promoted to double diamond with my It Works business. Basketball season is in full swing for both Zion and Elijah. Noah and I are taking a photography class together. Mercy is FINALLY potty trained during the day. I am suffering nerve damage due to a chemical I used on the girls hair to straighten it, experiencing buzzing sensations in my head and several headaches throughout the week, sometimes even migraines. And we are currently in two houses and got to spend Christmas break in our new home in Charlotte. How's that for a hodge podge recap?

So on to why I wanted to write tonight. Something about a New Year causes one to contemplate. Take inventory of where you came from, where you are, and where you want to be. I am excited about our future as a family. I sat in elevation church in August last year listening to a sermon that literally changed my life. I sat there sobbing uncontrollably. It was like Pastor Furtick had read all my journal entries and spilled out what my heart had been searching for.  For some time we had considered moving to Charlotte but the planets never seemed to line up and we put it off. Sitting in that sermon that day on my birthday weekend 2013 I felt the lord say "one year Michelle,  this time next year you will be here." I shared what I heard with Eric whose eyes widened as he told me he felt the same thing as we sat there that day. So we put our thoughts and desires into action and I will celebrate my 42 birthday as a North Carolina resident.

As we have been making physical preparations to move I thought about things I want to move in my heart this year. What did I want my word or theme to be this year?  Kindness just kept coming back to me over and over again. I love kindness. I love to see kind people in action. I want to be purposeful about kindness this year like never before. It is really easy to be self centered. To think about how things only affect you. I want kindness to move in and take up residency in my heart in a fresh and new way. It makes me a little nervous to share these things because I know me. I know how selfish I can be. I like to think about me. I am hoping though that as I purpose to be kind, that selfishness will wither, and kindness will flourish in my heart and life.

 Romans 12:10 says "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." That verse defines kindness to me, and I want it to take root deep in my heart and define how I live.

I follow the ministry of Christine Caine on Facebook and as I was solidifying my theme for this year I came across this in her feed today and I found it to be an incredible challenge so I thought I would share it here with all of you:

That is just what I am hoping for … to never be the same again. Happy New Year!

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