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Happy 2016! I always like to take some time at the beginning of the year to think and pray about the year ahead. In considering 2016, a particular word came to mind: grow. 2016 holds a lot of opportunity for growth in a number of ways for me.
First, physical growth!
I’m 21 weeks pregnant with this little guy, which means a lot of weeks of belly growth are in my future. We are eagerly anticipating his arrival this spring!
Both the pregnancy and being a mom of five(!) will require me to grow in a number of ways. The pregnancy is physically taxing, uncomfortable, and painful. Throughout the days that are difficult, I’m often reminded of this verse:
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)
I’m praying that God will use this uncomfortable time of life to strengthen my ability to endure difficult circumstances and refine my character, making me more like Jesus. And by adding another child, my extreme-introvert self will have to grow in the ways that Galatians 5:22-23 and 1 Corinthians 13 teach. A time of growth, indeed! It’s definitely a good thing that I got these stair vinyls for Christmas!
In terms of spiritual growth, I plan to grow in my knowledge and understanding of the Old Testament this year by studying through this book. Additionally, I’m in the middle of Timothy Keller’s book on prayer, which is already helping me grow in my prayer life.
Overall, at the end of 2016 I pray that I can look back over the year and thank God for His work in growing my faith and love, as written in 2 Thessalonians 1:3:
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
Happy 2016, and I pray that each one of you has a wonderful year ahead!
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