a friend on a message board that i frequent put out a challenge: choose a word for the new year. this word will characterize your focus, attitude, hopes, prayers and resolutions for 2008.
i chose the word listen.
at times my life seems to swirl out of control with the busyness that comes to a family of 5. there is always laundry to be done, the phone ringing, lessons, soccer practices, an orthodontist appointment...the noise of a busy life seems to steal the quiet needed to hear that still small voice of God; to hear past the whining to a tired girl who really just needs some undivided attention; and to tune into a husband who does not always verbalize his thoughts.
my word will be listen. so in the new year may i quiet my heart, my thoughts, and life long enough to listen to the Lord's voice, to the tug at my sleeve by my children, and to the needs of my husband.
"now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life..." deut. 30:19b-20a