Monthly Archives: January 2011

And the word is…

I have never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions. I guess I figured if you need to change something, you don’t have to wait until the beginning of a new year. I have goals that I would like to accomplish this year, but they are not resolutions. During the last few weeks of December one particular Bible verse kept coming to mind; it is one of my favorites.

“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 (NIV)  Every time this verse came to mind one word stuck out – the word MORE. I don’t know about anyone else, but I so often sell God short and in my finite view of things limit what I think He can do.  I began to really want to take this verse to heart and ask and believe for MORE than I could ask or imagine! Think about what that would look like.  So, I am making MORE my word for the year and claiming every word in Ephesians 3:20.  I believe that what God promises, He will do. I wonder how much I have been missing by not believing for MORE; not because I deserve it, but because He has promised to do MORE.  I am so convinced that this word is for me this year that I have had a special locket made with the word in it. It is being handcrafted by lizlamoreaux at her etsy shop and will arrive in 3-4 weeks. I’ll post a picture once it arrives.

God did much more than I imagined in a particular situation this week and He did it in light speed! I think it was His way of showing me that He really does want to do MORE in my life. I know I want to know MORE of Him, love Him MORE, serve Him MORE and live my life MORE fully than I ever have before. Hmmm – reminds me of another verse, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10b. (Ask my girls and husband about Mark Lowry’s interpretation of this verse…haha).

Ready for MORE and to live abundantly.

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Busy with Bountiful Blessings

It is absolutely ridiculous that it has been so long since I have posted anything on this blog. I have thought about, had great things to share, but have not made it a priority. I have decided I need to plan to write each week; not because I think there is anyone that reads it (except maybe family and a few dear friends), but because writing reminds me of how God is working each week in my life.  God has blessed beyond measure, and even though I have shared it and thanked Him, here is a taste of what has been happening around here.

We are fortunate that Hilary lives only 2 hours away. She came home for Columbus Day weekend and we went to the Sandwich Fair and then to Castle in the Clouds. We’ve lived here 8+ years and had never been there. It was beautiful. After posting a few pictures on Facebook I discovered that a friend and his family had lived in the gatehouse there when he was a child; pretty cool.

November was busy with Katie’s Senior Vocal Recital in PA. It was great to have family and friends there to celebrate her hard work over the last 4 years. It was a whirlwind weekend, but SO worth it.  If you want to hear any of her recital you can find me on youtube under joyagg1 and all of the recital is there.

I also made a trip to NC to spend time with Lindsey and Melodie and to continue our now annual tradition of going to the Southern Living Christmas Show. Melodie and I used to go when we were in High School and enjoyed it, but what a treat to be able to go as adults and to have my adult daughter with us. I am hoping that the other girls can join us next year.

December was Christmas and family. I am so glad I did not participate in One Voice; God knew there were other things and people in my community that needed me.  Katie has been home for almost a month and we have enjoyed that. Lindsey came home for 12 days and Hilary was here for 5.  John and I are very aware that the day will come when we won’t have all of them here for Christmas so we took advantage of every moment they were here.

Right now Katie is dealing with the recovery from some oral surgery. She has been a trooper; there will be more to come ahead, but it will be worth it.

Many people make resolutions at the beginning of the year. I have never done that. I did set some goals for myself and chose a verse. I plan to write more about that and my “word” for the year later.  If you would like to see photos of what has been happening in these posts, check out my Facebook page. I will post future pictures here, as well for anyone who doesn’t use Facebook.

May God richly bless you as you prepare to being another week and bless you with bountiful blessings.