Five Minute Friday Intentional

I am really late to the five minute Friday party this week. In fact, I wondered if I should skip it this week. When I saw that the word was intentional, and thought about how well it fits with my #oneword for this year present, I knew that I needed to write about it today.

Oh, how I desire to be an intentional wife and mother. I find more often than not, that I am a “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” wife and mom, but I don’t want to live my life that way. I want to leave a legacy, and I want that legacy to be intentional. My children are going to have memories of their childhood, either way. I want the memories to be of a loving, hands-on mom, who took the time to show how much I really loved them. I want to be available to them. I want my husband to know that he can count on me. I know, first off, that God needs to be the most important relationship in my life, and then my relationship with my husband, and then my children. I spend too much time chasing the wind instead of being intentional in the way that I spend my time. Help me to remember these words of wisdom from Ephesians.

Ephesians 5:15-16

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

 

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My #Oneword for 2018 Presence

There has been something that I have been thinking about often lately. I only have one more decade with my Princess before she turns eighteen. She turned eight last Summer, and I sometimes scratch my head and wonder where the last eight years went. It does not seem that long ago that I was bringing my newborn baby girl home from the hospital. I think that the next ten years may pass as quickly as the last eight. I want to be fully present for them.  I have chosen Ephesians 5:16-17 as my verse for 2018.

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

I want to think practically about the word present. I want to be on my computer less, and spending more quality time with my children more. I want to say yes to more time baking cookies, to more reading stories, and playing board games. I want to say no to things that will not matter next week, next month, or next year. I want to be all in in my roles of wife and mother, and memory maker and memory keeper for my family. I need to remember that every day is a gift, even the hard ones, and I want to make sure that I am not taking one single moment for granted. So, did you pick a word for 2018? I would love to read about your word for 2018 in the comments.

 

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