Toward the end of January we picked a church to call our home. The kids have been attending the youth program on Wednesdays and we joined a life group in the same time slot. We’ll be starting the process of joining by going through their membership classes soon, but as far as we are concerned we’re committed. We’re glad to be done with ‘church shopping’, it’s not a fun process. And we are excited about finding where we can fit in and user our gifts at Crossroads Fellowship.
They did a study on the book My One word last year and the church picked a word as well as asking the membership to pick words for themselves. They continued the tradition this year with the church’s word being ‘Intentional’ and they are making a photo board of individuals with their word.
In my sarcastic-head-voice I thought to myself that I didn’t want to pick a word because then I would just be tested in that area. 😉 But God gave me a word anyway and it is “Presence”. I picked John 15:5 as my focus verse “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
I wanted it to be about me taking time out of my crazy mommy/teacher life to spend in God’s presence. To try to find some calm and to guard it. To not just do study time, but to soak. I also wanted it to be about me being present with the kids. I know what you are thinking, I already spend 24/7 with them. It is true, but I have this habit of always having something to do. I’m always ‘doing’ school, ‘doing’ the dishes, ‘doing’ laundry, sneaking off to ‘do’ Facebook time while they watch TV, ‘doing’ my quiet time while they do theirs, etc. It turns out my kids don’t care about clean kitchens or clothes and even though we do a lot of stuff together, they still want me to play with them, watch them, help them, and hold them. So this is my focus for the year.
God’s Presence and Being Present!