For 2014, we have chosen not to make resolutions, but to choose a word for our family for the year. An aspiration, really. Many could work, such as hope or peace. Mr. Wonderful and I were mulling it over last night, and we came up with one that will challenge us and center us.
Romans 5:2-5 (NIV) says:
And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
In the Living Bible, it says:
2 and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. 4 And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. 5 Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
So that’s it. Our goal of 2014 is perseverance. May God bless us and keep us. May God make it so.