My word for 2017 is INTENTION. So with that words comes the thought of what areas I want to be more intentional in. For me this year, I decided relationships was a key place that I wanted to be more intentional. Want to have more meaningful relationships this year? My goal this year in ALL relationships is to be intentional about these three things:
  • Have More Fun
  • Encourage Spiritual Growth
  • Be More Present
The Relationships that I am focusing on are: My Savior, My Husband, My Kids & My Friends.
So what does it look like to have more fun and be more present in my relationship with Jesus? I decided for me it was trying something different to break out of the norm. Sometimes we just have to try something different to bring a new energy to our time with Jesus. I ordered a new devotional planner & I’m also working on a prayer notebook (more about this soon) to use this year. I’m also planning to read through a few books of the bible slowly this year to give myself time to soak it in!
Being intentional in your marriage when you have kids & a busy life is HARD! I will speak from experience here, but it is so worth it to fight for this one! My husband and I have been married for almost 18 years. I can now look back and clearly see the ways the seasons that we were intentional and how it paid off! For us, especially when the kids were younger, we made time to get away just the two of us whenever possible. I encourage you to try it, it can be as simple as a night away in a near by town! Another thing that works well for us is to make it a priority to connect as soon as my husband gets home from work. Let the kids greet him & have a quick hug and then give them permission to watch a show or play a game while you connect with your spouse talking about the day. For me, this often happens while I’m cooking dinner and he just pulls up a chair in the kitchen or chops some veggies 🙂  I’m always amazed at how much this connection time sets the tone for the rest of the evening. I think it also teaches our kids that our relationship is important and they don’t always have to be the center of attention! This year, I’m excited to go on a prayer journey with my husband, we are using these books to be intentional about praying for each other this year!
Here’s a few ideas of how to be more intentional in your relationship with your kids: Read a book series together – There are so many great benefits to reading a series with your child. It fosters time together and great conversation. Your child will feel like you have been on an adventure together and you never have to leave home! Have a movie marathon –