Steadfast in 2018

Have you kept your New Year’s resolutions?

I have trouble making New Year’s resolutions, especially at the beginning of the year.

Sometimes it feels like I want to have one only because the whole world is talking about it.  But, I don’t want to just do something because everyone else is doing it.  I want to intentionally set my mind, heart, and body on something past the beginning of the year, into something that is eternal, not just temporal.  Nonetheless, I have had plenty opportunities in the last month and a half to meditate on being even more intentional, not only with my home and family, but with my non-profit ministry, TLC Squared.

One of the many things circulating on social media and among my family and friends has been of having a “word” that would lead or guide you throughout the coming year.  I guess the idea is to pick the first letter of your first name and come up with something significant.  I didn’t think much about it until a friend on Facebook posted a challenge to do this.  From then on, it stuck with me!

I came up with several words that might work.  One was “silly” because I like to be silly.  But, that wasn’t a “strong” word.  I will spare you the rest of them, save one.  Steadfast is final the word that came to mind at the beginning of 2018, to be my focus word for the year.

According to Dictionary.com the definitions of Stedfast are:

1.  fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze.

2.  firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc., as a person: a steadfast friend.

3.  unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence, etc.
4.  firmly established, as an institution or a state of affairs.
5.  firmly fixed in place or position.

 

I was certain that steadfast was the word for me when I heard it spoken and then read it for myself from the bible.

“God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast[a] spirit within me.”  (Psalm 51:10, HCSB)

Another very encouraging verse I read was:

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

I had never thought about doing this before.  I also had never thought I would need to be more intentional than I already am, especially in my family life.”  (1 Corinthians 15:58)

I have had good days and not so good days since the beginning of 2018.  But, since I wrote to you last I have been able to continue moving forward with TLC Squared.  Last time I wrote to you I had promised to tell you about the new ministry.  So, here are some of the happenings of the family organization:

  1. I have a date for our first fundraiser and silent auction (May 5th);
  2. I’m finalizing the book of blogs that will be published in the spring of 2018, for the Home Care Kits;
  3. TLC Squared was featured in a Missions Ministry Fair at our local church in the Denver area.  This allowed TLC Squared to be made more known to our own church congregation and other local ministries;
  4. Previous to last month, I have been recruiting willing and able women and even two of my own children to make items for the HCKs like handmade bibs, burp cloths and knitted beanies for the newborns.

Confessions of a Mother’s Heart is about EVERYTHING that is on my heart concerning Faith, Family, Food and Fun!  In the next few blogs I hope to not only continue sharing with you how my faith in God is moving the non-profit, but also about the Valentine’s and Easter holidays, and my family’s traditions.  Be on the lookout for those in the next couple or three weeks.

I would love to hear if YOU chose a word for the year OR if you are trying to be more intentional in your daily walk.  Leave a comment at your leisure!

“Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalm 33:22, ESV)

How can you be steadfast in 2018?  Have you kept one or some of your New Year’s resolutions?  I would love to hear how you are doing!

Socorro Gill

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