{Word for 2015} Endure

It’s a new year and it’s time for a new word. I’ve chosen the word endure for my new year.

This past year I have struggled to get by and I’ve been missing the motivation to keep going. For my new year I need the reminder to keep pressing forward and keep doing the things that I’m called to do at this time in my life. I don’t want to give up or fall short, I want to press on.

I need some endurance in a few areas:

This is the first year that I have felt unbelievably burnt out with homeschooling. I have not felt motivated to continue and I’ve wanted to give up on many occasions. However, I want to endure and educate my children well. I want them to catch the excitement of learning and to feel emboldened to question and to learn.

House work
This house won’t clean itself and since I don’t want to clean it, I’m not sure what we’ll do. I have felt overwhelmed with trying to keep the house clean while making sure dishes and laundry are done and food is on the table. My husband is wonderfully helpful but I still seem to fall very behind. I will endure in the daily tasks of cleaning and I will dig myself out of every pile of laundry or every mound of dirty dishes.

We have a great marriage but marriage takes a lot of work and it requires a good bit of endurance. I don’t want to get complacent and sabotage the closeness that we share.  I am choosing to endure in communication, in seeking forgiveness, and in serving.

One of my primary responsibilities is to disciple my kids. I don’t think of my job as parenting but more of discipling. It takes so much effort to provide a good example by pointing them to Christ. I have found myself giving in to their whining or becoming frustrated with their complaining and fighting. Rather than address the issue at their hearts, I sometimes let the behaviors pass.

Bible Study
I have lots of unfinished Bible studies that grace my shelves. This past year I did finish all of the new studies that I started. But I felt like I was doing them halfheartedly. I want to endure in my Bible studies, learning while passionately pursuing Christ.

So, what do I need to do? I need to endure. I know exactly what I’m supposed to be doing it and even though I lack the motivation to continue I must press on.

My verse for the school year is in 1st Thessalonians and it provides an excellent reminder. I’m also claiming Colossians 1:11-12 for the new year.

“…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” 

I want to endure with the help that only Christ can give so that I can joyfully thank Him for His provision and then share in His inheritance. I can endure because my hope is in Christ who gives me endurance and patience.

3 thoughts on “{Word for 2015} Endure

  1. Great word Lexi! I can relate to so many of those things. One thing I've been doing is taking my ipad into the kitchen at night, while cooking and cleaning up after dinner, and listening to the Dani Johnson show online. She is a wonderful Christian speaker, author, motivator and I've learned so much about relationships, how to manage time, and so many other things and she always brings it back to God and His word.

    I think for people like us (organized perfectionists!) nothing ever seems good enough for us. I think my word for this next year will have something to do with being satisfied 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    (her website is http://www.danijohnson.com click on the TV/Radio show tab at the top, then scroll down to choose one of her podcasts.)

  2. Thanks! I'll check out that site.

    Yes. As a perfectionist I struggle with that! I'm trying push through this year instead of second-guessing myself and living in guilt trips. Working on that…..

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