My One Word: Mature
I’ve been taken care of my whole life. I was the youngest of five kids, my husband has always provided well and done many difficult tasks on my behalf (like work in a dog eat dog world, do taxes, and other administrative ‘grown-up’ necessities). Though I have 5 children and manage the many facets of motherhood and having a large family, there are areas in life I have avoided maturing in because of my ability to hide in my sheltered life. I’ve allowed fear and comfort to stunt my spiritual growth in areas that involved people. Now, I feel I’m being called grow in ways that represent a level of maturity I never associated with myself before-serving and leading people outside my family. Maturity also means a deeper level of gratitude in every circumstance. Maturity is following God’s will, not people pleasing. Maturity is not self-sacrificing but means taking care of myself so that I can effectively share the gifts God has for me to give.