As we watch our (former) foster child adjust healthily back home to his birth family, we anticipate being needed less. This will open up space for our family and especially for me. What will the year bring? How can I help us get ready? What projects are worthy of tackling?
This past Friday night as I lie in bed trying to fall asleep, the words "slow and deliberate" came to me as clear as an audible voice inside my own head can be.
Slow and deliberate.
It's a reminder to me that while my time is being freed up, I need to protect it. Instead of filling up every extra weekend, evening, afternoon, and hour, I need to be slow and deliberate- weighing each opportunity. Will this activity or project be life-giving to our family? Will it promote peace, healing and rejuvenation? Will it give us the rest and time we need to prepare for another possible placement?
Many people have asked me how we do or get done everything we do. My answer is often one that seems so obvious to us. We stay open. We try to make ourselves available to those around us who may need our help and our relationships. The idea of slow and deliberate confirms in me that we should stay this course.
While we don't know how our family will be used this coming year, I do know that I don't want to be caught off guard. I don't want to turn down opportunities because we've over-booked or over-scheduled or over-exhausted us.
I challenge you, even as your year is already in full swing, to be slow and deliberate, too. May we all live in a deliberate way- working toward whatever goals/dreams/visions God has placed on our hearts. Let's pray for wisdom and God's guidance as we discern how our families should fill our calendars this year.