My ONE WORD for 2018 is Glory. I believe it is the only fitting word to follow Transform in 2017. When God transforms something or someone it is for His glory!
In 2 Corinthians 3:18, Paul writes:
We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are now being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.
My One Year Bible’s commentary last year explained how the veils must be removed if we are to be transformed. Veils of dishonesty, hypocrisy, pride, immorality and such, must be taken down in order for the Lord to come in and transform. And what are we transformed into? The image of Christ!!
The wonder of that transformation can only be explained by one word: glory.
Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name.
In everything in 2018, I want obey in order to glorify the Lord’s name. Everything I accomplish, overcome, and learn is for His glory to be revealed through me. This is my heart’s desire.
I love how 2 Corinthians 4: 15-18 encompasses everything about what it looks and feels like to live like this:
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Raising teenagers is hard, raising adopted children is hard, working outside the home is hard, working a second job diligently enough to overtake the first job is hard. But these are light and momentary troubles. Because I am intent on keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus, I have so much joy, blessing, and glory for the One who called me to it all.
This will be our 2018: Glory.
The year 2017 had one hundred highs and at least ninety-nine lows. But frankly, I don’t know if I would change any of it if I could.
I had my heart and mind set on a holy transformation for myself, family, friends, coworkers, and for brave parents everywhere so I wasn’t terribly surprised when it got hard. Transformation is never easy, comfortable, or convenient.
My family is stronger for the struggles. We have encountered God’s love, forgiveness, and presence in ways I would have never imagined.
Most of these stories of transformation are not mine to tell. I’m realizing that, as a parent, my children’s struggles aren’t mine – even if I think they are or if I just want to take them away – they are not mine. My job is to be obedient to Christ, pray constantly, and reflect Jesus. This was part of my transformation this year.
And, most importantly, amidst the all of the trials were victories, wonderful memories, and abundant blessings.
Before you watch the highlight reel, here’s a few things you should know:
1. “This is why we can’t have nice things” has become our family’s motto. Sort of jokingly, but not really. I kid you not – the amount of things lost, broken, or ruined in our house is absurd!! Everything from swimming pool pumps to eye glasses and hover-boards.
2. Two of my best friends moved away – this most certainly wasn’t a “highlight of the year” but since I made the video…there are a handful of pictures of them.
3. “Warrior” is from Psalm 127: 3-5
4. Adam met a girl while on our cruise in May. They’ve been dating ever since. She and her family are absolutely precious.
5. “We” accepted a free cat in July. His name is Tom Riddle. Tom for short.
6. X turned sixteen. She gets her drivers license this week.
7. It snowed in our small Texas town – a most beautiful fluffy blanket of white in early December. It lasted less than 24 hours, then it was 70 degrees again. That is the only way I can handle snow.
As for me, personally, the year has been incredible.
Incredibly hard and incredibly amazing – here’s my personal best moments:
1. I wrote and published a book. (This most certainly encompasses the incredibly hard and amazing moments!)
2. I worked 32 hours a week at Walgreens and spoke at over 30 Brave Parenting events across the state of Texas.
3. I got a new tattoo.
4. I went to a Guns n Roses concert and relived my middle/high school years.
5. My 2006 Honda Pilot hit 200,000 miles.
6. I read the entire Bible cover to cover.
Happy 2018 everyone! Glory to God for all He has done and will do through us!