Over the last many months, randomly Dave or I would look at each other and say something like, “This is something we should be blogging about,” and yet neither of us would pull the trigger. Why that is, I’m not really sure. I felt this pressure that we needed to be actually accomplishing something in life to actually blog about it, but deep (very very deep) down, I also knew that that wasn’t true…just a lie to get me to not blog.
We started our blog to share our life…the good, the bad, and the ugly. And in truth, life is lived in the day to day – in the small stuff.
Now, saying all of that, there’s a lot that has happened over the last however many months, that really, we should have been blogging about. So now, we start again!
2020 has officially started, and with it the promise of a new beginning. I love that about the start of a new year. It feels pregnant with anticipation and hope that this year will hold many beautiful things, but even more than beautiful things, times that will be remembered, challenges on the homestead, parenting, relationships, etc. that make us bind together, fully rely on God and then ultimately (and hopefully), grow from those challenges. I’m weird like that….I actually look forward to those hard times of life. Not usually while I’m going through them, but I love seeing the growth that happens because of them.
And this year, like last year, the Yentsch clan sat down to do our words of the year. And it was again, a fun time! And also like last year, not only did we individually choose a word, Dave chose a word for our family. This year our family word is RESPECT. Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
In our family, we don’t always respect each other. Tempers flair, words are spewed, and really, selfishness resounds. We’re fallen beings of the human nature. But I’m not ok with that. Because we have the power of the Holy Spirit living in this house, we can choose to treat each other with the love and respect that God does toward us. I’m really looking forward to this word – and to getting it up on our wall for a constant reminder.
And now, our first blog of 2020 has been written. I’m excited to share what’s been going on around here – Liederstedt farm and other parts of life – but for now, Happy New Year to you! Do you set resolutions? Words for the year? Bible verses for your year? We’d love to hear about them!