Motherhood Maternity portrait

"You crown the year with Your bounty; Your wagon tracks
overflow with abundance." {Psalm 65:11}

My word for this year took several weeks before I finally put my finger on it. Looking back on my past goals & journal notes, I saw the word jump out to me: g-r-a-c-e. It's by God's grace we live, move & have our being. It's by His grace we are saved, redeemed & enter into the family of God. Grace, not perfection are the words I want to shout from the rooftops in these coming days, weeks & months. So much is about to change as I transition into motherhood this spring & Lord knows, I will need heaping amounts of grace to live out His calling, figuring about diaper changes, midnight feedings & raising up our little girl to love the Lord.

Power to Redeem is a beautiful song by Lauren Daigle, featuring All Sons & Daughters. The lyrics have washed over me with a reminder that God is in control & He is the one that brings out the life transformation in us we so desperately long for & need.

You take what is and you make it beautiful.
When love floods in, we're resorted forever more.
With breath it brings the dead to life,
With words that pierce the dark with light
Only by the blood are we set free.
With mercy strong to carry shame and nail it to a tree

You alone hold the power to redeem.

No guilt competes with innocence crucified.
No grave can hold what Your grace has justified.
With breath it brings the dead to life,
With words that pierce the dark with light
Only by the blood are we set free.
With mercy strong to carry shame and nail it to a tree
You alone hold the power to redeem.

Rejoice o child of God
Lift your eyes to see.
With every morning light,
Again we are redeemed.

Rejoice o child of God
Lift your eyes to see.
With every morning light,
Again we are redeemed.

With breath it brings the dead to life,
With words that pierce the dark with light
Only by the blood are we set free.
With mercy strong to carry shame and nail it to a tree
You alone hold the power to redeem.

Oh you alone, hold the power to redeem.
Oh you alone, hold the power to redeem.

February Goals

>> Complete the 1-year Bible reading plan with Hubby
>> Pick a new Bible passage & memorize
>> Decide on 2015 family verse (carryover)
>> Attend an Ownership Class at church
>> Take a gun class with Hubby (I'll only be learning about how to handle firearms, not shooting, since I'm pregnant)
>> Order prints for Dean's office, our bedroom & the nursery
>> Read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, The Happiest Baby on the Block, On Photography & The Meaning of Marriage (Ch. 3-5)
>> Establish our new 2015 budget
>> Finish thank you cards (carryover)
>> Clean out our 2014 hard drive
>> Paint our bedroom end tables & add new hardware
>> Make new throw pillow covers for the living room
>> Finish decorating the upstairs & downstairs guest bathrooms
>> Organize the den