There are so many thoughts on my heart today. Our family experienced a tragedy on the same day we said goodbye to my grandfather. My younger cousin, Elizabeth, was driving home from my grandpa’s funeral services with her 3 little boys when she was in an accident that took her life. We are aching– especially for her 3 sweet boys that now will have to grow up without their mother– and are finding peace in the Lord as we put our trust in Him and His plan. It has been more than difficult to cope with the loss of such a kind, fun-spirited girl. She will be missed deeply and I will continue to pray for her boys, my aunt and uncle, and her two surviving sisters.
With this on my mind and so many other things, I can see that the Lord is teaching me and trying to shape my life. He wants me to be happy and knows that happiness comes from living a righteous life focused on Him. I came across a quote a few weeks back that nearly jumped off the page when I read it. It says:
The choices and priorities we make with our time are decisive. -Elder Teixeira
I instantly made it into a print and added it to the inspiration wall behind my desk. Its meaning rings true for me. Each and every choice that we make is defining us. It is critical that we know what we truly want in life– what is most important to us– and that we prioritize and make the choices we need to in order to achieve those goals. If my goal is first to be a wonderful wife and attentive mother, then each choice I make should reflect that goal.
As I’ve been making plans for Frost Design Co., I’ve been facing a lot of decisions. What types of products am I going to design? What style do I want to create for my brand? What designs do I want to offer for each of my products? Am I willing to commit to a certain process for customer orders or do I want more freedom in my work life? Is now the time to stay small and move slowly or to dive in head first and not look back? There are hundreds of questions and decisions to be made when starting a new business! I know I’m not the only one out there who tends to think of every single scenario and option when a decision is set before them, right?! (Someone back me up here, please, because I know it drives my husband crazy and I don’t want him to think he’s the only husband in the world that has to deal with a girl like me!!) So you can see why the process of starting a new business has been so difficult for me. The options are endless. The end goal is in sight. What’s the right path to take?
This is where my one word for 2016 comes into play. Yes, I’m declaring my one word a little early. But it really hit me that hard!!
My one word for 2016 is first.
First, to me, means that I will prioritize my life well and put the Lord first in all that I do. For each decision I face, I will consider two questions: Am I putting the right things first? Am I showing Him that He is first in my life? If I can answer both of these questions with a YES, then I’ll know I’m headed in the right direction.
If you haven’t heard this song by Lauren Daigle, take a listen. It’s partly to blame for where my one word, “First,” came from. You can click here to find the two prints above on my freebies page! Thanks for listening. I’ll admit that this post was mostly for me today. 😉