Colossians 2:2-3 “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
I am so glad you are here and hope you stick around for awhile. Though we may not have met in person, I feel like I know you already. That sounds weird, I know, but I pray for you often. My heart feels connected to you.
When I write life begins to make a little more sense to me. What I usually realize is that I’m not alone in my struggles. We do share many of the same battles of life. And in this little online blog space my desire is that we walk away feeling encouraged in our faith and inspired to walk closer to the Lord. I pray that we learn to see God in every moment of our days and live out our days with intentional purpose.
My writings will expose my heart. You will not read a picture of perfection, you will not read how I have it all figured out. You will see my flaws and failures. You will see transparency and authenticity. You will see me clinging to Christ, who has redeemed me.
A few bits of information about me. I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We have 3 super handsome dudes and live in North Carolina. I love to read. I run, but I don’t love to run. I love to work on my scrapbooks, but I’m years behind. One day. I used to be extremely organized and efficient. I’m ok with the change. My favorite part of the day is 5 am when I slip downstairs to the coffee maker and spend the quiet part of the morning alone with God. And silence. It’s the only part of my day that feels calm.
Renee’s thoughts on traditions
When we are with our families, we are in the safe zone. Our guards can be let down. We are accepted and loved. And we belong to each other. Time spent together, experiences lived out, and memories created develop bonds that will deepen over time. Repeated experiences develop into traditions. As we become unified through these experiences, our trust for one another grows, and our love flourishes. When we feel loved, trusted, and accepted our confidence and esteem is built up.
This confidence, this acceptance, this security will grow us into individuals who are secure enough to reach out to others. By building up our own family, we can reach out and build up individuals all around us. By strengthening the family, we strengthen the individual, and together or individually we can spread this love to those who need it.
The strength of the family is critical to the strength of our culture as a whole.
A simple tradition will pay dividends for a lifetime. Your investment in your own family will impact the generations to come. Traditions can be the simplest of acts done repeatedly, a certain way to give a kiss, a special evening stroll, the way you signal goodbye. Traditions will affirm to your children that they belong to you, they are a part of you. And when they feel a part of you, you can point them home, to the One they truly belong to. If we intentionally invest in creating these memorable experiences with our families, then when they fly the nest, we can look back with peace and satisfaction knowing that we made the most of the time God gave us with them.