Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016: GROWTH

Hello abandoned blog of mine... I tend to forget about you, yet I love documenting life on here so I decided to write my first post of 2016. It may be my ONLY post. Ha! We shall see. Facebook & Instagram have become more of my "journal" these days.

However.. I wanted to document my 2016 WORD of the year.

It took me quite some time to settle on this word... I struggled this time around because it seemed like there was just so much I wanted to dream, ask & pray for in 2016. 

I'll be honest, 2015 was an interesting one for me. Having had our sweet new addition Ruby, it was definitely a transitional year. Through the sleep deprivation (which is a REAL thing) I really seemed to struggle more than I have before with finding my JOY. It was hard for me coming from having a PERFECT sleeper in Jude. I know it seems trivial and we prayed & struggled for our little Ruby Rae so I had a hard time with accepting that it was a real thing not wishing it away, but also trying to LIVE in the moment and treasure our little baby girl. It kind of doesn't make sense, but I promise it was my reality in 2015.

Insert... GROWTH.
Insert... 2016

A fresh new year. Calendar fresh, like when you turn the page on a new planner OR in my case, my cute Kraft brown office wall calendar. 

We officially have a sleeping through the night girl & I truly feel like a new person. I have more clarity & I have more direction. It seems SO weird to say, but I felt like I kind of was living in a fog since Ruby was born. I knew that the enemy wanted to use that to hold me back and it was hard. 

More times that I would like to admit I was not a joy-filled mama. Yes, I know I don't have to be perfect. Yes, I know it wasn't the end of the world. Yet I am excited to move forward and GROW in 2016. Dreaming has never been hard for me. I love to dream! I love to ask God for BIG things. Growing pains ARE what tends to be a challenge for me. 

SO this year, I want to find Growth. I want to expand & increase in many areas of my life:

My relationship with Jesus Christ
Being a wife to Josh
Being a mama to Jude & Ruby
A family member & friend to my beloved people
In our photography business, {Ri&He} Photography
Being involved at our church Northstar Community Church
Stepping out in visions God has laid on my heart

I was convicted with the fact that I never want to think I've "arrived". I never want to get to a place in my personal life, our business or any area and not want to grow to become greater. I want God to increase and expand my influence. He's called me (us) to life a higher standard in many areas and that is not an easy calling but with his help... I know I can do it with excellence. Key thing, his strength has to be the one sustaining me. I can not do this alone. I repeat, we cannot do this alone.

Here are the verses I pray for in 2016... 

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on 
growing in knowledge and understanding. 
Philippians 1:9

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. 
Colossians 2:7

Ultimately, I want to overflow & I want DEEP roots this year. I want to look back in 2017 and say THAT WAS A YEAR OF GROWTH. I want to say to myself...

Ria, you grew deeper in your faith, stronger in your commitment to Josh, richer in the way you love and pray for your kids, more intentional with your friends&family, influential and creative in your business, involved and active in your church and put your dreams into action. I want to say, I grew in JOY in 2016!

Here's to an amazing 2-0-16! God, do YOUR thing!


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