Renewed for the New Year

I've made three goals for myself for 2013.

I don't call them resolutions anymore. Resolutions get broken far too quickly. Goals, in my mind, have a better shot at being met. Once resolutions are broken, many people just leave them behind. Goals are more likely to be started up again, even after what seems like failure.

So, my (main) goals for 2013 are:
1. Pursue my God and nurture my faith more consistently
2. Be a great wife to my husband
3. Improve my photography skills

God was so good to me in 2012. He gave me a husband, and with him a new set of parents, siblings and a niece. He allowed me to strengthen friendships. He made it possible for me to witness seven couples make life-long commitments to each other. He gave me my second godson. He rekindled, in a pretty big way, my passion and love for photography. God has blessed me and loved me so greatly. I want and need to keep up my end of our relationship just as fervently!

My husband and I decided to purchase my first DSLR camera. It's a Canon T3i and is so much fun to shoot. I have so much to learn with it, but thanks to my father-in-law and brother-in-law playing with the manual settings, I'm already more comfortable using the camera manually. If I could I'd be shooting constantly. I'm so excited to see how God will allow me to pursue more with what is now just a hobby!

As for my second goal, I know Jeff would argue that I'm already a great wife. I also know I have so much learning and growing to do in this area of my life, so I usually disagree with him. I called my blog "A Wife Like That" because my greatest desire is to be as much like the wife described in Proverbs 31 as possible. The Proverbs 31 wife is absolutely amazing. She cares deeply for her Lord, husband, family and home. She does whatever she can to make sure her family is provided for and well cared for. 

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her servant girls.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

My goal as a wife is to be the modern-day version of this woman.  I have much to learn and at times the lessons are hard, but I wouldn't trade being Jeff's wife for anything. Being married to him has been wonderful, even through the arguments, adjusting and compromising. I can't wait to see what God has in store for us in this new year!

A Wife Like That

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