What Will You Say Yes To?
One of my favorite months of the year is January. I love what January stands for. For me, it is a month that signifies new beginnings. Each year, in the days following Christmas, I begin to daydream about all of the things the brand new year holds.
Where will we travel too? What will we learn? What will we accomplish? What will we experience? What will our lives look like at the close of this new coming year?
With New Years resolutions being announced and with dreams for the New Year being dreamt, now, is the time to start thinking about what you will say yes to in this new coming year. There is a brand new set of days ahead of you, 365 to be exact, each one holding new adventure, wonder, connection, growth and memories. What will you do with these days? What will you say yes to?
On January 17th, we will celebrate our daughter’s second “gotcha” day anniversary. I am thankful every day that in 2010 we said yes to the call to adopt. I am thankful for the adventure God took us on that year. But mostly, I am thankful for the lessons and the gifts that came out of that journey. That year in 2010, God taught us to be brave. He taught us to “stick out necks out there” for the gospel, to open our hearts, our hands and our home. I didn’t think that in January of that year when I was praying for a chance to be a witness to someone and when I was praying to take the gospel somewhere, we would be sending off paper work to Ethiopia to bring home a little girl who was in desperate need of restoration and redemption. I didn’t know that through the process of bringing her home I would discover that I too was in desperate need of a savior and I too needed some redeeming. I didn’t know that through that act of obedience God would open my eyes to a whole new world I had never seen before; a world in desperate need of a savior and a world in desperate need of love.
Since that year, 2010, each year has held adventures that I never imagined. That year signified a shift in how we live our lives and I wouldn’t trade that back for anything.
God saw each of us before we were born. Everyday of our lives have been recorded in His book. Every moment has been laid out before a single day has passed. (Ps. 139:16) Make this year, 2014, the year you say yes to Jesus. Each day holds little moments of adventure and opportunity to make Him known. How will you live out your days this year?
Jenna is a born and raised West Texas girl married to her husband Phillip since 2005 and momma to three beautiful children, Parker, Beckham and Emerson. Jenna is passionate for Jesus. Seeking daily to make His name and glory known through the little moments in life. Jenna is also crazy about Africa. Specifically Ethiopia. Jenna and her husband have a heart for adoption, missions and ministry. You can often find Jenna grabbing coffee with friends, sneaking in much needed dates with her husband, reading way to many books at once, trying out her latest Pinterest find, playing outside with her kids or serving in her church. You can read more about Jenna and her little family at DayofKnight.com or you can also connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter andPinterest.
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1/20/2014 12:00:13 am
YES! That is my daughter. Thank you! She is such a gift!!
1/18/2014 11:35:56 am
Oh, I love this post! And I love your 'gotcha' day idea. What a beautiful way to say "You're Mine"
1/20/2014 12:01:23 am
Thank you Melissa! Now my other 2 want 'gotcha' days as well. It's such a fun way to celebrate her being in our family and God's faithfulness in her life.
1/19/2014 09:58:38 pm
Hey Jenna ~ This sweet photo is bringing one of my favorites to mind - a grandchild, sweet with tumbling red hair, crouched under a sprinkler with an umbrella ... and RED boots. These are the snapshots that stay permanently lodged in our hearts. I'm so glad to meet you and that you shared your little sweetheart!
1/20/2014 12:03:05 am
Thank you Linda! Yes this is one of my treasured photos! I can still hear her sweet laughter in this photo! This was taken right after we brought her home! Thank you for your kind words!
1/19/2014 11:22:10 pm
I want to say "yes" to more adventures with God this year. I did that a couple years of (my year of "venture") and although it was scary, it pulled me way out of my comfort zone with life-changing rewards. God can be trusted with our "yes's" (even though I have to remind myself of that often). Thanks for sharing this, Jenna!
1/20/2014 12:05:02 am
Lisa! Doesn't it truly stretch us out of those comfort zones. Its both terrifying and thrilling at the same time. But after the crazy ride I always sit back thinking wow! what if I had of said no! I am thankful for the courage that the Holy Spirit gives us!
1/19/2014 11:32:18 pm
I want to say yes to God this year too! Thanks for the encouragement to keep on saying yes.
1/20/2014 12:06:15 am
I am so glad you felt some encouragement to say yes! Keep on saying Yes! You never know where God will call you or what he will have you do! XOXO!
2/17/2014 07:43:39 am
Yes! She is my daughter! Such a good perspective of this photo! You are so right!
2/17/2014 07:42:37 am
Thank you! She is a blessing to us!
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