Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Family Mission Statement

I firmly believe the prayer of every wife should be for the Lord to knit her heart with her husbands.  Lord, help us as wives to subject ourselves to our husbands (Eph 5:1,2).  We are called to be their helpmates, their encouragers.  We are told to respect them, ". . . and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband"  Eph. 5:33.    Lord help us to back our men up and love them by setting aside our will for theirs.  

As many of you know I attended NICHE this past spring.  Drew sent me to several seminars to better equip me for home schooling and I wanted to choose the best sessions for our family, so I sought the Lord before and during the conference regarding session decisions.  One of the sessions I was excited about attending was entitled something like Family Mission Statements.  I highlighted it on the schedule right away when I was deciding which sessions to attend.  What could be better than attending the "Family Mission Statement" session.  I reminisced fondly about the mission statement Drew and I wrote together twelve years ago, just before Mary was born.  We took a weekend away and planned and prayed.  I honestly don't remember our mission statement, but I do remember working 
together and supporting Drew in it.  (I am afraid I didn't support him in it for long, but that is another story for another day - God has changed and I trust will continue to change my heart.)  As soon as I walked into the session it hit me like a ton of bricks, this should be Drew's passion, not mine.  Giving my desire to the Lord I prayed "Lord if it is important to have a family mission statement please impress it on Drew's heart."  Honestly I didn't think about it again after the conference
until. . .

Almost two months later Drew and I attended his 21st class reunion.  Drew had an awesome time.  But on the way home from the dinner he seemed very sober.  We attended the family picnic the next day and again on the way home seemed distant and solemn.  He remained in this melancholy, heavy-hearted state for a long week.  I could do nothing for him but listen and pray, both of which I gladly did. That time spurred him to contemplation.  It spurred in him among other things, a desire to have a family mission statement!

Over the past two weeks we have taken two "date" nights to work on our family mission statement!  I am so excited to be on board this ride of life with a man like Drew.  He heads this family and I am so thankful to be married to a man of integrity who leads us toward great goals.

Our Mission is to know as fully as humanly
possible the power, riches and glory of Jesus Christ
and to honor Him by:

1) Raising to maturity men and women who love Jesus Christ,
2)loving those in and out of the church by warning, encouraging and serving,
3)using my (Drew's) abilities to full capacity to provide for the family and honor Christ and
4)by personally being set free from the slavery of corruption into the freedom of the glory of a child of God.

Romans 8:21
We worked out several short term and long term goals for each category.  I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for us in the days ahead.

7 comments:

Tonya said...

yeah, you go girl!! What a blessing. I love following my man.

~Lisa, Scot, and Timmy said...

Go girl! How awesome is that! It's a great idea to do something like that. Maybe Scot and I will sit down sometime and do a family mission statement ourselves. It's definitely worth doing.

Co-Founder and COO of Four Monkeys, Inc. said...

I have been trying to talk Greg into this for so long! We mean well, but we never seem to get it together!

There are many of these important projects that we'd like to get done (Family Mission Statement, Homeschool Plan, A WILL!) that never seem to make it into our schedules these days.

Thank you & Drew for spurring me on! I will be pressing Greg to sit down with me to work on these items!

Amy @ Raising Arrows said...

Beth,
Thank you so much for sharing this with me! You are truly blessed to have this man as your husband and the father of your children.
Amy

Beth said...

Amy, I am so thankful for God's blessing of this awesome man. Amazing with such a godly man I still have to work to affirm his masculinity. Shows my sinful flesh :) Thanks for your comment. ~Beth

Amy in Peru said...

Your mission statement is wonderful. We did this a couple of years ago, but we haven't kept it handy and are really in need of a revamp.

If I'm ever in Iowa during NICHE time, we should totally go together! ;)

amy in peru

Beth said...

Amy 'in Peru', wouldn't that be something, to go to NICHE together!! ~Beth

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