I love New Years.
It is a great time to reflect and think about choices we’ve made
and what we want to accomplish in the next 365 days.
I’ve been preparing for a new ladies Bible study in January
that begins with the idea of, “What do I want to get out of this”.
That idea can drive you crazy if you try to search for a good reason
to every decision you make each day.
It has me evaluating everything before I do it.
I’ve discovered my life is so busy that I often find myself on auto pilot,
forgetting why I do what I do.
Those of us that are parents or work with children
know just how fast time can go by.
If we don’t strategically set a course for our lives and the children in them,
we miss some great fruit bearing opportunities!
The teachers at CCA set the course every day.
They write and carry out plans that will allow
our saints to reach their fullest potential!
Personally, as I reflect on 2013 and CCA,
I’m still in awe of what God does in my life and in our little school.
This past year didn’t go by without some very big challenges.
We had some staffing changes that discouraged me in many ways.
I probably had more doubts then I have ever had as I went through 2013.
My Moto has often been, “Fake it till you make it!”
(I work hard at faking success).
But, those close to me know when I’m faking, and at CCA,
we’ve become a very close family.
I knew there were some things that I couldn’t fake with the CCA family.
I once again found myself on my knees,
begging God to make something of me and this little Christian school.
I remember telling Him how alone I felt at this job.
I told him I would need some amazing teachers and staff people
by my side to pull off what I felt He wanted me to accomplish.
Then, He basically told me to get out of the way and let Him work.
I wasn’t supposed to accomplish anything. He was.
So once again I thought of Little Pot and emptied myself.
I humbled myself and began to allow God’s Word to take root in me…
I focused on living straight…
I made new relationships…
I gained more knowledge…
And then, God grow fruit through me.
Sounds like our CCA vision – huh?
The vision of CCA is a journey that God takes us on over and over.
Fruit never stops reproducing itself.
Cultivating our lives,
so we can be the vessels that bear His fruit is a challenge every year.
So, what are my expectations of 2014?
Well, simply to live each day with purpose and
continue carrying out the vision of CCA in my own life.
I will humbly plant God’s word into my life,
live with integrity,
and bloom knowledge.
I’m leaving the fruit bearing up to God.
As I do that,
I am very excited about some specific milestones
that I and the CCA family have ahead of us.
We will prepare to update our accreditation.
Our enrollment is already showing signs of growth for next year.
Two of our teachers will have new additions to their families this summer.
(I’m so excited to share in their lives as they bring new babies into the world.)
In my own household,
My oldest daughter will graduate from college and then marry a great guy.
(I’m very excited to plan the wedding with her!)
My youngest daughter graduates from high school.
Then she’ll follow my second daughter to Liberty University.
(My house will feel empty in 2014)
I am looking forward to spending more time with my husband.
We will celebrate 25 years of marriage this year too.
While I see the plans our family and friends have ahead,
I know God’s plans are what must be done.
The one thing I count on is that He is in control of 2014.
That makes my expectations miraculous and fruitful!