At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.
Verse of the Year 2015 by Sheri Bertolini
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
We moved. This past fall, we packed up our life and moved several states away, landing in the middle of our daughters, the grandkids, and my husband’s siblings and their families. This had been the plan for several years and we’d worked hard to make it happen, paying off debt, downsizing, and making our income mobile. But we moved. Though my husband was back in old home turf, I wasn’t in the familiar territory anymore. We weren’t with our friends anymore. We moved away from our church and the customer base that I’d built over the past nine years in Tennessee. My income disappeared during our first few months as we settled into our new home and began the slow build — new church, new friends, and new customers. It’s time for building and planting. All over again. I’m not the most patient daughter of God. My hard-wiring is prone to look for immediate action and results. I love pushing and working hard to make things happen, especially for my family and my customers. That’s part of what I love about my job and my position as stepmom and grandma — working hard and seeing results. But I find myself neck deep in these new waters, where my efforts are not producing anything I can see yet. I’m splashing, treading water, swimming, even attempting swan dives, and all I see is murky water. I hear a lot of gurgling — which seems to be coming from me, not so much my husband. Because waiting is one of my more un-favorite things to do, I get twitchy. I come from a long line of twitchers. I’m sure God is amused when I reach this stage because that’s when I finally stop and listen. Once I slow down, I can usually laugh at myself. Then, God and I have the conversation I could’ve had all along if I’d just slow down. As I shift from frantic dog paddling to calmly treading water, I’m reminded of the verse in Jeremiah 29:11 which sits in a frame in my house. It has always been special to me because the 29th is my birthdate and God uses the number 11 like a special communication code with me. That number pops up consistently, and when I see another 11, I look heavenward and grin because I know He’s giving me a quick kiss on the forehead, saying, “I’m here. I’m with you. How’s it going?” I stop and take a deep breath, and God and I have a heart to heart. While we talk, I’m reminded He’s so good. He loves me. He has a plan for my future and it’s a good future — filled with hope. He was thinking about my future long before I ever managed to stumble my way into this chapter of my story. So I relax. I lean in. And I breathe until I feel my shoulders loosen and drop back down into their normal position. He’s got this. He’s got me. He’s got my family and my business. And I’ve got Him. All year long. Lord, thank you for holding me up when I falter and start worrying about my future. You’ve already been there. You have a good grip on me and my future. My family, my business, and my days are Yours. Thank You for Your goodness that saturates me and my days. I choose to walk in the hope You’ve promised and provided. I’m with You.
Professional organizer, Sheri Bertolini, has learned how to determine what matters and then organize life around it. Through writing, speaking, workshops, and residential organizing, Sheri teaches homemakers how to connect with their home, creating an intentional culture that reflects their heart and supports their life. Her goal is not a perfect home — it’s a home that fits your life perfectly! Facebook: Sheri’s Organized Life Twitter: @sheriorganizeme LinkedIn: Sheri Bertolini Pinterest: Sheri Bertolini Instagram: Sheri Bertolini YouTube: Sheri Bertolini