What the heck is a nourished life? Oh boy let me tell you. For 2015 I chose a word that I would focus on the whole year as a goal. My word was Nourish (Surprise!!). I chose this word because it encompassed so much but I even was able to find MORE ways this word can mean to me.

This word initially makes you think of food (at least me… I always think of food first) but the definition is substances for health, growth and good condition. Come on Webster, this word is SO.MUCH.MORE! As a mother I have nourished 4 babies, in the womb, out of the womb, going into those teen years (which takes WAY more to feed). However, I’ve also nourished their hearts. I’ve given love, care, bandaids, tears. I have POURED into these little souls.  That’s not enough though. We often forget, as mothers, to nourish ourselves.

Once I focused on this I realized our spirituality requires nourishment just as much as our bodies. Our relationships with people needed nourishment. Our homes, our minds, our everything. To be completely healthy we need to choose healthy people, healthy emotions, healthy food to be whole.

God provides us with all of the resources, we just need to pick those up and use them. The food He makes is whole, the Book He gave us is whole, the relationships He has blessed us with are whole. We just to keep it that way and not break pieces off and mess it up with all of our messy messy ways.

Planting Seeds and Starting Fresh

We’ve all been at a point in life where if we could just wipe the slate clean and start over we would, whether it be our friendships, diet, home decorating, or financial issues. What we wouldn’t give for a mulligan. Those are great, except when unexpected. In our life that has been the face of unemployment.

I have realized we are in a new phase of life. I might even say we are adulting. Giving up money for family time? That would probably sound ridiculous to a lot of people. It probably would have sounded really ridiculous to me years ago. Heck sometimes I wonder if it is, indeed, ridiculous. Then I realized…. we are planting seeds. We are laying roots for family, teaching lessons about priorities to our children, showing them they are important and hopefully in them will bear all sorts of fruit.

So while it’s scary to start completely new, unaware of challenges and questioning our abilities, it’s so important to consider your priorities and weight if the importance of those is worth the risk.