A New Word For a New Year and an Apology

I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions.  That being said, I saw an idea that I thought was pretty fantastic that I will be participating in over the course of the year.  I plan on purchasing a notebook, choosing a word that will aid my growth in the Lord, and then will be studying and praying about it throughout the year.  Any verses, thoughts, etc. I will jot down in the notebook.  This doesn’t seem like a “resolution”, so I’m in!

I considered several words such as servant, gentleness and contentment.  But in the end I chose the word Intentional.


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While I can always work on being more intentional in my quiet time, with my family, and in our homeschool, I realized over the last few months that there are many traditions and activities that my family does, just because it has always been so.

My goal is to intentionally evaluate my families activites to see how they line up with scripture.  For example, are our extracurricular activities pleasing to the Lord?  Are we participating to give glory to ourselves or to Him?  Why do we wear the clothing that we do?  Or even maybe…Why do we blow out candles at birthday parties?

There are so many “traditions of man” in our culture today that our family blindly follows.  I want to look at the “why” for the first time in my life.  I’m really excited (and a bit nervous) as to what the Lord will reveal.

I hope to blog about it from time to time too!  Some topics might include:

Being Intentional in our Walk with God

Being Intentional with our Husbands

Being Intentional with our Children

Being Intentional in our Homeschool

Being Intentional in Homemaking

Being Intentional in our Time Management

Being Intentional with our Finances

Being Intentional with our Clothing

Being Intentional in our Extracurricular Activities

Being Intentional in our Traditions

Now onto an apology…

Throughout the last year, I’ve been accused of being a Pharisee, rude or unkind a few times on this platform.  Last week someone whom is a family friend told me that I twist God’s Word, am verbally and emotionally abusive, and I tell people how to live via this blog.   I was also told that I need to find a more “mainstream” church, and if I choose not to do so that is telling that I’m not a true Christ follower.  Friends, that stung, and I wanted to address it in case anyone else shares the same feelings. One thing that I have been intentional with is this blog, and I try my best to never write in haste.  My husband reads to check the content and tone of my posts as well.   Sometimes the truth of God’s Word stings (believe me, I know this all too well), but I want to apologize if I have ever come across as lacking grace.  Other than blatant sin outlined in the Bible, there are issues that I cover that are well, not quite as cut and dry.  I hope to be an encouragement to those who might be feeling conviction in the same areas that I do, but ultimately that is between you and God.  While God’s truth is unchanging, I do share my opinions here as well, which are by no means a standard to live by.  I am not here to condemn you.

The teachings of the Bible do not always seem kind to our listening ears.   In John 6, many who were followers of Jesus turned away after he taught since they didn’t like the message that He shared.

And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.

John 6:65-66

Again, I apologize if I have ever lacked grace.  I am a sinner, in need of God’s precious forgiveness daily.  May God richly bless your family!

*The only dissenting comments published on this blog will be those made in kindness and with courtesy, and in the realm of “iron sharpening iron”.   Comments that involve name-calling will not be published.  Thank you for your understanding.*

Written by Nicole

NICOLE CRONE enjoys writing encouragement for moms in which God is glorified at her blog, Children are a Blessing. She is wife to Rusty, and mom to eight sweet children. Nicole has been a homeschool mom for thirteen years, and is currently a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. When Nicole isn’t homeschooling, you can find her writing, reading, sewing, or blogging at www.childrenareablessing.org. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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About Nicole

NICOLE CRONE enjoys writing encouragement for moms in which God is glorified at her blog, Children are a Blessing. She is wife to Rusty, and mom to eight sweet children. Nicole has been a homeschool mom for thirteen years, and is currently a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. When Nicole isn’t homeschooling, you can find her writing, reading, sewing, or blogging at www.childrenareablessing.org. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

11 Thoughts on “A New Word For a New Year and an Apology

  1. Melissa on December 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm said:

    I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful blog posts! The Lord used your blog to help me in an area that I was having a struggle with. It is such a blessing.

    I also want to encourage you. Mainstream is something that Jesus was not. The scripture verses that you pointed out are a perfect example. Keep following what His Word says only. I don’t think you have ever come across without grace. That is something that really stands out to me about your blog. You are following Him, and telling others about the way He is changing your life with so much grace! Our family seems to be experiencing many of the same things that yours is. It is so nice to be able to read about another Christian mother and her experiences. The Lord can really use us to encourage each other when we speak out!

  2. wow, we have heard some of the very same things from family, even when we are trying to do things in love. Most professing Christians do not want to hear what hard, hear what needs to be said. When we post pictures from awful abortions, we are told we are doing it for “shock value!” Today as we were doing school my daughter read this passage in Matthew 10 we have all heard before. But in light of the attack we have been feeling lately, it was a comfort to our soul. “4 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Please keep standing for truth on here, we need it!!

  3. Amen, to Jesus was not mainstream. Everything I have read leads me to think you value the narrow path more than the wide path. The narrow path being just that-narrow. My family has done everything you have done, dropping Christmas, no cable/satellite, ect.. And both my husband and my families have made those same general, cliché’ comments. Stay the course and fight the good fight of faith, you are on to a good start, I am sure there is more to come. We are to hate what GOD hates and love what GOD loves. I fear what GOD, thinks of me. Mediocrity scares me. Indifference scares me and wasting my life scares me. (I don’t know who said this to give them credit) If you have never looked up the fellowship of the unashamed quote, do so. It will give you and your household encourage to move on to be more Christlike.

    A love so amazing, so divine, it demands my soul, my life, my all. Last line in the hymn, When I survey the cross.

  4. Brooke on January 1, 2014 at 8:44 am said:

    I just wanted to thank you for the impacted you’ve made in my life so far in just the passed month of me reading your blog. I hope you know that your words reach some people you’d never believe- like a 19 single girl, fresh out of high school living in Germany. I’ve been called by The Lord to be less mainstream in my thoughts and actions and to help me to try and be a better person He has used your blog to do it. Thank you so much. Your posts do help. Your love and concern for others does show. And while we all maintain a nature of sin you dedication and determination to be what God asks is seen. Thank you. I really cannot tell you how much I appreciate your blog. You’re like a blog mother for me. 🙂 please continue on in strength and know that while we are not perfect we are loved by a perfect God.

    • Nicole on January 1, 2014 at 9:30 am said:

      Brooke, you are too sweet and kind. May God bless you as you follow the ” narrow way.” Your words have encouraged me so much this morning. 🙂

  5. Hi, Nicole!

    Thank you for the blog, looking forward to the new year reading!

    Your apology made me giggle. Seriously. You have nothing to apologize for. I have NEVER seen you be abusive, unbiblical, or unkind. You just have some really odd readers who need to realize that the truth hurts.

    Happy New Year!

  6. I know I am kind of late posting to this but we are just getting back into homeschool after Christmas and I am finally able to check all of the blogs I read again. Now I do not necessarily belong to a big mega mainstream church but my church is not very conservative either. I like reading your blog because it is a different perspective on the Bible and interpretations of it. It is an example of how you are convicted differently then others are. I do pray about the things that you say and have really thought about them and meditated on the scriptures that you have used. I have felt convicted on somethings but others not so much and some I have already agreed with you on – for example Santa.
    There are different denominations that believe in subtle differences in the interpretation of scripture for example some bodies speak in tongues yet others believe that has no place in our faith today. All that said, I do not think that you are telling people how to live their lives you are just sharing how you live yours. I do not think you are in anyway condescending or abusive (I also provide a sounding board for my husband’s writings to make sure his tone is okay and will not come off wrong so I have some experience), you are just sharing how the Holy Spirit convicts you.
    Sorry I know that the grammar on this is not correct and it kind of rambles but I say keep going and I will keep reading your blog even though I may not always agree with what you are saying. Is it not great that God has given us free will to choose and a teacher in the Holy Spirit to help us?

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