I was thinking about commitment today. Totally random? maybe. But, I have lots of random thoughts lately  so it made perfect sense to me.

I was thinking about how no one wants to commit to anything anymore. It could as simple as volunteering at your kids school or helping out at church or helping out a friend…all the way to staying in friendships/marriage for years, being loyal to a job and volunteering long-term. I remember when I started doing photography…people would ask if I was going to do it for a long time and I didn’t know. Didn’t want to commit. When did committing to something become a negative thing? It’s committing to the trade and my clients that makes me a good, even great, photographer right? So, wouldn’t that apply to every area of my life? Marriage? Friendships? Family? God?

Recently I’ve had incredible things happen in my heart and I’ve made strong commitments to how I am going to live my life from this point on. It’s shocking to most…but, I feel a resolve that can’t be explained. Something has changed in me and I want to commit. I don’t feel burdened. I feel purpose. I don’t feel like it’s “one more thing”. I feel like it’s the only thing and everything else comes out it.

I’ll tell you it’s not easy but, it’s wonderful. It’s hard work but, I feel alive in the struggle. Does that make sense? I know this life is more than just breathing in and out and waiting for years to pass…it’s so much more. I’m singing and journalling again. I smile more. I have peace that I can’t explain. I feel like myself.

All I know is…I’m different and I never want to go back. Want to talk more? Email me.

Shelly Jerrett - January 13, 2009 - 7:32 am

Hi Noemi,

I am very encouraged by your most recent posting. God has been doing a lot of work in my heart lately as a mother of three. My oldest Jonathan is in school full time this year and I volunteer once a week to be in the class room and assist the teacher with duties and also interact with all the kids. I love reading them stories. Christopher is all hands on at home and our little Mackenzie is alreay 5 months old and is discovering the world everyday. I have taken on a lot of responsibilities lately away from home, but involving our church and stay at home mom’s. He has been overwhelming, but a blessing, and wondering how to fit everything in and still find time for myself and goals I want to accomplish as a mom, as a wife and as just plain own ME. It was suggested by a dear friend of mine to come up with a family mission statement. I am putting a lot of thought into this. We already have a family verse that we stand by, but a mission statement is intriging. The challange is to keep it under ten words and it must describe your family unity and characteristics. I find it easy to describe our friends families in one word, but to pratically consider the gifts that God has given us as a family and to sum it up takes lots of prayer and discernment. After we accomplish this family mission statement whatever we take on as a family or individually has to fit into this statement, if it doesn’t then we can’t take it on. Steve and I love to serve and help whenever a need is brought to us, etc. and this is where we are overwhelmed. Everyone around is has a need or knows someone that is in need. One more thought I want to share that was pointed out to me last week at our womens bible study we are studying 12 Extradianary Women of the Bible is: Even though there is a need WE are not always to fill that need because we might by taking the blessing away from someone else that didn’t see the need right away and this does not allow others to grow in their walks with God. Steve and I go to a big church about 1,200 people and there is a big need for children’s church and some weeks it doesn’t seem like anyone will be there to teach and that is why we volunteer, but I have realized it is okay to say No and let God work and show others the need. Just my two cents worth.

I am enjoying following you on your blog, God is using you in so many ways and you are planting seeds in others! Be blessed today and everyday. Look forward to hearing from you.

Shelly Jerrett

katie - January 13, 2009 - 1:24 pm

nice noemi! Sounds like the “charge” is going well!

Gillian - January 13, 2009 - 3:55 pm

I think I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about! Haha!
Let’s talk soon, I have so much to say!
You are amazing- so good to see you again, I think I would have responded differently if you weren’t there with me. Thanks for being my friend, see you in 10 years! Hahahaha….but seriously…….
Love you.

Bridgette - January 26, 2009 - 1:29 pm

Happy New Year! I Hope your 2009 is still off to a great start. (I’m not sure how I stumbled on your site but wanted to say “hello”!)

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