Salem Acres is all about transformation these days; we’ve transformed our property, transformed our staff by adding new people, transformed our camp program, and hopefully created an environment where God can transform kids and families who engage with us. As a person who is leading this transformation, I have felt a nagging about whether I am allowing God to transform me. So, when I was asked to write a blog for our website, I thought I could share how I hope to transform in 2018 and invite you into that journey.
2017 was a crazy one for me! I have 5 kids, a husband with a demanding career, and with all the “transforming” I was leading at Salem Acres there was no time left for me – for me to be alone, for me to exercise, for me to recharge my batteries, or for me to allow God to transform me. I think a lot of moms feel this way (working or not), and if there is one thing I’ve learned over the past number of years – if my cup is not full and overflowing, how can I serve others?
Over the holidays, I took some time to think about the new year looming before me and whether 2018 would be a repeat of 2017. So, I made a commitment that in 2018 I need to get healthy - wholly healthy. Physically – I need to get in shape because I am missing out on some great fun with my family; Spiritually – I need to pray more and be more consistent with scripture reading; and finally Rest – I need to take more time for rest, have better sleep patterns and mental breaks.
So here is my plan (and I hope you will encourage me along the way!):
Physical Health: I have started a new eating plan with my family and have committed to working out 5 days/week. I have been doing this for about 2 weeks and have dropped 10lbs – yay me!
Spiritually: I am taking time each day for scripture and prayer. I am finishing up a “read your Bible in a year”plan in May. I would also like to be more structured and intentional about prayer, and am finding new ways to incorporate that into my day.
Rest: I am getting to bed earlier at night (between 9:30-10:00pm) so I can get up at 5:50am each day to work out. Getting this rest helps me to have more energy for the day, and also be nicer to my family!
So how are you being transformed this year? What are you doing differently? Would you be willing to support me in my journey? Please comment below with your thoughts or if you would like to me to blog about other topics next time.
Wendy is an evangelist, storyteller and teacher at heart, who loves to sit down with a cup of coffee and spend time with people,
especially women and youth, to share the immeasurable life Christ has to offer! She grew up in Newfoundland,
but has lived in Alberta since she moved to Edmonton after high school. Wendy and her husband David have 5 children (aged 8-21).
Wendy has taken on the role of Executive Director of Salem Acres after previously being involved for over 15 years as a volunteer.
Wendy is passionate about passing on her faith to the next generation by “loving God and loving people” and is
always excited to hear/share stories about how God is moving in the lives of his people.