How To Lead By Example In the New Year

Written by: Ashley Peavey
 2 Corinthians 5:17
“ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Have you ever gone through a day, a week, maybe even a month and thought to yourself, where has the time gone? Ever since having kids, that thought comes through my head far too often. Weeks go by without going to church, excuses flowing out of our mouths. Work, kids, illness, to-do lists a mile long, you name it, I’ve used it as an excuse.

Becoming a mom of two little boys has been so challenging. Since my second boy was born, I can see time passing by. I see precious moments slipping through my fingers. They’re growing up so fast, and I can’t help but worry—wonder if I am doing an okay job.

I keep telling myself I’ll be better tomorrow. We will start going to church more often next month.

The truth is, I can’t do this alone. I can’t make goals by myself, and I can’t be a good mom without Jesus. I need to lead by example, and that starts with allowing Jesus to lead me.

So this year for 2017, I don’t have any goals. But I have a plan to read the Bible, to be in God’s word, and let Him guide me through motherhood.

I want to be more intentional each day with how I raise these boys.

I want to lead by example.




I want these boys to see their parents at church… see their mom and dad praying at the dinner table and on our knees before bed. I want them to grow up going to church every Sunday. I want them to know that their mom and dad spend time in the Word every single day and how important it is.

2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Now I know this speaks about giving yourself to Christ initially. We are human though, and I believe that old has to leave and new can start again multiple times. I am and always will be a believer. I will always follow Jesus, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get lost. These past couple of years I have felt lost because I’ve distanced myself away from Jesus and his Word.

So, no this isn’t a New Years resolution… this isn’t a goal I have for 2017 because goals and resolutions are made and forgotten.  This is me telling Jesus that the old has gone and the new is here. It’s me shouting out to Him to help me make this change because I am nothing without him. I am making a change in my heart to be closer to Jesus for myself and my family—to lead by example in 2017.


Ashley is a mom to two boys and wife to her high school sweetheart, living this life in the beautiful PNW with Jesus as her foundation. She’s a former special education teacher and current blogging mama. Follow along with her on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Comments 3

  1. This is beautiful Ashley! If you don’t mind me making a suggestion, if the boys have a children’s Bible you could take time to read that with them as well. I totally agree that them seeing you and your husband reading is SO important, but I know that reading my daughter’s children’s Bible with her is such a peaceful time. And the children’s Bible stories are pretty short so that helps with the attention span thing. Haha Beautiful, beautiful peace! I am writing that scripture down right now! Happy 2017!!!

  2. This is so honest Ashley and you are not alone. Many of us get complacent in areas, I know I do often. So thankful we serve a God who has so much grace and mercy and welcomes us back with open arms. I love your pictures and all that snow!

    xo, Nicole

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