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2018 Goals

A new year. A time for new goals and a fresh vision. Sometimes I feel like it is hopeless to set new goals. I’m just going to fail. But the truth is, I only fail when I fail to try. Once again I will try. I must be diligent. I am planning to post a copy of my goals in the kitchen where I will be face with them every day.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18

Word for the Year: Abide. I want to focus this year on abiding in Christ. Finding in Him my all in all. 

 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; nor more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it will be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” John 15:4-8

Character Quality: Diligent ~ visualizing each task as a special assignment from the Lord and using all of my energies to accomplish it.

“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” Proverbs 22:29

Spiritual Goals: Grow ever close to the Lord.

  • Bible Study – Finish studying and journaling through ESV Journaling Bible
  • Bible Reading – read Bible in 6 months with Jeremiah
  • Scripture Memorization – I want to memorize Scripture daily 
  • Scripture Meditation – Meditate on Scripture


Physical Goals:
Focus is on being healthy not specifically losing weight. Thought this is a desired bi-product. 

  • Get dressed M-F including makeup
  • T-Tapp – 14 day boot camp, 60 Day challenge, and T-Tapp consistently 3x a week, Total Workout
  • Body Brushing – 3x a week
  • Whole 30 for the month of January
  • Drink 1.5 gallons of water daily
  • Take vitamins daily 


Mental Goals:
Focus on challenging my mind and expanding my understanding of various subjects

  • Read 100 books (approximately 8 books a month)
  • Listen/watch 30 sermons
  • Listen to 1 Podcast each week
  • Journal about the happenings of each day 
  • Finish writing my book


Ministry Goals:
Look to bless others outside of my home.

  • Write 1 handwritten letter each week
  • Email/private message 1 person each week
  • Disciple one woman on a weekly basis
  • Create a daily planner


Blog Goals:
Use blogging as an outlet to express my ideas.

  • Begin blogging 1x a week but work up to 3x a week
  • Create a Podcast 1x a month
  • Vlog 3 – 5x


Hobbies:
Develope my God given talents and interests

  • Learn 5 Chopin Nocturns
  • Sightread through Trinity Hymnal
  • Complete 2 crocheting projects
  • Learn to embroider
  • Take a herbal class


Marriage Goals:
Develop a deeper relationship with Karl.

  • Pray together daily
  • Laugh with each other on a regular basis
  • Be intentional about date night at least 1x a month


Homemaking Goals:
Maintain a well ordered home. In obedience to God, honor my husband, bless my children and reach out to the world around me. 

  • Create and manage life out of my Proverbs 31 binder
  • Be faithful in meal planning and having delicious healthy meals
  • Maintain a well ordered home. This may not always be perfect but easily cleaned up
  • Completely organize and declutter the entire house
  • Keep Karl’s clothes clean, pressed and put away


Financial Goals
: Be a good steward of the resources God has given.

  • Do not exceed income each month
  • Keep track of expenses
  • Avoid extra purchases as much as possible


Family Goals:
Giving the children a vision for people outside of themselves.

  • Minister to someone/group of people each month
  • Have supper one night a month highlighting a different nationality
  • Minister at the nursing 4x
  • Make a video as a family


Children Goals:
Teach the children to be self disciplined a how to set goals and complain them

  • Grow in their walks with God
  • Continue to develop Godly character
  • More detailed goals in school binder


School Goals:
Give the children a love of learning.

  • Be faithful and consistent
  • Detailed school goals in school binder

What is Discipline?

WHAT IS DISCIPLINE?

By Amy Carmichael

 

When I refuse the easy thing for love of my dear Lord,

And when I choose the harder thing for love of my dear Lord,

And do not make a fuss or speak a single grumbling word,

That is discipline.
When everything seems going wrong and yet I will not grouse,

When it is hot, and I am tired, and yet I will not grouse,

But sing a song and do my work in school and in the house,

That is discipline.
When Satan whispers, “Scamp your work–to say to him, “I won’t,

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When Satan whispers, “Slack a bit”–to say to him, “I won’t,

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To rule myself and not to wait for others’ “Do” and “Don’t”

That is discipline.
When I look up and triumph over every sinful thing,

The things that no one knows about–the cowardly, selfish things–

And when with heart and will I live to please my glorious King;

That is discipline.
To trample on that curious thing inside me that says “I,

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To think of others always–never, never of that “I,

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To learn to live according to my Savior’s word, “Deny”,

That is discipline.

Quick Chicken Enchiladas

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2 – 3 cups cooked chicken or turkey
1 – 8 oz carton of sour cream
2 – 10.5 oz cans cream of chicken soup (or homemade)
1 can of water
1 – 7 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese – divided
1 bag of corn tortilla chips

Mix all of the ingredients together – except cheese and chips. Heat mixture on stove until smooth and warmed through. Grease a 9×13 pan. Put tortilla chips on the bottom of the pan. Stir in 2 cups of cheese into chicken mixture. Spread mixture over chips making sure the chips are covered. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, and casserole is bubbly and brown. 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Top with your favorite mexican toppings: salsa, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Enjoy!

2013 Goals ~ The Simple Version

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that it is 2013. I don’t know if there is anyone else who struggles like I do, but it is easy for me to make goals for the new year but never follow through. This is mostly because I make my goals so complicated. This year I am determined that things are going to be different.

I have decided to make goals for this year, but I am keeping the actual goal very simple. I have these goals printed and posted a number of different places in my home – above my kitchen sink, in my planner, and in my Bible. There are six areas I want to focus on. Though the daily application of these goals is a bit more involved, these goals are the driving force and the foundation of the choices I make this year.

Be faithful in spending time with the Lord.

Be purposeful in growing in my relationship with my husband.

Be intentional about teaching and spending quality time with my Littles.

Be consistent in teaching and training the children in the fear of the Lord.

Be disciplined in carrying out daily tasks.

Be loving reaching out to those who are hurting.

Serving Like Martha While Worshipping Like Mary

As Jesus was traveling, He came to the city of Bethany. Upon entering the city, Jesus was greeted by Martha who generously opened her home to Jesus and His disciples.

Martha then began to run around the kitchen (like a chicken with her head cut off), busily preparing a meal, while her sister Mary just sat at Jesus feet. Feeling the burden of all of the preparations, Martha became very overwhelmed. She went to Jesus and complained,

“Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” Luke 11:40b

To which Jesus responded,

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary [needful], for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 11:41b-42

“Worried and bothered about so many things.”

There are many times when I am worried and bothered with all that needs to get done. When the laundry pile seems to grow and the dishes seem to multiply. The children’s voices grow increasingly louder and the phone is ringing off the hook. All of this takes place as my strength grows less.

It is in these times that I become burdened down by all that is going on, taking my eyes off of Jesus and focus only on myself. In Matthew, Jesus gives us words that have been a great comfort to me, but especially recently, as I have felt completely overwhelmed.

“Come to Me, all who are weary [or who work to exhaustion] and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus calls all who are weary or who work to exhaustion (does that sound familiar?) to come to Him and He will give us rest. This rest will not mean our children, dishes, laundry, etc will just disappear. But it does mean that in our hearts we will have rest so we can take care of our responsibility. We will find peace and joy. We will still have a yoke and burden but because it is a yoke and burden given to us by Jesus, He will be right there beside us, carrying us through.

You see, Martha was not “in trouble” for making lunch. It was not wrong for her to be in the kitchen serving. Her sin came from not worshiping Jesus in the midst of her work.

We have been given a job. We have been called to serve Jesus (by caring for our families), just as Martha. When our work becomes a burden and we start to worry and be bothered about so many things we must stop, and turn our focus to Jesus. We must cry out to the Lord to be our strength.

Nehemiah 8:10b says, “for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

We can find joy in our serving, we can carry the yoke and burden the Lord has given us with joy as we find our strength in the Lord. We can serve our families and still have a heart of worship, just like Mary.

My desire for One Needful Thing, is to encourage you in your day to day service. To help you see how you can worship Jesus as Mary, while serving your family like Martha.