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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

Morning Worship ~ Prayer

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV

Teaching your children to pray is one of the most important things you will ever teach your children to do. Many Christians do not know how to pray – and so they don’t.

What is prayer? Prayer is simply talking to God. It is how we communicate with God. When I pray I don’t talk to God like I would my children or a stranger. I share my heart with Him, as I do my husband. I pour my heart about before Him. Sharing my innermost thoughts and feelings. There are times when I don’t even know what to say and in those times,

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

Romans 8:26 KJV

Sometimes I pray when I am working in the kitchen. Sometimes I pray when I teaching school or potty training. One of my favorite times to pray is in the middle of the night when I cannot go to sleep. When it is dark all around me and the only sound is that of my husband and children sleeping. I feel completely alone with God. In peace. It is in those time when I am able to completely focus on God pouring the deepest burdens and cares out to Him.

 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

I Peter 5:7 KJV

As an imperfect woman there are many things in my life I regret. But teaching my children how to pray is not one of them. Joe and Bo are learning how to pray like men.  Mel, Rose, and Mercy are learning to pray like women.

In the morning we start Morning Worship with prayer to get our hearts right before the Lord (confessing sin), to bless my husband at work, provide for our daily bread, and to ask the Lord to take our offering of worship and make it pleasing unto Him. Then during our prayer time I have each of the children take time to pray. They will never learn HOW to pray unless they do it regularly.

On Wednesday evenings at church the children stay with Hubbiness and I in the prayer service. My husband and I feel it is vital for our children to learn how to pray. When we look around the world today at Christians and we see how many of them do not pray, because they don’t feel they know how to pray, we see the importance of teaching our children. Joe began when he was just 3 years old sitting by his father and often the Pastor (or other older men in the church) learning how to pray. He heard these older, wise men of faith praying to God, and he learned how to talk to the Lord. He was then given the opportunity to pray – like a man. His prayers are so precious.  His heart would never be like this – unless it was taught.  On the way to Wednesday evening prayer service when he was just three,  you would find him in the back seat of the car with his Bible, piece of paper, and a pen. He was making out his prayer list of all the things he wanted to pray about. Now to me it was just scribbles but to him it was his mission for that night. Today he is able to write down each request and pray throughout the week. {We now attend a Family Integrated Church where only one man prays. While I enjoy the way the prayer service is incorporated in the worship service, I miss the times of my boys and girls praying along side the older men and women ~ learning how to pray by doing. This makes it more important than ever to have my children praying at home.}

So often we say, “Oh he’s just a child. He can learn that when he’s older. He needs to have fun time with kids his own age.” But, when I look around I see teenagers all across this nation, who’s hearts are not close to the Lord, I wonder WHY it is so important to have my children turn out just like the other children? They don’t want to be in prayer service because “it’s not fun”. They don’t want to pray with the “old” people. They don’t even hardly come to church anymore. It should be a warning to all of us parents – we have a choice how we train our children. We will answer to God one day. Are we teaching our sons and daughters how to pray or are we letting them just hang out with the friends – hoping someday they’ll learn?

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20 NASB