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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

Taken by Surprise

I’ve been in baby/little kid mode for so long I was taken by surprise when my precious 9 year old asked me today, “Mom, how do I become a man?” WOW! Um. . . I am so grateful for the Word of God that I can cling to and find the help I need to guide this little young man as he grows up. “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness. . . ” II Peter 2:2-3a. I am also grateful for a godly husband who can lead this little boy into manhood!

Treasures

Treasures . . . we all have them. As little children most of us probably went around collecting rocks, flowers, sticks, and other things we could find. These were our treasures which we proudly ran and showed our fathers, mothers, and friends.

Matthew 6:21 states that where your treasure is, there your heart will be.

Moms, where is your heart? What is your greatest treasure? Your “dream” job? Is it your newly decorated house? Name brand clothes or expensive car? Your perfectly done hair or nails?

Our greatest treasures should be the hearts/souls of our children. We need to be pouring our life into these true treasures from God. Unlike our jobs, houses, clothes, cars, and physical bodies, our children’s souls are eternal. All of the things this world can offer will one day perish and be of no value. No matter what happens on this earth, our children’s souls – if they belong to Christ – are safe forever more.

When you are frustrated today with your little ones today, stop and look at them differently – – – as treasures – – – treasures given to you by the Almighty God – – – the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Don’t forsake the most amazing, most rewarding mission field ever – – – given to YOU by God.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

I Must Know God’s Word

It is sad but true . . . I have often been told by “godly” older women and pastors that it is ok to NOT spend time studying the Word during this busy season of life. I have been told that I should not worry about it or let it bother me. They said that someday when the kids are grown there will be plenty of time for that.

UM. . . .

Then how will I teach my children to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength? If anything, as Kay Arthur has encouraged countless women, NOW IS the time to be spending in the Word. The very FOUNDATION of the training of my children rests upon MY understanding, as a mom, of God’s Word. I can only give my children as much of Jesus as I have myself. I can’t tell them they are to do something, if I don’t know what and why the Bible says to do it. I can’t tell them to stop doing something that is wrong unless I KNOW what the Bible says.

Moms, no matter how busy you are, no matter how many little ones you have, you MUST make time to spend daily in the study, memorization, and meditation of God’s Word. Don’t let anything deter you from your most important “duty.” Lay aside all of the “spiritual books”, novels, and how-to books. Put God’s Word first above all else (including social media). Satan desires to snatch away, through distractions, needs of littles, tiredness, and busyness, this precious time with the Lord. Fight for it. Sometimes you must be creative, but ***fight*** with all your might for time at the Savior’s feet.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

Matthew 10:38-42
“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

The Loneliest Time in My Life

I read this article today, Are You Lonely, Mama? I couldn’t agree more.

Motherhood is wonderful, amazing, and a gift from the Lord. The baby giggles and smiles are contagious. Watching older ones be successful in school makes a momma’s heart proud. So many wonderful moments.

But it is also a very LONELY time in life (and as nice as social meida is, I think it makes the loneliness worse). There are many long days and even longer nights. Loneliness can sometimes (especially if you have lots of littles and they are sick often) overwhelm you.

I have been there. I am there right now. In the middle of the long days and even longer nights. In the midst of this loneliness I must turn to Jesus. He is there, in the midst of the dishes, diapers, throw up, and poop. I have no other choice but to cling to the solid rock, Jesus Christ. One day there will be only a few dishes, no more diapers or throw up or poop. One day the children will be grown and loneliness will take on a new form. It will be loneliness for those little smiles, giggles, and laughter.

Carpe diem – Seize the day!

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