2020…here we come!!
And with it come goals…
(hopefully ones that I’ll actually get to say I achieved this time next year, Lord willing ❤️)
I really hope that all of you have had an awesome start to the new year. Of course, some New Years’ beginnings commence with sore throats and sniffles and fever (aka some of my family members right now), but it’s wonderful how God designs our bodies to rebound so quickly…that is if you’re young…I guess……
Most folks have probably laid out their resolutions and so forth already, but I’m just now getting around to mine.
(And I didn’t mean to limit mine to a certain number or anything, but somehow they wound up being ten❤️)
So, to begin…
1. Get to Know the Lord Better This Year
This one is a never-ending goal. No matter how much we age or how much time we spend on planet earth doing this, we’ll never EVER reach the point where we can say, “I know God completely back-and-forth.” Our God is waaaay too enormous for that! (Thank goodness 😉❤️)
“Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” ~ Hosea 6:3
There are a few ways we can do so, which are outlined in Scripture:
– Spend time in prayer throughout the day (Every thought can be a prayer. Instead of talking to myself all the time, why not direct my thoughts to Him?)
– Memorize Scripture (His Word is “living and active”; the more we dwell on the Word, the more richly it will dwell in us)
– Meditate on Him every night (Psalm 63 details how priceless this is… “…and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches if the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”)
– Love Him and do what He says (this is by no means easy, but it’s love. I heard someone say once that Christianity is simple, but it’s hard!)
2. Publish a Coloring Book
This has been an objective of mine for quite some time! God dumped the idea on me earlier in 2019 while I was smack dab in the middle of a history course (the American Civil War & Reconstruction; as a result, that’s the theme of coloring book #1❤️) as a way to both utilize my gifts, make some money on the side, and provide a fun historical resource for homeschool families. I’m halfway through right now…used all of Christmas break 😅
Lord willing that’ll become a reality midway through this year.
3. Establish a Healthy Lifestyle Glorifying to the Lord
I’ve really developed a love for healthy living, but, like all good things, it has the potential to become something God never designed it to be— an idol (something which I struggled with for the first time this past year). The Lord has taught me some really amazing things throughout this whole process, and because of those things, the trial was truly worth it. SO— this year, my aim is to live healthfully (eat well, exercise, read, stay close to the Lord) and work toward maintaining both a good weight for myself and a Scriptural mindset concerning that. My parents are awesome examples of this (oh to imitate their faith ❤️❤️) and see it both as a way to thank God for their earthly temples and as a way to continually be ready for “every good work”; a “ministry mindset” type of thing. God’s been soooo forgiving and faithful to me so far, and I know that He won’t be changing 💕🌸
4. Get Further in College
Oh the joys 😁
I’ve got over 60 credit hours so far— all through CLEP tests, dual credit (before I graduated from high school in 2018), and study.com courses. I’m trying to stay motivated…I keep telling myself, “One day…”😉 One day I’ll look back and be like, “Wow! I’m already done?!” ❤️ Until then, I’ve got some more ground to cover…right now I’m studying Personal Finance for a DSST exam hopefully within the next month or two (y’all I was pretty clueless 😬😳) , and from there I’ll try for one class nearly every month this year. Here goes!! 🐢🐇
5. Manage my Time Wisely
Over this past year (it’s nothing new folks) I’ve just realized more and more how fleeting moments are.
I could spend a few hours doing something insignificant like scrolling through Pinterest or email and not look up until it’s time for dinner or something, or spend all of my energy on only one activity instead of divvying it up among a plethora of useful activities 😛
So I vow to continue my progress in being a conscious user of time this year. Set limits, be purposeful/ intentional , be efficient, and be faithful to my standards. After all, Scripture says to be “making the best use of the time, for the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16) Invest it wisely!
6. Keep My Room Organized
This might be easier if I didn’t like to write and be artsy (and so possess tons of notebooks and art supplies) or share a small room with 2 other sisters (both my juniors and teenagers) and so have limited storage space……….BUT. I’ve already started the process and by golly I’m gonna see that it gets done and actually Stays that way!! 🎉🎊😁
Get rid of anything I’m not USING. Have a home for EVERYTHING. Keep order a MUST. (Any other tips??? What do you do to keep order in your room??)
7. Manage My Finances Frugally
As I’ve been in and out of varying jobs for the past couple of years and am finally studying proper financing, I’ve realized money really doesn’t grow on trees! (Who knew??😉😄)
Sooo… here’s to: 1. Tithing regularly 2. Spending only on needs 3. “Doing money” faithfully each week 4. Saving for specific goals 5. Giving/donating prayerfully ❤️
8. Guard my Heart & Mind
Proverbs chapter 4 details toward the end how to keep a straight course in life— and guarding our hearts is vital, “for from it flow the springs of life.”
THEREFORE…it needs to be made a priority. What we think about tends to shape us as humans…just like our bodies are the product of what we choose to consume. No wonder in Galatians Paul commands us to dwell on only certain things! (See Gal. 5:22-24) I’m going to try to keep Scripture handy, catch wrong thoughts and bring them to Christ, and believe His truth ❤️
9. Use My Words Carefully
When I was little my Mom used to remind us, “Before you speak, you need to THINK: is it…True, Helpful, Important, Necessary, or Kind”…it was an acronym 😊 She even typed it out in bold and printed it and taped up in our dining room wall.
The need for it hasn’t diminished.
And it’s not just spoken words that need regulating…written words require it as well. It’s a goal of mine to pray before words commence and actually communicate something worth reading/hearing.
10. Be Modest
The need for modesty hasn’t gone away, either, sadly. Both in our outward appearance and character. I’m hoping to try to do both in this new year❤️❤️
And so. That sort of wraps things up 😉
I really hope this list of mine has encouraged you somehow in some way. We’re all humans. We’re all imperfect. And struggling. And scarred. And reeling. And taking one step at a time. I’m no different!!
That’s why I’m glad, again, that God’s not through with any of us yet.
He gave us another day today, and regardless of how we’ve fared, He’s unchanging and with us. Don’t forget Immanuel. ❤️
So take heart. He’s the champion of both past, present, and future.
“I have said these things to you that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”~John 16:33
Happy New Year!!
What are your goals for 2020? What has the Lord been teaching you lately? Feel free to hash it out in the comments below!!