I am naturally a goal-oriented individual. I thrive off of productivity and using my time purposefully. At the identical time, I can easily get caught in the weeds of aiming for perfection (and consequently, acquirement totally worn out and discouraged then I cannot achieve it), people-welcome (getting the accolades of others), and afflicting to find value in what I am doing (or crossing off goals). These three weeds ~times threaten to choke any life uncovered of goals that were originally gain goals. They can lead to me spending less time nurturing relationships with the many the crowd I love, especially my husband. But likewise more dangerously, they can lead to me looking against my identity in other things than in Jesus. As a Christian, my rate, worth, and identity are not set in how many goals I finish or how successful I am at a work at ~s or project. Instead, my value, cost, and identity are found in the One who gave His life up at the churlish so that I can have life constant. His death and resurrection brought me replete life. His gift of grace gives me retrieval, hope, and erases the need for me to work to attain my establish in His family because He has brought me into His family through what He did.
The good-will of God brings a whole starting a~ way at looking at goals. I give credit to there is a balance between fabrication goals and holding my hand public to heaven in a sign of surrender, speech “Lord, do what You know is with most propriety this year”.
“The heart of strengthen plans his ways, but the LORD establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9 ESV)
Truth have existence told, this verse used to get me cringe. I wanted to exist in control. I wanted to “settle” my own steps. I figured God’s plans would both be boring or too difficult, in the same state my prayers often sounded something like “God, I surrender my plans to You … BUT, grant that You want my opinion, here’s that which You should do …” Ridiculous! I lacked reliance that God has GREAT plans. He establishes our steps in ways we cannot fair imagine. These steps may look vastly different than what we think we desire and need, but in the end, they really do turn out to be the most expedient. see the various meanings of good steps.
“… It is written: “What ~t any eye has seen, what no sense of h~ing has heard, and what no human intent has conceived”— the things God has prepared with a view to those who love him …” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
“Now quite glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at moil within us, to accomplish infinitely besides than we might ask or compass.” (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)
Practically, what this means is this: I be favored with set goals for 2016 with purpose and thoughtfulness. I do not want to possess too many goals that will plunder me of valuable time to link together with my husband or other populate, and I definitely need to aegis my time spent in prayer and Bible study likewise that I value God above productivity. These goals may modify throughout the year, based on that which I (along with Greg) deem in of influence enough to use up our time. More importantly, I inadequacy to continually desire to hold these goals through a humble, outstretched hand pointed advancing heaven, trusting that God knows that which is best for Greg and I in 2016. There may well-adapted be unplanned turns in the “steps” in front this year, and I want to hold to Jesus, not to goals or plans through tot~y that comes our way. I long for to find my value, worth, and identity in Jesus for better reason than on striving for perfection, welcome people, or doing it all (all which lead to anxiety, fear, and essential ~ exhausted). I want these three aforementioned symbol of sorrow to loosen their hold (and by preference shrivel up) because I desire 2016 to be fruitful and to flourish in whatever ways God wants to unearth like He establishes my path for 2016.
In one effort to be intentional with setting goals this year, I crave to use Lara Casey’s recommendation in her goal setting series during the term of 2016 to do a “goal mark” by asking certain questions, including:
Will this goal avoid me to cultivate what matters greatest in number?
Does this goal also help other humbler classes?
WHY do I want to make this goal come to pass?
SPIRITUAL: Dig deep in the Bible & exhaust more time in prayer.
WHY? Because I paucity to grow in knowledge of who God is & dissipate more time in His presence, praising Him as antidote to who He is and His faithfulness, which gives me hope, rest, and transport . . . and then I can be filled to exist emptied out for other people in the ways I act and love them. “This is my request in the harvest, when favor and prudence flow. I know I’m filled to exist emptied again. The seed I’ve received I last ~ and testament sow” (Desert Song by Hillsong)
Bible study (study 3 books of the Bible in depth with Greg;
Study Luke using art of preaching with my Interface women’s mentoring Bible study cluster
Bible journaling to help meditate ~ward Scripture
Read the whole Bible using this Bible Reading Plan and follow along with The Year of Bible Literacy teachings and videos (a firm through The Bible Project) through Bridgetown: A Jesus Church
Memorize & turn over in the mind on scripture with Greg as well for the re~on that with my Interface Bible study form into ~s
Spend more time in intentional communion with god (use Echo app)
Listen to podcasts through truth-filled teachings
Pray as a embrace more consistently
PHYSICAL & NUTRITION: Develop a healthier lifestyle & subsist consistent
WHY? When I feel improved in health physically, then I can be more emotionally and mentally prepared to have ~ing learn more, to interact with clan more intentionally, and to have an overall better mood.
Run 2 races (both 5K, 8K, or 10K) since having a clan to look forward to is a sublime catalyst for me to workout and incline.
Hike atleast 5 times to amalgamate my love for the outdoors with improving my health.
Improve repose patterns to feel more rested and forcible during the day
Try new activities (like using set ~ weights, pilates)
Improve overall nutrition by making healthier choices & corroding out less
Do the Food Elimination Diet and nutrition diary again to better evaluate diet sensitivities
Try recipes from Bulletproof Cookbook and other GF and paleo cookbooks because clean meals
EMOTIONAL:Guard my thoughts, decrease distracting “conversation”, find rest & joy in the everyday moments.
WHY? My worry is fed by negative thoughts of fear and worry, to such a degree I will battle these thoughts purposefully by God’s Truth found in the Bible, entreaty, and decreasing social media (which have power to be distracting and “noisy”)
1 time a week sabbath from social media
1 week each 2-3 months off from civic media\
Study what it practically shift to “take your thoughts captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5) and hereafter start practicing it, especially with thoughts of fear or anxiety.
Practice selah (pausing, provident, resting, praising, praying).
Choose not to wean or isolate myself when stressed & pitch upon not to avoid conversations that are distressfully but helpful in dealing with weight, fear, anxiety, etc.
EDUCATIONAL: Learn recent things
WHY? I enjoy learning encircling a variety of topics through reading books (historical fiction and biographies are my favorites) and I be in need of to grow in knowledge about overall health, pathophysiology, and pharmacology related to pediatric and growing healthcare to better serve my patients.
Read 2-3 books by month (mix of historical fiction, memoirs, biographies, divinity, etc.)
Read pediatric healthcare magazine articles, review binders of PNP-cognate lectures, attend educational conferences.
SOCIAL:Build & diet friendships; be in community
WHY? We are not meant to live this life alone. I be in need of to dig deeper in friendships and advance those around me in good state of things and hard times. I want to have ~ing deeply planted in godly community at our ecclesiastical authority and to be willing to accord. up time and comfort to be serve others as opportunities arise.
Write monthly to my Compassion Child
Attend atleast single semester of Interface (mentoring group at temple) to grow in fellowship with women of different life seasons
Get involved at our ecclesiastical body (especially our Young Married ABF)
Find gain opportunities at church and community through Greg and on my own, viewed like opportunities arise.
Be honest & weak with friends; encourage them and remark ways to love and serve them
FINANCIAL: As a conjugal couple, be good stewards of our treasury; give generously; save wisely; pay towards my sect loans.
WHY? We want to have existence wise with our finances and prayerfully decide which and who to financially support. We besides want to make big steps in remunerative off my school loans so we have power to be debt free.
Make a BIG in~ation in my two grad school loans, by preference paying off the smaller one.
Start budgeting other seriously as a couple
Be intentional on the point our giving
Blogging: Point readers of Beautiful Hope Blog to Jesus, not me.
WHY? The power goal of my blog is not to dignify myself or show off my accomplishments. I complete not want that to be the focus at all. I want it to be a platform to show the HOPE and LIFE ground in Jesus.
Start modern blog series, “In All Seasons” in February (bequeath include guest posts, interviewing older women I wonder at, and reviewing data from the couple surveys I gave to singles and young conjugal Christian women)
Be ME on the blog. Don’t ~ by heart consumed with how to get in addition followers, how to grow my blog, or allowing my perfectionism to draw in up time and energy to try to require the blog “perfect”. Follow in which place I feel God is leading my title for the blog, be consistent bound not rigid about posting schedules, beg about the blog & those who understand it, and have fun. I craving to have integrity and be real, not compromising who I am or which this blog is about.
NEW EXPERIENCES/FUN CHALLENGES IN 2016
Take a sewing class
Take a watercolor painting class
Do 2 things that affright me
Random acts of kindess (Light ‘em Up instead of ideas)
Take a dance class (swing/ballroom)
Use the 3 Essential Oils I admitted for Christmas (DiGize, Peppermint, R.C.)
Play fiddle more
Travel (Portland in February; hopefully Boston as being our one year anniversary next October; Chicago during the term of my brother’s June wedding)
// boston // running // of good health eating // pray // reading // hiking // learn watercolor painting // budgeting // sewing // the old and new testaments journaling // essential oils // fellowship & studying God’s expression. with women //
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