Like a lot of others, as this year comes to an end, I am reflecting.
Reflecting on the past year. The choices made. The changes that need to be made in the coming year.
There is always room to grow. Room for improvement. We have never “arrived”. We have to keep growing in our spiritual walk..and keep striving to be better than we were the day before. Not for ourselves, but so that our walk matches our talk.
I began making a list of “goals”. Not “New Year’s Resolutions”, but GOALS. Yes, I know that they are just about the same thing. But, not really. New Year’s resolutions are made and everybody has in the back of their head..“I’ll never fulfill this one.” Goals are more serious in my opinion. Goals are necessary.
My list looks something like this:
~ Create a budget
~ Pray over the “budget”…for obedience and determination to stick to it.
~ Work towards buying mostly necessities. (truth is, a lot of money is wasted on “wants” )
~ Make a plan to take each room of our home, and eliminate clutter.
~ Eat healthier
~ Continue to work out 4-5 days a week
~ Try to cut down on sweets and breads, and eat cleaner.
~ Finish reading and studying the entire Bible..I am currently in Matthew 3. (Genesis to Revelations plan)
~ Begin to read the entire Bible again..using my new Chronological Bible.
~ Trust HIM more fully.
~ Be a better leader.
~ Establish a family devotional time and stick to it.
~ Be a better encourager to my husband.
These are just some of my “goals”. .
The most important goal is this:
John 3:30 (NLT) ~ He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
That is what it all boils down to. God HAS to be first. HE has to be the center of everything. HIS will HAS to be of most importance in my life. I HAVE to get in the passenger seat. I MUST let HIM drive. TRUSTING HIM FULLY. Even when life isn’t what I planned. Even when times seem tough. TRUST HIM.
Until Next YEAR 🙂 ,
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