|This wonderful graphic is by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings|
Somehow I just haven't gotten around to setting goals for 2017.
I've done lots of thinking and praying; I've reflected on 2016 and thought about needs for the coming year. I've reminded myself of God's purposes for my life and His particular job assignments for me. I've considered areas where I need to grow and change. I've chosen a word for 2017. So at long last I'm finally getting around to post my
GOALS FOR 2017
I've chosen six categories in which to set goals:
Personal growth: Work on character qualities of unselfishness, kindness, compassion, perseverance, and self-control. Work at eliminating the time-wasting habit of procrastination. Work through the book Come Before Winter, by Charles Swindoll. (This is more a devotional book, but I am meditating on the Scriptures he mentions in the "Come Aside" section for each reading and am getting a lot out of it as almost a Bible study.) Read at least 12 books. Continue working on my "What Do I Know About My God?" Scripture notebook. Memorize Scripture on a weekly basis, meditate on it daily, and finish several Bible studies. Strengthen my computer skills. Nurture creativity.
Health (physical, mental, and emotional): Exercise at least 5 times per week. Get enough water, sleep, fresh air, and sunshine. Cook and eat with health in mind. Work on a different healthy habit each month so that in general, I'm taking better care of myself. Do something creative or craft-related every day. Journal and write as often as possible. Cultivate the habit of gratitude. Seek to be joyful every day and keep my eyes open for the little things that make each day special.
Marriage/family life: Plan periodic getaways. Take the best possible care of my husband and help him in every way possible. Take advantage of every moment together. Take time for dates. Plan fun family activities with grandkids. Minister to my husband with the gift of a peaceful, orderly home (translation: declutter the entire house and get back to my homemaking routines!). Plan trip to visit faraway family.
Money matters: Spend less on groceries on a weekly basis. Put time into my A-store. Prayerfully get an Etsy shop up and running if I feel God is leading in that direction. Consider doing some writing for paid publication.
Relationships outside the home: Be more of an encourager to my elderly dad and also to my daughters, friends, and the ladies in my Sunday School class. Prayerfully fulfill my numerous eldercare responsibilities, seeking God's guidance in them. Stay in better touch with faraway friends and family. Make myself available to help and encourage those who are nearby. Continue blogging as a means of encouragement to other ladies.
Ministry: Deepen my prayer life, praying faithfully for those with deep needs. Pray regularly and diligently for our church's pastoral search. Finish teaching a series on following God with all your heart and seek to encourage each lady (including myself) in doing just that. Start another study, probably in April, with the ladies -- I think this one will be on Proverbs. Write or re-write another kids' devotional book for summer use by our church's Patch the Pirate Club sailors. Continue cleaning the church with my hubby once per month.
Word for 2017: STEWARDSHIP
So happy to have these goals posted at last!