Happy New Year

Well, ok it might be a bit late, 2 weeks in and all. But I am ready for a new year. New…with endless possibilities… a clean slate, fresh with no mistakes. A new chapter. Fresh. Hopeful.

I can’t keep a resolution to save my life. I’m good for 2 weeks but get bored or undisciplined, most likely the latter. So I don’t make resolutions anymore. I am learning to set goals. Since I am the type that likes to make a list just so I can check things off, I made a list of goals for the year. Some small. Some big. Some that will be accomplished in the short term and others that will take a bit longer.

If you are one that makes resolutions only to feel like a failure when you slip up or give in yet again, let me encourage you to take a different approach. Try setting goals that you can achieve. Even if they don’t all get accomplished, give it your best shot without all the pressure! Here are some I came up with to help you:

  1. Set goals
  2. Stick to said goals

Okay I kid, I kid. For real now: (The last one I can check off my list as it is now accomplished…oh, goody!!!):

  1. Blog more. Write 2 posts monthly.
  2. Cook more. Set up monthly meal plan, budget accordingly,
  3. Get eye/dental exam
  4. Memorize a chapter in book of bible. Determine that section by Jan. 31.
  5. Go on a trip with a friend during the summer.
  6. Save $2000 this year.
  7. Build something new for home by June 1st

There is a great model to use when setting your goals: Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. So, think SMART. Think long term and short term, big and small. I broke mine down into categories: personal, spiritual, relational, financial, creative with at least 3 in each category.

I have been in prayer for a verse to claim over 2015. Today, as Ephesians 3: 20 crossed my path I realized something pretty important. It’s not about a list of goals to accomplish but experiencing freedom in Jesus in new ways this year. As I think through what I would like to see happen this year, I am choosing Christ first and will practice patience in the waiting as He unfolds the details of this story he is writing.

So for 2015 will you join me by claiming this verse? Let’s watch expectantly and with joyful anticipation of what He is going to do in, through and around us this year!

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think”. Eph. 3:20

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