Saturday, January 10, 2009

More Goals; More Books

It seems that every time I sit down to work on this blog post that I'm interrupted; however, I'm still determined to share some of my goals for the new year . . . before this year becomes last year!



I like to set goals each year based on my priorities, which are derived from Titus 2:2-5:

1. my relationship with God
2. my relationship with my husband
3. my relationship with my childrenItalic
4. managing my home
5. ministering to others
6. my personal growth


So, based on these priorities, here are my goals for 2009:


God:


1. To develop a more intimate fellowship with the Lord through a consistent daily devotional time.
2. To finish reading A Place of Quiet Rest, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
3. To read the Bible through this year.

I must admit that I'm not sure I can really make it through the entire Bible this year, so I may adopt a "through the Bible in two years plan", which I discovered on Blue Letter Bible. This tremendous website has several Bible Reading Plans to choose from, and will help you stay on track with your daily reading. You can read the Bible straight through from cover to cover, read it in chronological order, or combine readings from the Old and New Testaments. As I mentioned, you can also choose a slower pace which takes you through the Bible in two years. I'm considering switching to this plan, which would be more manageable and keep from me from falling behind and feeling defeated.




Husband:


1. To reread Created to be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl, and to seek ways to better honor my husband and be the help meet for him that God intended.
2. To encourage my husband and build him up as the Leader and Provider of our family.















Children:

1. To redeem the time each day by teaching and training my younger children in academics, character, wisdom and basic skills.
2. To encourage, support and pray for the older children and to be involved in their activities and interests as much as I am able. (Translated -- this means attend multiple basketball, baseball and football games in the months ahead!!)


Home:

1. To work diligently to clean, organize and de-clutter each area of our home in the coming months.
2. To develop a better system of home management. (I will start by reviewing the systems promoted by Fly Lady and Large Family Logisitics.)
3. To read two or three books on home management and organization this year and implement some of the best ideas that I glean.















Ministry:

1. To look for ways to encourage the women that God brings into my life to fulfill their God-given roles of loving their husbands, loving their children, and keeping their homes.


Personal:

1. To lose 50 pounds this year, which would equate to just a pound a week.
2. To complete a 12 week Body for Life Challenge.
3. To keep in touch with my family and closest friends through weekly emails.
4. To post on my blog at least 3 times per week.
5. To publish the Ours Times Newsletter (for 2008 and 2009!).
5. To cut at least $200 a month from our grocery budget by learning to implement the strategies taught by coupon mom and money saving mom.
6. To read at least one book per month.
















Whew! It looks like I have my work cut out for me, doesn't it???

2 comments:

Amy said...

Wow! Yes, you certainly have your work cut out for you!! :) But, hey--even if you only reach half of these goals part of the time, you are waaaaay ahead, right? May God bless you and your family this year.

Kathy - mom of many said...

I'd love to hear how you are implementing Fly Lady and Large Family Logistics. My oldest daughter came up with a plan to do one room per month (for 10 months) and then two bathrooms during the 11th month and two bathrooms during the 12th month. We're going to declutter, organize, repair, decorate, whatever needs to be done in each room. I started out easy doing the living room because there isn't much needed in there.
I'd love to hear how you are going about doing it.

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