Thursday, January 5, 2012

A New Thing!

I haven't made New Year's Resolutions for quite a few years now, for two reasons...

1) It seemed like most people I knew were making the same exact resolutions and while I am all about healthy, active living, I already knew I wouldn't be going to the gym 5 times a week and I would be eating some amount of carbs, so there went those. 

2) Because I try to live purposefully with intention, I usually felt like I already had my hands full with areas I was trying to grow in already on a daily basis.

But this year I am seeing the value in setting some New Year's goals.  Not setting unrealistic ideals for the sake of doing so that I know I won't keep .  That is sort of pointless.  But just reevaluating, being specific about some areas that I should and can make improvements in.  Asking God to do something new in me.  Here are some realistic goals I came up with, in no particular order...

*Read to/with my kids more.  

*Be more purposeful about teaching them about people/stories from the Bible.

*Memorize more Scripture, and do so more with the kids/as a family.  Even just a few passages a year would be awesome!

*Take more walks.  

*Pray in faith for the salvation of the lost in my life.  

*Write more.

*Give to others in new ways.  Meet needs with no expectation of anything in return.

*Live with more faith.  With confident assurance.  Faith for daily bread, and for even scarier things like the future and the unknown.  God is able.  I need to trust Him more.

*Find a few extra dollars each month in our shoestring budget and tuck them away to do something fun later in the year with friends/family.

*Pray believing.  Pray specifically.  Stop being afraid or feeling guilty to approach the throne of grace for help in time of need, or for the impossible.  With God, nothing is impossible.

*Be a better wife and mom, however that may look this year.

*Continue in The Word.

Here we go!  Welcome, 2012.  Each day is a gift from God, and a new year certainly is.  Let's let God do a new thing in us this year!

See, I am doing a new thing! 
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 
I am making a way in the wilderness 
and streams in the wasteland.


  1. Love it! Praying with you, friend.

  2. Nice, nice goals. May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you as you follow Him in 2012! :)

  3. Thanks for leaving such a thoughtful comment on my blog! It was a wonderful time together, for sure! :)
    I really love your goals you have set here. I especially love the scripture you have there at the end. Only HE can make a way through our wastelands! Sooo encouraging!