It looks like I'm starting a series . . . Bible Reading for the New Year, Goals for the New Year . . . it's totall unintentional, I assure you. I'm not good at series posts! It takes too much brain power to put together a series, and I don't have a lot of brain power to spare. So. Goals for the New Year.
I hadn't written down any specific goals (or how to reach them) until this morning, when I read Mrs. T's post about the goals she has set for 2008. She asked what goals we had made for ourselves, and I answered with a list of the things I'd been mulling over for the past few days, very similar to her goals, and very broad. So that lead me to make a real list that I could print out, so I copied my comment on her blog (isn't that pitiful, to have to copy my own comment?!) into a new document. There were my goals, all nice and neat. I even added an extra one. But then the teaching of many years of sitting under a goal-oriented pastor, prodded me to say, "Yes, Susan, you have all these goals; now how are you going to reach them?" My pastor was not only goal-oriented, but he also believed in breaking goals down into manageable bits that would help one accomplish those goals. For example, if one of my goals was to lose weight, how would I accomplish that? I would have to take specific steps to lose weight - eat better foods, exercise a certain amount, drink more water - so I would need to decide what foods I would eat, how often and for how long I would exercise, and how much water I would try to drink each day. These are things to aim for! My pastor always said, "If you aim at nothing, you're bound to hit it." So profound! LOL
So, having said all that, I thought I'd share my goals with you, and just a thing or two under each that I will do to help me achieve that goal. Rest assured that I am not sharing everything with you; only one or two things to show how I plan to accomplish each goal. You ready?
1. To grow in the Lord by spending more time in the Bible and prayer.
- Pursue Bible studies each week: Holy Women, Ladies of Grace studies, make my own
- Memorize Scripture – 15 minutes per day, topics pertinent to my life (diligence, marriage, parenting, etc.)
2. To be a more active witness.
- Give at least 5 tracts per week as I’m about town
- Seek to befriend neighbors (Eva, Laura, others) and begin to witness to them
3. To go to bed at an earlier time than I do now, consistently.
- Begin to get ready for bed by 10:00 p.m.
4. To bring my blood sugar back under control by healthier eating and daily exercise.
- Attend diabetes education class as soon as possible
- Specific exercise program 3 times per week (M,W,F)
5. To become a better homemaker by having a more consistent routine and focusing on the art of homemaking.
- Write down cleaning routines
- Read books about homemaking and the art involved, try new ideas
6. To read more.
- Make a reading list for the year, possibly divided by season
- Set aside time to read each day
(I have a list of categories I'd like to read from, such as biographies and fiction)
7. To craft more.
- Set aside time to craft each day
- Begin making small gifts from tutorials online
(I have tons of ideas listed under this one)
8. To grow as a pianist.
- Set aside time to practice each day
- Prepare an offertory arrangement each week, even if it's just a hymn - make it mine
I'll ask the same question Mrs. T asked: Do you have any goals for 2008? And I'll add this question: How do you plan to reach your goals? Please share with us!