January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year, friends! I'm curious as to what goals you've set for yourself and your family in 2013. I thought and prayed over mine for this new year, asking God to show me real ways that I can be all that He needs me to be and to help me stay away from goals that are shallow or self-seeking. So, my goals for 2013 are:

1) To continue to choose health over what feels/tastes good in the moment. I really struggle with the desire to be an idle glutton. If I didn't have a family, I would be a bum! Sometimes, I just want to sit in my chair and not move for a day. There is no excuse for this if I'm not sick. I want to continue eating well (I'm 70% raw vegan and have been since early fall- except for social gatherings and well, the holidays sure didn't help), and to exercise more. I gave myself one year at the gym and lost 25 pounds. Now, I need to learn to MOVE without a gym. So, choosing health for me means more raw fruits and veggies and more moving.

2) To get my family reading more. All my kids are reading now. Well, Mira is still learning, but she'll catch up soon. I want to enforce an hour of reading a day and also make the kids give book reports to the family on what they've read. I want to stick to our plan of reading good books together as a family also. We go through periods of this and then fall off for a season. I want to be consistent!

3) To take the NANC exam. This terrifies me and I make myself walk away every time I start to pick it up. I don't know what's wrong with me. I went through all that training and reading, and observing. Who cares if I never counsel anyone? I'd just like to know I saw it through, that I passed the exam.

4) To work on my relationships with others. I've been thinking through this topic for over a year now. How do we know what we are supposed to be to others? Is it ok that we are more drawn to some people than others? Are there different types of friendships? Is it ever ok to end a relationship, to severe a friendship? How "yoked" should we be to unsaved friends or those that aren't walking with the Lord? How can we be a witness if we aren't active in their lives? What if I want to spend all my girlfriend time with a very few friends, and others get jealous? Is it my fault they are jealous? I've started writing a book on this very topic, who knows if it will ever get finished, but I think these questions are so necessary. Women in the church really struggle with the making and keeping of godly, wholesome friendships and with feelings of jealousy and inadequacy.

5) to pray constantly, ceasing never. To pray about everything. To keep a constant stream of dialogue between God and myself.

What are your goals for the New Year?


Kristin Ferguson said...

Some of my goals are similar to yours as far as better nutrition, exercising, etc. But my main goal this year is to get to know God better. Sounds strange for a Christian of over 35yrs. but that's what He's put on my heart so that's where we're going in 2013! Hope to see you soon!

Heather said...

Looking forward to hearing more about that book that you are writing.

What We're Memorizing This Month

Romans 12:9-21
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.