Top 4 Goals to set for an Amazing New Year

There is always a sense of newness, resolution, gone with the past – when we enter a new year. What’s different for you this year? This week’s devotional (thanks to Alan Lyle) we’re reminded of the top four goals we should set for the new year. You may already have in mind some of your goals for this coming year, but why not spend some time in prayer. Ask God for direction, seek His will, and guidance for each step into 2015.

Make everyday count! create 365 amazing 2015

4 Goals for the New Year

  1. Spiritual – John 15:15 abide in the vine of Christ. Read His Word daily, get involved in a Bible study. Share your faith with someone, set a goal of how many people you will minister to this year.
  2. Mind – Engage your mind. Proverbs 1:5 “let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” NIV – Learn something new, teach/share with others what you learn.
  3. Emotional relationships – Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3 talks about Rules for Holy living. 3:13 says, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
  4. Physical – taking care of your ‘temple’. Set goals for a healthier lifestyle. I Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”

My challenges change and develop over the year, but I need to start somewhere so I’m praying for direction and setting up plans for:

  1. Growing the ministry I work in to increase the number of people we reach out to 100 new people this year. Invest time/resources into a new church start-up. Balance time in ministry, family, work ministry and taking care of myself.
  2. Be a better listener, share/teach others what I have learned and pray about teaching a course online or workshop. Also praying about teaching within a local home school coop.
  3. Follow the Rules of Holy living.
  4. Stay active regularly. I started using the RunKeeper app training program to work up to jogging continuously in a 5k by Feb 2015. By eating healthily and moving regularly (walk/jog 3x week and gym 2-3x week – or going to Disney and walking 7 miles!) I can prevent the ailments that plague our family and society. I’ll track my health through routine blood lab results, weight and health checks in general.

I can walk a 5k easily, however my husband runs 5 and 10k races and I don’t like running. In order to challenge myself physically, although I have trained and completed two Tinman Triathlons in Hawaii, since moving to Orlando I haven’t been able to adjust to the environment well enough to want to compete. I still bike and swim but bad knees have held me back from jogging.

  • I will train 3 times a week to walk/jog and eventually full jog the entire 5k on March 7.
  • I will train 3 times a week to walk/jog and complete a 5k w/my husband at the Clermont Waterfront park run by end of Feb.
  • I will continue training 3 times a week and jog the entire 5k by end of March at the Clermont parkrun. (Free weekly 5k timed runs)

What are your 4 Goals for this coming year?

If you haven’t set any yet, take some time to pray about it and ask for God’s guidance.

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds;  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Life’s Lessons, New Insights, New Year…

2011 – I thought I’d start another blog and then decided to combine it with my devo blog. This in contrast to my other writings in order to write about some of the things that I have been going through personally as a new wife, stepmom, living in a different state and culture than I was accustomed to. In addition, the challenges of changes to my body as I not so always gracefully age – the journey of understanding the meaning of life for me here as I know it, and how my relationship with God my Father impacts the rest of how I strive to live day by day.

I started journaling my daily Bible devotions some years ago when I first learned a study method at my home church. Since then I have been able to learn and grow more than I have in my lifetime of studying the Bible. I’ll be blogging some of what I journal using the SOAP method –

I find that journaling my devotions allows me to better understand the scriptures I am reading, go back and reflect on things I wrote in the past and see where God is leading, and where I need to follow. I hear Him much clearer when I journal my devotions, rather then just reading alone.

I’m starting to read a book by Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) founder Bill Bright. You can read my review here: “My Life Is Not My Own.” Dr. Bright talks about how we are to be “slaves to God.” Which can be a hard pill to swollow in our American cultural understanding of what it means to be a slave.  However the scripture says in Romans 6:22 that “we have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”  Verse 16 says that were slaves to sin, obeying what the master of that sin was – whether it was a person, job, habit – whatever, we did whatever the master of that sin was. We are to be slaves to Christ who is our “go between” to God.

It’s interesting to note that as I read just the beginnings of this book that is opened by letters from Dr. Bright’s wife Vonette, their two sons who are in ministry, and the present president of CCC – even as Dr. Bright spoke to the ministry workers and interviewers and basically everyone he came into contact with – he would say that he never had any problems. When in Dr. Bright explained what he meant by this statement, which baffled many; he stated that as a slave to God, only God has all the problems, as his slave we didn’t have to worry about the problem, we just had to be obedient, as God would figure out all the details of how he wanted to orchestrate the issues of the problems and tell or guide us (his slaves) to complete the tasks at hand.

Welcome to a more intimate view of my life, my journey.

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Problems that require us to go through a process

How to recognize some problems require us to go through a process

Reading:Gen 5:1-7:24, Matt 3:7-4:11, Psalm 3:1-8, Proverbs 1:10-19

Message from: Luke 18:1-8

Title: Recognize Some Problems Require a Process

S – Scripture: “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18: 7-8

O – Observation: Luke 18: 1-8 talks about the Parable of the Widow. This is a story that Jesus told about a woman who wouldn’t give up. According to Luke, Jesus told the story of a persistent woman in order that we could learn v1 that ‘men always ought to pray and not lose heart’.

A – Application:  I will continue to pray, be consistent and persistent. Whatever I do, unless I receive a clear Word or sign from God that I am going in the wrong direction and need to refocus, I need to not give up.  In Hawaiian we say, Imua, Imua, a Lanakila which means forward, forward to victory. As long as I am in line with God according to His word, through prayer – whatever I’m praying or working towards is all in God’s time, not my own. Although I can set timelines for myself and strive to hit those goals, I need to remember that I shouldn’t give up what God has asked of me. If something isn’t happening at my time or place or whatever, I just need to know that it may not be God’s time.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your Word. Thank you for bible teachers and leaders who are an example of daily devotions and seeking you to teach others. Help me to know and do your will. Mold me and give me direction.

–         Prayer for others:

–         Stan and his family as he lost his father yesterday.

–         Prayer for Kim, thankful that doctors were able to remove all of the cancer and now that she’s going thru chemo and/or radiation to make sure there’s no more growth, also prayer that you comfort her as we’re coming to the one year anniversary of her husband Kevin, who went home to be with you after many years of service to your people and his battle with cancer.

–         For Truman & Elizabeth as they follow Your call.


In today’s American Society of fast food, disposable everything, quick fix – it’s all too easy to say; “I tried that, it didn’t work,” and that would be the end of the story.  Often times if we pray and seek God and the answer isn’t instantaneous, or when “we” want it, we give up and say, “It must not have been God’s will.”  We also need to remember that it may not be God’s will for what we’re praying for “right now” but in His time. Or it could be we are suffering a consequence for sin. Or it could be we need to go through the process of whatever it is we are going through so that we can grow, build character, AND then and only then would God be able to use us to glorify His kingdom.

I often think about the “process” when my mom was very ill, she had spent months in the hospital, came home briefly, only to return to the hospital again and then went into a semi-comatose state and went home to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving Day 1993.  I wondered if I were to ask God, “why?” if that would make me seem like I didn’t have faith in Him. Well, maybe I’ll write about this another time as that’s a whole story in itself.  However, for this post I’ll note that if it were not for the “process” that my mom went through, I would not have been able to have the one conversation that has carried me through everyday of my walk with Christ. I’ll make this short as to say I went to my mom’s bedside as I felt God prompting me to ask, I didn’t want to as I stated before I felt like I was showing a lack of faith, however God knew what I needed to hear. I sat beside her, held her hand, trying to hold my tears back, and said, “Mom, do you ever questions God?” She looked at me and said, “No, I trust my Jesus.”  We sat in silence for a while, as I knew that God had used her to teach me, that no matter what, I too, could trust in ‘my Jesus’. Everything for a purpose and God’s timing.

Last night we went to church and the pastor talked about Revolution vs. Resolution for the New Year.  Although I read my daily devotions before going to service, often times I hear or read other scriptures and want to journal on those instead so that’s what I did for today. I also liked the five points that the pastor talked about which I will summarize here for my future reverence.

New Year’s Revolution – when people normally make new year’s resolutions to the problems they want to correct or improve, the pastor spoke on making a revolution. Here’s his five points from this weekend’s message:

1. See your problem as a problem. – Amos 3:1

2. Compare your problem to God’s purpose. – Phil 3:14

3. Submit your problem to God’s power. – I Corin 12:12-25

4. Recognize some problems require a process. – Luke 18:1-8

5. Remember everyday is a great day to start a revolution. – Hebrews 3:7