In 2016 I want to put more effort in to getting ahead on things. As someone who likes working with “To Do” lists, I think I subconsciously have a habit of keeping things on my list until the time they’re actually due. Are you like that too?
Things like projects around the house, planning for upcoming Sunday worship services, meal prep, or writing ‘thank you’ and birthday cards. Rather than waiting until they need to get done, I can be doing things as time allows – Of course, the secret is not saying ‘yes’ to more than I can handle! Are the things I’m putting on my list going to get me to where I want to be? Do they fit in with my passions, purpose and goals?
I hope 2016 will be a year of “Now” and that I can clear things off my lists sooner than they need to be!
There are a few things I plan to focus on in the year of 2016. One of them is broadening my choices for healthy meal options. This would include meal prepping and putting a lot of mileage on my slow cooker so I have time to focus on the other things I enjoy in life; things like spending more time outdoors, doing crafts, and in The Word. Another small thing I want to do this New Year is celebrate my graduation of post-secondary! It is my goal to finish on a high note. I also want to grow a new aloe plant because mine died (R.I.P. Cecelia).
In 2016 I really want to establish a more consistent prayer & Scripture reading time each morning. Currently I am finding that I only occasionally spend the time I want in the morning and far too often rush through a short devotional and a prayer or two before tackling the other things that need to be done before heading out the door in the morning. I want to solidify the habit of spending a minimum of 20 minutes each morning reading and meditating on Scripture and listening to God’s voice. The goal is to start each day off on the right track by getting closer to God and listening for HIs voice speaking into my life. I have been able to develop the habit of a regular exercise workout most mornings so why not put in the place the time for what is even more important – spending time with God!
In 2016 my goal is to compliment more with a special focus on strangers. When I receive good customer service, why not find the manager and tell them so. Or eat at a nice restaurant write them a great Google review. I hope to build and encourage others more in 2016.
This year, I’d like to be more intentional about strengthening individual relationships, esp. with my co-workers, my wife, & my two sons.
I feel God is building in me a greater desire for prayer and after seeing the movie ‘War Room’ I’ve rearranged my living room and have brought back my prayer chair. This is where I now sit to read my bible, wait on the Lord, pray and petition His throne of grace, and yes, I’ve now started to journal. This is one area that I’ve struggled with and I’m not sure why. I’ve started writing my thoughts and struggles, asking God to help me process them to bring clarity and focus for what He would be calling me to pray / do. I’ve also started writing down my dreams and visions, asking God to give me understanding into them. I’m amazed at what God is teaching me as I intentionally give this area of my life focus believing He is willing to teach all those who seek Him.