Monday, December 29, 2014

Make a Difference Monday - January Goals

We are days away from the New Year and many are thinking about resolutions.  I knew I wanted to change some things in 2015 but was uneasy about making resolutions.  You hear how people break their resolutions days into the month of January and I didn't want to fall in to that category.  With that in mind, I want to do things a little different.  I have decided to give 2015 a theme word and instead of resolutions, I will create monthly goals. I love the thought of accountability and putting my goals out here for anyone to read will hopefully help me to stay on track.

So, you might ask, what is my theme word for 2015?!  It's...
We attend Brazos Fellowship and recently we had a sermon on the origin of the Christmas tree.  I won't even try to explain it as well as Pastor Will did (check out the online sermon here) but my FAVORITE part came from a passage of The Message:

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."  Matthew 5:14-16

My theme word and these verses got me to thinking and below are my goals for the month of January.  Check back with me to see how I'm doing and to keep me accountable!

intentional and joy filled quiet time
Yikes!  Does this get your attention the way it does me?!  I know, without a doubt, in my heart and soul that life is better when I have my daily quiet time.  But, I also know that when things get crazy that it's one of the first things that gets neglected.  Why is that?!  Do I think God is more forgiving than others that are counting on me?  Maybe.  Do I convince myself that God created me and knows my short comings?  Kinda.  I have a deep desire to know more about my Heavenly Father but I get easily overwhelmed.  My prayer is that I can have an intentional and joy filled daily quiet time.  

* intentional with my words
Can you tell I'm really being worked on in 2015?!  I really, really want to be aware of my words.  Many times I can say something without thinking and then it's too late.  My goal is to be more intentional with the things I say.

turn our house into a home - one tiny project at a time
I have not been happy in our house for a while now.  There just seems to be so many things that need to be worked on.  Instead of focusing on the big picture, I will concentrate on those little things that I can do to turn our house into a home.

* date nights
Mike and I stink at scheduling date nights!  We don't have family near and trying to secure a babysitter can be challenging.  But, I love when we have time together - just the two of us!  So, I will try harder in January to make time for us. I love The Dating Divas site - so many great ideas!!!

* just be me!
No apologizes - I'm me.  I'm just the way that God created me.  It's up to me to be who He wants me to be.  I want to be that person.  And I want to SHINE for Him!

I'm hoping that by being more intentional in these areas that I will bless my family and those around me.  Check back with me to see how I'm doing with my goals.

Do you have goals or resolutions for 2015?  I would love to hear from you!

Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly
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2 comments:

  1. This may just be my favorite post yet! Sounds a lot like what's been on my mind too. Maybe we should work on having a date night swap so we don't have to worry about sitters. Happy New Year! I can't wait to see you SHINE

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    1. Thanks, friend! I was so eager to get these thoughts out of my head! I'm looking forward to a fabulous 2015! And, I would love to work out a date night swap! Sounds perfect!

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