Monday, November 4, 2013

November Goals - Follow HIM

I finally sat down and worked through Lara Casey's "Make It Happen" booklet that she made for us at the Influence Conference. It was a lot about dreams, fears, and goals - but in a Christ centered way. SO refreshing. 

With phrases like "Follow Your Heart" and "Follow Your Dreams" floating around everywhere in this world (and on Pinterest) it's easy to become focused on what I want and what my plans are for my life. The life that was given to me by a loving Creator. By the One who redeemed me from my sinful self. The same sinful self that apparently has all the right plans? No. I do not, in fact, know what's best for me. I've tried that. It wasn't pretty.
Being a follower of Christ is a full-time thing. It's not something to throw in to the mix of my life and think happy thoughts about once in a while. It affects EVERYTHING I do. 
"Then Jesus told His disciples, 'If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?" - Matthew 16:24-26
It's not about me. Actually, let me rephrase that: I don't want it to be about me. Because, yes, I am going to have selfish times. While I'm here on this earth I'm going to struggle with my flesh. But Christ is inviting me to surrender to what He wants, to walk in the Spirit. To forsake what my flesh wants and have an eternal perspective. 
I'm saved by grace through faith. I'm covered in God's grace. I now have Jesus' righteousness in place of my filthiness. But it doesn't just stop there. I won't just sit and wait and play it safe. I want that abundant life that Jesus talks about in John 10:10. Abundance that comes through surrender
When talking about goals in the booklet that she gave us, Lara Casey told us to ask these three questions about our goals:

I love these questions. They are convicting, challenging, and Christ-centered. They build an excellent lens to look through when crafting goals - short term or long term. 

So here are some of my November goals:
  • Set apart time in God's Word and for prayer journaling each day.
  • Work on BSF 3-4 days of the week. 
  • Devote 30 min. to one hour to cleaning the house each weekday. 
  • No dishes left in the sink at night.
  • Finish Respecting my Husband series.
  • Finish my one year Bible reading plan (that turned into two years).
  • Make sure to set apart time with the Lord during our three trips this month. 
  • Take Christmas card pictures and order cards.
  • Send three hand-written notes (thank you/encouragement) per week. 
  • Plan meals each week.
  • Finish planning new blog design.
  • Post on blog each weekday.
  • Work out at least four times per week.
  • Set apart at least 30 min. each weekday to answer emails.
  • Finish planning Christmas shopping and budget.
  • Plan youth group movie night and youth group girls' day. 
  • DON'T start another book until I finish the ones I'm already reading. :) 
These are small things - not grand in any way. But I'm learning to be faithful in the little things for the Lord and for our family. (Luke 16:10) I'm a big idea person and sometimes I can become too focused on dreaming and not on the small things. 

What are some of your November goals?

I'm linking up with Hayley at The Tiny Twig to share goals. I like how she talked about setting three must-do goals each day and not being overwhelmed. Such a great idea.

Happy November from the Shelleys! We had a wonderful time in the mountains of NC this past weekend. :) Hope you enjoyed your extra hour on Sunday!
Ashley

4 comments:

  1. "It is a great thing to do a little thing well." :) Great post!

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  2. Hey friend!!! I love your goals. I need to sit down and intentionally write some out!

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  3. They may not be huge, but they're good, and there's a lot of them! Good luck! :)

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  4. I love your blog and i'm eagerly waiting for you to complete respecting your husband series :) Cheers

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