I can hardly believe 2010 is under two hours away! 2009 was a wonderful year for our family, and my prayer is that God will continue to grow us in Him throughout this year. I set some goals last year, and with the introduction of Katie to our family, they fell to the wayside. With my husband's counsel (some of them are joint efforts), I have set several goals for this year and by God's grace, I plan to stick to them. It is my desire to serve God by being the best wife, mother, and homemaker I can be, and I think my goals reflect that desire.
::Daily devotions. I have not been as faithful in this as I should have been in recent months, and I am determined to get back on track with daily Bible reading and prayer (we do devotions together as a family most days, but I am referring more to private devotions). My preference is to do it first thing in the morning, but if I can fit it in at some point during the day, I will be happy. To kickstart this, I am joining Read Through the Bible in 90 Days. My sister-in-law down the road will be doing it too, which should help keep me accountable. I want my mind to be saturated with God's word, and live in obedience to it.
::Memorize the book of John. I am young, and at this point in life, memorization comes pretty easy to me when I actually take the time to do it. I know I will regret it when I'm older if I waste these years in this regard, and I want to hide God's Word in my heart that I might not sin against Him! If I do 17 verses each week, it will take 51 weeks. And, for me, this is pretty doable if I stick to it. My sister-in-law and I are planning to do this together, too.
::Complete a Home Management Binder. I won a year subscription to ListPlanIt, and I am hoping to use these lists to put together a usable binder to help me be better organized with my homemaking endeavors.
::Lose weight. I'm not brave enough to share numbers with the world, but I'd like to be 10 pounds less than I was when I got pregnant with Katie. This means I need to lose about 30 pounds (!). Definitely can be done in a year if I stick to it. I am planning to do this by changing what I eat and implementing an exercise routine.
::Improve the quality of our food. Several mini-goals fall under this. One major one is eliminating sugar in favor of natural sweeteners (sucanat, honey, pure maple syrup, stevia) in our home. I have experimented with sucanat in recent weeks in baked goods and Ben doesn't mind it at all so that's a good start. This goal will involve making a lot more from scratch since almost everything pre-packaged has sugar (pasta sauce, crackers, etc). I bake with freshly ground flour, but I also hope to begin soaking our grains. Additionally, I would like to find sources for quality meat, eggs, and dairy (preferably raw and local).We are already eating mostly organic, seasonal produce, because it is very reasonably priced at our grocery store. I am planning to have a small garden in the spring to supplement this.
::Finish 6 classes. I am slowly working on a correspondence degree in Christian Education from Whitefield College. I am realizing more and more that if I want to finish, I will have to work on it sooner rather than later. I am scheduled to finish two classes by the end of this month, so I have somewhat of a headstart on this. :)
::Get on a budget, set aside an emergency fund, pay off debt. We live frugally, but have not been on a strict budget yet. Due in part to my unexpected hospital stay when Katie was born, we have a small amount of debt. We want to set aside a small ($1000) emergency fund to prevent any more debt and then focus on paying it all off, hopefully being completely debt free by the end of 2010!
::Blogging. I have several goals in mind to improve my blog over the course of the next year, which I will, Lord willing, be hashing out more fully next week.
May God bless you and your families and grow you in the knowledge of His Word unto the praise of the glory of His grace in the coming year!
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