Renew Your Purpose, Your Priorities and Your Goals

Keep starting fresh. I have been away from home for 3 weeks. I am reviewing my goals for 2015: Spiritual, Relational, Physical, in our Our Homehome, and other life goals. How about you?

  • Review your goals
  • Refresh your to do list.
  • Walk through your home and notice where you are and what you want to accomplish.
  • Write it all down. You will forget. (At least, I do)

Do you know your purpose? Do you know your priorities? Do you have goals? If you have nothing to shoot for you will hit it every time but you will go nowhere. My purpose is to live my life in light of eternity. Living life in light of eternity means I want to know what I believe and why I believe it. Living life in light of eternity means seeking to know God and honor God. Living life in light of eternity is living a life that values what God values and honoring what God honors. What God values most is relationship. I value my relationship with God above all else. Then I value the relationships with the people God has placed in my life. Have I messed up? Over and over and over again, I have made terrible mistakes and I have done and said things I deeply regret. I will not define myself by my mistakes. I will continue to seek to be conformed to the image of Jesus. I will continue to try to learn to love like God lives. I will continue to try to learn to respect as God respects. Living life in light of eternity means my purpose will always be to be God’s woman wherever I am. IMG_0194
So my priorities are God first, family . . . husband, children, grandchildren, and parents second, the friends God had blessed me with including my fantastic sisters, brothers, their spouses, and nieces and nephews–I never cease to be amazed with the incredible friends and family God has blessed me with. I know I am repeating myself but I am so blessed.
I have goals–spiritual, mental, emotional, financial, physical, and relational.
Sit down with a pen and some paper and begin to define what your purpose is; what your priorities are; and list goals.
A goal should be specific, measurable, realistic, and have a time limit.
Not I am going to read the Bible each day but I am going to read three chapters in the Bible each day so that I can read through it in one year. I am going to use the One Year Chronological Bible New Living Translation.
Not I am going to lose weight but I am going to lose 25 lbs. in 6 months (4 pounds per month, one pound per week)by eating no more than 15 to 25 grams of sugar per day, by drinking water as my preferred beverages.

Again, take time to map where you want to go today, this week, this month, this year. Where do you hope to be in three years, in five years, in ten?
Stay flexible. Goals and dreams change and need to be renewed often and make sure your values and dreams will stand when you come face to face with Jesus some day.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

Wow! Another hit the ground running day. Overscheduled and Overcommitted.

Take principles you learn from the Bible and apply them in your life.
Take principles you learn from the Bible and apply them in your life.

I had originally not planned to go to Bible Study because before we had a series of snow days that has extended the Bible Study class schedule, I scheduled a doctor’s appointment. Well, I was asked to substitute for another teacher who is out of town and if I can ever humanly be available to lead a Bible Study I will do it—so my schedule is packed a little tighter than I want.

So far at 7:30 I have.

  • Gotten up, showered, and fixed my hair
  • Made sure the house is in order
  • Put what I need near the front door
  • Cleaned out the fridge (it’s trash day)
  • Had Quiet Time and reviewed the video for today

Next I have to

  • Get dressed
  • Someone (aka my husband) is still sleeping so the bed may not get made
  • Pick up my dry cleaning
  • Meet with someone at church before Bible Study
  • Lead the study
  • Head off to the doctor’s office
  • Have my eyebrows waxed
  • Go to the gym
  • Pick up my grandson and take him up to school for the Bard a thon
  • Enjoy the Bard a thon
  • Take my grandson home and get home around 9 tonight

This is what I call a too busy day. It happens sometimes but I cannot allow it to happen too often and especially not every day. We need to allow breathing time in between our commitments. If today’s schedule were a more regular occurrence, I would need to cut about half of these things out other than getting up and cleaned up, having Quiet Time, and making sure my home is in order. Those basics need to happen every day.

If I had known that I was going to be teaching today, I would have scheduled the doctor’s appointment for another day. When I am teaching, I want my head and my heart clear. My Quiet Time this morning has me ready for the day, but I cannot expect to overschedule regularly and have peace in my heart, and my head.

Overscheduling and over-commitment are a major problem today. There is way too much schedule clutter and so our life with God, and our families, as well as caring for our home are all neglected. All too often we let those difficult to get appointments with doctors and even our hair dresser and nail technician usurp the time we need to be in Bible Study or in other things that support what we call priorities. We are taking my grandson to his school activity because he did not let his mom know and she has a much postponed meeting at that time. Planning time each week is needed for planning time throughout the week. If we back into our schedule we are not managing our lives, our lives are managing us.

The most, most, most important things in our lives are not things, they are relationships. First of all our relationship with God, and then our relationship with our husband, our children and grandchildren, and the other people God has given us to love. If you are routinely too busy for time with God, for family worship in your home and at church, for your husband, and for your children, you are too busy and something needs to change –FAST. You need time to hug, to listen, to pray, to care. You need time to bless the people around you and be a blessing. If you are continually running here and there you are cooperating with the enemies plan to steal your life. STOP. Consider your life. Consider your commitments and reorder what is out of place.

  1. A personal relationship with the Lord that governs your life.
  2. Your best friendship with your husband. Doing him good and not evil all the days of his life.
  3. Your best momship with your children. Loving them enough to do the hard things. Taking time to teach them and communicate what is important in life.
  4. Then time for being a good representative for the Lord wherever you go and in every relationship and transaction.

Purpose, Priorities, Goals

Do you know your purpose? Do you know your priorities? Do you have goals? If you have nothing to shoot for you will hit it every time but you will go nowhere. My purpose is to live my life in light of eternity. Living life in light of eternity means I want to know what I believe and why I believe it. Living life in light of eternity means seeking to know God and honor God. Living life in light of eternity is living a life that values what God values and honoring what God honors. What God values most is relationship. I value my relationship with God above all else. Then I value the relationships with the people God has placed in my life. Have I messed up? Over and over again, I have made terrible mistakes and I have done and said things I deeply regret. I will not define myself by my mistakes. I will continue to seek to be conformed to the image of Jesus. I will continue to try to learn to love like God lives. I will continue to try to learn to respect as God respects. Living life in light of eternity means my purpose will always be to be God’s woman wherever I am. IMG_0194
So my priorities are God first, family . . . husband, children, grandchildren, and parents second, the friends God had blessed me with including my fantastic sisters, brothers, their spouses, and nieces and nephews–I never cease to be amazed with the incredible friends and family God has blessed me with. I know I am repeating myself but I am so blessed.
I have goals–spiritual, mental, emotional, financial, physical, and relational.
Sit down with a pen and some paper and begin to define what your purpose is; what your priorities are; and list goals.
A goal should be specific, measurable, realistic, and have a time limit.
Not I am going to read the Bible each day but I am going to read three chapters in the Bible each day so that I can read through it in one year. I am going to use the One Year Chronological Bible New Living Translation.
Not I am going to lose weight but I am going to lose 25 lbs. in 6 months (4 pounds per month, one pound per week)by eating no more than 15 to 25 grams of sugar per day, by drinking water as my preferred beverages. Again, take time to map where you want to go today, this week, this month, this year. Where do you hope to be in three years, in five years, in ten?
Stay flexible. Goals and dreams change and need to be renewed often and make sure your values and dreams will stand when you come face to face with Jesus some day.
More tomorrow,
Love and Hugs,
Mary

What is most important to you?

Our HomeWhat is most important to you or what are your priorities?

Do your priorities show up in the way you spend your time and money?

If this were your last day or even your last hour on earth, what would matter most to you?

If you knew you were going to live another 70, 80, 90, 100 years, what would be important to you?

My priorities are:

  1. God
  2. My husband Roy
  3. My family — my children, grandchildren, siblings and the spouses of each category.
  4. Everything else come after these.

This has not always shown up in my choices, my spending, or the way I spent my time because I just didn’t think about it.

Now the question is am I spending time on things that don’t matter and neglecting the things that do.

If you work outside your home when the day comes for you to meet your Maker you will not have wanted to spend more time at work.

If you spend lots of time surfing online and playing games are you neglecting relationships and things like caring for your home that will make your daily and family life better?

There are things we enjoy and things we need to do but how can we live our lives in ways that more clearly show what is important to us?

My husband Roy became very ill in February and had to have surgery. I have always considered my priorities but this made me consider them anew in a way I had not before.

You cannot count on that dear one to always be there. You cannot count on having more time for your relationship with God to be nailed down.

Resolve today to make each day the best day of your life. Consider your priorities and live them.

Hugs,

Mary

Are you ready to celebrate His resurrection? What do you need to do? What are your plans for remembering the death and resurrection of the One who loves you so much he lived and died so you could have an eternal relationship with Him?

Will this year’s celebration of His resurrection be just about bunnies and eggs and candy or will it reflect why we as believers celebrate New Life in Christ?

What are your plans with your family? Where are you sharing your family celebration? Is your home ready for guests?

I don’t clean my home for company. I clean it for my family and company also gets to enjoy the benefit.