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

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

Today is Friday the Seventh Day of November

Today is Friday the seventh day of November 2014.

IMG_0003Today is the day I wrap up this first week of the month. I will put my car in order. I will make sure my purse and wallet are in order. I will vacuum the traffic areas in my home but in my Area of Focus for this first week—the Living Room—I will take time to do a thorough job of vacuuming. I will vacuum under, around and behind the furniture. I will vacuum the tops of the drapes. I will vacuum under the cushions of the couch and loveseat.
Yesterday I shared on home organization and time management with a Bible study based on Titus 2. My topic is hospitality. Central to all I do in my home is that I do not clean for company. I clean, declutter, organize, and care for my home for my family and myself. I want each of us to have a welcoming and pleasant place to be. I have come to recognize that having my home as a welcoming and pleasant place to be has to do with my attitude. If my home is spotless and orderly as well as lovely but I am so engrossed in perfection that I don’t want anyone to touch anything, I am missing the mark. Life happens in homes, we teach our children to pick up after themselves so our homes will remain pleasant places to live but we teach in love with a spirit of joy and peace. It is a challenge but it is a worthwhile challenge.

When I and the other mentors share at that Bible Study, we bring things from our home. I took scrapbooks, and some of the tools I use to declutter, clean, and organize. When I arrived home last night I left most of those things in the car because it was dark and rainy. The first task on my list this morning it to take the bags out of my car and return the items to their homes in my home. I also had a meeting yesterday that I took my tote for that organization to that meeting. I need to go through that tote and make sure than everything is in order. I took a book to show to a friend who is looking for a resource and that book now needs to back into the bookcase. I hang my totes on hangers in the closet in my office. In the next meeting in January, I will know exactly where my materials are despite the two month lapse of time.IMG_0011

So I guess what I am trying to share with you this morning is to remember why you are trying to create and keep an orderly, clean, and welcoming home—not as a showcase for your decorating and organizing—but as a home and sanctuary for the people who live there. I also want to share that small strategies done consistently will make your life so much easier.

Love and Hugs,
Mary

Saturday is Family Fun Day–work and play as a family.

Sunday is Worship and Planning Day–worship as a family and then coordinate your week. Get all the family’s activities for the next few weeks on the calendar and make a note of any clothes or anything else that will be needed for those activities.

Our Area of Focus for the next week (8th-14th) is the Kitchen.

Monday Launch Your Week by cleaning your toilets and checking to see what cleaning, personal care, and paper products you will need to buy when you shop. Add those items to your list. Do not trust your memory. This will save you time and money by avoiding repeat trips to whatever store you shop.