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

Monday, February 10, 2014: Routines; Intentional in the Kitchen; Intentional in Your Relationship with God; Wrapping Up Ephesians–Get Ready for Colossians

Monday, February 10, 2014

Bible Reading: Exodus 21-22; Psalm 34

Area of Focus, February 8-14: The Kitchenimage

Monday is Launch Your Week Day

  • Pick up your home after the weekend
  • Clean Your Toilets
  • Check Your Bathrooms for any needed items and add to your shopping list before you run out.

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love

 

Living Life on Purpose

 

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.

Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

 Jeremiah 29:11

 

This week we are considering being intentional about our relationship with God. First, though, our Area of Focus for the week is the kitchen. I am sharing again the Kitchen Cleaning Checklist:

My fridge
My fridge

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

  • Are there any cobwebs? (M)
  • Are the light fixtures and ceiling fan clean? (M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean? (M)
  • Is your refrigerator clean —inside and outside? (M) Are there fingerprints? (as needed) Are you using leftovers? (D) Do any items need to be tossed?(M)
  • Is your freezer clean? (M) Are there any foods that need to be used before they go out of date? (M)
  • Is your microwave clean inside and out? (M or as needed)
  • Are your stove top and oven clean?(M or as needed)
  • Are your drip pans or grates clean? Do they need to be replaced? (M)
  • Is the stove hood and filter clean? (M)
  • Are canisters and decorative items clean? (M)
  • Are there fingerprints or other marks on walls, window sills and woodwork?(M)
  • Are doors and door frames free of marks?(M)
  • Are baseboards clean? (M)
  • Are cabinet fronts clean? (M)
  • Do your cabinets need to be put in order? (M)
  • Is your under sink cabinet clean and in order? (M)
  • Are your countertops clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Is your sink clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Are your floors swept? (D)
  • Do your floors need to be mopped? (W or as needed)
  • Are the dishes done and put away (D) Is the dishwasher empty?(D)

IMG_0371Today’s Task in Being Intentional in Your Relationship with God

I humbly urge you, my brothers and sister, because of the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice to God which is the gift He truly wants from you. And do not conform yourself to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you might know that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 my paraphrase)

  • Give the gift of yourself to God and He will give a transformed person back to you and the people in your life.
  • Renew yourself continually by living in God’s presence.
  • Expose yourself regularly to His Word
  • Respond to His presence in and with you by knowing and doing His good, acceptable and perfect will. Be a conduit of His love and grace and mercy and goodness to those people He has given you to love.

Do you begin each day with a Quiet Time? Be intentional in your relationship with God by reserving the first moments of your day for Him. Take a few minutes to:

  • Pray (simply talking to God about your day and your concerns. God is bigger than all your challenges; and
  • Read one to three chapters from your Bible.

 

Walking Through Ephesians: Wrapping Up Ephesians—Get Ready for ColossiansIMG_0351

What are Paul’s final instructions?

  • 18Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.
  • Stay alert and
  • be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.f
  • 19And pray for me, too.

How are we to pray for Paul?

  • Ask God to give me the right words

Why?

  •  so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.
  •  20I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

To finish Ephesians Paul shares news and sends greetings:

  • 21To bring you up to date, Tychicus will give you a full report about what I am doing and how I am getting along.

Who is Tychicus?

  • He is a beloved brother and faithful helper in the Lord’s work. 22I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you.

What are Paul’s final words?

  • 23Peace be with you, dear brothers and sisters,h and
  • may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness.
  • 24May God’s grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians is very similar to Ephesians so tomorrow we will begin to inch through Colossians.

Hugs,

Mary

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bible Reading: Exodus 23-24; Psalm 35

Area of Focus, February 8-14: The Kitchen

Tuesday is Duster Dance Day

Dusting is a dreaded task for many people, so make it fun. Put on music. Grab a duster that you can have fun with. Chicken feather dusters are NO fun! They only move the dust around. Ostrich feather dusters are incredible. They capture dust so you can go outside and release it to the world. Lambswool and Swiffer dusters work, too.

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love