It’s February so I thought I’d Share My New Year’s Goals

I took it pretty easy on myself this year.  In December I decided t0 give myself all of January to come up with my New Year’s Goals and then not start working on them until February.

They are:
Read a book a week ( I started this in January and I’m more than on target)

Read my Bible every day (not doing well so far)

Also read my Bible in Visaya every day. (I am ashamed)

Duolingo Spanish and Korean daily (I’m doing quite well with this)

Review my Visaya lessons every day (not even once so far, although I did some time working on learning a hymn in Visaya)

At least an hour a day with house-cleaning/organizing.  (I was doing well with this, and then we out of town company and I enjoyed them immensely and didn’t want to get back to normal, and then I had the flu).  Actually, this is going to have to be more than an hour a day at some point, but right now my husband has a part time job from home, so he’s here doing a lot while I catch up on writing projects and recover from the flu.  Looks like I’ve shared it, though, so I’ll have to up my game

Lose weight.  I know you’re supposed to be more specific about what and how and all that, but my goal is to fit comfortably in a shirt I like, and I don’t know what I would have to lose to do that.  I need specifically to lose bulk in my upper arms more than anything else for that shirt to fit.  I don’t know how I am doing on that because I am not going to try it on again for three months, but the flu definitely gave me a jump start on the weight loss.  My exercise program consists of putting the rebounder down in my room in the morning and I leave it out and jump on it a few times a day as I pass through. I also leave one of those stretchy rubber exercise bands by the toilet in the bathroom and whenever I have to use the comfort room I do a few arm exercise using an exercise band. I would like to get back to walking every day, but I suspect I won’t be up to that until it gets considerably warmer outside. Like, summertime warm.   I’m still not adapted from the Philippines.

Draw something several times a week- mostly using the little yellow booklet by Bruce McIntyre that I have had for 30 years.

Those are mine.  They are all physical or intellectual, right?  It’s not that I don’t have any spiritual growth needs, Lord knows I am a mess and I totally do.  It’s just that they can be summed up by growing closer to God, putting myself in a place of more willing obedience.

The fruit of the spirit is singular, not plural.  It’s not merely the natural outgrowth of resolutions and habits.  It’s growing out of the right soil, tended by the right Gardener, and I’m not going to worry about my spiritual fruit this year. I’m going to focus on my relationship with the Gardener and let Him do the pruning, weeding, fertilizing and so on.  I’m not very good at it.


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  1. Lisa Beth W.
    Posted February 4, 2019 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Oh! We have that little yellow book, too. Such a gem, little though it is.
    And such a good resolution with regard to the fruit of the Spirit! Let Him have His way and focus on loving Him with all your heart, soul, strength and mind.

  2. Vi
    Posted February 8, 2019 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    My goals (never resolutions, always goals) are always of the concrete, tangible kind just like the ones you posted. Not because I don’t have intangible ways I need to improve but because for me the concrete REALLY helps me to attain the goals. And besides, how does one quantify being a better Christian, wife, daughter etc? I haven’t found a way and setting a vague standard tends to lead to pride and then failure in my life. (As in thinking “Man, I am doing WELL at being a better Christian.” which is of course ironically when one is worst at it.) And so, like your goals above, my New Year’s goals are always physical, tangible, quantifiable ones, and the spiritual, the work of the heart I leave unspoken between myself and God.

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