Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year Goals

It seems like everyone is setting goals for the New Year.  They sound less threatening than resolutions but still invoke pangs of pressure and guilt before I've even picked up my pen.

I'm a planner at heart.  But setting myself up with a plan at this stage in my life just seems cruel and unusual punishment.  Instead, I'm trying to rest in God's arms, trust that His timing is best and even when it doesn't seem to be best, know that He will grant me the peace and energy to handle whatever it is that has come crashing (or sweetly crawling) through my door.

So my goals for this year look a bit different.

1) I want to take each day as it comes, commit it to God, and try to strike a good balance of praise, rest, work, and loving others.

2) I want to take better care of myself, physically, so that I have more energy and stamina to succeed at #1 above (going to bed earlier, walking a couple days a week, etc.).

3) If, on any given day, I fail at #1 and/or #2 above, I hope to grant myself the grace to try again the next day (without guilt and brow-beating) and extend that same grace to those around me when they mess up.  Because, Lord knows, we all mess up.

There you have it.  Those are my goals for 2015.  They are plenty for the year that lies ahead.

Love and Peace,

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  1. All the cool people are going to bed at 8pm these days. :)

  2. They sound like excellent goals to me, Jane. May God bless you and your family in the coming year.

  3. Sounds good...and wise. Especially the part about extending grace...Happy New Year! xo

  4. Perfect, Jane...just perfect.

  5. I wish more Moms, especially those with young children, would recognize the wisdom in your thoughtful goals!! Moms can be too hard on themselves - and, truly, one of the last things women in general and Moms in particular do not need is feeling more guilt and inadequacy. Thanks, Jane, for sharing these ideas, pointing us to God, and reminding us of God's grace and His sufficiency in our lives. Happy New Year!
    - Esther in NJ

  6. This is the best New Years post that I've read. I love your goals!

  7. I like these goals. I have similar goals for 2015, but w/ a few areas with specific accomplishments {like going to bed earlier, so I can be cool, too! :-))}. Your post is encouraging....thank you.

  8. Seems to me, Jane, that those three goals you listed are the very foundation for any other items which might be listed for the new year.

    Sending my very best and warmest wishes to you and your family for 2015.

  9. Very interesting blog. A lot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that attract others, but I'm most definitely interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know.


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