Put Your Dreams and Goals Before You

 Photo by Brooke Lark

Photo by Brooke Lark

Good Monday morning to you this first day of 2018!

Well, here we are at the beginning of a new year.  It always feels like the slate is clean and it’s time to plan dreams and goals for this year.  So what are your dreams and goals for 2018?  Are you starting something new? Do you have big plans?  I do.

Let me mention just a few of my dreams and goals for 2018.

1.      Advance my writing – specifically growing my blog audience

2.      Complete 2 books and publish them

3.      Minimalize my house for next year’s move

4.      Finish reading the Bible all the way through

Notice, I did not say “resolution”, I said dreams and goals.  A few years ago I started making vision boards.  The first year I did it I was blown away be all the things that actually happened.  NO, I don’t think the stars aligned to make my dreams come true that year.  What I noticed is that with the vision board front and center, I thought about my goals daily and I did something to work for them. 

Habakkuk 2:2 says,  And the Lord answered me:

“Write the vision;

make it plain on tablets,

so he may run who reads it.”

Setting my 2018 dreams and goals in front of me help me see the written vision made plain so I might run to it. That’s what a vision board does for me.  I like to use this rather than resolutions in a notebook. 

Everyone knows that most resolutions end before the month of January does.  So why waste your time making resolutions.  Why not set your dreams and goals before you in a way that you can plainly see them and then run toward your dreams and goals.

If you want to accomplish your goals, 

1. put them in front of you so you can see them every day

2. make them measurable

3. and make them realistic but with just a little stretch.

May your 2018 dreams and goals come true!  I know they can with some prayer and hard work.

Happy New Year!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you and yours have a very special day planned tomorrow!  If not, plan it now.  No, you don’t have to go somewhere or even have the traditional Thanksgiving meal. What I’m talking about is being thankful!

Every year, my family will gather around a Thanksgiving meal and read aloud things that we are thankful for.  We try to do at least 10 each.  We stop at 10 each only so we can get to other fun things together.

I usually print out little slips that read like this:

I am thankful for _________________________________________________________.

These all go in a jar or bowl and we pass them around so each one of us can pull out one at a time to read aloud. We don’t sign the slips because part of our fun is guessing who wrote which one.  Of course some are easier to figure out than others.  For example, we know “I am thankful for deer season” comes from Dad!

You know we cover all the obvious things like family and friends and certain material things.  We all feel compelled to list “salvation” as our top item that we are thankful.  (That is definitely something for which I am thankful!) But usually there is something each year that just floors us. Invariably, someone will write a deep note about one thing they are thankful that takes us all by surprise.  I just love those moments!

So if you are looking for a tradition to start for Thanksgiving, give the “I’m thankful for” idea a try.  You just might be surprise at what you hear!

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers” I Thessalonians 1:2