My desire this year is to submit my life to the Lord.
Surrender: “to give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield.” (Dictionary.com)
When I was praying about and preparing for this upcoming year, there was a lot on my heart.
My notes started:
- start my days with God
- spend more quality time with my kids
- keep the house clean
- go to bed early and rise early
- stop spending excessively
I have many desires as a child of God, wife and mom—as you can see. While I was journaling, I ran across a mission statement I wrote years ago. By it, I was reminded that above all else, my desire is to please God. It said:
My mission is to love God and my family by submitting my life to Christ and dying daily as I pursue my roles as wife and mother.
To accomplish this mission, I am committed:
To grow closer to God, one day at a time, allow Him to change me, and ultimately look more like Jesus.
To be a more loving and affectionate wife, totally submitting to and respecting my husband.
To be a more loving, patient, consistent, organized, and prepared mother who disciples and disciplines her children according to God’s word.
To be a strong, wise, and dignified homemaker who follows a schedule but is not ruled by it, keeps her home clean and organized, laundry in order, and meals prepared.
To be a bold and confident intercessor/minister of the Gospel who faithfully allows the Lord to lead her steps so that God may be glorified and souls saved!
My life goals:
1. Read through entire bible
2. Climb a mountain
3. Plant a church w/ hubby
4. Have loving and lasting friendships w/ children
5. To walk as a true example of Christ’s light and love
6. Be joyful and content
7. Have my own successful business
8. Respect & submit to hubby
9. Be an effective minister of the Gospel
10. Get out of Debt
11. Purchase a Home
Goals for 2013
Relationship w/ God
Daily Devotion | Better Communication | Pray More | Journaling | Fight for Joy | No More Sinful Anger | Persevere through Trials | Keeping the Sabbath | Grateful Heart | Laziness | Bitterness | Perspective | Attitude
Submission | Affection | Intimacy | Gentle Tone | Gentle, Quiet Spirit | Date Nights, 2/month | Family Meeting
Love Children | Disciple Children | Discipline Children | Pray for Children | Grooming (baths, hair, teeth, nails) | Gentle Tone | No TV M-F
Spending Freeze | Budgeting | No Credit Cards/New Debt
Personal (modest, feminine dress) | Dress Everyday | Regular Hygiene | Other (handmade gifts, meals/desserts) | Hospitality | Dinner | Game Nights
Bed Early, Rise Early | Create Meal Plan (Weekly) | Prepare Meals (Consistently) | Keep Schedule
Health & Fitness
Healthy Meals | Exercise | Water | Vitamins
Weekly Lesson Planning | Create Learning Goals | Calendar Center
Celebration of Discipline | Choosing Gratitude | Language of Love & Respect | Power of Praying Parent | Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness | Uprooting Anger | Gospel Powered Parenting | Running Scared | Gospel | Centered Discipleship | Explicit Gospel | Healing Care, Healing Prayer | Crazy Busy | Hidden Art of Homemaking
Goals for 2017
In addition to my goals from 2013, this year, I desire to keep a gratitude journal as well as a prayer journal.
Initially, I was excited to have all my goals in one place (neat, tidy, and organized). Then, I started to feel a bit overwhelmed. For years now my desires have been the same, yet, I have been able to accomplish very little. What I’ve realized is that I have been trying to do things on my own, when I should have been crying out to the Lord and relying on Him to lead and guide me through each day.
I have five small children, ages 7, 6, 4, 2, and 11 months. I have a husband who runs his own small business, and we are on the GAPS Diet, created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, which promotes natural digestive healing. We decided to do this diet because our oldest child was diagnosed with Autism in 2015. The diet requires that you consume homemade broths, well cooked vegetables, and fruit. Everything that you eat on the diet must be fresh and prepared from scratch.
When I think about my goals, desires, and aspirations for 2017, I realize that the wise thing to do would be to take my hands off of everything. There is a lot on my plate. My hands are super full, without adding more to them. I am not ashamed to say this. Because, while I’m super busy, I am also super blessed [smile].
Surrender. . . that is what I need to do every day of my life. I believe everything else will fall into place.
I welcome prayers as I embark on this journey through 2017. I look forward to looking back and seeing what God has done, because ultimately, He is in control.
He made the universe. . .