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2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

Psalm 20:4 ”May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”

Psalm 33:11 ”But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”

Proverbs 3:6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 13:16 “All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.”

Proverbs 16:3 ”Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”

Proverbs 24:27 “Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”

Isaiah 32:8 “But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.”

Jeremiah 17:7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”

Habakkuk 2:2-3 “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that whoever reads it may run with it.”

Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’”

Philippians 3:13-14  “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Hebrews 10:35-36 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
GOALS! It is what is on my mind the past few days. Somewhere along the line of my busy life I have fallen into the habit of being lazy. All of the above scriptures I copied from a blog on biblical goal setting, you can find it here (and there are more listed, but these are closer to what I want to talk about today) http://celebrateeverydaywithme.com/25-scripture-verses-on-goal-setting/.  

Why have I become lazy? I realized this morning that it has to do with the old adage, “You can do whatever you set your mind to.” For me, I did this for so long, coupled with my disastrous marriage, my failed career “success” and now being single with 5 children just trying to make it through the day with 2 jobs and being everything I can be for my children, I simply just don’t want to any more. I can’t do it on my own any more. I lived so long doing whatever my mind was set on that I’m tired. The problem with that is that I never relied on God, even after I became a Christian. I still did everything in my own vain. Now, I just hope to make it through one day, today, one day at a time. Since today is such a huge mountain, it is hard for me to look past that and see the distant future and all the mountains in between.

So there are things that I still want to accomplish in my life, even though I don’t see anything ever coming of these dreams right now because of the state of mind that I’m in. However, I really feel that I need to set goals to accomplish these things. I need to re-teach myself how to not only set goals, but also to take the necessary action steps to achieve these goals. I’m at a loss as to where to start and how to go about it. I’ve tried and failed at so many things, like stop drinking Dr. Pepper, my choice of poison, or to stop yelling at the kids, or any number of small seemingly inconsequential goals that I fail miserably at every time I set out to overcome them. What is my hang-up? Why am I stuck and can’t move forward? I like to be right where I am and I use the excuse that I’m too tired, I’m too emotional, I can’t deal with that right now and any other number of things.
So, I’m going to teach myself about goals. I’m going to write one big hairy goal down and a couple smaller goals. I’m going to use the SMART goal to achieve these things. I’m scared out of my mind that I will fail yet again as my history continually repeats itself in this. So, here are a few things that I’m thinking about as my first set of goals: Spend time in the word DAILY and make actionable the words that I read, becoming financially sound including being wise about my spending and only buying necessary items (my tendencies are to be spendthrift), be a better christian parent example to my kids, eat healthy including water only to drink – no soda!

What does this look like and how will I go about it, I haven’t the faintest idea. But the scriptures above are a good starting point.Proverbs 24:27 “Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”

So, this struct me while reading it, I’m not a farmer, so how can this apply to me?  Figuratively, I need to set my goals and prepare to work towards them, then attend to the internal. First step, then action, then emotion. I believe that I’ve spoke on this before but in a vastly different sense.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that whoever reads it may run with it.”
It is important to write the goals down. If they aren’t written down, they won’t become realities no matter what I do to work towards them.
Isaiah 32:8 But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” 2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
So, set the goals, write them down, take actionable steps and achieve the goal, my reward.
Even though this may be trivial to you, here is one goal that is a huge thing for me and its going to be my first goal:

What one big hairy goal do I want to achieve by March 31, 2015?

I want my house to be clean and the kitchen/dinning room completed (in process of a remodel), with the continued habit of a clean house.

Why do I want to achieve it (the main reason is…)?

I’m tired of a messy, unfinished home.

How will it make me feel?

Accomplished, productive and raise my self esteem in the domestic department. From there, it’ll help me to feel like I can organize and accomplish other things outside of the domestic homefront.

What steps do I need to take in order to make it happen? (Break down into small doable steps. Columns: steps to take, when to complete by)

Steps to Take:                                        When to Complete by:

Clean one room a day to perfection       Daily

Tidy other rooms each day                     Daily

Dispose of purged items still here           March 10

Purge more items                                    March 20, March 30

Who can help you to achieve your goal? (write down names and reach out to them. Columns: Names, contact details)

Names not shown due to privacy of individuals (there are 3 women).

What do I need to do everyday to make progress?

I need to spend a minimum of 30 minutes each day working on each area noted above in steps to take.

My house has become quite the disaster, even in my book, and even though I want it clean, it doesn’t get done. It has gotten increasingly worse as time goes on, mostly because of excuses. The scripture “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained,” Proverbs 29:18 hits really close to home. My vision of a house well kept has never really been a thing of import to me, until recently. And even then, it was a distant far off goal, how does a single mom with 5 youngins keep the house clean anyways? But, now, it is written down and there are actual steps to take to make it happen. Now, I have a vision, before I was unrestrained.

So this is my big hairy goal for March! When I have accomplished this, I’ll set another big hairy goal for April and so on. I will build upon each obtained goal and ultimately set my biggest hairy goal with my ministry…I need these big, little victories under my belt first and then I’ll move on to my biggest, God sized goal of beginning and building my ministry and business. (And yes, one of these will be NO MORE DR. PEPPER!) I am glad to share with you today! I hope that you find comfort knowing that even plans and goals are well when taken with scripture first and foremost as your focus.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139::23-24

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