This morning, as I wrote in my prayer journal, I had the most wonderful thought. I have no plans! The past few days have been relaxing, family centered days at home with absolutely no agenda….rare for us. But, this revelation is much broader than that. At the start of every new year, we sit down as a couple and as a family to map out our goals. Mind….Body….Spirit. These are the three basic categories we include and then sub-categories usually appear as we lay out our goals and plans. During this family meeting, we also take the time to look over the goals from the past year and determine which we accomplished, evaluate what was accomplished, what didn’t work and why, and maybe adjust some that need to be carried over to the upcoming year. It may sound serious and time-consuming, but it’s really fun! We end up with a list that includes financial goals, trails we want to explore on family bike rides, vacation plans or desires for the year, reading lists, and sports as well as commitments to family Bible study, service and personal spiritual growth and development. It’s something that this mama with A.D.D. likes to use to give me direction; and also is a great start to the year for a goal-oriented hubby.
Writing in my prayer journal is something that is between me and the Lord, but I feel compelled to share an excerpt from this morning’s entry with you.
Lord, This morning I am hopeful, optimistic and waiting on you Lord. I have new year goals on my mind and I know you are in control and that YOU know the plans you have for me. But I have NO CLUE. What a liberating feeling- to have no plans. To know that you have me in your hands and that I don’t have to worry for anything or even MAKE plans. Lord, as we prepare to discuss our goals for the new year- plant your thoughts and plans for us in our heads so we may write them down and act on them. I am waiting on you Lord.
This is something else! For a woman who can be a bit of a control freak this is ground breaking stuff! He is working on me. 🙂 I know that I want to think about our goals- but have absolutely nothing in mind so far. I am so excited about that because it leaves a blank page for God himself to write on. After I continued my journey through Psalm this morning this is what my table looked like. Scrawlings….Bible verses….rough direction….He is leading me toward those goals; those plans he has for me. I had decided early on that I would not blog just to blog. I need it all to come from Him. I need to look for Him in daily life and document his work and presence in my life and then share that. This morning I feel Him pulling me toward some things that I will likely be sharing with you in the months to come. What is my job description- As a wife, a mom, a child of God? Does he want me to find my goals here? Only He knows.
The verses He brought to me this morning….
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. Psalm 37:23
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:37 (This is the second time this month this verse has been brought to my mind…time to start thinking about this more. Facebook? TV? Phone? Anything else occupying too much of my time?)
So I leave this post open-ended. No plans, no goals….just lots of blank space for the Lord himself to write on. I can’t wait to see what He comes up with for me this year.
Happy New Year y’all!