It may be 12 days into 2014 but it’s never to late to set goals. The husband and I have actually been talking about what we want to get out of 2014 for quite awhile now. We have always been “generally” intentional with our marriage and lives, knowing we want to glorify God with what we do. But now, with our sweet baby boy in tow, we have both been convicted to live with more prayerful purpose.
Like I’ve mentioned before, we have a lot of one-hour car rides (a “perk” of living in deep dark South Dakota) to talk and the recent topic of most of these car rides have been our 2014 goals. So without further ado, here is what we have currently come up with, bearing in mind that these goals will develop and change with the year’s experiences and needs.
We both struggle with individually motivating ourselves to be in the word everyday. So we’re going to join forces three times a week to help each other.
Why// To grow in our relationship with Christ and each other and to become the parents who base their actions on scripture
Specifically, 3/4 of our student loans and the little bit we have left of Noah’s hospital bill using Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball.
Why// To live responsibly and debt-free and to follow through on all our financial responsibilities. This is a big focus right now because when our children are grown and on their own (or still under our roof) we don’t want to have to make decisions based on our debt. We don’t want to have to say “no, we can’t help you out this month” because we are still in debt. We value having the ability to help people out monetarily and doing our best to have a stable financial foundation makes that more possible.
Why// Connor and I are both generally healthy, but neither of us make a daily point to work out (However, Connor did just up and run a marathon in September of last year! And he did AWESOME!!). We want our children to value their physical fitness so WE have got to start valuing it. Connor has started a six month weight-lifting program and I have started walking on the treadmill more. I would like to get a good yoga DVD too, so any suggestions are welcome!
Why// To help us become the welcoming, warm, Christ-like family we want to be. What does this look like for us? We are making a conscious effort not to complain to each other about the way some people behave. We are treating everyone the same, whether they are frustrating or not. We are choosing to hold those in our life to a standard of grace not perfection (a phrase from Emily Ley that I absolutely love!!).
Why// “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40 Being generous is a struggle for me, but one I am constantly trying to overcome.