New Years Resolutions?

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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

I love to plan.  I love to schedule.  I love to be organized.  I really love for everyone else to just follow the plans that I have made.  Unfortunately life doesn’t always work out so neatly.

I spent yesterday in the hospital with my daughter.  That was certainly NOT my plan for New Year’s Eve.  I’m going to spend this week waiting until I can take her back to the pediatrician for a blood count check.  That was NOT my plan either.  Things don’t always go the way I have planned.

Does this mean I shouldn’t plan?  I don’t think so.  I believe God is a God of order and He created us with that need to feel orderly (at least most of us 🙂 ).  It does mean that I need to accept the fact that my plans are never final.  My plans are never absolute.  My plans are always subject to God’s plans.  And I am thankful for that.  I am thankful that He does always have the final plan because He knows sooo much more than I do, and He can see much farther than I can.

So, here are some of my New Year’s plans/goals/resolutions:

* To read through the Bible in 90 days again, at least once.  I’m reading along with Mom’s Toolbox beginning Monday.
* To work toward living “radically.”  I discussed David Platt’s book and his plan for a radical year of living here.  To that end, I have already begun using a devotional by Beth Moore that is written by Christians around the world, leading me to pray for those in other countries.  We have also discussed and set in motion some plans for giving and praying as a family this year.

*  To always look for ways to cook and eat more healthy and more frugally.  To that end, I am going to try to change our menu planning.  I am going to try to do monthly planning that will hopefully enable me to be more effective at the grocery store and more prepared at home cutting down on unnecessary trips to the store or eating out.  I am also going to attempt to do more couponing.  I began strong last summer and have sort of tapered off.  I need to find what works best for us and stick with it.
* To work to improve my knowledge of/skill in one homemaking area.  I think I would like it to be cooking.  I have attempted sewing, and I honestly just do not enjoy anything about sewing.  I can do basic repairs and sew on buttons (or AWANA patches), so I think I’m covered in the basics.  But, I would REALLY like to be a better cook.  I’m not sure if I can take a class (or maybe recruit a talented cooking friend to help), but I’m going to work on this skill!

* To be more physically fit.  I think this is a goal every year, and there are times I am more consistent with this than at other.  I am going to continue using Spark People as a guide and motivator.

Personal Growth:
* To continue to broaden my reading spectrum.  Last year I branched out and read some classics I had never read.  I read in a genre I hadn’t read much from- memoirs.  I really enjoyed reading and learning some new things.  I want to continue that this year, not reading so much in the same old genres but trying new things.
* Work on developing relationships/friendships that will help me grow spiritually.  I’m not exactly sure what this one is going to look like yet, but I feel the need to do this, so I’m going to pray about this one and let God lead me.

Realizing that my plans are always subject to God’s plans, these are things I purpose to do for the next year.

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