I love the start of a new year and the hope and renewed focus that accompanies it. This year I’ve been more intentional at not just making resolutions that fall apart by February 1st, but creating God-sized dreams with a purpose and passion. I’m casting aside all the clutter that has been getting in the way of God’s best and keeping it simple.
This year my goals and resolutions center around one chapter of the Bible- Proverbs 31:10-31. Yes, the Proverbs 31 woman. Over the last few months, it has seemed that ever book someone has recommended to me, sermon I’ve listened to or card I’ve received has mentioned this chapter.
I love this verse, to be prepared and so dependent on Christ that you can laugh at the future. I want my life (and goals) to be like that. To trust God and prepare for the future but not get so get caught up in it that I forget to lean back and laugh.
To be honest, I’ve always been a bit intimidated by the Proverbs 31 Woman…she just seems like one of those “do-it-all” Martha Steward types. God has gently softened my heart and shown me that with HIS grace I can become like her. I’ll be starting a series here next month on Proverbs 31. It’s a big leap of faith and I hope through it we learn that this mythical woman is not someone to be intimidated by, or a standard to hold our life to but rather a guide to living the abundant life.
I’ll start by sharing my goals for 2014. I’m using Lara Casey’s Powersheets to to make things happen in 2014. You can learn more about her goal setting posts here. Lara is one of the most authentic people I’ve met, she has a true heart for Jesus and encouraging woman to do the things they have always wanted to do.
1) I desire to be a woman who fears the Lord. I will incorporate the basic spiritual disciplines into the rhthyms of my daily life.
Verse: A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (Proverbs 31:30)
Non-Fiction: Disciplines of a Godly Woman (Barbara Hughes)
2) I desire to practice hospitality and make all in my home and presence feel welcome.
Verse(s): She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy (Proverbs 31:20)
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for you have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews 13: 2)
Non-fiction: Radical Hospitality (Lonni Collins Pratt with Father Daniel Homan)
3) I will simplify my life and be wise steward of the time, resources and gifts I’ve been given. I will pay off debt, create a budget and make wise investments so that I can share my gifts with ministries I believe in.
Verse: She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
Non-fiction: Seven (Jen Hatmaker) The total money makeover (Dace Ramsey)
4) I want to begin my day energized and refreshed, so that I can focus on the God-sized dreams God has entrusted to me.
Verse: She gets up while it is still night…She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 15 &17)
Nonfiction: 168 Hours: You Have More Time than You Think ( Laura Vanderkam )
5) I will speak (and write) words of kindness, encouragement and wisdom to all I encounter. I will share what God is teaching me. I will fill my mind with truth, work hard to become a better leader and write more love letters.
Verse: She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. (Proverbs 31:26)
Non-Fiction: The Jesus Hearted Woman (Jodi Detrick)