But then there's been these things. Small things, good things. I feel like God is maybe working in my life. :) There was the sermon at our church a couple Sundays ago that I think hit home with some of us. It was about drifting. You know how the Israelites, after being brought up out of Egypt, wandered in the desert for 40 years? Turns out they could have made it to the Promised Land in about 11 days. Like, what??!
Well, that's kinda how I've been. Just drifting through life. Not really changing much. Going in circles. And goodness, I don't want it to take ME 40 years to get where I want to be. I want to live an abundant and joyful life. :)
So I have goals now, guys. *winks* Just things I want to strive toward. I don't have to do everything perfectly, and always feel fired up and ready to conquer the world; but I think persevering after these goals will help me be more intentional in life. :)
So here are a few goals of mine for the year 2019!
MY GOALS FOR 2019
\\ Read my Bible and pray daily
\\ Grow in my faith and as a person in general
\\ Work out\excerise three times a week
\\ Buy a car
\\ Be more involved in my church
\\ Grow as a photographer
\\ Read at least 10 books
\\ Journal more
\\ Don't let myself drift from day to day, but to be intentional about life and accomplishing things, connecting with people, etc. (kinda sums everything up).
So, some ways these goals have already started showing promise, and why this year is looking like it may be different... in a good way. ;)
I got a free membership for the place I work (the YMCA), so I've worked out there 3 times so far. Me and exercise have never really gotten along that well, but this is something I may be able to be consistent with! I actually enjoy walking on the treadmill and listening to music. ^__^
It's so cool how God works... I get this job that is like perfect for me (as far as any old regular job goes), and with it comes the easiest way ever to get my exercise in. I'm so blessed.
Another cool thing that has happened is that we've started getting more involved in our church (it's a big church). Some of us went to Wednesday night activities last week, and my mom and I went to Sunday small groups this past Sunday. I'm looking forward to finally getting to know more people! It's so impersonal to just simply go to the service on Sunday when your church is as big as ours is. I'm excited!
I've started praying on my way to work these days. It just may be the best way I've found so far. The easiest, at least. I keep the music off, and I can talk out loud if I want. 'Cause there's nobody there to listen except God. *winks*
2019 BUCKET LIST\WISH LIST
\\ Go on 1 or 2 vacations
\\ Go to the beach!
\\ Buy a laptop
\\ Buy a new phone
\\ Go exploring for a day in the city
\\ See cousins and friends who live in other states
MY WORDS AND PHRASES FOR 2019
Fear GOD, not man.
This one is HUGE HUGE for me. It's not so much fearing man, as in evil people. It's fearing what people think of me. Fearing man's opinion... when God's opinion of me and what I do is the only one that matters. Like I said, this is a reminder I need. Like, bad.
When I am weak, HE is strong.
Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
If you try to "build" your heart and character without God's help, you labor in vain!
Two absolutely beautiful words. These I want in my life. Like an eagle soaring above mountain peaks. Like millions of twinkling, shining stars.
This year, I just want to know I'm growing. I want to learn more of who God is, I want to be less afraid, and I want to overflow with JOY.
WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR YOURSELF THIS YEAR?
ANYTHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
DO YOU HAVE A WORD OR PHRASE YOU'D LIKE TO SET AS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR 2019?