This is the post that almost didn’t get written. How’s that for starting the New Year off with a bang? It is almost 2016 as I write this. The Crimson Tide is rolling on the TV. There a few giggling sleepover girls in my bed watching Rhett and Link. And I am tasked with putting my 2016 goals in written form before morning.
Y’all. I’m tired. I am ending 2015 tired. I stay tired. I am physically tired. Emotionally. Spiritually, too. I am tired of trying to cram too much into 24 hours. I am tired of feeling like I failed to be my best every day. I’m tired of being a tired wife and parent.
I am ready for rest.
This fall, a friend prayed over me almost every week after small group. Every prayer included the word rest. She knows I juggle a lot of roles. Most women do. But, it was like she saw deeper into me than I could see with my weary eyes. I’m not sure about modern-day prophecy. I grew up Baptist so it’s a relatively new concept for me to consider. I truly feel her words were prophetic.
I didn’t know how tired I was until she spoke rest over me.
I am not a one word person. I am the girl who set 3 dozen goals last year. However, rest has followed me around for months like a loyal puppy begging for attention. I selected rest as my word and added five to it–because five is kind of my number.
Today’s #FridayFive is a given. It’s January 1–time to share Five Goals. I decided to collect five words from my Five Hopes for a Promising New Year post a few weeks ago. You can find details and reasoning behind my words there. If you are trying to set goals, I suggest you start with your hopes and build on them.
Five Goals for the New Year
- Memorize 2 verses each month.
- Prayer (this goal is “under construction”).
- Intentional time with David weekly, date night monthly.
- One annual getaway.
- Facilitate the kids’ participation in household chores using 30 for $30 method (see Cleaning House by Kay Wyma for details.)
- Read two books each month.
- Finish reading Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford by January 31. Make decisions about unplugging in order to engage with my family.
- Publish at least 1 eBook.
- Work towards 7 hours of rest each night.
- Complete Priscilla Shirer’s Breathe study by February 28. Follow the Spirit’s leading regarding keeping Sabbath.
- Complete Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy by January 31.
I learned so much about goal setting from my hits and misses last year. I left habits and routines off of my list. I don’t necessarily need to track my exercise; it is a lifestyle. I am a regular blogger without a goal hanging over my head. Because I seek rest this year, I chose not to overwhelm my list of goals for the year with a lot of detail. I review my goals monthly, weekly, sometimes daily. The details will show up in those regular reviews.
I still kept my goals measurable, attainable, and accountable. These are three essential elements of effective goal setting.
The ball is dropping on 2015 as I type these words. It’s time to say farewell to tired and hello to rest.
Happy New Year, friends!
#FridayFive Link Up
You guys have been one of my favorite things of 2015! Thank you for your comments and links. Share a goal or two in the comments. Or link your goal post using the button below. Hopefully, we can keep one another accountable in the coming months! Solidarity, sisters!
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