Updated: Jan 8
A sweet friend and I recently read Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey together. Fantastic read, by the way. I’ve been going through my notes and a few of Lara Casey’s goal setting sheets as I reflect and pray about 2022.
“Cultivating an intentional life means living differently than the rest of the world.” Lara Casey
Here’s where I feel God leading me…
Read the whole Bible again (this helps me develop a deeper relationship with God)
I used the M’Cheyne reading plan this year and loved it. It was the first time I used this kind of plan to read the entire Bible in a year. The plan helped me pace myself and keep track of my progress. YouVersion has this plan and there is also a separate M’Cheyne app. I prefer my Bible because I highlight, journal, and make notes along the way. The plan includes readings from both the Old and New Testament each day. It is so manageable and easy to follow. This year I’m using my Every Day with Jesus Bible. It is a very similar reading plan.
Live a life defined by gratitude and joy
I am so very thankful for where I am—for the good and hard times that brought me here. My heart is filled with so much gratitude and joy, but sometimes I get busy and don’t take the time to express it like I should. I want to be able to share the amazement and wonder of God’s love with others. I want to encourage and praise my friends and family with the overflow of my heart. I want to live a life marked by gratitude and joy—for God and others. I don’t want to get caught up in chaos or craziness and neglect relationships. Instead, I want to cultivate and develop existing and new friendships.
Say Yes to God
Many years ago, I read Lysa TerKeurst’s What Happens When Women Say Yes to God. Since then, I keep reminding myself that saying “yes” to God might mean saying “no” to myself. I want to do that more and more. I want to listen and respond to those little nudges from the Holy Spirit each day. I sometimes talk myself out of them for fear. I’m praying for strength and faith to simply say, ‘Yes, God.”
What goals do you have this year?