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One Little Word and a Slogan

Well, I’m really into this New Year, new me thing this week.  Good thing for you that next week is starting soon and I might move on to some other subject. 

But for today, I’ve got a word and a slogan.  My word for 2009: Abide.  I will abide in Jesus, wait on Him, and expect His plan to develop in my life.  Abiding means I will stay firmly planted on the vine, I will grow and ripen, and I will spread love to those around me and as far as my influence can reach.

My slogan: I will abide in the vine in 2009.  Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night.

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Today, since it is the end of the year, I am going to review what my goals were from the beginning of 2008. 

1) I would like to do more with my reading, so I’m going to make a goal to post 6 times this year to my literature blog. I need to do more communicating about what I am learning about in addition to the reading itself.
Well,  I think I did post over there at least six times, but only because I found a great meme about books and reading that I participated in every so often.  I only posted one book review over there during the year and not only didn’t do a lot of reading, but also didn’t write much about what I did read.  I added some new reading goals for today’s Booking Through Thursday meme. 

2) I am doing Starting Points: A Worldview Primer by David Quine this year…
This just didn’t happen.  No excuses.  It just didn’t happen.

3) I’m thinking about embarking on a part-time career that I need to do some learning about.
Yep, this didn’t happen either.  Sigh.  I’m still thinking about it, but financially, I won’t be able to do anything about it.  Maybe later this year, but certainly not right now. 

So, after a nearly complete failure at last year’s goals, you ask…are you setting goals again this year?  Well, yes, I answer.  I am.  They are:

Daily Quiet time with God to include at least 15 minutes of Bible study and 20 minutes of prayer time.

Exercise (walk on treadmill and Core exercises) for 45 minutes daily.

Put in two or more hours of personal study time.

Put in two or more hours each day of school instruction to the kids.

Spend 30 minutes with dh daily.

Pretty simple this year.  Nothing extraordinary or outlandish.  Just stuff I should be doing anyway. 

For the next 90 days, I’m going to make sure that I have my measurable quiet time.  Doesn’t that just sound awful?  That I have to measure my quiet time with my Lord?  I think it does.  This is God we’re talking about, and I have to force myself to get in fellowship with Him.  But that is what the world does to us.  It calls out to us, keeps us busy, keeps us putting out fires, calling for relaxation, calling for rest which does not refresh.  We need to train ourselves to hear and heed His voice, to abide in Him.  That is what the next 90 days will be all about for me.  I will be training myself to abide in Him.  As a reward to me, besides having excellent fellowship with my Lord, I will spend an entire afternoon at the library, all by myself.  But if I miss even one day during the next 90 days (and I’ve told the Fruit, so they will hold me accountable) I will be grounded from the internet for two weeks.  You all know, right, how much of a dire consequence that is to me?  I’m following a plan from Donna Partow which will guide and encourage me to complete these goals.

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