I have almost finished writing my goals for the new year, and I am so excited about them. I am going to share them on Thursday, January 2nd, but my “spiritual” goals include three things:
- In-depth study of the Bible along with reading devotional books
- Memorizing 12 passages of Scripture that have to do with seeking God/being disciplined/being a good wife and mommy
- Prayer and meditation
I want to continue my Heroes of the Faith series again, so I will also be studying Hebrews 11 in my personal devotional time with God.
Along with my study of Hebrews 11, I want to read some “good-for-me” books (not fiction) this year. They will be listed on Thursday’s post if you are interested in seeing my list. I decided that if I was serious about these goals, that I better get started. There’s nothing magical about January 1st. So I have already started to exercise on the treadmill, and I have bought a couple books on my kindle app to read while I walk. I have throughly enjoyed that time of reading Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts and her devotional that goes along with it (although I did cry some!) I also then read the selection from Our Daily Bread (an app I bought a year ago), and Thursday’s reading had me reading Jeremiah 29:4-14. I thought Jeremiah 29:11-14a would be a great passage for me to memorize. With the Lord laying this passage on my heart, I thought I would try to figure out now what I was going memorize most of the rest of the year. (My goals post on Thursday was getting too long to list everything!) I really don’t know if I’ll keep all these goals; but if I already know what I am doing, I’ll have much better success then if I just wing it.
Here is what I am planning to memorize up until October (and then I’ll figure out what I’ll do November and December!)
- January–Jeremiah 29:11-14a– “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord:”
Our church is memorizing Colossians 3 this year, so I am trying to memorize it in 9 months as some verses are familiar. Each month, I’ll add new verses and review the old verses:
- February–Colossians 3:1-4
- March–Colossians 3:5-7
- April–Colossians 3:8-10
- May–Colossians 3:11, review Jeremiah passage
- June–Colossians 3:12-14
- July–Colossians 3:15-17
- August–Colossians 3:18-22
- September–Colossians 3:23-25
- October–review the whole chapter
- November and December–?