Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2012 Memories and 2013 Goals

Hearing from me again dear friends, shocking this soon. I know. I wanted to do a post about some of my favorite memories of 2012 and looking forward to 2013.

Having my first "modern" Polaroid.
Getting my new camera bag.
The many cuddles with my cat.
Snow in March.
Hunger Games and friend dates.
All the beautiful sunsets.
Easter egg fun.
Being crafty, a lot.
Ladies tea dance number.
Little Creek casino night.
Graduations galore.
My car being written on.
Many Sushi dates.
Starting my job at Starbucks.
Summer campfires.
Vacation Bible School.
Fourth of July.
Spending a week with Phoebe.
Summer camp.
Bash in the grass.
Being closer to God.
Getting a new toe ring.
Doing my first sock bun.
Halloween fun.
Monday night bible study.
Yakima Volleyball tournament.
New Christmas Music.
Finding a cool new coffee shop.
Thanksgiving fun.
Black Friday madness.
Candy making.
Decorating for Christmas.
First hockey game EVER.
Gingerbread homes.
Many needed girl nights.

        I have spent a lot of time thinking about the past and 2012 has been a year full of trials and hard times, I was SO blessed!! I love remembering the good things and the great, now it is time to look forward. Unlike many of you, my dear friends I really do not like New Years Resolutions. I think they are pointless, based solely on emotion and never really get done anyways.

       I feel like we should not wait for one pivotal night or moment to make changes for our lives, I feel like we all need to be continuously striving for life change both for the gospel and personal life change. Ambition to do something such as change how we eat, how much we read our bibles, or how we treat people is definitely a good thing, in fact it's great. Many times things like that go one of two ways. Either these things consume us and we are not letting the most important thing consume us. OR we just forget and stop caring which means we are stagnant.

So, my goals in which will alter and possibly change as I do, throughout the year look a little like this//

To strive toward the gospel constantly-
In everything I do, everything I say my goal is to have a heart that is striving towards what God has done for me. I refuse to be stagnant and I never want to feel like I have been lazy. 
      "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel."
Philippians 1:26-28 

To fear God constantly-
Everyday I want to wake up fearing the Lord. I of course need to be in equal thought that the Lord is loving and truly cares for me. I firmly believe that we as a generation do not fear God in such a way to where we realize his power. God is such a mighty, huge creator we need to remember that he has made the plans for us and knows all of the everything.
      "For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods."
1 Chronicles 16:24-26 

To give constantly-
This coming year I want to  give in more ways than previously. Not only in the financial sense, but in deed for the gospel, in giving thanks for more things and giving God everything, not just metaphorically. 
      "Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, givingthanks to God the Father through him."
Colossians 3:16-18

My fellow friends, from the words of Mr. Ford:
“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”
-Henry Ford

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