I’ve shared with you some of the things I learned in 2013 and now I want to share with you the direction I’m heading on a personal level in 2014. I’m not exactly sure what to call this, because goals just doesn’t seem to fit the bill. I guess that “My Journey” will have to do.
Gene’s work: Last September Gene switched jobs/careers. Up until 9 1/2 years ago he had been a machinist full time and built scientific equipment on the side. He was offered a job to build scientific equipment full time and has done that since then. For many reasons he decided to go back into a machine shop to work and now his hours are vastly different. He works from the afternoon until the early morning hours usually working 10 hours a day. Since the beginning of November he has worked every Saturday and most Sundays. This can be difficult at times, but we have some goals we are trying to attain and this will help to get us there. His work schedule is also giving me a lot of “free” time which plays into many of the things I am pursuing.
Personal: I am really trying to lose some weight this year and am changing my diet to help with that. I haven’t had a Dr. Pepper or other high fructose soda since the first of October. That is the longest I have gone without them and the first time I haven’t really had a desire to drink them. I cut out most sugar back at that time as well. If I talk about what I’m eating and how I’m doing on my diet, it will most likely be on our homemaking blog.
I am also working on several other areas like reading, organization and self-discipline at this time.
Spiritual: I have really been trying to work out my best times for Bible study/reading with Gene’s new schedule. We are all on his schedule so that we can spend as much time together as possible but that raises it’s own set of difficulties. I am planning on reading a couple of books a month that will be spiritually challenging and uplifting. As I complete them, I will share them here.
I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t read my Bible every day. My main goal is to walk in closer harmony with God. Over the last year I have learned how important it is to have continuous and open communication with the Lord. I’m working on improving in this area this year as well.
Financial: I’m not going to go into complete detail on this, but the goal we are working toward is to be debt free in two years, including our home. We would like to eventually move back to our home town to be near our aging parents, but we need to take care of this debt first. We are sacrificing now, so that things will be better in the future.
Writing: Writing is a passion of mine and because I love it, it can feel like a luxury. I feel led to write and share what the Lord is laying on my heart, and I am working hard at spending more time doing so. My goal is for my blog to grow and if the Lord allows that in the future I am able to speak to women about the things He has taught me I would love that. The difficulty comes in being true to myself and God’s word. It is so easy to fall into the trap of writing for an audience for the sake of readership and numbers. I don’t want to be that person. I want to write in a way that reveals my heart as broken and sinful as it is. I want to be real, honest, and challenging, but always from a place of love. I hope to encourage other women to love and respect their husbands, to raise their children with grace and mercy, and to show the love of Christ to the world around them.
If you know of resources that will help me on my journey, please share them in the comments. What journey are you on and how will you get there in 2014?