Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Growth Without God is an Illusion

Here are a couple of my 1st visual aides I made w/quotes I loved from Pinterest.

I have been thinking about them a lot lately. Truth is, I don't do long term goal's well. Truth is, I generally don't think of goals as anything other then my weekly to-do list. (You know, the ones that I HOPE will get done, intend to get done, but don't actually have any desire to do.) It is not because I have anything against long term goals but more that I generally write them down on some random piece of paper that gets lost in the endless pile of papers (that happens to be #1 on my weekly "goal" list for the last 8 weeks and counting) and they are never to be seen again. Writing my goals down doesn't really bring me any closer to achieving them. I never understood how simply writing it down inspired so many.

While journaling today it hit me. My foundation was all wrong. (Luke 7:48)  I was trying to swim without water. Growth without God is an illusion. I can not truly be able to grow if I am writing randomness on a piece of paper without including God first. I've never prayerfully considered my goals. I can't even definitively tell you what I want my life to look like 10 years from now. (Which I am just realizing will be teenage years for my girls.....not cool. Lord, help me.)

I think it is time I set my goals on the right foundation.

Here is how I intend to do so. (Because I know you are DYING to know all about me right?) I am going to think hard about who I want to be in the different aspects of my life and what is important to me. (Spiritually, Wife, Mother, Family, Health, Me, etc.) Then I am going to PRAY, and PRAY, and PRAY some more and consider who GOD wants me to be in these areas and adjust my goals accordingly.

Yes, I will write them down. I will most likely post them here instead of letting them get lost in the abyss of to-be-sorted-ness. I like pictures. So I will probably create some sort of visual aide as well. ( I have heard these referred to as dream or vision boards and I am sure there are a million websites devoted to the why and the how's of them but frankly I am not interested in any of it. I simply like pretty reminders)

Here is the important part. I will START and END everyday with INTENTIONAL prayer. I talk to God all day but very rarely do I carve out time JUST for prayer. I will ask him to help me achieve my goals and steer me away from anything that might take away from them and I will ask for his help in acknowledging what those things might be. I will keep him at the FOREFRONT of EVERYTHING I do.

I desire true growth and I know that is only possible with God as my foundation.

Growth with out God is an illusion but with him I can not fail.


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