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It’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about the following year and what we hope to accomplish. How should Christians approach goal setting? In this post, I am going to share the four areas I believe Christian women should set goals and how we can measure and achieve those goals.

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Do I make New Year’s Resolutions? No. A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something according to the dictionary. For me, that means if I mess up those resolutions, then everything I do after doesn’t matter since a resolution is so absolute. I am imperfect.

Do I choose a word of the year? Personally, I don’t though I have tried that in the past. I know lots of people that do. For me, it is not specific enough.

I set goals because I think it is a wise thing to do, it creates discipline, and the Bible says we should set goals.

  • “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.” Proverbs 29:18
  • “But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” Isaiah 32:8
  • “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” Luke 14:28

4 Areas to Set Goals as a Christian

Remember when you are setting these goals to make them “SMART” Goals. Smart goals are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and timely.

2 noteboks, one with post its set your goals other with Smart goals defined

Ask God in prayer what your goals should be. Not only will he reveal areas of your life you need to work on, He will be there with you as you work on your goals.

Spiritual Goals

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” II Peter 3:18

Becoming stronger in our faith should be one of our goals. I don’t think choosing every faucet of your spiritual life to focus on is helpful. Choose one area to concentrate on whether it is Bible reading, prayer, tithing, or sharing your faith.

woman folding hands in prayer

For this coming year, I am choosing to improve my prayer life. I can’t just say I will pray more. Making a plan is the only way I will make it happen. Some of the smaller measurable goals are to keep a physical prayer list, do a Bible study on prayer, and to make my bathroom my “war room” so that I have a place all my own to pray in. I will be sharing more about all these things in the coming year

Physical Goals

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” I Corinthians 6:19-20

Taking care of your body and loving it are very important. God lives inside you. While I am anti-diet and believe in ‘Health at Every Size‘, I still set goals that pertain to my body.

It actually took me a lot of time going through the intuitive eating process to get a point of wanting to care enough about my body. I am not ashamed to admit that the spiritual reasons to be healthier was not enough motivation for me. My body is bigger and repeated attempts at weight loss left me defeated and hating my body, God’s Temple.

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My 2020 Disney 5K Finish line pic

So far I know my goals are going to have something to do with better nutrition and having a consistent joyful movement (exercise) routine. I still have to make the smaller, measurable goals for those choices.

Professional Goals

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” Luke 14:28

Whether your profession is being a full-time housewife and mom or the head of a powerful company, setting goals in this area is very important. For me, it is all about having a plan.

Do you see areas of your home you would like to improve. Maybe your closets are messy, maybe you are not as diligent as you would like with your house cleaning, maybe you need new systems for organizing your schedule or just need to make more time for having the family all together. Homemakers can make goals for those areas and more.

Personally, I am a housewife, I run 2 blogs, and am also a new travel agent. My homemaking goals is to make a Home Binder. My plan is to make 1-2 pages a week so that by the end of the year I can use it to make the following year run even more smoothly. I will be sharing the pages here with you all.

For my blogs, I am wanting to be more present on Facebook. My smart, measurable goal for that is to use one day a week to schedule out my Facebook posts. I have some other goals as well that I am still working out the details to.

Financial Goals

The ants are not a strong people, but they prepare their food in the summer.” Proverbs 30:25

While the love the money is evil, managing it well is not. God expects us to earn money and save money as well as tithing. 2020 threw a lot of people financial distress. Living paycheck to paycheck is not fun and my husband and I did that for several years, it’s hard to save for the future then but not impossible.

Pick goals that include making an emergency fund, paying off debts, or saving for retirement. Make sure these goals are reasonable and are not outside your earning ability. Then make a detailed plan.

money and calculator

The pandemic caused my husband to be furloughed from his full time job and we had to depend on his lower paying part time job to get us through the furlough. We did have some money saved up but not nearly enough. This coming year my goals include paying back what we loaned from our bank, rebuilding our savings, and paying off our car. I have a plan to carry this out already so I am excited.

When you think about the goals you are making and a year seems like a long time, break each goal down into quarters, months, weeks, and days. For example, if you goal is to read all of the Old Testament for the year. Find an Old Testament Bible Reading plan online and just concentrate on the first week.

Remember Goal Setting as a Christian is not a solitary activity. God is with you!

What Goals do you have for the coming year? Let me know in the comments below!

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Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Congratulations on the 5K. You are beautiful sweet sister! I love setting attainable goals and love your SMART acronym. Blessings to you ...