While pondering, dreaming, and praying about the coming year, I reflected back on the last couple of years… then felt discouraged by recent struggles with our kids’ medical conditions — which cause a butterfly effect of unhealthy eating, lack of sleep and routine, etc. I kept thinking “why have goals for 2017 when things are so chaotic and quite obviously out of my control?”. Then I turned to God’s Word. And I found hope.
Hopes & Goals For 2017
I hope for better health & energy for myself and my family.
I hope for joy & love in our home.
I hope for peace & comfort in the midst of stress.
I hope for fun & teamwork in our homeschool.
I hope for wisdom & patience in my parenting.
I hope for growth & quality moments for our marriage.
I hope to (continue to) simplify & minimize in our home & life.
How will any of these hopes and goals for 2017 be possible? How can I work towards these goals? How can I find any stability in the crazy? I found hope in Isaiah 43.
“Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; … Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (vs. 16, 18-19)
I do have plans and steps I hope to take to make some of the above goals a reality, but I am clinging to them loosely, for I know all too well how “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
For myself and for those who like seeing a list, here are my goals for 2017, to put in place my hopes from above:
- Get back to eating healthy, whole foods. Less eating out, more eating in. This will require some up-front planning. I already planned out a new week’s worth of suppers (I can share my new meal plan, if anyone is interested). Trim Healthy Mama, Paleo, Dairy-free (for main meals, since our son is allergic), very little grains and virtually NO sugar are my main guides.
- Consistently take the supplements, vitamins, and nutritional aids I need to improve and maintain my autoimmune disease.
- Pray more, talk less. Spend more time counting our blessings and less time critizicing. Add simple, pretty touches to our home. Love my role as homemaker.
- More time in God’s Word. More time in Bible study with my family. More praise & thanksgiving from my heart, mind, and tongue.
- Focus less on school and more on educating the whole child. Read more books to my kids, lecture less. Explore and learn together. Allow more exploration & discovery outside in nature and inside on the internet (now that I have an awesome way to restrict and protect my kids while online). “Do not let schooling interfere with your education.” – Mark Twain
- Gentle parenting, softer words, kinder spirit. Smile & laugh more, yell less. More cuddles. Slow down. Listen more.
- Stay in-tune with my husband’s needs. Plan some alone time regularly. Enjoy life with him.
- Routinely organize & purge our house (in small ways daily/weekly and big ways monthly). Only bring in meaningful, purposeful stuff.
- Simplify and be intentional with my wardrobe, hair styles, and (gulp) makeup — yes, I have been having fun wearing a little natural mineral makeup once in awhile (I just don’t want to look as tired as I truly am, lol). Choose my favorite clothes (my real favorites) to keep, be careful with what I buy, and get rid of the rest. Embrace my strange mix of nerdy, retro, & always comfy more than fashionable style.
So, you may be wondering if I have chosen One Word for 2017. And I have, kind of.
Actually, I have chosen many words. God’s Word. May it be my compass, my guide, my truth in 2017.
Love you, friends. God be with you in the coming year!
Just do your best and pray it’s blessed – Clarissa