Proverbs 21:5 says, “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.” (KJV)
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (KJV)
I haven’t always had detailed goals for myself. I used to mindlessly wander through each day just doing this and that without a real goal in my mind. Sounds boring right? It hit me one day that I can and should have goals for myself and my family.
Right after I became a new mom, I battled with postpartum depression and it caused me to seriously lack in the goal department and it was one of the toughest times in my life to-date. I found myself getting stuck in the mundane and not continually trying to better myself as a person, wife, and mother. (Thank God this only lasted for 6 months and then I went right back to my normal self.)
I don’t remember the exact day it happened, but I woke up one morning and decided that I wanted more for my family and for myself. I wanted to set real life goals that would benefit my family first and myself second. I started to dream of ways my husband and I could grow closer, ways that I could grow closer to my daughter, and ways we could make a difference in others lives as a family.
This was life-changing. God’s word talks often about the importance of being diligent and how we should work hard at what we do all while striving to bring HIM glory. I often think about the Proverbs 31 Woman and how she tirelessly served her family, brought in an income, and was dedicated first and foremost to God. She had GOALS and worked diligently to help her family prosper.
I like to plan. I like to have to-do lists each day that keep me focused and on top of what I need to get done around the house, with the blog, and any appointments or outside engagements that I may have. Having goals is so crucial as it gives each day a purpose and a clear vision of what we want to accomplish. God doesn’t want us to completely plan out our lives, because HIS plans are way better than any we could ever come up with, but HE does want us to live each day with a purpose (to serve and glorify HIM) and to be diligent in all we do.
This also doesn’t mean we can’t have yearlong goals that we are working towards. I have several goals for this year that I fully intend on reaching, “God willing and the creek don’t rise”. That’s my fav southern saying… back to setting goals.
Where do you want to be spiritually? Physically? Financially? Emotionally? In the next year, two years, ten years?
Set some goals and reach them and then set some higher goals. You can do it! Most importantly, pray and ask God to lead you when it comes to all the areas I listed above. Who knows… HE may have a brand new chapter waiting for you if you only ask HIM.
Although we plan, sometimes our plans will fail and that is OKAY and this is something I am still learning to accept. I have a hard time with change. If my plans don’t go my way I tend to want to unpack and wallow in the brokenness of my plans instead of taking a deep breath and moving forward. God expects us to worry about TODAY only and to work hard TODAY… always trusting HIM no matter what the day, month, or year brings.