Sunday, January 04, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

I always made them in my mind, but rarely shared them. People tend to hold you to these things once you publicize them. "Hey, is that a chili dog you're eating? Weren't you going on a diet?" But maybe that's the point. Putting it out there obligates us somewhat to keeping them . . . or at least trying. So what's on my list this year?

1. More personal devotion time.
Do we all make this one? I'm determined to make it the priority it should be.

2. Specific devotion with the girls.
We're starting one of Dr. Kistler's publications John Angell Jones' Female Piety this week. I see the girls coming into their own as young women. They're at a cross roads with many issues and this book really provides the ground for conversation on modesty, godliness, and their future calling as Christian women.

3. More exercise
We have thoroughly enjoyed all the running and playing we've done over Christmas break. Unfortunately, we couldn't bring the bikes back to MS, but we did bring the football and basketball!

4.Raise orphan awareness
We've been so wrapped up in our moving experience in the last 6 months, that we haven't sought opportunities to share like we should. Our speaking engagement a few weeks back resulted in a phone call tonight. Several members would like to travel to Ukraine with us and minister to these children. Praise God.

5. Following a tighter budget
This one is a plain necessity!

6. More home cooked meals
This falls off the radar more than I'd like to admit. I think the secret is to plan ahead. I love using the crock pot. Any suggestions???

7. Writing
Yes, I'm saying I plan to blog more consistently. I really am. Really.

8.Actively seek God about adding to our family.
We're ready. We really are. Really.

I'm offically tagging:
Jen K.
Melissa E.

What's on your list this year? Even if I didn't tag you, feel free to play along; leave me a comment or shoot me an email letting me know so I can check out your blog! I promise, no comments if I see you with a chili dog in a few weeks!


Tami said...

Hmm....I'm going to have to think about this. I am SO not good with resolutions! :) I'll give it a good college try, but I AM NOT resolving to give up chili dogs! That's just going too far! :)

Unknown said...

I do have resolutions, but not sure I want to put them on the blog...but I will share them with you when I get the chance to write an email. I may try to get creative and put them on the blog somehow...:)

Debora Hoffmann said...

Oh,'ve tagged me and I don't even have true resolutions. :-) First on my list is to trust the Lord during this entire roller coaster of bringing home three children from Ukraine. So many things to snag us and trip us up, and we are completely at His mercy--which is right where we need to and desire to be! If there are any more, I will let you know...maybe I'll even post them on my blog to comply with the tagging part. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post on my blog. IT was an encouragement for me today. Alot of your goals/resolutions are the same as mine. We have cooked more meals, worked out, and realized how we need to spend more time in God's word. Those are the bigger ones. I like your idea of doing devotions with your girls. I feel like I need to re-assess what we read to our kids too..they are getting older and need more "grown up" discussions. thanks for the input!

Debora Hoffmann said...

Oh, I think I read too fast... Your post says "Actively seek God about adding to our family. We're ready. We really are. Really." HOORAY! That is very exciting news! Please share details...when you're ready. Really. :-)

Sarah xoxo said...

Hey, I just thought I would let you know how you are helping to spread Orphan Awareness!

My name's Sarah, I'm 26 and live in England. Your youtube videos about Ukrainian orphans were some of the first orphan videos I watched, back in the summer and since then it's been in my heart to help the children of Ukraine, Russia etc. I am now planning my own trip to volunteer in an orphanage, so you have definitely raised orphan awareness in me! Thanks for spreading the word over this side of the pond!