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    What Does 2019 Hold For You

    What Does 2019 Hold? Setting Goals That Please God

    January 2, 2019

    One of my goals for 2019 is to let the word ‘heart’ be my word of the year. Find out how I go about setting goals for myself here. Here we are on day two of the year and I’ve already gotten to try out my first resolution!

    Life is one surprise after another. After a trip to visit family for the holidays we were traveling back to our desert mountain home this week when we got caught in the worst snowstorm this decade for the area.

    I had big plans to work on the blog over Christmas. Internet problems and life got in the way. Then driving back home turned into knuckle whitening anxiety as we leaned forward to try to make out the road through the snow flurries as night fell on our way home.

    Thank goodness we are now safely home, but our van is still thirty miles away, waiting for the snow to melt so we can go get it. I’m so thankful that God knew this was coming. A beautiful accident of all the bad roads, was that we got to see family that we didn’t plan on through our emergency stop. As a bonus my kids have mounds of snow to turn into snowmen while they patiently wait for us to be able to go and get our vehicle that is full of all their Christmas gifts.

    The Plans He Has

    Whatever your plans are for this year, they will not unfold exactly as you expect them to. As I think through all the stories I love from the Bible, I can’t think of one where a person expected God to act, and he acted in that exact way. Abraham tried to make Ishmael the son of God’s promise. David defeated Goliath before Israel with a single stone. Israel expected a Messiah that would usher in an earthly kingdom, conquering their enemies.

    However God did not let them down, and he knew the path that would get us to our front doorstep (nine people in a Subaru Outback that should seat five). My word for 2019 is heart, I want my heart to reflect God’s heart. I want mine to be a changeable heart. I’m so thankful that he let me test that out on the first day of 2019. I don’t know what to expect from this year, but I am so excited to find out.

    What Does 2019 Hold For You

    Room For God’s Plans

    My plans don’t include the amazing surprises that God’s do because I’m not all powerful. I want my plans to reflect the space to let him change and mold my actions. I want God’s input when I make goals for reading the Bible, but I also want his input when I consider the goal of running a 10k.  If his hand is in my plans they will not be empty, whether I reach the goal I set, or whether God simply wanted me to put in the effort.

    Find out what my goals are here and here. I’d love to pray for you and your goals for 2019, leave me a comment and let me know what they are!

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