2017 Goals Week 1

Follow my progress this year toward meeting 10 goals!

Week 1 of 52

10)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

I’m reading a chapter of 2 Kings, Proverbs, and 1/2 chapter of Hebrews each day. This is a recommendation by Don Whitney in Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Reading a chapter from each section of the Bible brings variety that “makes it easier to keep up the momentum.” (p. 30)

9)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

Classes start next week.

8)   Connect with one person a week.

I stuck around church on Sunday to talk with a few people instead of rushing out the door. I also spent time with each of my Awana leaders on Wednesday. If you are a natural extrovert, you don’t realize that this is a discipline for those of us who are task-oriented introverts. We also had the in-laws for weekly dinner and conversation, and my very-friendly-neighbor had a bonfire where I got to chat with a new family down the street.

7)   Complete writing a 12-week Bible study.

I tweaked my content outline, set a schedule to get the chapters written by the end of June, and wrote 500 words this week.

6)    Submit 6 articles for publication.

I spent some time researching various publications, and wrote 800 words on an article detailing why God did not include a sign in the Abrahamic covenant for women.

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 


I’ve completed my first “sculpture.” Woof. I’ve got a lot to learn! This one was from the kit I received for Christmas. The kit was to make a cat. Yes, I know. It doesn’t look like a cat. That’s because it was feeling like it needed to become a dog. I’m currently working on a mouse that thinks its an otter. I’m claiming the old sculpture’s trick that says the rock knows what it wants to be… well the wool knows what it wants to be too! 24 more to go.

4)    Complete 12 house/yard projects. 

Does it count that we went to a Remodeling and Garden Show?

3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.


It was below freezing all week outside, so I stayed inside and practiced yoga. Friday, the kids and I went swimming for $1 Public swim at the local (indoor) pool.

2)   Fix my teeth. 

Going in on Friday for the initial scans and measuring.

1)  Hike to 12 new places.


I’ve been hiking from hot coffee, to hot tea, to hot showers, to hot soup and back to hot coffee all week! Not going outside unless I have to. Too cold! Brr!

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