Do You Set Your Goals?

Do you set goals for yourself?  There are all types of goals.  Ones for your career, schooling and finances, but have you set goals for yourself as a wife and mother?

Before we moved, every year, Tevis and I would take off for a weekend for our anniversary and (unbeknownst to him) set goals for our relationship.  I don’t think he ever realized that’s what we were doing.  We haven’t done this for a couple of years now since we can’t get away for a whole night alone and I have really noticed.  I think we have gotten lost in the craziness of dealing with Hunter and everything else that for the moments we do have of peace, we just want to sit and do nothing.  So with this year’s anniversary, we are going to try to start setting our goals again.

I was working on printing some things off for my household notebook and one of the things that I was printing was about “your goals.”  It wants you to list your current priorities, your skill sets and goals for 1-3 years, 3-5 years, 5-10 years and 10-15 years.  Then it wants you to draft your mission statement and vision statement.  I think I have always had these, just never written down but I don’t think I’ve ever really have a mission statement.  Time to fix that.  We need to be purposeful in the things that we do.  We need to know WHY we are doing what we are doing.  Does it add to or take away from our goals?  Is what you’re doing a distraction or a help?

We need to be purposeful in what we do as a wife and a mother.  Our family is ours to nurture, guide, direct and build up.  We are to raise our children to seek God’s direction in their lives, respect their elders, hold doors for others (big pet peeve of mine),  be of gentle spirit (struggling with this one), the list goes on and on.  And we as wives are to speak well of our husbands, be encouraging, supportive, his help meet.  Words of kindness should drip from our lips.  I have to say, THAT one I really struggle with.  I battle the bitterness of what I have to go through everyday and I struggle getting out of the pit.  Right now is a good moment because I feel a sense of calm and purpose.  There isn’t any yelling or screaming or meltdowns going on (which has gotten MUCH better since Hunter has been in therapy).  It’s in the times of frustration where I stumble.  I need to fix my perspective and set my goals according to God’s direction.  So that is my task today.  To set my goals and mission statement.  That and making more bread.

Do you have your goals set before you?  The ones for yourself and the ones God has for you?  =)  Be blessed!

Are You A Lioness?

I started reading a new book last night.  I cannot WAIT to finish it!  It’s called Lioness Rising by Lisa Bevere.  I have only read the first chapter but WOW!  We, as women, so often walk around timid and fearful that we avoid stepping into the strength that God wants us to walk in.  The passage of scripture that she saw in her vision was Numbers 23.  More precisely Numbers 23 19-24.  It says, God is not a man, so he does not lie.  He is not human, so he does not change his mind.  Has he ever spoken and failed to act?  Has he ever promised and not carried it through?  Listen, I received a command to bless;  God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!  No misfortune is in his plan for Jacob; no trouble is in store for Israel.  For the Lord their God is with them; he has been proclaimed their king.  God brought them out of Egypt; for them he is as strong as a wild ox.  No curse can touch Jacob; no magic has any power against Israel.  For now it will be said of Jacob, ‘What wonders God has done for Israel!’  These people rise up like a lioness, like a majestic lion rousing itself.  They refuse to rest until they have feasted on prey, drinking the blood of the slaughtered!”  

As wives and mothers, we need to be more bold to stand in the gap for our children and families.  To be a prayer warrior for them and be the nurturing strength so we can raise our children with the love and devotion that God calls us to have.  If we refer back the P31 Woman in Proverbs 31:10-31, we can see that she was not this timid, fragile being, but a strong, bold woman who was versatile and a treasure.  She WAS a lioness!

Something I have realized over the last few weeks is that I have let too many things get in my way of doing what it is that God has called me to do.  So much so, that I’ve gotten to the point where I am confused about what I’m called to do.  I have worn and currently wear so many hats (and I’m good at them all), but it creates too many choices and noise that it takes me away from focusing on what I’m supposed to be doing.  I am so thankful though for all the challenges and obsticles that we have had along the way.  The opportunities that have been present for us to walk through to grow our faith and trust in God and to start to see what he is molding us into.

I’m excited about the prospects of being able to be of use.  To function as “me” once again.  Only this time with a better understanding of what “me” is.  Not just as a wife and mother but as a daughter of the Almighty.  As a lioness of the mighty Lion.  How awesome is that going to be!  Are you ready to be the lioness that God is calling you to be?  To walk in the confidence of knowing that you are called to serve Him in a way that is most pleasing to Him.  He gave us all the tools and gifts that we need.  He equipped us for the task at hand.  Will it be challenging?  Yes.  Will it be without struggle?  No.  Will it be totally rewarding and fulfilling?  You betcha!

So, today I stand up.  I am so excited about the new adventure and journey that God is putting us on.  I see SO MUCH opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives in different ways.  All I have to do is to finally step forth, put the distractions behind me and walk.  Walk in His strength, confidence and encouragement.  He knows what I’m capable of.  I just have to listen to Him and BELIEVE it.  Can you do the same?  Step out and be the lioness that He wants you do be.  You won’t regret it!  =)  Be Blessed!

Are Your Bones Dry?

I was mowing the grass the other day and I really noticed how dry and brown it had gotten.  Every time I would drive over a really dry part, the cuttings would blow all around me like a dust storm. While I was mowing, I was thinking about all the dryness and drought and a passage of scripture came to mind.  Ezekiel 37 talks about the Valley of Dry Bones.

The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones.  He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out.  Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?”  “O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.”  Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord!  This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again!  I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”  So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons.  Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.  Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’”  So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army.  Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’  Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel.  When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord.  I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’”

God has such great power that when He breathes on us our dry bones come back to life.  If we are truly honest with ourselves, how dry are our bones?  Have we allowed the true breath of God to breathe into our lives and bring us back to true spiritual life?  To allow him to raise our dead bodies back up and fill us with His Spirit and annointing.  He longs to have us stand tall and strong in His strength!  We often walk in a lifeless spirit, only a body put back together without the breath of life.  Only half using all that God has for us to use.  We need to walk in His FULL life giving wind!  So, stand up!  Stand up, allow Him to fill you with His Spirit breath and walk in it!  Reinhard Bonnke had a great quote today on his Facebook page that I loved!  It said “The Gifts of the Spirit (1Cor 12:7-11) are not medals of honor to be worn on Sunday morning at church. THEY ARE TOOLS FOR THE JOB and are handed out the moment you report for God’s work. He won’t give you a hammer when you need a chisel. The Lord will give you the perfect tool for the assigned job. You will call it “a miracle”.  You have to use what He gives you but first you ahve to allow Him to breathe the breath of life into you!  So, be filled!  Be completely filled with His Spirit!  =)  Be Blessed!