10 Goals I’m Working Toward in 2017


I’m a terrible goal setter. I will just say that right off the bat. But, I don’t feel like that excludes me from TRYING AGAIN. PRESSING ON. Each of us is a work in progress, yes? So if I believe that, I must wake up and try again!

I’ve been using Power Sheets by Lara Casey to help me be more intentional and GRACE FILLED when it comes to setting goals for myself. Her blog posts and resources on this topic are so full of GRACE and also so good for us moms who have a million things on our plates! (See her current goal setting series, her book Make Things Happen and her resource Power Sheets for creating goals.) 


10 Goals I’m Setting in the New Year

  1. More consistent Scripture memory (I’m starting with Colossians 3, read this post for more info)
  2. Cooking more meals, eating dinner more as a family (this will help with my goal of eating healthier AND eating out less!)
  3. Think & pray before committing to ANYTHING new
  4. Regular exercise (I’m already signed up for Crystal Paine’s 15 Days to a Healthier You online course that costs $15 and has daily facebook live videos! Join me!)
  5. Smoothie or salad daily!
  6. 1-on-1 time with each child each month
  7. Implement weekly newsletter for my email subscribers
  8. Pray more. Worry less.
  9. Learn to behold God in all things. (See my word of the year for more on BEHOLDING my God!)
  10. Phone-free homeschool mornings (goal is from 9am-Noon)
  11. Bonus goal! (LOL) Share about essential oils and how beneficial they are by having more classes or get togethers with those who want to live healthier lives in 2017.

A few days ago I had a few hours to myself and was able to sneak away to a coffee shop and just pray and dream. I used to do this more often and I miss it so much! (That should be another goal for the new year!)



So what are your favorite ways to remain accountable when you set goals? Follow through is the hardest part! I would love to hear your ideas! I’m wondering/hoping if I could blog monthly about these goals if that would help ME to keep at it!

What goals are you setting in the new year? Let’s call them GRACE GOALS. And let’s be courageous enough to show ourselves GRACE as we work toward forming new habits to help us grow more healthy both physically and spiritually!

Word of the Year 2017: Behold



“We become what we behold…”

When I read this quote above from the book Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, I couldn’t get it off my mind. I knew it’s what I wanted to focus on in 2017. I want to train my mind, heart and soul to BEHOLD my God and not my circumstances.

What are you beholding today? What did you behold most of all in 2016? Would you like to join me in learning to behold more of HIM and less of me in 2017?

One huge way we can learn to behold God is to learn more of Him. How do we learn more about the God of the universe? By studying His Word. We study God’s Word to know Him more. To behold our God.

Join me in starting 2017 by reading through the book Women of the Word together in our closed facebook group and learning to treasure the Word of God which helps us to KNOW our God more. Click here to get all the details on our book study!  We are reading the book together along with a new write the Word plan and a passage to memorize! 

Let’s behold our God in 2017.

{If you want a tool to help you throughout the year as you work through your word of the year, I highly recommend the book My One Word! I wrote more about that book here.}


Behold: Word of Year 2017

My Prayer for 2017

Join me in praying Psalm 119:18, whether your word this year is behold or not! <3

Lord, open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law. May I know You more this year than last. May I become more like You in the coming days and months. May I be transformed into Your likeness one day at a time.

Print your own copy of this verse & prayer. 



Phone Wallpaper

If you’re like me and want something visual for your phone as a reminder of your goals and purposes, you can save this image and use it as wallpaper for your phone! (It’s easier if you’re on your phone, just tap on the image and save it to your phone! Then tap on the image again and choose the option “use as wallpaper.)


Do you choose a word of the year?

I’ve chosen a word of the year for quite a few years now! Here are some previous years!

If you’ve chosen a word or theme, I would love to hear what God has placed on your heart in the comments!

A Greenhouse of Prayer


“We can be loyal advocates, stubborn intercessors. We can take our parenting fears to Christ. In fact, if we don’t, we’ll take our fears out on our kids. Fear turns some parents into paranoid prison guards who monitor every minute, check the background of every friend. They stifle growth and communicate distrust. A family with not breathing room suffocates a child. 

Bring your children to me. Raise them in a greenhouse of prayer.

Parents, we can’t protect children from every threat in life, but we can take them to the Source of life. We can entrust our kids to Christ. Even then, however, our shorelines appeals may be followed by a difficult choice.” 

from the book Fearless by Max Lucado

I really, really needed this reminder. God is the author and perfecter of my faith, and that of my children. I am not sovereign over my kids, their faith, their growth, their choices.

If I live out a life of fear, especially fear regarding my children, I will suffocate them.

I have to admit that I have struggled with fear over the last year or so. I fear that I have failed them, I fear their failure, I fear that my bad choices will lead to their bad choices. It’s a vicious cycle, really. And it does absolutely not one bit of good.

A wise friend once told me that the salvation of my kids was not dependent upon me.


Do I trust God to be God for my children? Or do I not?

Another friend recently reminded me of this verse that I needed to read and preach to myself!

“No weapon formed against me will prevail, and I will refute every tongue that accuses me. This is my heritage as a servant of the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17

NO WEAPON, friends. None at all. Not one weapon formed against me will ever prevail. I can REFUTE the lies of the enemy with the TRUTH of God’s Word. I can and I must.

I must choose faith over fear. 


More from Fearless

What if Faith Was Your Default?

An Unhurried Christ

Fearless by Max Lucado

An Unstirred Christ


“Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him. A great storm arose on the lake…” Matthew 8:23-24

“Wouldn’t you hope for a more chipper second sentence, a happier consequence of obedience? ‘Jesus got into a boat. His followers went with him, and suddenly a great rainbow arched in the sky, a flock of doves hovered in happy formation, a sea of glass mirrored their mast.’ Don’t Christ-followers enjoy a calendar full of Caribbean cruises? No. This story sends the not-so-subtle and not-too-popular reminder: getting on board with Christ can mean getting soaked with Christ. Disciples can expect rough seas and stout winds. 

“In the world you will [not might, may or could] have tribulation.” John 16:33

Christ followers contract malaria, bury children, and battle addictions, and as a result, face fears. It’s not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It’s whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.” 

from the book Fearless by Mac Lucado

I don’t know about you, but I need an unstirred Christ in my life. I need His constant love and grace. I need the Rock of my salvation. I need His steady.

My inconsistency is desperate for the consistency of Christ.

My roller coaster of emotions longs for the steady faith of Jesus.

I think there is a good reason that the Bible mentions the ROCK of our salvation. As frail, sin-natured humans, what we really need most of all is our God, our Rock.

In the midst of our trials, God is faithful.

In the middle of relationships falling apart, God’s love is constant.

In the face of terrible sickness, The Great Physician knows best.

In the storm, He is sleeping. He is unafraid. He sees the big picture. He knows what is best for us. He has NO NEED to fear. None. No doubt, no questioning His Loving Father, no wondering what tomorrow might bring.

No fear. 

Sometimes I need the reminder that in this world we WILL face tribulation. We were never promised care-free lives with no troubles. In fact, I believe God uses the suffering to make us more like Jesus. We need the hard times to show us how desperate we are for Jesus.

May I learn from Jesus and live my life in bold faith with no fear for the future.

Fearless by Max Lucado

More From Fearless

What if Faith Was Your Default? 

A Greenhouse of Prayer

What If Faith Was Your Default?


“Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that. People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors. 

What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?” 

from the book Fearless by Max Lucado

Fearless is my mantra for 2016. I want to seek the approval of God more than the approval of man. I want to seek to please God and not facebook. I want to raise my children with the wisdom that God has given me as a mother and not what the world deems necessary. I want to seek the Truth more than what feels good. I want to live by God’s Word and not my feelings.

I want to choose faith over fear.

Fearless by Max Lucado

More From The Book Fearless

An Unstirred Christ

A Greenhouse of Prayer