Focused Action 2016

Friday, December 4, 2015

Today I wanted to share my end of the year questions. I love these because they really make me pause and think about how things went and how I want the next year to be. I feels like the year of 2015 is turning the mirror in my direction. Thanks for reading my friend!

• What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year? - I hate to tell you but I have two: dread and worry. I have talked to my husband about both. He helps me redirect my dread and change it into a positive action. The worries I did have I tried my best to take to God and also to be open with close, prayerful friends who gave me great counsel and prayed with me. I believe I'll be "redirecting" my feelings quicker in 2016.
• For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year? I have a couple of people on my list. I know God will answer. I have a pretty good list of extended family and friends I am praying for. God is able. 
• What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year? Pray more as a habit. I feel that if I hit the floor (literally on my knees) first thing in the morning it gets done. Then I just keep doing it throughout the day as I normally do. 
• What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in 10 years? In eternity? Making my family a priority because that's my Godly assignment. It's very involved now but I hear kids grow up fast. I'll have 3 teenagers in 10 years and I have a lot of things I am teaching now that will help them in 10 years (such as how to grab a hold of God for themselves). What will matter in eternity is my absolute obedience to God. I pray to be faithful to Him today and always. 
• What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what's one way you could simplify in that area? I can be more organized on a regular basis. I need to implement systems that allow me not to be stuck with a bunch of big projects 5 or 6 times a year. I need to get some help in that area and I plan on doing that in 2016 for sure. 
• What habit would you most like to establish this year? I am a reader but I don't have the habit of reading my eBooks before falling asleep. I'd like to do that next year. 
• Who do you most want to encourage this year? I am praying that God will open my eyes to see friends who can use my encouragement, specially friends who are trying so hard to fit into a mold that's unrealistic compared to how marvelously God has created them to be. 
• What's one new way you could be a blessing to your pastor (or to another who ministers to you) this year? I can be quicker to do what my husband (who is my pastor) asks me to do. I'm okay with doing that but I can be quicker. 
• What's one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren? I can explain the Bible to my kids. I can show them how great of a Book it is. 
• What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year? I have a list here on the blog. I haven't read them all so I need to keep doing that. 
• What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year? I regret feeling like I was stuck in certain challenging situations that came my way. 
• What's the most important trip you want to take this year? Any Listenbee trip is a great trip. We hope to travel more as a habit. 
• What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year? I want to improve my writing and public speaking skills. 
• What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, and what will you do about it? I'm always fascinated with the Person of the Holy Spirit. I bought John Bevere's book about it so I'm gonna be reading more. I also believe He's a Person, so I plan on not ignoring Him but talking to Him way more often. That's the best way to get to know a Person, right?
 If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it? People I know are often wondering if I'm doing too much. I think they would say to keep making my family a priority because that's what really matters. I believe they are right and I am striving to do that each and every day. 
• What's the most important new item you want to buy this year? If you know us well, you know we are not really consumers or gadget crazy. I'd say an "experience" such as running the Chevron Houston Marathon is quite life changing. No matter how many times I cross that finish line, long distance running is very important to my family and I. 
• In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year? My attitude towards challenging people and situations need change. I need to be quicker to accept some things. I need to be quicker to know that God knows what He's doing. The more I do this, the easier life becomes. Accepting things and people as they are do not change me or the way God created me. It simply allows me to make my contribution and freely move on towards God's best for me at that moment. 

Previously in this Series:
Focused Action 2015
Focused Action 2014