Wednesday, January 7, 2015

setting the mark high

  Last year will always be a year I look back on with fond memories...So many changes.  In 2014 I bought my first car, I was proposed to, I survived wedding planning (and y.e.s., that is an accomplishment:) , I married my best friend, I left home for the first time, I moved to the mountains, discovered strengths and weaknesses I never new I possessed, saw my Savior at work in so many different areas, witnessed a dear friend pray to receive Christ, made new friends, and oddly enough....I discovered that I like olives. ;) It was a  really good year.

Over the last few days I have smiled to myself several times as I think of all the people across the world that have made millions of new "resolutions" that they hope they will be able to keep...I smile because I am one of them.
This year I find myself in a very different season of life... I'm married (that still feels odd when I say it:), I have a new home, new town, new church, new people, new job, new responsibilities...
As I made my list of "New Years Resolutions" all of the things I mentioned above played a part.
Growing up I was always told set the mark high, because if you aim "low" you will hit "low".
 I have tried to set the mark high and I pray that I will accomplish exactly what the Lord desires me to accomplish this year.
Here are a few of my goals for the next year. 

 # 1. Pray more.
The Lord has placed certain people on my heart, and I am purposing this year to pray for them every day. I am placing their picture on my memo board by my bed so that every morning I will be reminded to pray for them.

 # 2. Read good books.
 Our pastor challenged us to read more this year. He has purposed to read 50 books and I want to do it as well. Yesterday I shared my decision to read 50 books with a friend and I made the comment that I hoped that I could do it. She promptly assured me that I could and then went over to her personal library and gave me my first stack. :)
 Here's the first few!

# 3. Serve others.
During this season of my life that I don't have little ones of my own I really want to find creative ways to serve my church body and my community.  I pray I don't get lost in the craziness of life and miss opportunities to reach out.

# 4. Eat better.
My husband and I are pretty healthy eaters, but there is a lot of room for improvement! Enjoying this time of trying new recipes together as we attempt to improve our diets. My latest obsession is...... I got a little carried away photographing the blueberries...But seriously, they are SOOOO WoNdErFuL.

# 5. And lastly, write more..... ;)

  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”  1 Peter 1:3

Wishing each of you a year filled with the joy and peace that only comes with knowing Christ!


  1. Love and Respect is a great book! My husband and I looked through it during our engagement, but decided to wait to read through it until after we were married. If you like it, there is also a "husband-friendly" (their words :)) couples devotional that focuses around the same principles. We just started, but love it so far! Another favorite of mine, if you haven't already read it is "The Power of a Praying Wife" by Stormie Omartian.

  2. Ok, I finally found your blog! I love the pictures of the blueberries.:)
    Love you!
    Lou Mama~

  3. I like your berry pictures :) Great post!
    That last resolution is my favourite :) I love reading what you write!