Monday, January 18, 2010


It's a new year. I didn't write any new year's resolutions this year, but as i drove today for several hours today i was thinking about(well actually i have been thinking about them for several days) some goals for myself personally this year.

My number one goal is to spend more time in God's Word. I am ashamed at my lack of time i have spent in it over the last several years. I want to do better, i want to have a consistent personal quiet time...this is something that i have struggled with, especially since having kids...which is the time when i probably need to focus on it more than any other time...but has been the time i have shoved it to the back burner...need to move it to the front burner.

I want to be a more patient mom, a more loving mom.I want to worry less about everything in my home being perfectly clean and in order and worry more about spending quality time with my family. I really struggle with how my house looks affecting my overall mood and causing me to be short and less patient with my kids and my husband. I know that the world will not collapse if everything is not in it's perfect place, if there is a load of laundry undone, a few specks on the carpet, a few dishes in the sink, or some toys scattered on the floor...but many times what i know and how i act do not measure up. This is a big challenge for me!

I want to be a mom that is not enduring the days with young kids at home, but embracing
them. I admit some days lately i have let the two year old tantrums, the preteen attitudes and the sibling rivalry overwhelm and discourage me. Some days all of the kids talking to me at once and needing different things all at the same time make me feel like i'm going to lose it. With God's grace and help i am going to make an effort to take one moment at a time even if that moment might be a crazy take it in stride and with patience.

These are just a few of my goals, my struggles, my weaknesses. I will strive to love more, stress less, laugh more, spend more quiet time with God, manage my time better and most of all treasure these gifts more than i already do....


Paula said...

There's not too many Christian mommies that don't have the same goals as you. I have one child and it's hard enough to get stuff done! I'm praying that your goals will be met this year. :)

Jen said...

I wrote out my goals for this year on New Year's Day and it is amazing how they mirror yours! Although yours were worded a little kinder than mine were to myself on paper :) It is always difficult to balance all that we have going on in our lives, but I have learned one important thing over the past couple weeks...if I make personal time with God, the day and the stresses do not seem nearly as bad. It's ironic how that happens, but it hasn't ceased to amaze me yet! It also makes a huge difference when I do devotions with the kids too. They seem to get along so much better. Funny how God works! ;) Thank you for sharing your heart today! It is so nice to hear about someone with the same struggles... :) love you!

John and Elisa Seaba said...

I think that is very true Jen, the more we spend time with God everything else will probably fall better into place, if we would just slow down long enough to realize that! :) It's nice to know there are other moms out there struggling in the same area...not that i would want know what i mean...:)

Barbie Wilson said...

I struggle with having a consistent quiet time also. It seems the harder I try, the harder it gets. Things have been just crazy the last 2 months, and I miss having a schedule. I know that the day goes better when I spend time with God. I will pray with you that God will enable both of us to be more consistent in our quiet time with Him.
Love you, Elisa!

Neirly News said...

You have a heart of gold as it is shown just reading your list of what really matters! I'll pray God rewards you for what your heart has purposed! Love you