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Ready Set Go-al



Now that my two older kids are home from college and have had some time to recalibrate from school, we started a new summer tradition.  One evening, my family of five sat around the kitchen table, sharing and writing down our dreams and goals. I thought it was better to do it at the beginning of the summer when the kids have fewer responsibilities also so we can keep each other accountable.   I felt like it was such an incredible experience for each of us that I hope and pray we will do it every summer.  


We started by defining our ideal life. We imagined what it would look like one year from now and years from now. We defined it, described it in greater detail, and then, in faith, said it as it had already happened. We discussed how our God is a BIG God, and He has a BIG purpose for each one of us, so it's important to dream just as BIG, too.


God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!  He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

~Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)


It was essential not just to speak it but also write it. When we started jotting our thoughts down and sharing them, we helped one another clarify what we hoped to accomplish and why. Having it on paper is an honest way to keep ourselves accountable.  I have referred to my list several times since we created it. 


Then the Lord answered me and said:

"Write the vision

And make it plain on tablets,

That he may run who reads it..." 

~Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)


We have made personal declarations from our list that we repeat daily to remember what we are committed to doing. We didn't make them unusually long or complicated. They had to be easy enough to memorize and repeat out loud so we could listen to ourselves saying them. If we see the declarations and hear them, the repetitive habit will help us believe them, too.  


Each individual goal has actions associated with it. We simplified the goal by giving ourselves weekly assignments that can be measured. It's motivating to witness movement, even if it's in small increments. I have already witnessed a difference in each one of us.


When each person shared, I learned of new dreams in their hearts. Even my husband, whom I thought I knew very well, shared what he hoped to see come to fruition. Even though brainstorming and processing took some time out of our busy schedule, I categorized it as an investment for our future. 


After we shared, we prayed together. And then, right as we were about to adjourn, God reminded me of the office building where I work.  One morning, while walking in the hallway, I noticed a door that used to belong to an orthodontist's office was no longer there.  No trace was left when the handymen changed it to a wall. Then, the following day, they installed a new entrance further down the hallway, not with one door but with two doors.   I shared this with my family and said God is reminding us that He is opening up new doors for us this season, and it's a matter of trusting Him to create it.


How about you? Do you have dreams or goals tucked away so deep inside that you forget they exist? Join us in making a difference in 2024. We're almost halfway to 2025; let's do something today to make a difference for tomorrow.

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