Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Kingdom Notes--Planning for a New Year


It is exciting and exhilarating to have the prospects of a New Year swiftly approaching our doorsteps in just a matter of days. Here, at the Fuentes household, we have been busily praying and planning about just what that new year could possibly hold. There is so much potential wrapped into the promises of a new year and we want to be sure we are wisely using the gift of time we have been graciously and lavishly given.

As I thought about what I wanted to accomplish this year many things swirled in my mind but what continually and mainly surfaced to the top of my thoughts were that fact that I wanted to get closer to God. Sure, every year I make this one of my goals, but this year it is much different. I am seeking after him much in the way as as a deer pants for water.

"As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirst for God, for the living God." Psalm 42:1

This is my main objective and nothing else. If nothing else is accomplished on my list of expectations, so be it. I know if I do this all things will fall into place. My prayer, reading and fasting time is all increasingly critical as I mature in the Lord and I am looking forward to experiencing much more of an indepth walk with Him next year.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.--John 15:5

We have already taken down the Christmas tree and decorations around here to make way for the new. I personally don't like starting the new year trying to clean up from the last. I like to have our home fresh and looking new, this helps us all mentally to envision and focus on what the new year can hold without holding onto some of yesterday. We've done some shopping to buy new storage bins to organize and purge so we can start the year freshly prepared and ready for all things new.

Some areas I plan for are probably the same that you do yourself. How can I better myself, my goals, etc.? First I like to pray about it. Don't start planning without asking the Lord what He wants for the year. When I have done that, I like to jot it all down and see how I did at the end of the year. I was blessed to be able to look at my list just this last week from last year and see that I had accomplished most of what was listed. I was pleasantly surprised and thus it's given fuel to this notorious planner to continually forge ahead without holding back.


"Without vision the people perish." -Proverbs 29:18



One of things I like to do is make categories. Here are some things I'll ask myself--

What does God want me to do in 2010?

How do I envision myself in 2010 serving God?

What do I want to see accomplished in my marriage this year?

What do I want to see accomplished in each of our children/family this year?

What do I want to see accomplished in our homeschool?

What would I like to see each child doing/growing in/serving?

This year we added a new one: how can we specifically help widows, orphans and the needy?

I make categories and I jot down notes of what I prayerfully think needs to be accomplished and then, this is important, I pull out my planner to plan what I need to do to make this all happen in my to-do list. It has to be transferred to make these goals materialize.

My children plan out their year too. This way we can synchronize goals they would like to accomplish and this helps them to plan and learn confidence as they grow and mature. How are they going to grow closer to God this year? What books will they read and how many? What sermons will they listen to? What new skills will they learn? What character traits need to be strengthened? What musical skills need polishing or new instrument needs to be taken up? Will they start a new ministry this year/how will they serve God? All good leaders must plan and this will help them to do that when they are older.

Now for the best part-my husband and I also spend a few hours over coffee with our planners out planning out family goals, ministry, family trips, ideas, etc. This has been invaluable input to me as a wife that I treasure because I acknowledge the fact that I need to not plan my days without my husband. He is the leader of our home and I need to hear where and how he wants to lead it. This is not oppressive as some women might falsely believe, but it is absolutely beautiful and freeing to be able to share with one another this way. God created us to work together and yes, for my husband to lead our family. It encourages me to know what he is dreaming, thinking and trying to implement in our home. It also provides stability as we face the new year hearing what dad has planned for it. It also helps to plan together so I can help him to accomplish what he'd like to do as many times I am the one to help bring these thoughts to life, since I have more freedom in my schedule. Also, the planning we do together blesses us because we are growing closer together, working as a team in harmony and not against eachother or going our own separate ways.

Dear ladies, I hope you will make some kingdom notes of your own--yes, I said kingdom notes. Notes of how you can impact this world for Christ through your life and your families and generations to come. You have no idea how you impact this world. What we plan today shapes and molds lives all around us continuously and eternally. Don't take it lightly, but know and understand the great responsibility and love that is at hand. We also might need to plan to take wasteful things out of our lives. We need to really be prayerful, honest and look hard at what those things are. These are things that hinder our time...they steal time away from our marriages, children, and home. These things need to be closely examined and some need to be tossed out all together.

A wise woman will also plan in flexibility. She will not try to rigidly follow her plans, but she knows that the Lord has a bigger plan and she accommodates herself to Him. Most importantly, I also want us to remember that with all this planning is that our year is not measured by what we do or what our accomplishments might be---but in what the Lord has done, and what He is going to do.

I am looking forward to a new year with all of you as well and have so much I am looking forward to sharing with you... I truly can't wait! I am eager to see what 2010 will hold for all of us. Let us worship the King, and remember to love and pursue Him with all our heart, soul, strength and mind:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding
In all your ways acknowledge him
And he will make your paths straight."

Proverbs 3:5-6

*****Many blessings to you all and a Happy New Year*****








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21 comments:

Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

I loved this post! I have been prayer journaling for 18 years. Every New Year I get a new prayer journal - it's a 5 subject notebook. On New Year's day I reflect on the past year and write out my new goals for the day.

Then I have them before me all year long as I do my quiet time to pray over, evaluate myself and strive after.

One thing that has helped me grow in my walk with my King is a group called the "Good Morning Girls"...it's a tech accountability group where we email each other each morning after having our quiet time. We have been doing this for 2 1/2 years straight!

I want to invite you to stop by and see what it's all about...in the fall I had over 150 women in Good Morning Girls groups from all over the country!

I'd love for you or your readers to consider joining us in the new year. It's an extremely effective way to deepen your walk with God.

Stop by at http://www.womenlivingwell.org

Walk with the King!
Courtney

Civilla said...

Wonderful post. Happy New Year, June.

Bevie said...

Oh how I loved reading your post not only because it was so beautiful, but because you've touched on exactly how I feel. As get closer to God I have this awesome burning for more...much like the deer panting for water. I have truly been blessed today after reading this!!! Blessings

Laryssa Herbert said...

Thank you for these timely questions.

Pamela said...

Loved your post. Thanks!

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

This what just the post I needed to read today. I am now crossing out the word 'goals' form my planner and writing 'Kingdom Notes' instead. This will remind me to pray and seek God as I consider the year that lies ahead for this family - which the Lord graciously added to just last week with the birth of our seventh child - a very special Christmas gift!
My husband is hoping next year to start a ministry from our home for families, which would be along the lines of your homebuilders ministry. As far as I know, no such ministry exists in our region of Australia and it is desperately needed. Another homeschooling family we know want to be part of it and the ideas this mum mentioned to me were the type of activities that I have seen at your blog and longed to have available here for my family - mother/daughter teas, father /son camps, teaching on family life. I know you are a very busy mother- if you do have any advice on setting up such a ministry I would appreciate it but I understand if you do not have time to email me - I will source ideas from your blog archives. Thank you so much for your beautiful posts this year - they are a constant source of encouragement to me as I seek to live in this world as a Godly wife and mother and raise high the banner of a vision for multigenerational family faithfulness.
Ann
eightacresofeden@gmail.com

christinnjon said...

I view the new year in much the same way- an opportunity to start afresh!

gail said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts on starting the new year. I also like to write out my thoughts and goals for the year and am always so excited about getting to know my Lord in a more personal way.

Blessings Gail

Donalacasa said...

Very inspirational. I am encouraged to leave all my failures and frustrations behind and begin anew.

Blessings!

The Southern Housewife said...

what awesome thoughts! So amazing! I'm getting out my planner as we speak!! :)

Ginger said...

What a beautiful blog. We all need to be good keepers of our home. Thank-you for this inspirational post. You should share your blog on http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/ sometime.
Blessings,
Ginger

Linda said...

LOVE THIS! My husband and I do much the same thing, but I hadn't thought to have my children do it. I'm going to start that, as well. THANKS and may God richly bless your year with His love, peace, and joy.

Linda

Megan said...

Thank you for the inspiration to get a new year started for The Kingdom.

Carisa said...

Beautiful post, I am subscribing to your blog now ;-)

I had just jotted down my categories for prayer the other day and had planned to go back to writing specific thoughts today and this weekend. I found this post right at the perfect time!

I came from a retweet from Sarah Mae!

jonathan said...

I love how reading your post puts into words things that I think. I am learning to write things down more for accountability to myself and to God. What a joy to be able to plan and expect things from our Father knowing that "all things work together for the good of those that love Him and are called according to His purpose". Thank you again Mrs. June.

shelby said...

Thank you for this post! I love reading your blog, it is always encouraging and soul searching.

Shelby
http://christianhomeschoolblog.blogspot.com/

Rhonda Devine said...

I had to chuckle, June as I just completed a post on goal making and checked out your blog and what do I find........ah, that's why we're kindred spirits~
Happy New Year!

Erin Bishop said...

I came across your very lovely blog for the first time this evening. I have truly enjoyed reading your posts and will sign up as a follower. Thank you, Erin
http://homeswheremyheartis.blogspot.com/

Jo said...

For the first time this year I have started a journal - not to put in my day to day activities but rather favourite verses from the bible, thoughts, prayers and ways of living a more christian life - to become a more godly woman. I have just included the beautiful verse you had in your blog from Proverbs.

God Bless Jo

SpringMeadowsMama said...

Hello!
I was wondering if I could have permission to use the beautiful artwork on your blog on my blog
springmeadowssc.blogspot.com

Also, if there are quotes from your blog that especially bless me, I would love to be able to place them on my blog as well.

Thank you,
Jenny Ervin

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Dear Jenny,

Thanks for asking permission. Yes, you may, I just ask that you link back here for credit. Thank you!

Many blessings...