Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year Goals and Vision

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 
The old has passed away; behold, 
the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17 

A Happy New Year to all of our special readers!

We are looking forward with great anticipation to what the Lord will do this new year in our life and yours. We know that He has great plans for each and everyone of you and we can't imagine facing a new year without Him. If you don't know Him, it is high time that you begin to. Just click here and read on.

With that said, I would like to share with you some links that might be helpful to you if you'd like to be inspired to plan out the year:

It is okay not to make plans if you are not up to it, just know that God has made plans for you already! One year I was not up to making any plans, so I made one simple goal--to serve Him. That was a powerful year for our family indeed.

In 2012 I also believe the Lord will:
  • bring many lost to faith in Him
  • help us to have wisdom to serve Him faithfully
  • help and teach us to become better wives
  • help and teach us to become better mothers
  • help and teach us to be better homebuilders
and continue the mighty work He has begun in us as he continue to prune us and produce fruit in us for His glory alone.

There is GREAT HOPE that we have in Him
--not in our flesh, not in our strength, not  in this blog or yours.
But to Him because with Him all things are possible.

This new year is no exception.

May we all bring Him great glory in 2012:

Shout with joy to God, all the earth
Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!
Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds!"
So great is your power that your enemies cringe before  you!
All the earth bows down to you ;
they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name!

Come and see what God has done,
how awesome his works in man's behalf!
He turned the sea into dry land,
they passed through the waters on foot---
come, let us rejoice in Him. 
He rules forever by His power!

As I have said last week, one of the main things I want to do this year is focus more time on my family. I am hearing all over from moms how they want this too, they are feeling pulled in all directions and distracted by things (like being online) and want to really be engaged with their families this year. I think this is a wonderful goal and very important to savor the time God has given us with these special people in our lives.

 Also, if you haven't already read it, I wanted to share Three Things to do For the New Year, a wonderful way to reflect on the past year and begin the next:

And finally, if you are not involved in a church, this is the year to get serious. Find a sound church and get plugged in!  This year the Lord led a group of people, including my family, to start a family integrated church, so if you are in the area, come and visit!

Here is a song that I hold close to my heart for this New Year:

(just brings tears to my eyes!)

I look forward to what this year holds--may this blog continue to be a place that encourages you and brings you vision and hope as we together embark upon this great and wonderful journey of biblical womanhood and motherhood...



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Far Above Rubies said...

Happy New Year, friend. Expecting good things this new year.

Angie said...

Happy New Year! May your coming year be a blessed one!

Miranda said...

Happy New Year! Very excited about what this year hold. Holding Hope for many souls to come to Christ.

Brooke said...

What a great post. Thank you writing this and for the links you shared. Your blog is such an encouragement!

May God receive so much glory in this new year ahead of us!


Ann at eightacresofeden said...

Happy New Year June and thank you for all your encouragement during 2011 to be better wives, mothers and homebuilders. That is what I want to be and I would join the chorus of voices crying out that I want to be actively engaged with my family and not distracted or pulled in different directions. I have not written a blog post over the holidays even though I had some pockets of time available when I wasn't cooking or cleaning but each time I thought about putting up a post someone rather than 'something' would come along wanting me to spend time with them. Jumping on the trampoline for a whole hour with my two year old and the twins the other day was a lot of fun so it was bye bye to that blog post too! Yesterday was spent at the beach as the weather was glorious. Even our prime minister was urging people to spend more time with their families and to make this a goal for the new year!
But there was this niggling thought that I'm being 'left behind' in the blogosphere and can't keep up as I see all the holiday blog posts which I don't have time to read, the announcements of bloggers writing e books and magazines on all kinds of subjects, hosting conferences for bloggers and starting up online support groups which will even have face to face meetings (bit too far for me to come to!)
So thank you June for reminding us of our most important work and that our hope is in God and Him alone.

Unknown said...

My planning is tomorrow! Thanks for the encouragement and start.

Sara @ YourThrivingFamily

Anonymous said...

Happy new year!! And thank you for a wonderful blog and great post! I'm happy I found it, It really does lift me and my life up and give me strange!

janice15 said...


Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Happy New Year to you and your family, too :) :) :) I can't wait to see what God is going to do this year :) :) It will be amazing, for sure :) :) I love that song "God of this City"...especially the version sung by The Katinas :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather ;)


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