Sunday, January 24, 2010

~It's Time For A Change~

At the end of 2009, there were some prayers that hadn't been answered, goals that hadn't been meet and desire that haven't been fulfilled yet. outlook going into 2010 was CHANGE. I longed for 2010 to be a year of change...permanent change...not ones that you do for a couple of weeks or months but rather for a lifetime.

I was reminded on Saturday just how fragile life is and how quickly it could be over...either mine, my husband, parents or children. An old friend from my hometown has 3 beautiful daughters with the youngest being 24 years old. Her name is Dani (after her father) had a brain aneurysm at 2 AM on Saturday morning, rushed to the hospital with no brain activity and she died at 8:30 PM on Saturday evening. She left 2 beautiful, young children...a daughter and a son. Her family's life and her children's life changed forever in that instant.

I want to make the best of my life, time with my husband, children and grandson, take better care of myself and love those around me to the fullest because I never know when I will draw my last could be in an instant and without warning.

Our Sunday morning sermon was based on our new mission statement for 2010...DESTINED TO WIN IN 2010. Our vision statement is an acrostic of the word RIVER.

God had already began to stir in my spirit the changes that He wants to do in my life and my family. I have had several desires or goals running around in my head but just hadn't put them down on paper yet.

It wasn't until I turned off the TV and the lights at 11 PM tonight to go to sleep that I began to put it all together. I sat up, turned on the light, got my pad and pen and went to writing. Then, while it was still burning inside me...I decided to write a blog post about it. So, here I am at midnight Sunday night/Monday morning...keep that in mind when you read my first goal. lol

Pastor Rusty laid out the acrostic this morning for us but do you see how perfectly God had already begun to work these very things into my spirit. After I wrote out all my goals, then I felt the prompting in my spirit to get my sermon notes back out and see where God was taking me on the journey in 2010.


He challenged us to "GET OUT OF OUR BANKS"!

John 7:37-38
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. (38) Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."

This is what I jotted down tonight.


1. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night (well, not tonight but tomorrow)
2. Walk 3 x a week
3. Do Wii Fit 2-3 x a week
4. Drink 3 bottles of water a day
5. Don't eat after 7 PM (this will be a challege for to snack in bed)
6. Learn a new hobby or interest
7. Nurture friendships more
8. Waste less time daily and use my free time more wisely
9. Simplify my life


1. Spend more time in the Word
2. Memorize scripture
3. Spend more time in prayer
4. Step out of my comfort zone
5. Tap into my spiritual gifts and use them


1. Get organized
2. Plan our meals in advance
3. Make a workable/doable schedule
4. Cook meals at least 4 x a week (I don't like to cook)
5. Get rid of any clutter
6. Work on my projects to completion
7. Do home repairs that need doing


1. Stick to our budget
2. Find new ways to save money
3. Increase our giving


1. More quality family time with our children
2. Spend more time with our grandson
3. Eat our meals at the table and not the TV!
4. Family devotions


1. More quality time alone without the TV
2. Date nights/days at least every 2 weeks
3. Weekend getaways every couple months
4. Devotions and praying together


1. Get better organized
2. Clean out the office/work closet and files
3. Be more efficient

I believe these are the changes that God wants to see in my life, home, family, marriage, spirit and job. But, not only does God want to see them...but these are the desires of my heart as well. Our desire over the past few years has been to simplify our lives, get back to the basics and not have to work all the time to pay our bills but to pay off our bills and have more time to spend together as a family.

I need you to help hold me accountable in 2010. I love you guys and I pray that these goals will free up some time that I can get back to blogging on a more regular basis. I love you guys!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. Praying for a great year for you in the LORD dear friend. Love you.

  2. Wow! What wonderful goals my friend. I am with you on making the most out of our life. It's true that you never know what tomorrow brings and we should live each day to the fullest.
    So sad about your friend. I would never want to lose a family member so unexpectedly like that.
    Big Hugs from down here in Florida!
    We are looking forward to your next visit. Whenever that may be!

  3. "Wow were you listening to the Lord or what", not only have you set your own goals, but I think we all could use these as well...

  4. Great post! GOD has a way of reminding us what is important and what is not!

    If I haven't told you lately: THANK YOU for being my friend. I appreciate you!

    Blessings, andrea

  5. These are some great goals. You got me thinking!

    love and hugs~Tammy

  6. I love that you set goals for so many different areas...but they are all well thought out and achievable. Love the River acrostics too.

  7. This is awesome!! I have missed you so much Jennifer! I plan to be back in the blogging world,been out for awhile. I plan to do At the Well and Thankful Thursdays. Hope to talk to you more!


Thank you for stopping by today and sharing your heart felt thoughts with me. As we ride "Through the Storms of Life" together, chances are...your situation is different than mine. However, we serve the same awesome God, King of Kings who is in complete control and it all belongs to Him anyway...He wants to give you the very best. Be encouraged my friend, God loves you!

Thank you again for taking the time to visit me at "Through the Storms of Life".


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