Category Archives for "New Years"

Goal planning for kids! I haven’t seen anything else out there like this so I’m so glad I found this for my kids this year. How to help your kids set goals, make plans and go for their dreams! Goal setting resources, powerful tips for parents and more.

How to Help Your Kids Reach Their Dreams This Year

As I watch my kids mature, I’ve see over and over that these little people have big dreams! As parents, we get the privilege of helping our kids set goals to make those dreams reality.

How can we encourage our kids to successfully meet their goals? What are some practical tips, strategies and resources?

I want to share with you:

  • 3 reasons why goal setting is so important for kids
  • 5 ways to help kids experience the power of goal setting
  • 13 Resources that help kids plan and inspire them to greatness

Here’s how I encourage my kids to meet their dreams (whether during New Years or anytime)!

Goal planning for kids! I haven’t seen anything else out there like this so I’m so glad I found this for my kids this year. How to help your kids set goals, make plans and go for their dreams! Goal setting resources, powerful tips for parents and more.

3 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is So Important for Kids

1) Kids have purpose. New Years goal setting assures children that they have significance too and that their life has purpose, even as a child.

2) Kids can do hard things. Setting resolutions reminds kids that they can do big things and hard things. I love this scripture in 1 Timothy 4:12 that says, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

3) Kids need to be challenged to become their best selves. When kids set goals, they’re able to experiment (under the watchful guidance of a parent) what it’s like to grow and change for the better. Goal setting is a wonderful way to teach kids that there is always room for self-improvement. it’s important to set goals and make self-improvements.

5 Ways to Help Kids Experience the Power of Goal Setting

1) Talk about goals regularly as part of everyday conversation. Goal setting doesn’t have to be formal or intense. Goal setting can start small (and not even be labeled as “setting a goal”). Listen to what your child is interested in, and help him or her set goals that match his or her current interests.

2) Avoid a power struggle by guiding toward a goal instead of telling them. Intrinsic motivation has been shown over and over as the best motivator, so capitalize on this when helping a child set goals. Instead of telling a child what the goal should be, listen deeper to what he or she is truly longing for and suggest tangible action plans that can help them meet that goal.

For example, my son is on a basketball team and wants to improve his stamina, especially as it relates to moving quickly to the other side of the court. My first thought was “That boy needs to be doing sprints everyday!” However, to avoid a power struggle, I asked him a series of questions such as, “What do you think is the best way to increase your stamina? What are some good activities that will make you faster on the court? How often do you think it make sense to do this?”

3) Encourage goals that are quantifiable and realistic. In his 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever Course, Michael Hyatt suggests setting goals that are SMARTER (specific, measurable, actionable, risky, time-keyed, exciting and relevant). Help kids create goals with tangible parameters, including natural consequences that occur if the goal is or is not met.

4) Give a child room to both succeed and fail. We are crippling our kids if we set them up to always succeed at their goals. Perhaps that sounds counterintuitive, so let me explain. While we would never plan to intentionally sabotage our child’s goals, I’m suggesting that we allow kids to experience the natural consequences that come from meeting or not meeting a goal. Like the rest of us, kids need to experience both the elation of meeting a goal and the disappointment of not making a goal. We can learn so much about ourselves from both sides of the process, can’t we?

5) Invite your child to witness your goal setting. Inspiration is an incredible motivator to success. What a wonderful example of sacrifice and diligence we set for our kids when we establish goals and work hard toward them! I share my personal goals with my kids often. I want them to see that there is always something to work toward and to be excited about!

13 Resources that Help Kids Plan and Inspire Them to Greatness

Does your child need help with creating a schedule? This post is great:

How to Teach Kids to Manage Their Own Schedule

Little by little, we need to introduce our kids to the concepts of goal-setting, time management and self control. What better way to do that than to teach them how to create a realistic weekly schedule? Learn a step-by-step method for how your kids can create their own schedules! This scheduling method is easy and adaptable to fit any child, tween or teen!

This post is also encouraging and helpful on how we can encourage our kids to change the world:

9 Tips for Raising Kids Who Change the World

Do you know these 9 awesome tips for raising kids that change the world? Vibrant Homeschooling

 

Calendars: Here’s a simple, free printable calendar (in kid-friendly colors) from Short Stop Designs that children would like. This one for Delineate Your Dwelling is also pretty. And this post from Yes Missy has 20 free printable calendar page designs.

Goal Setting: Here’s a fun goal setting worksheet for kids and adults from Moritz Fine Designs.

Planners: There’s some adorable kids planner designs here on Amazon.

Journal: I think everyone (including kids) should have a journal for writing their thoughts, dreams and plans! I love this one from Somewhat Simple, and here’s a free 31 Day gratitude journal from Enjoy the Learning Journey. Kids can even make their own journal at this post from Polka Dot Chair (this is more of a summer journal, but I think the “adventure” vibe totally fits for goal planning).

Enjoy inspiring your kids to greatness through goal setting!

Wow--I loved all of these posts on parenting, marriage, faith and homemaking! So encouraging! Perfect reading for New Years inspiration. GREAT ideas and advice here...

The 25 Most Popular Posts of 2016 (Great New Years Inspiration!)

A brand new year is ahead! Who’s ready for some great inspiration, helpful tips and heartfelt encouragement for all those New Years goals?

I’ve gathered the best of the best of 2016–the top 25 marriage, parenting, faith and homemaking posts–all in one place for your New Years inspiration.

Moms like you told me they LOVED these posts! Each of them got a crazy amount of pageviews and lots of buzz.

And here they are for you… all in one place!

Wow--I loved all of these posts on parenting, marriage, faith and homemaking! So encouraging! Perfect reading for New Years inspiration. GREAT ideas and advice here...

 

Before we mention the posts, I also wanted to share the top 3 resources on the site this year (because they may help you too)!

These helped hundreds of families get organized, manage mommy anger and enjoy a Christ-centered Christmas.

Click on each one to learn more.

Top 25 Most Popular Posts of 2016

NOTE: By far, marriage and parenting posts were the most popular posts this year! For this reason, I’ve included a few more of those here than the other categories. 

Top Posts in Marriage
Want better sex in your marriage? We've learned it takes time... and this surprising secret that so many couples miss. You've got to read this post from international Christian speaker and author Sue Detweiler. By sharing her and her husband's testimony, you'll discover a powerful truth that can bring incredible healing and a more passionate marriage than you ever thought possible!

#1 Post: The Surprising Secret to Better Sex for Christians

I’ll bet you’re here because you want to have better sex in your marriage. Who doesn’t, right?

But everything–kids, money, jobs, life–it ALL can get in the way and make our married sex lives dull, boring or even non-existent.

The truth is that it is possible to have a great married sex life!

There’s one BIG secret to that amazing level of intimacy we all crave… [READ MORE HERE]

Other Top Marriage Posts to Inspire Your New Year:


 Top Posts in Parenting

You hear the fighting. The yelling. The temper tantrums. AGAIN. While anger will never fully go away, kids CAN learn to manage their anger (and so can we!) Learn four simple steps to help kids calm down, understand angry emotions, determine if they have anger habits and assess if they deal with anger guilt. If you’re a mom, you need these to help kids deal with anger, fighting and temper tantrums!

#1 Post: Got an Angry Child? 4 Steps to Help Kids Manage Anger

You hear the fighting. The yelling. The temper tantrums. AGAIN.

Sighing, you walk into your child’s bedroom to find two angry faces (and fingers pointed at each other).

And now, you’re tasked with sorting out all the emotions (while still managing your own mommy anger).

Some days, motherhood feels like being a referee at a hockey match, right?!

But here’s the thing… [READ MORE]


Top Posts in Faith

How can you teach your kids how to not just READ the Bible during personal Bible study time but to UNDERSTAND IT? Here's an easy, 5-step process called the "5 Rs" that my kids and I use to glean deep spiritual truths. Includes a FREE BOOKMARK PRINTABLE CRAFT!#1 Post: Simple 5 Step Method for Kids Bible Study (Plus a Free Bookmark)

Reading the Bible changes my imperfect heart.
Time and time again, the pages of scripture bring me peace and purpose, slowly transforming me into the woman I really want to be.

And if you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’ve also experienced the power of God’s Word too, right?

Oh, how we want to share that life-changing power with our kids!

We want them to learn how to study the Bible from a young age so that they can develop an unshakeable, intimate relationship with God that carries them through all kinds of life’s circumstances.

However, I’ve learned that children (like all of us!) need a bible study method–a systematic way to not only read scripture but to allow God’s word to change a heart… [READ MORE]

Other Top Faith Posts to Inspire Your New Year:


Top Posts in Homemaking

#1 Post: How to Organize Kids School Papers (for Good!)

Do you have stacks of adorable kids artwork piling up everywhere?

You know, stacks of priceless treasures from your kids that you want to keep (but have no idea what to do with)?!

What if I told you that you could get rid of those stacks (and all the guilt that goes with them) forever?

What if I could show you a way to neatly and easy keep kids school papers organized now (without the crazy piles) and preserved for years to come (in one central place)?

Hundreds of moms love this method for organizing kids school papers… and I know you’re going to love it too…

[READ MORE]

 Other Posts About Homemaking to Inspire Your New Year:

Wow--I loved all of these posts on parenting, marriage, faith and homemaking! So encouraging! Perfect reading for New Years inspiration. GREAT ideas and advice here...

Happy New Year, friends!

10 FREE INSPIRING QUOTE PRINTABLES! 8 x 10 size great for framing! Perfect for goal setting or New Years planning! #7 and #8 are rocking my world right now...

10 Free 8 x 10 Inspiring Quote Printables for Goal Setting

When it comes to meeting goals, inspiration is something we all need in great supply, yes?

(I’m raising both hands up high over here).

Here are 10 awesome quotes that I find especially inspirational (especially if it’s New Years and I’m setting goals)!

Hang these 8 x 10-inch printables in your home, print them out and stick them on your refrigerator or place them in a frame where you will be encouraged to reach your big goals this year!

To download the printables, scroll down to “click here to download the free printables,” enter your email, and they’ll be on their way to your inbox!

 

10 FREE INSPIRING QUOTE PRINTABLES! 8 x 10 size great for framing! Perfect for goal setting or New Years planning! #7 and #8 are rocking my world right now...

If you’d like an acceptance-centered, biblically-based way to set goals for yourself this year, I’d highly recommend Grace Goals.

Consisting of 5 mini workshops, this downloadable, 48-page resource is a unique hybrid of a Bible study and a goal-setting course.

With Grace Goals you will:

•Learn why grace is the enablement you need to meet your goals

•Begin to recognize and appropriate grace in your daily life

•Set practical, godly goals

•Be confident of God’s favor and power in your endeavors

•Develop a doable, personal plan for change

Grace Goals offers relevant information and then the opportunity to immediately apply that knowledge to each person’s individual situation through hands-on work.

You’ll also get access to a private Facebook group where you can share goals, find an accountability partner, and be encouraged.

If you’re in the midst of setting some big goals, I’d highly encourage that you check out Grace Goals!

 By the way, click here to download the free 8 x 10 Inspirational Quote Printables!

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLES HERE

Other Goal Setting Posts You’ll Love:

I was shocked how this simple word changed my New Years resolution goal setting strategy... finally I was able to meet my goals! You won't believe how this change can help you successfully set goals too!

The Surprising Secret to Meeting Your New Year’s Goals

I’ve got a surprising word that’s a big part of my New Years resolutions: Acceptance.  

If you’re a (recovering) perfectionist like me, you might be puzzled at first, but then you ultimately understand.

We are really good at getting in over our head with our over-the-top goals, aren’t we? We plan to lose 20 pounds, run 4 miles every morning, start a new side business and learn how to sew. All by February 1.

And yet, when those high aspirations aren’t met (or only a few of these goals are met), we find ourselves crashing down emotionally, perhaps even filled with cynicism and self-hatred.

We wonder, “Why do I even try? What’s the point of this anyway?”

Which is a worse spot to be in than before the goal-setting started. 

If this is you, I want to encourage you now! I have been there, and I still struggle with this.

Let me show you how a bit of acceptance (and realistic thinking) can make all the difference when it comes to New Years goal setting (or anytime you need to set goals). 

I was shocked how this simple word changed my New Years resolution goal setting strategy... finally I was able to meet my goals! You won't believe how this change can help you successfully set goals too!

I want to share 5 concepts that use acceptance to transform our goal-setting plans into completed accomplishments.

Each of these are:

  • incredibly powerful mindsets that will finally set you free to meet your goals
  • easily adaptable to any goals you may set
  • perfect for those of us who deal with perfectionist thinking

Plus, I want to share one of my favorite ways to do goal planning (with acceptance and grace).

I want to help you discover the progress and change you’re looking for! Let’s get started!

This first concept was hard at first, but it has brought so much peace, clarity and success in my goal setting…

TIRED OF MAKING NEW YEARS GOALS THAT DON'T WORK? You may be making these 6 big goal setting mistakes. I made them for a long time (especially #1)... I'm actually excited to set New Years resolutions now because I can finally meet my goals and feel successful (no more guilt)...

How to Prevent the 6 Biggest Goal Setting Mistakes

If you’re tired of making New Years goals (and rarely achieving them), then read on.

First, I want to say that I feel your pain, because I’ve been in that boat over and over too.

In the past, when I set goals (and didn’t meet them) I quickly became jaded, cynical and apathetic.

It was so frustrating to have the desire to change, but to not be able to do it!

But the last few years I’ve found much more success in meeting New Year’s resolutions by simply avoiding these 6 huge (but common) goal-setting pitfalls.

Let’s talk about how you can avoid these mistakes too, and meet your goals this year!

TIRED OF MAKING NEW YEARS GOALS THAT DON'T WORK? You may be making these 6 big goal setting mistakes. I made them for a long time (especially #1)... I'm actually excited to set New Years resolutions now because I can finally meet my goals and feel successful (no more guilt)...

 

6 Big Mistakes in Making New Years Goals

Mistake #1: We try to accomplish our goals without God’s power and grace in every step of the process.

Making progress toward a goal without God’s power and grace is kind of like trying to scale a wall covered in mud (which I had to do once in a 10K mud run, but that’s another story).

My friend Arabah Joy shares in Grace Goals  (an excellent, Christian goal-setting course that I highly recommend) that God’s grace is not just an abstract concept that we call upon when we need forgiveness but instead a practical, powerful tool essential for successfully setting and completing goals.

She describes it this way in the Grace Goals course:  “Grace is the power of God. It is more than God’s forgiveness when we do wrong… it is God’s enablement to do right. Grace is what has the power to transform a person’s life.”

God’s grace and wisdom lights our path on the perilous road to accomplishing goals.

Chances are that we won’t take the exact path that we thought we would, and that we are going to have to make some tough decisions along the way. God’s grace is that power we can call upon to stay focused on the goal; and his wisdom allows us to adjust the course should things have changed.

Most of all God’s grace is our foundation through the changes. We aren’t ever, ever going to meet our goals perfectly, and we need that voice of truth telling us that, yes, we’re still 100 percent loved despite the outcome of our goal setting.

If you’ve been looking for a grace-centered, Bible-based way to meet your goals, check out Grace Goals here

 

Mistake #2: We don’t look back before we look forward.

What happened last year? What were the big lessons learned? How did the past year change us, for the worse or the better?

I think these are critical questions to ask before we embark on setting goals. It’s like that oft-quoted phrase: “if we don’t know our history, we are doomed to repeat it.”

In fact, whenever I’ve found success in meeting a goal, it’s always because I took the time to look back at what happened in the past before I try to tackle the future.

This is such a critical step because, as I’m setting goals for next year, I don’t want to carry any baggage from last year’s experiences. I’ve found that I’m able to get much more clarity about my future goals if I’ve already considered the lessons of last year.

Take a few moments to recall this year’s events (especially thinking through the harder moments) in before jumping into next year. And speaking of learning from the hard times…

Mistake #3: We can’t see the opportunities for success hidden in the trials and disappointments.

More often than not, what is the catalyst for great success? A difficult situation. I’m always reminding my kids of this truth.

Like it or not, God shows up (and shapes us) through life’s trials.

In the Bible, James 1:2-4 describes it this way:

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

I often find that God gives me the greatest opportunity for change when He puts me smack dab in the middle of a difficult situation. I’m given the choice of whether to respond in a more Christ-like manner (which will produce the change in habits I’m seeking); or to complain and respond poorly (completely squelching the God-given opportunity for change).

As you begin to work toward this year’s goals (especially those that involve a change in habits), look for the big change to come through your choices in the little moments.

Mistake #3: We view our goals as pass or fail.

Sometimes we get so narrow-minded in how we define “accomplishing” a goal. Is a goal only successful if it is fully met? We can let unrealistic expectations define our outcomes and thus shoot down any beautiful progress we have made.

I have been learning to celebrate all progress toward a goal and to be much more flexible with myself. It’s a happier way to set and achieve goals, friends!

If you struggle with this too, the Grace Goals course offers excellent tools to help you not only develop goals but to keep them realistic and in line with God’s plans for you.

Learn more about Grace Goals here.

 

Mistake #4: We mistakenly believe that every goal has an end point. 

Year after year, I find myself writing some of the same New Year’s goals.

You know, the ones like: Work out. Eat right. Spend more time with God.

I used to really beat myself up about that because I felt like “Haven’t I accomplished that goal yet?” Why do I have to write these year after year? The guilt monster used to settle in here too because, well, he loves to jump on any opportunity to show me how I could have done something better.

But the last few years I’ve taken a different perspective on these long-term goals. I consider them “maintenance goals” that will always need to be a part of my life.

And instead of beating myself up for having to (still) work in these areas, I keep them on my resolution list but do three things:

  • celebrate the great changes I’ve seen,
  • notice the areas where I may have slipped and;
  • specifically determine how I need to grow in these areas for my current life season.

Mistake #5: We compare our progress toward a goal with that of others’ progress toward their goals.

This is something God has been speaking to me about loud and clear the last few months. This summer, I saw the comparison monster move into my heart and snatch up my joy in huge handfuls. Why do we do this to ourselves? It’s an awful pit for sure and definitely stifles our growth toward a goal.

I discovered this thought recently and it has brought so much freedom:

“It’s not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you were yesterday.” (Unknown)

Am I better than I was yesterday? If the answer is yes, then that is enough! And if others are or are not accomplishing their goals, it doesn’t matter. Am I making progress? That’s the ultimate question!

Life changing, right?

A Great Tool for Setting New Years Goals

Grace Goals CourseI shared throughout the post about Grace Goals that is a perfect accompaniment to all that we’ve been discussing here about successfully establishing New Years goals.

Consisting of 5 mini workshops, this downloadable, 48-page resource is a unique hybrid of a Bible study and a goal-setting course.

I love how this course guides us through five steps of setting and implementing a goal while using Scriptural truths and biblical stories as inspiration! What a wonderful idea!

As a course participant, you will:

  • Learn why grace is the enablement you need to meet your goals
  • Begin to recognize and appropriate grace in your daily life
  • Set practical, godly goals
  • Be confident of God’s favor and power in your endeavors
  • Develop a doable, personal plan for change

Grace Goals Course

At the end of each mini workshop, participants put the principles into practice and slowly work through the process of setting and accomplishing goals.

Grace Goals offers relevant information and then the opportunity to immediately apply that knowledge to each person’s individual situation through hands-on work.

You’ll also get access to a private Facebook group where you can share goals, find an accountability partner, and be encouraged.

Arabah is personable, compassionate and full of wisdom as she guides us through the Grace Goals course. I’d highly recommend it to anyone!

Check it out!

 

More Resources for Goal Setting:

The Secret to Successfully Meeting Your New Years Goals

4 Ways That Acceptance with Joy Will Change Your Life Today

How to Help Your Kids Reach Their Dreams This Year

Top 25 Posts (Perfect for Your New Year’s Inspiration)

 

Whoa--you won't believe this list of 194 FREE SEASONAL HOME DECOR PRINTABLES! There's home decor prints for Christmas, Fall, Easter, Spring, New Year's, Mother's Day, Summer and more! This is a great post to reference over and over throughout the year for seasonal decorating!

How to Decorate Your Home Seasonally for Free (257 Printables)

Don’t you love decorating your home to match the season? Me too!

However, something I don’t like? Spending a lot of time and money on seasonal decor.

What if I told you that you could have nearly FREE home decor (with little effort!) that welcomed the spirit of the season to your home? It’s possible!

In fact, I want to give you 257 free printables to decorate your home for each season!

Let me show you how to use these as free seasonal decor for fall, Christmas, Easter, summer–you name it!

Whoa--you won't believe this list of 194 FREE SEASONAL HOME DECOR PRINTABLES! There's home decor prints for Christmas, Fall, Easter, Spring, New Year's, Mother's Day, Summer and more! This is a great post to reference over and over throughout the year for seasonal decorating!

(Photo credit: St Patrick’s Day printable from Landeelu; Thankful Tree printable from Landeelu; Christmas printable from Yellow Bliss Road; and Spring printable from Blooming Homestead.)

It’s all about creating a simple picture frame gallery.

I want to give you my tips and tricks on:

  • where to find cheap but durable frames
  • the best ways to arrange your frames
  • how to choose the best location for your photo frame gallery

And… drum roll, please…

Best of all, I want to give you links to over 257 FREE Printables that would look great in these frames, including:

Get the scoop on how to decorate your home for each season–on the cheap!

Plus you don’t want to miss the incredible list of printables (seriously, they’re all in one place here!)

Just click next and let’s get started!

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Got awesome New Year’s goals? Fired up and ready to spring into action come January 1? Here’s my big encouragement to you: Slow down there, tiger. Be still. Rest. Here’s several reasons why rest is an important part of goal setting. Learn how to not just set goals but use rest to sustain those changes for the long term!

Setting Goals? Why You Must Do This First

Got awesome New Year’s goals? Fired up and ready to spring into action come January 1?

Here’s my big encouragement to you: Slow down there, tiger. Be still. Rest.

What? That wasn’t what you were expecting?

Rest does seem counterintuitive when we’re planning big changes. We want to hype ourselves up, surround ourselves with crowds of enthusiastic cheerleaders, and then zoom off the starting line like an overpowered race car (tires squealing as we leave our old selves behind).

And yet, that’s not the best approach. At least not if we want lasting change.

Here’s why rest is an important part of goal setting.

Got awesome New Year’s goals? Fired up and ready to spring into action come January 1? Here’s my big encouragement to you: Slow down there, tiger. Be still. Rest. Here’s several reasons why rest is an important part of goal setting. Learn how to not just set goals but use rest to sustain those changes for the long term!

Why Pushing Harder Isn’t the Answer

I have a slight confession to make: When it comes to making changes in my life, I am a bulldozer.

I mean it. If left to my own devices, I would find whatever thing I wanted to change about my oh-so-imperfect life and pursue it at breakneck speed with little regard for anyone or anything else.

Perhaps that sounds like a nice trait to have? Yes, my bulldozer side can come in handy when I have to plow through the end of a 5K, or on those days when I think I’m going to lose my mind if I have to teach that math problem one… more… time.

The problem with being a bulldozer is that you run out of steam really quickly.

Yep, that’s me: shooting up to a incredibly high level (Get out of my way! Who needs to start at level 1? I can start at level 5!), leveling out for a while (Just keep going, Alicia! You got this!) and then quickly petering out (Whoa… I’m tired. Maybe I can’t do this. Maybe this isn’t for me.).

That perfect example of a classic bell curve, right?

I’ve seen this pattern over and over in my life. And while it’s great to passionately pursue something, endurance is the critical element of sustainable change.

But endurance is more than just pushing harder. While lasting endurance can require increased intensity at times, the energy to keep steady pace with the everyday is fueled by continual rest and replenishment.

This is why rest is important!

Our Perfect Example of How Rest Fuels Endurance

How did Jesus handle the stress and changes of a growing ministry? Luke 5:15-16 states:

But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.

There’s an urgency here—things were happening fast and furious! And if I was in this situation, I know I would have been tempted to work harder.

I would rationalize, “I don’t have time to rest! Isn’t this an opportunity to meet even bigger goals?” And while we know that Jesus perfectly met all the needs of his people during His earthly ministry (He was God incarnate, after all), His human side also know when He needed to step back and seek replenishment. Wow, I have lots to learn here, God!

This story also reminds me of Jesus’ advice to Mary and Martha. Both were handed huge tasks, and yet, Jesus shared that Mary discovered the best course to successfully (and sanely) meet her goals. You can read the story here in Luke 10:38-42.

What Rest Is (and Isn’t) In Goal Setting

  • Rest is a opportunity for refreshment along the way.
  • Rest gives room for grace (and sanity) to appear and edges out driving perfectionism.
  • Rest doesn’t distract us from the goal but allows us to make essential adjustments to the goal for the best outcome.
  • However, rest isn’t an excuse for laziness. If we’re losing focus and feeling unmotivated (though the steps to the goal are pretty clear), sometimes “rest” can be a crutch when really what we need is an old-fashioned kick in the pants.

What Can Godly Rest Look Like While Pursuing Goals? 

Maybe rest means adding continual margin into your life (if so, have I got a great book for you!). Peace, stillness and space in our schedules are essential aspects of sanity, whether we’re pursuing new goals or not. And when we’re under the stress of lifestyle changes (a new diet or exercise regimen, for example), we need that room to breathe (and to process) more than ever.

Maybe rest is a daily time to read (and truly process) the Bible. I would encourage you to make this part of your daily routine, even if it’s going through one verse or looking up verses from a devotional (this one is my favorite). Even if your goal has nothing to do with spirituality, meditating on God’s Word absolutely refreshes and refocuses our attitude. And I’m convinced that attitude determines our destiny.

Or rest could be simply taking scheduled time each week to track your progress and to listen to new direction from Him. He is the author and perfecter of your life, and He has great wisdom on the best way to make changes toward a better you. Journal your thoughts. Write down your prayers. And just listen.

Can I be bold and say godly rest probably includes a combination of all three? All of these demonstrate why rest is an important part of goal setting.

Powerful Bible Verses on Rest While Pursuing Goals

  • God knows how to replenish us: (Psa 23:3)
  • His guiding hand sustains and restores: (Isaiah 58:11)
  • God’s ways provide invaluable insight and wisdom along the journey: (Psalm 19:7-8)
  • Protecting our soul through rest encourages a positive outcome: (Prov 4:23)

Other Must-Read Posts on Goal Setting and Rest:

Don’t Make These 6 Big Mistakes When Setting New Years Goals

The Secret to Successfully Meeting Your New Years Goals

Our Family’s Experiment: Teaching Kids to Treasure Rest