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God has a purpose for this year - Live life with your kids - Issue 085
January 02, 2009
Hi there! ....

This week:

Traveling always gives such great opportunities. The 8 hour car trip was full of family laughter, discussion, and quiet times of reflection. For the first time we didn’t listen to much music in the car – we kept turning it down for someone to talk about something and it never got turned back up until some time later when that cd was actually well and truly finished!

This year our family holiday (vacation) is full of learning opportunities. This week we are with my parents – it is always a great learning opportunity for Pete and I, as well as our kids, to be back with our folks. I think there is something special about listening to and learning from the grey haired generation.

We saw in the New Year – by accident – because we were talking so much! Peter and I haven’t really had much time for reflection about the coming year just yet, but I do know that God has a purpose for us and our family – and yours too!

Live life with your kids!

Be a Deliberate Parent
God has a Purpose for this Year

The New Year is upon us, and regardless of when you start your academic year, a new year is often a time of reflection and goal setting.

Why is it that New Years resolutions are the most unkept goals ever made? I believe it is because they are guilt-driven. We feel we haven’t done “good enough” in the previous year, we feel that we were slack, that we missed opportunity or that we should have done better. And this year we will!

Guilt is not the emotion that should be driving us at our goals setting, planning times.

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet,
And a light unto my path
Ps 119:105

It is God’s Word that needs to be the starting point when we set goals for the coming year.

  • God’s Word says, I can do all things in Christ – who strengthens me.(Phil 4:13)
  • God’s Word says, In Christ there is no condemnation. (Rom 8:1).
  • God’s Word says, We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purposes. (Rom 8:28 )

The one thing that we may need to acknowledge is our tendency to do it in our own strength. For that I am guilty! For that I will receive Jesus’ forgiveness and start this year on a new page, with a fresh desire to lean on Him. There is no need to set guilt driven goals.

Why set Goals?

Be very careful, then how you live
not as unwise but as wise,
making the most of every opportunity,
because the days are evil.
Therefore do not be foolish,
but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Ephesians 4:15-17

Setting goals is one way of living carefully. We need to be aware of the weaknesses that hinder us from walking in God’s plans. Procrastination, over-commitment, apathy, tiredness, comparing ourselves with others, indecision, the list could go on, and the list will be different for each one of us. We need to see that each day is given to us by God and He has a plan for that day. He has a purpose for that day. When we let our weaknesses dictate how our days go we are being foolish.

We are not to let one moment slip by – we are to make the most of every opportunity. How can we “make the most of every opportunity” (that comes our family way) and yet have plans as well? This seems to be a conundrum only because we look at it in terms of doing stuff – making plans to do; lesson plans, field trip plans, co-op plans etc. But Jesus is always looking at our hearts – we need to make the most of every opportunity to be what Christ wants us to be. Our plans need to help up be ready for every opportunity that faces our family, to help them to be what Christ wants them to be.

What does God want us to be? Lev 19:2 says speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and say to them, “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” Holy means set apart, consecrated, ready to be used by God, for God.

Are your plans for the coming year in line with God’s desires for your family? We would be well served to hold off from planning curriculum, schedules and activities for a week or two and seek God, pray, and learn from Him what heart issues need to be worked on this year, what heart issues you need to be prepared for and spend your planning time on those things first.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God
and His righteousness,
and all these things
shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

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Until next week

Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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