Happy New Year {Reflections and Resolutions}

Happy New Year {Reflections and Resolutions}

Most of the Christmas things have been put away and the tree has been taken down.  As we get ready to launch into another New Year, I find myself reflecting on 2013, as I sure you do as well.  We had a great year – moving to a terrific new neighborhood, welcoming my brother and his family back to the area, and inviting new members to the Children’s Ministry team.   I took a look at the goals I set last year, I can definitely see some progress.  I have learned to be more available at church, we’re putting some good systems in place for measuring success in ministry.  As for the exercise… well… you can’t win them all.

I’m looking forward to 2014 and have set a few goals.   Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Teach My Kids Better Manners

I don’t know about you, but my preschool age children turned  a bit monster-ish during the Christmas season.  Though we corrected their behavior at the time, I wish I had prepared them a little better in gift giving and receiving.  As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  I’ve decided to be more pro-active in the manners department.  I had been eyeing up the anners Made Easy for the Family book for a while, but I certainly couldn’t stomach spending $9.99 on an e-book.  The other day, it went on sale for $2.99, so I snatched it on up.  Hopefully it will give us some direction and improve the manners around this house!

Read 100 Books

Last year, I resolved to read every book I owned.  Since most of our books were packed (due to moving) for four months, I fell a little behind on this goal.  Plus, I’m addicted to the library and accidentally bring home 20 new books every time I go.  As a result, I’ve adjusted my goal to read 100 new books, either my own or the library’s.  I’ll be posting what we’re reading around here on Saturdays, so stay tuned for that.

Bookshelf: Read 100 Books in 2014

Finish Reading Stretch and Implement

Last year, I started reading Jim Wideman’s book Stretch – Structuring Your Ministry For Growth and absolutely loved it.  I began to implement the things he suggests in the book, and saw some great improvements in our ministry.  Of course, the enthusiasm waned a bit, I got sidetracked, and I never even finished the book – let alone finished implementing the suggestions.  This year, things will be different.  I will finish the book and implement the things that need to be done in our ministry.  Our church is hoping to begin work on a sanctuary expansion project, so we’ve got to get ready for growth!


There are so many things that happen during the day that I would love to record and remember.  Things like special memories or funny things that the kids say, but somehow, I never really get around to writing this stuff down.  This year, I’m going to put a journal on my nightstand and spend at least 10 minutes each night recording things from the day.


 Photo Credit: Flickr by by )O( CassandraMae )O(

Systematically Clean the House

We just moved into this house in April and when we moved in, it almost seemed like too much space.  Of course, like all good Americans, we quickly expanded our inventory to fill up all the nooks and crannies in the house.  Even though I’m pretty good at purging (I’ve got a history of one box a week headed to the thrift store), things still seem to get out of control somehow.  I’m going to dedicate one hour a day until I’ve cleaned and organized every inch of this house.  Sounds like fun, huh?

Clean that house!

 Photo Credit: Flickr by by elycefeliz

What About You?

Have you made up your resolutions yet this year?  If so, be sure to comment on this post for a chance to win over $1,000 worth of teaching goodies from Only144.com!

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  1. 100 books?! That’s an awesome goal! I read 40 books last year, which surpassed my initial like 25-30 new year’s goal. And I like that manners book recommendation. I might have to check it out (do you know if libraries would have it? Cause I’m cheap too. lol). I have some posts in mind for my “instilling values in our kids” series, and manners is definitely one I want to address and discuss!

    Good luck! I hope you meet all your goals for this year!
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