Monthly Archives: April 2020

Setting My Goals…

My boss once told us to “Plan our month, organize our week and execute our day.”

I took that idea and turned it into my activity calendar, which I keep daily.  I missed January this year because it kind of snuck up on me.  But I got back on track in February.  This is what they look like and how I set my goals, based on Scripture and Biblical values:

Month of FEBRUARY GOAL:  No Critical Spirit – Be SINCERE
Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from SINCERE faith.  1 Timothy 1:5
For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly SINCERITY, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.  2 Corinthians 1:12
Month of MARCH GOAL:   A Clear/Clean Mind
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?  Or who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol nor sworn deceitfully.  Psalm 24:3-4
Month of APRIL GOAL:  TRUST
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.  Proverbs 3:5-6

So, I’m preparing my calendar for May and started thinking of what my goal might be.  I thought of the word RETURN as I am contemplating returning to work after this Corona Virus is over.  These are some of the verses I found…

  1. Psalm 90:13 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 Return, O Lord!  How long?  And have compassion on Your servants.

For a greater explanation of this passage please visit this site https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/ecclesiastes/12.html.  It helped me understand mostly what I already knew, but Matthew Henry’s commentary is great at really digging in and getting to the meat of the Scripture.

  • THEN I read the 3rd Chapter of Malachi on my search for the word “return” that shows up in verse 7… Yet from the days of your fathers You have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the Lord of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’
  •  I ended my searching with Matthew chapter 12 focusing on verses 43-45…

43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

After all of that I have to tell you that I don’t know if I’ve used my at-home time wisely!  I’ve been sewing – making masks and snappy bags and mailed them to loved ones. I’m involved daily with staff on ZOOM in devotions, but I’m wondering…

  1. Have I learned all that God has for me to learn in this time of seclusion?
  2. Have I been seeking Him during the stay at home order?
  3. Have I organized and swept my house clean and done all I can do here while I have had the opportunity?
  4. Is my heart free from evil and negative thinking or am I allowing a bad attitude to overtake me and evil to move in?
  5. Am I allowing the Holy Spirit that dwells within my heart to give me all those wonderful fruits of the Spirit (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-Control) to invade my life each and every moment of each and every day?

As I work from home I’ve found creative ways to enjoy the day, like working in my Outdoor Annex. My laptop works great outside so I can access my work email remotely and take care of work tasks and enjoy the outside too before it gets too hot!

When my husband is home we eat lunch outside and are enjoying each other’s company. We have both worked full time for 46+ years so for the first week or two I wasn’t sure I liked being home. Now I appreciate it and when I do go in to the office I feel like I’ve had a Sabbath Rest, as Anne Graham Lotz calls it.

Praying you too are learning from this time we’ve all been set-aside. I’m also praying for you moms out there who have children at home, or are dealing with being out of work completely. My answer is go to God’s Word, make your own list of goals and find even just one word that helps describe your life right now. Then look in the concordance of your Bible and find that word or one like it, and start enjoying your journey. Ask yourself some important questions that set you on a renewed course following hard after Jesus.

Blessings,

Ava Zettel

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