2018: How’s Your Year Going?

We’re quickly nearing the end of the 4th month of the year.  1/3 of the year has quickly passed us by.

How is your year going?

Do you still have the excitement that you had on Januray 1st?  Are you still focused?

Surely, we’ve all had things thrown our way that we hadn’t expected- some good, some bad.  The daily distractions and responsibilities of life seem to overwhelm us and take all the energy that we have.

How do we handle daily life, yet still stay focused on our goals and dreams?

Here are 3 tips:

1. Create a theme for the year.  Pray and think about what you really need to focus on.  We’re far from perfect so there are often many things we can focus on, but one thing I’m finding is that we make progress when we stay focused on 1-2 big things.  Take some time to think about what causes the most stress in your life, what do you struggle with most, what seems to be the root of most of your issues.  Deal with that.

So often, our issues are connected to even other issues so we have to know that dealing with those big issues in our life will take time.  Make a decision to overcome those issues that have been causing you trouble way too long.

2. Create monthly themes.  Each month take the time to look back over the previous month to see how you did.  What could you have done differently?  As you look to the new month, decide exactly what you will do in order to move forward and make your life better.

It could be as simple as waking up a certain time so that your mornings aren’t as rushed, committing to a home work out plan, or limiting your time on social media.  Basically, look at each month as time to commit and work toward smaller-sized goals.

3. Daily Declarations.  Every morning before you start your day, take time to speak scripture and positive statements over your life.  For instance, if you have a tendency to spend time thinking about the past you could speak: “I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:13-14).

This is one of my daily declarations. And guess what? I don’t struggle like I used to with focusing on the past. God’s Word is mind-changing.

There is nothing more powerful that we can speak over our life than the Word of God.

It is powerful, life-changing, and it will always do what it says it will do.  God’s Word will never return void (Isaiah 55:11).

Changing our life takes time, effort, and focus.

We will constantly have to reassess our focus and remind ourselves of our goals.  Writing down our goals also helps with focus.  At the top of my planner, on each month, I write down my monthly focus.  Every time I open my planner I see it.  Simply seeing it helps with staying focused.

Don’t let 2018 be a repeat of previous years.

Make it your best one yet.  You can do it.  We can do it.

With Love,


2 thoughts on “2018: How’s Your Year Going?

  1. Your Blogs are so good — I take one day at a time!
    My daily morning prayer: Good morning God, you have ushered in a new day, all fresh and new, and here I am again dear Lord asking you to renew me too. Forgive the many errors I made on yesterday, and help me try again dear Lord to walk closer in your Way. Now I’m well aware I can’t make it on my own, so take my hand and hold it tight so I won’t walk alone.
    It is a prayer/poem my Helen Steiner Rice I learned many years ago — so it is a part of me! Of course I have additional prayers during my reading & meditating time — and all through the day — if it’s nothing but THANK YOU LORD! LORD I THANK YOU. He is so AWESOME!

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    1. Praise God! I love that you have continued something that WORKS for you. Often, I find that I struggle if I fail to simply do what works. Those routines are key. Thanks so much for sharing that!



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