Did you set goals for this year?
Many of us set goals for our work life, family life and even our personal life. But many times we forget to also set spiritual goals. Yet, it’s the spiritual goals we set that have the potential to have the biggest impact on our lives.
Simple spiritual goals and spiritual habits have the power to change and enrich our lives in ways we never thought possible when we practice them daily. Spiritual goals help us grow in Christ and grow closer to Christ.
How to Set Spiritual Goals?
To set spiritual goals, begin with a personal assessment. Have you been growing spiritually? Do you feel closer to God?
Consider your relationship with God 12 months ago and now. How is is different?
Once you have assessed your current spiritual standing start setting goals to improve and grow in the next 12 months. Below, I share 5 spiritual goals for moms.
Remember, even if you feel like you have grown spiritually recently, there’s still room to grow more. God is always working on us.
5 Spiritual Growth Goals for Moms
Spiritual goals give us focus and direction for our spiritual growth. Goals help us know the next step in our journey.
This list of spiritual goals will help us grow in our faith as we make these goals part of our daily Christian life.
Read Your Bible Every Day
The Bible is God’s written word to us. How many times have you opened your Bible started reading even in a book of the Bible that seems very dry and unrelatable, and yet, if you read carefully you will know you had a personal encounter with God.
Each time we open the Bible, we are getting a new insight from God personally.
Although the Bible was written 2,000 years ago, it still has personal and practical applications to us today. In II Timothy 3:16, the Bible says, “All scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and training in righteousness.” (ESV)
Daily reading God’s Word gives us answers for all of life’s questions. As we study the Bible more, we will discover encouragement, inspiration and even advice for life.
Modern life makes finding time to pray challenging. We have so many distractions. TVs, phones, tablets, and even people. Finding and staying focused on prayer for even 5 minutes a day can be difficult.
Prayer is an underutilized tool in modern life even for me. Taking more time to pray and less time to stress makes all the difference.
Lack of prayer indicates we think we can do it all ourselves. When nothing could be further from the truth.
Whether your life seems perfect or a mess, I encourage you to take time for prayer every day.
Remember, prayers don’t have to be long. We can make have short prayers throughout the day as I Thessalonians 5:17 reminds us, “pray without ceasing.” (ESV) Anytime you think about it say a short prayer.
As children, we go to Sunday School and memorize Bible verses every week in church.
But as we grow older, we tend to stop memorizing the Scriptures. But the habit of memorizing scripture enhances our lives.
Since I have started homeschooling my kids, we memorize Bible verses every week. I help them memorize their Bible verses (and I memorize the Bible verses, too). As a parent, I realize more how the Bible shapes our hearts and minds, and having the right words in our hearts is important.
By having Scriptures memorized, we have God’s Word in our hearts. Here are just a few benefits of memorizing scripture:
- Helps us not sin by strengthening our conscience
- Comforts us in times of grief
- Assurance of future hope
Gratitude is an attitude of the heart. Taking time for daily gratitude can change our perspective. Thankfulness changes our hearts and attitudes.
A daily devotional gratitude journal is a perfect way to practice gratitude every day. Spending just 10-15 minutes a day writing down what we are thankful for helps us remember that even when days are hard, we don’t have to complain.
Giving takes many shapes it doesn’t just have to be money.
We can give others our time. We can volunteer in so many ways. We can volunteer at church or shelter. Driving a sick friend to the doctor. You might read stories to toddlers during mom’s morning out. You might offer to watch a friend’s kids so she could have a break for a day.
We can give others help with what we know or share our talents. Last Christmas, our church asked for members that could write to help update the Christmas musical. If you can sing, you can share your talent in the choir or even singing with the kids.
Take a moment and think about the different ways you can give to others even a little each week.
If you achieve your spiritual goals and habits this year, how will your life be different in 6 months or 12 months?
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