Over the next five years I am praying for much personal growth, what I plan to do to aid in this is the following.
Every year I plan to run in some sort of race that is longer than 6 miles. To do this I will have to train for many months beforehand. Every year I also plan to attend at least one retreat, solely as a participant, not volunteering in any way. I have found that I often struggle with making sure that I am filled. I also plan on reading the bible fully each year.
Every month I plan to spend at least one weekend doing something special with my family. Something that takes planning and is not thrown together at the last minute, that might be a weekend away, or a day trip to something more local. It will be family time, which is spent just enjoying each other.
Each week, I plan to run at least 3 times. They do not have to be long runs, but at least 30 minutes, this ties into the races that will be done each year. Each week I also want to do one nice thing for someone that is not expecting it. Maybe treating a friend to lunch, or helping a family member with a big project they are working on.
I also plan on spending more quality time with a young girl who I caregive for, she’s a great person and needs a little more special attention during the week. Her parents are older and just can’t move her around like they use too.
Every day, I plan to spend at least 30 minutes in devotions and prayer. I will also make a point to drink more water and eat more fruit and vegetables. I will find at least one person to give a sincere compliment to every day.
Ten books that I plan to read over the next 5 years are the following:
- Heaven by Randy Alcorn. Everyone has questions about what heaven is going to be like. A lot of these we will have to wait until we are actually there to answer, but there are some we can answer now. This book is supposed to give a more in-depth look at that.
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. C.S. Lewis is one of the most powerful writers I have read. I have been told this is a book that is clear and logical in describing Christianity.
- Knowing God by J.I. Packer, I think that it is extremely important for people to have a personal relationship with God, and really own their own faith. This book goes through different attributes of god and salvation.
- The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. The title enough is enough to draw me in, I want to not only continue my walk with the lord but actively peruse him.
- The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This book was described as a book for anyone who “desires a deeper understanding of who Jesus is, what he has done, and what He calls us to do.” All of which I would like to learn more about.
- Moving Mountains by John Eldredge. Something that I personally want is more confidence when I pray, I am extremely interested in what I can do in a personal walk to grow my prayer time.
- Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. I have read a few sections of this and I absolutely want to read more. I want to learn how to take hold of my thoughts and break free from some fear.
- Not a Fan. By Kyle Idlema. This book gives direction on how to not only be a fan of Jesus but how to completely commit to being a follower.
- If by Mark Batterson. Learning how to take your “if only” worries and use them as a guide for the future.
- Stuff Christians Say by Jon Acuff. This has been sitting on my shelf for months, but I am going to make a point to read it because I do think it is so important that everyone learns how to laugh at themselves sometimes.
Verses to Memorize
Matthew 22:37-39 – people are so fast to judge everyone, Christians must remember that we are commanded to love not only our God but our neighbors as well.
Romans 10:9-10 – Declaring with our mouths and believing in our hearts that Jesus is lord is all that it takes to become saved.
Psalm 100:4-5 – The lord is good, all the time.
Proverbs 3:5-6 -Trust in the lord with your whole heart.
Ephesians 5:18-21 – Do not get drunk on wine, sing and make music from your heart to the lord.
Philippians 4:4-7 – Always rejoice in the lord, no matter what. DO not fear anything, the peace of God will guard your mind and heart.
Colossians 3:12-17- Everything you do, do in the name of Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:16-17- Every word of the bible is Gods word, it is complete and should be used as a whole.
John 14:6 – No one gets to the father except through a relationship with Jesus.
Isaiah 40:30-31 – Those who hope in the lord will not grow tired.
Romans 8:38-39 – Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Matthew 11:28-30- Do not forget to turn to the lord when you are weary, you will find rest there.
1 Timothy 2:8-11 – a great reminder to dress modestly and worship without anger.
Micah 6:7-8 – Act justly, love with mercy, and walk humbly.
Daniel 3:26-30 – Stand firm in what you believe.
Philippians 4:19- God always provides.
Galatians 5:22-23 – The fruit of the spirit, and make a point to start using them daily.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – the nature and truths of love.
Matthew 6:19-21- We should not over value things here on earth, store yourself for treasures in heaven.
Revelation 1:5-8- the one who died for us and loves us is coming, and all will see that.
Colossians 4:2-6 – devote yourself to prayer, and let your conversations be filled with grace.
Revelation 22:12-13 – He is coming soon, He is the Alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
The next five years will be very busy ones for me, but they will be extremely fruitful. I have plans to grow not only physically, mentally, but most of all spiritually. I want to become a strong leader in Christ.