Wednesday, January 1, 2020


New beginnings.  New inspiration.  New challenges.  New dreams!!  Today is the first day of 2020.  I just finished entering my goals in my “Goal-Setting for 2020” form to get me on track for the year and keep me from getting distracted with daily routine, which causes me to ignore my goals.  Here are the components of my Goal-Setting form:

1.   List at least 3 good things about 2019.  List the things that made you happy, such as events and accomplishments.  If you have trouble remembering, scroll through your photos on your phone because you probably captured the best and happiest moments!

2.  List at least 3 disappointments about 2019.  List the times of sadness and regret, and include things that you wish you would have done or done differently.

3.  Can any of the disappointments be turned into goals?  List them.  You may be able to avoid repeating sad or regretful things.  You can change your mindset and turn a regret into a goal!

4.  List at least 3 things that you want to accomplish in your lifetime.  What are your dreams?  What do you want to accomplish in 2020?  What do you want to accomplish before 2025?

5.  Review the goals and dreams you listed in #3 and #4.  Choose some (or all) and list them on a page in the left column.  In the right-hand column, for each goal, list at least one step you can begin to take right now to move forward with accomplishing those goals.  As you move forward, you can add more steps, but it takes just one step to get started!

My often-repeated advice is to Be Intentional.  The best way to exercise intentionality is to write down your goals, using either the format above or your own goal-setting method, and make a plan.  Write down the steps you need to take.  Put goal dates on your calendar, if you think that will help.  Like 2019, this new year is going to come and go quickly.  It’s your choice to fill 2020 with strides toward your life goals, or you can wait until next year, or the next year, or the next decade.  It’s your choice!

God has given you a new day, and the time to focus on your goals and dreams is NOW.  Slow and steady action, even a little bit of action each day, will give you success in accomplishing your goals and dreams.

Happy New Year!!


“Remain in me, as I also remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”  John 15:4 (NIV)

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.  Psalm 5:3 (NIV)


Lord, this is a prayer for everyone who wants to set goals and accomplish their dreams.  I pray that you will help us today to begin 2020 with an intentional focus on setting our goals.  Please help us to set our goals, make a plan, and take action each and every day, if necessary, to move forward.  We acknowledge you as our Creator and Lord, who created each of us with a distinct purpose to fulfill in life and to glorify you.  I ask you to draw us nearer to you each and every day, and reveal your purpose for our lives as we pray, seek your guidance, and read your Word.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

© 2020 Linda Lijewski

Monday, December 31, 2018


Wow.  It’s New Year’s Eve, and another year is behind us!  This is a perfect time to look at our life’s goals and get started on, or recommitted to, those goals!

If you need help deciding what your goals should be, below are some goals that you may want to put at the top of your list:

1.  Pray daily.  Begin a morning devotion time.  This is a habit that will change your life!  God has revealed himself to us through his Word.  Don't let 2019 go by without reading his Word and praying daily.  Get to know your Creator and his plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.

2.  Improve your health.  Your health should always be a priority, but why not make one or two small changes in 2019 to make your health better?  Choose something that is realistic (e.g., increased exercise, reduced carb intake) and watch how small changes make a difference.  Be specific about the changes and implement a plan of action.

3.  De-clutter.  Let 2019 be the year that the de-cluttering begins!  Start with a small project, and then move to the next project.  Don't try to tackle everything all at once.  Small steps in the right direction will make a difference.

4.  Let go of regrets.  Write down your regrets of the past year.  Identify your disappointments in life.  Guess what?  You can intentionally turn the regrets and disappointments into goals!  The decision to turn them into goals reflects a growth mindset.  Make a plan for 2019 that includes small steps that you can begin right away.  Keep a positive attitude (it's a choice)!

Be intentional!  The best way to exercise intentionality is to write down your goals and make a plan.  2019 is going to come and go, and it’s your choice to fill it with something or wait until the next year, or the next year….

Let’s get ready for 2019.  Happy New Year!!


“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)


Lord, I pray that you will help us in 2019 to focus on the goals that will lead us to accomplish your will for our lives.  Help us with our personal goals, especially to begin each day with prayer and devotion, improve our health, de-clutter where necessary, and let go of regrets.  Thank you for giving us the gift of salvation in your Son, and the reconciliation that allows us to have a personal relationship with you.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

© 2018 Linda Lijewski