2017 Goals Week 6 & 7

2017 Goals Week 6 & 7

I took a quick trip to Disney World last week! So fun.

Week 6 & 7 of 52

10)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

This month’s spiritual discipline is Bible intake in the form of meditation on the Word. These last two weeks, I have completed my daily meditation maybe 1/3 of the days. Disney knocked me out of the habit of reading my 2 chapters, and so I lost momentum. I did meditate on Ecclesiastes quite a bit on my bumpy, I am falling-out-of-the-sky flight to Orlando, though. The man next to said he didn’t think we’d make it. I meditated on “death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.” And, “For the living know that they will die,” and “Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come.” I was ready. 

9)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

Working…

8)   Connect with one person a week.

wp-1487457999588.jpgMy trip to Disney was with two of my nieces and a friend of theirs. We had great conversation, laughs and adventures! I also hung out with a friend over lunch this week. I enjoyed the peace and quiet of home after Disney, though!

7)   Complete writing a 12-week Bible study.

I haven’t worked on this in two weeks.

6)    Submit 6 articles for publication.

I’ve evaluated the feasibility of this goal. It is causing more guilt than motivation. The desire to get it done is lacking. I’m also concerned my second class, which starts in a few weeks, is going to add extra writing time that will only increase my stress of not working on this goal. So, I’m cutting this one off the list, and my goals for 2017 are reduced to 9.

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 

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Hagar and giant sheep, as I’m calling the tutorial sheep I started and didn’t realize would be so large in size, are on hold. I’m working on a trio of little sheep, that are the proper proportion for the human figures I want to make. Obviously, this is just the beginning.

4)    Complete 12 house/yard projects. 

wp-1487458944210.jpgThis lamp was poorly designed and a wire was cut about a month after we installed it from over-zealous kids turning it round and round. So, its been collecting dust for more than a year. Stephen decided it wasn’t able to be taken apart, and the cut in the wire was in a place completely inaccessible. So, this Saturday, I decided to see if I could do whatever it took to get it apart and re-wired. I figured I had nothing to loose, since we’d have to buy a new one anyway. Three hours later and one trip to the hardware store, I had it working! I won’t bore you with details, but it was a trial. And the kids have been warned not to touch it.

We’ve also been making small steps toward designing, ordering and installing the iron railings for the front steps and patio. We found a local welder, and now I have to settle on the specifics.

I also ordered seeds!! I’m excited about this flower, and I’m trying carrot seed tape for the first time this year. The dirt is calling.

3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.

I moved a lot at Disney, and succeeded in moving every day after the trip, except for one.

2)   Fix my teeth. 

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Invisalign was installed five days ago. Along with the plasticy trays that completely cover my teeth and do the work of aligning, small buttons were glued to a few of my teeth. If you look closely, you can see the things that look like warts on my teeth. These are like little shards of glass when I remove the trays. Imagine eating with shards of glass on the front of your teeth! My cheeks and lips are damaged. After doing a quick browse on-line of invisalign problems, I decided I’m going to give my ortho a call next week and see if I can get them smoothed and polished out. I knew I would have sores from getting used to things, and that my teeth would ache as they move, but the buttons are pretty painful. I suspect the assistant who installed them was a novice.

1)  Hike to 12 new places.

Nothing new these two weeks.

January: Hike to Twin Falls.

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2017 Goals Week 5

2017 Goals Week 5

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Week 5 of 52

10)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

If you want to get warm, you have to linger by the fire. The failure to linger is the reason why many fail to remember or find their hearts warmed by the fire of God’s Word. ~Don Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, p 49

The spiritual discipline for February is also Bible intake; but where January was reading and hearing God’s Word daily, February is memorizing, meditating, and applying Scripture. I will continue reading a chapter a day, and I will add a meditation technique Whitney recommends. For instance, rewriting a portion of the text in my own words or think about an illustration for the text. What picture would describe it? I am in Ecclesiastes, so it makes for great meditation. I also spent time in Ps 119.

9)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

Yep. Working away. If you’re curious – which I suspect most of you aren’t- here’s the way Greek sounds by an amateur. I have to read 3 verses aloud each week as part of the grade.

8)   Connect with one person a week.

I met with a church minister this week to discuss a possible teaching gig. I felt connected, but the meeting wasn’t really about that.

7)   Complete writing a 12-week Bible study.

Painful.

6)    Submit 6 articles for publication.

Nothing. I knew this would be the hardest one.

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 

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I am working on a pregnant Hagar and a sheep,but they aren’t completed yet.

4)    Complete 12 house/yard projects. 

 

Sigh. It started snowing again, so its hard to get motivated when everything is freezing or drippy. We have a few furniture re-doing projects started, but its too cold to sand and definitely too cold to spray paint.

3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.

I did, except for Thursday. Thursdays fill up quick.

2)   Fix my teeth. 

Waiting for a call from the ortho.

1)  Hike to 12 new places.

Not this week.

2017 Goals Week 4

2017 Goals Week 4

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Week 4 of 52

10)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

“Jesus believed in God rather than a book about God.” Frank Schaeffer

Reading the Bible is not for the fainthearted. It is ancient, hard to understand, and more complicated than the creeds want to admit. For instance, this verse tripped me up this week: “… the Lord was not willing to forgive.” 2 Kings 24:4 Wait, what? Yeah, I’ve been pondering it all week. I’ve also been pondering the quote by Schaeffer above, and not for the first time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Bible, yet it is easy for me to confuse love of the Bible for love of God.

Continuing to read 2 1/2 chapters a day as I practice the spiritual discipline of Bible intake.

9)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

Galatians is steadily being translated and diagrammed. I don’t have extra projects due, so the load for this first class is light so far. Kay’s translation of Galatians 1:13-15:

For, you have heard of my conduct when I was in Judaism, that I was persecuting the church of God to an extraordinary degree and I tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism over and beyond many of those my age, being a super zealot for my forefather’s traditions.

8)   Connect with one person a week.

I got a chance to visit with a new friend, and spent time with my extended and immediate family this week.

7)   Complete writing a 12-week Bible study.

I spent maybe two hours on this? This week, I’m going to try printing off everything I have done so far, and working on it spread out before me. I am hoping it will start to cohere if I can look at it in actual piles instead of Word .docs.

6)    Submit 6 articles for publication.

I needed to put about ten hours into a graphic design project this week, so writing on circumcision didn’t happen.

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 

The clothes for my Abraham & Sarah figures finally came together. I couldn’t decide if I needed to cover Sarah’s head, and decided not to. I liked the locks too much to hide them!

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Eyes are giving me trouble. They tend to get buggy and spaced too far apart. I was very pleased with Abraham’s face, but Sarah’s eyes are wide spread. I’m also wondering if I need to felt the faces firmer. Its all trial and error! 5 of 25 complete.

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4)    Complete 12 house/yard projects. 

My father-in-law was in the hospital all week, so we didn’t work on any projects.

3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.

No skipped days this week!

2)   Fix my teeth. 

Waiting, waiting…

1)  Hike to 12 new places.

I had a buddy on my hike to Twin Falls this week. It was slippery and slidey and drizzly wet. I love the Pacific Northwest forest in the misty rain. 1 of 12 complete!

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2017 Goals Week 3

Follow my progress this year toward meeting 10 goals!

Better Homes & Gardens says tracking your goals makes them 10 times more likely to become habits. It also suggests treating yourself when you succeed. Great idea!

Week 3 of 52

10)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

I am practicing the Spiritual Discipline of Bible intake this month. I have been daily reading 2 1/2 chapters of the Bible in 2 Kings, Proverbs and Hebrews. But, Bible intake is more than just reading the Bible. We also absorb Scripture by hearing it. Don Whitney says this on taking in the Bible at church:

…the ongoing worship of God cannot be separated from the Word of God, which you don’t expect to be read aloud or preached on the golf course or at the lake. We are to discipline ourselves to go and hear the Word of God. (Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. p 25)

I go to church weekly to hear God’s Word. It is often a true discipline for me not done out of enjoyment or profit, but raw willpower. Follow my pictures each week on instagram #Igotochurch. Add your own!

I also enjoy listening to two of my favorite preachers on-line.

9)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

The first class was cancelled due to weather, but work begins. Translation, pronunciation, and diagramming were completed this week. The first round wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Isn’t that the way it always goes?

8)   Connect with one person a week.

Check! I had a couple of opportunities this week. I also spent the weekend in the snow with middle-schoolers taking selfies and learning about God’s purposes.

7)   Complete writing a 12-week Bible study.

Nothing.

6)    Submit 6 articles for publication.

Nothing.

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 

I have been working on a trio of human figures. I cannot decide how to do their clothes so I’ve just been staring at them all week. Here’s the start of the head of one.

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4)    Complete 12 house/yard projects. 

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The linen closet is the project of the moment. We have always had a curtain hanging over it, and so we forget it is still unfinished. Stephen took measurements for 3 drawers and 2 glass doors. I found a router at a yard sale for $5 this summer. It was all we were lacking to construct doors. I say “we” in the “Stephen alone” sense.;)

3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.

It was a yoga week until winter camp. Then, I walked and played in the snow.I did skip Thursday since it was filled with errands and meetings.

2)   Fix my teeth. 

The invisalign trays should arrive in two weeks.

1)  Hike to 12 new places.

Nothing this week.

2017 Goals Week 2

2017 Goals Week 2

Follow my progress this year toward meeting 10 goals!

Week 2 of 52

10)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

Check! Each day, I read a chapter of 2 Kings, Proverbs and 1/2 chapter of Hebrews.

9)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

wp-1484339988943.jpgClasses start tomorrow. Books ordered and syllabus read. Before classes start, they always look overwhelming. I am starting Greek Exegesis tomorrow, and it appears to be the hardest class yet. The professor expects that I can actually read Greek. Which I guess I can, but not at the level I think I need to be. Gulp.

8)   Connect with one person a week.

Check! I got to spend time saying goodbye to  friends moving to California. So sad to see them go. And I skyped with my lovely friend in Paris. That was great.

7)   Complete writing a 12-week Bible study.

The starting of this is hard. I am really having trouble nailing down a direction. I have four different beginnings started. This week, I wrote something that I think gets to the heart of what I’m trying to say. To be candid, I love to research and learn. Because of that, I second-guess myself and want to double check information and sources, and then I end up getting nothing done. So, I’m writing a lot of nonsense just to put words to paper. This week, there was a little less nonsense.

6)    Submit 6 articles for publication.

The circumcision article got 500 words pounded into it on Tuesday.  I don’t know if anyone else finds that topic as fascinating as I do! heh.

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 

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This little guy started out as a mouse, but evolved into an otter. I didn’t follow a tutorial, I just started stabbing and learning what worked as I went. I learned how NOT to wind fingers and toes. I think I learn more trying to salvage something that isn’t working. 23 more to go

4)    Complete 12 house/yard projects. 

We discussed how we are going to design the built in linen closet downstairs. It has been a hole in the drywall since we moved in.

3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.

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My daughter and I went skiing this week. Other days, I practiced yoga and took a walk when the temperature rose above freezing.

2)   Fix my teeth. 

The process for invisalign begins with measuring and scanning your teeth. They used to make plaster casts to do this process, which I had made when I wore braces the first time around as a kid. But now they cram a huge scanner wand into all the nooks and crannies of your mouth. I have two cold sores on my lip, so this was a bit unpleasant. The wand has a little fan on it that dries your mouth out and blows cold air on your teeth. This was not painful exactly, but uncomfortable.

Once my mouth was measured, the computer made a simulation model of what my teeth will look like straight. It was a pretty sight! Now, I wait 3 weeks for the first set of trays to come in. Over the next 18 months, I will switch out trays to move my teeth gradually into the correct position.

1)  Hike to 12 new places.

wp-1484523198170.jpg I did a hike, but it wasn’t to a new place. I was distracted with activities on Friday and Saturday and missed moving, so I made up for it on Sunday with an hour walk to the falls and down the hill. Its still frozen on the sides!

2017 Goals Week 1

2017 Goals Week 1

Follow my progress this year toward meeting 10 goals!

Week 1 of 52

10)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

I’m reading a chapter of 2 Kings, Proverbs, and 1/2 chapter of Hebrews each day. This is a recommendation by Don Whitney in Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Reading a chapter from each section of the Bible brings variety that “makes it easier to keep up the momentum.” (p. 30)

9)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

Classes start next week.

8)   Connect with one person a week.

I stuck around church on Sunday to talk with a few people instead of rushing out the door. I also spent time with each of my Awana leaders on Wednesday. If you are a natural extrovert, you don’t realize that this is a discipline for those of us who are task-oriented introverts. We also had the in-laws for weekly dinner and conversation, and my very-friendly-neighbor had a bonfire where I got to chat with a new family down the street.

7)   Complete writing a 12-week Bible study.

I tweaked my content outline, set a schedule to get the chapters written by the end of June, and wrote 500 words this week.

6)    Submit 6 articles for publication.

I spent some time researching various publications, and wrote 800 words on an article detailing why God did not include a sign in the Abrahamic covenant for women.

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 

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I’ve completed my first “sculpture.” Woof. I’ve got a lot to learn! This one was from the kit I received for Christmas. The kit was to make a cat. Yes, I know. It doesn’t look like a cat. That’s because it was feeling like it needed to become a dog. I’m currently working on a mouse that thinks its an otter. I’m claiming the old sculpture’s trick that says the rock knows what it wants to be… well the wool knows what it wants to be too! 24 more to go.

4)    Complete 12 house/yard projects. 

Does it count that we went to a Remodeling and Garden Show?

3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.

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It was below freezing all week outside, so I stayed inside and practiced yoga. Friday, the kids and I went swimming for $1 Public swim at the local (indoor) pool.

2)   Fix my teeth. 

Going in on Friday for the initial scans and measuring.

1)  Hike to 12 new places.

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I’ve been hiking from hot coffee, to hot tea, to hot showers, to hot soup and back to hot coffee all week! Not going outside unless I have to. Too cold! Brr!

10 Goals for 2017

10 Goals for 2017

For the past decade or so, I’ve enjoyed casting a New Year’s Resolution. The resolution is not anything I tell others about or anything really big, but one or two things that shape my everyday life to be a little more like I want it to be in the long run. This blog and many of the early articles are the result of a resolution about 10 years ago! I really enjoyed Mavis Butterfield’s 12 Goals for 2016 this past year. She weekly updated her progress, and I can imagine she must feel amazing looking back over her year. So, I’m flat-out copying her. Perhaps you’ll enjoy my journey as much as I enjoyed hers?

10 Goals

1)  Hike to 12 new places.

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My resolution last year was to move for at least 15 minutes each day (see #3). I really enjoyed my short walks which became longer walks, and got a taste for being all alone in the forests surrounding my beautiful city. I want to explore some of the famous destination hikes around me.

2)   Fix my teeth. 

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This was on my list last year, but it got bumped to fix my daughter’s teeth. Invisalign, here I come!

3)    Move at least 15 minutes a day.

I sit and read or work at the computer a lot. My heart (the muscle, not the emotion) begs me to move more! This was on my list last year.

4)    Complete 12 house/yard projects. (nod to Mavis)

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This week, I asked Stephen to complete the under-layment for our master shower and complete the trim for the window and doors. We were wanting to prepare for the tiled walls, but have decided to subcontract the tile work in the shower first. He has to waterproof it first. Stephen was supposed to leave the painting of the trim for me, but he finished that too. I’m counting Stephen’s work toward this goal as well, since the goal is to get some never-ending projects completed.

5)    Learn how to needle felt and create 25 sculptures. 

I asked for a simple needle felting kit for Christmas. Thanks MIL!

6)    Submit 6 articles for publication.

This should be easy. Not.

7)   Complete writing a 12-week Bible study.

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This one was on my resolution list last year and it didn’t get much traction. I’m overwhelmed on how to start.

8)   Connect with one person a week.

I am home alone with my nose in a book or a computer screen. I tend toward crankiness and am usually easily annoyed. I often contemplate that I am just not a nice person. Hah! So, to combat my tendency to be a cantankerous hermit, I hope to begin starting conversations with strangers or intentionally talking with friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Its not a stretch to say this is my least favorite goal and the one most likely to be unmet.

9)   Complete 12 credits toward MDiv.

I am completing my Master’s degree at a sloth’s pace. So far, it has taken me 3 years to complete 1 year. Two reasons for this: time and money. This past year, time hasn’t really been a problem, so I could crank up my course load to two classes per semester, but I refuse to go into debt. So, this goal is contingent on my budgeting skills in finding the tuition money to fund 12 credits this year. I am enrolled for 6 credits this spring, tuition paid in full. Halfway there!

10)   Practice 12 spiritual disciplines.

This is a Bible blog, after all.

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I will be re-reading Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney, and practicing a different discipline (chapter) each month of the year. January is Bible Intake. I’ll be simply reading a chapter from 2 Kings, Proverbs and Hebrews this week. I say simply reading, because I tend to rabbit trail off into a study and then an hour is gone. I want to just read and meditate.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Donald Whitney about the reason to practice the Spiritual Disciplines.

The greatest danger of neglecting the Spiritual Disciplines is the danger of missing God – forever; not because personal piety earns anyone a place in heaven, but because it characterizes those who are on their way there. (p. 16)

So those are my twelve goals this year! Follow along to see how I do.