Ready to Plan?

I've shared before the crippling effect my perfectionist, A-type personality has had in different areas of my life. One I haven't discussed in depth is goal setting. 20121228-205156.jpg Ladies, let me be perfectly honest. The thought of setting goals almost paralyzes me. I am generally a decently motivated person, but I am also terrified of letting myself become dominated by my motivation. I see my inward propensity toward extremes, and so I keep myself safely perched in the middle...going no where.

I set no goals, so that I neither succeed nor fail. I take no risks, so that I neither excel nor diminish. I keep myself from passion so that I neither soar nor fall.

20121228-210807.jpg Slowly in little ways for years on end God has been gently teaching me to trust Him, to also myself to dream, to allow myself to try, to allow myself to plan, and yes, to allow myself to fail.

It started in the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of highschool. An upper class man who I had one conversation with...ever. But he spoke some of the most profound truth into my life.

"When you (fail), just start back up again the next day. Don't worry about it."

Those may not be the exact words he said, but the meaning has stayed crystal clear over the past six years.

20121228-205247.jpg See, when I mess up, I spiral downward. "I failed." "My goal is gone, no longer attainable." "There is no point." "Why even try now? I'm already a failure."

See the perfectionist? Do you see the lies?

God doesn't require perfection of me. He requires brokenness. He requires humility. He requires repentance. He requires surrender.

Because He knew all along that I would fail...every time. That is why He sent His Son. To forgive my sin To redeem my mistakes To heal my scars To releave my burdens To clothe me in righteousness To wash me in His blood To make me His child

20121228-210050.jpg Tears of joy. Stillness Peace It is well with my soul.

So ladies, this year, I will be writing a list of goals for the New Year. I can't sit in fear of failure anymore. I know I will fail.

And that's okay!

I'm praying that God will redeem these pitiful attempts at righteousness. I'm praying that I will not try to do this on my own. Because I can't!

The only way I will succeed at these goals is to surrender my will and to allow God to guide my footsteps daily (even if that means not completeing a goal to do what god has planned)! But it also means taking a step of faith and trying to pursue the things God has placed on my heart! I can't sit paralyzed by fear of failure. I have been given the Spirit of God and by faith I need to work towards things I believe he is calling me to. To not pursue them passionately out of dear of failure would be disobedient and dishonoring to my Savior.

20121228-210057.jpg So join me. Set goals Pray over them Surrender to the Holy Spirit Step out in faith Be okay with failure

And above all...p Do this for the glory of God, and Him alone

Be blessed <3

P.S. These are the goal categories that I will be setting goals in. Do you ladies have any suggestions for additional categories?

1. Spiritual 2. Physical 3. Relational 4. Financial 5. Blogging