Having goals is good, but we have to be careful not to get self-absorbed in pursuing our goals. We live in a very goal-oriented world. You can't pass a bookstore without seeing the self-help title screaming at you from the window. We are so busy trying to reach a goal this world has told us is important that we sometimes forget to focus on goals that God thinks are important. Once you turn your focus to what He wants for you then you'll find that the pressure of the world isn't as great as you thought.
Journaling is a great way to create a sense of purpose in your life. It can help you become more self-aware, take control of your thoughts, and find balance. The first step is figuring out what goals you want to work on – which might be easier said than done! In this article, I'll give you 10 goals that every Christian woman should consider incorporating into her life. It's also a great entry for your journal.
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These 10 goals are simple and easy to achieve. Grab your journal and let's go!
Goal 1: Spend More Time with God
One of the most important goals for any Christian woman should be to spend more time with God. This can be done in a number of ways, including daily Bible study, prayer, attending church regularly, and fellowship with other believers.
No matter how busy your schedule is, it’s important to make time for God. He should be the center of your life, and you will find that spending time with Him will make all other areas of your life fall into place. As you grow closer to God, you will also find that your relationship with others will improve as well.
If you’re not sure where to start, ask God to help you find the time and resources you need to pursue this goal. He will bless your efforts and help you grow in your faith journey.
Goal 2: Improve My Self Worth
Now we've all read Proverbs 31 and thought, “there's no way I can be that woman!” God doesn't expect us to be the Proverbs 31 woman all the time. There's no way we can do ALL of those things, but we do need to be confident in who we are and whose we are!
Christian women should strive to improve their self-worth for many reasons. Doing so will help them to feel more confident and fulfilled, and it will also enable them to better serve God and others.
There are many ways to improve one's self-worth. One important way is to develop a healthy self-image. This can be done by accepting yourself for who you are, recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, and setting realistic goals for yourself.
Another important way to improve self-worth is to develop healthy relationships. This includes spending time with positive people who build you up, setting boundaries with those who drain you, and investing in relationships that are supportive and beneficial.
Finally, Christian women can improve their self-worth by serving others. When we give our time and talents to help others, we not only bless them but we also bless ourselves. It is a wonderful way to show God's love while also growing in our own sense of worthiness.
Goal 3: Be a Better Friend
One of the most important goals every Christian woman should journal about is becoming a better friend. This doesn’t mean you need more friends, but that you should strive to be a better friend to the people God has already placed in your life.
Here are some ways you can work on being a better friend:
- Make time for your friends– Just like anything else in your life, if you want to have strong friendships, you have to make time for them. That means setting aside time each week to catch up with your friends, either in person or via phone/text/email/social media.
- Be Present-When you’re with your friends put away your phone and give your full attention to the conversation. Really listen to what they’re saying and offer thoughtful responses.
- Be Supportive-Friendships should be built on a foundation of mutual respect and support. That means being there for your friends when they need you, whether it’s just lending a listening ear or offering more tangible help.
- Be Honest-A good friendship is built on trust, and trust requires honesty. So don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and feelings with your friends, even if they might not always agree with you. But remember to share with love, and consider your friend's feelings in these conversations.
Goal 4: Be More Generous
It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget about the needs of others. But as Christians, we are called to be generous with our time, our resources, and our love. One way to become more generous is to set a goal to do something nice for someone else every day. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture – just something to show that you care.
You could also make a goal of volunteering your time or donating money to a worthy cause. There are many ways to be generous, so take some time to think about what you can do to make a difference in the lives of others.
Goal 5: Read the Bible Daily
The Bible is God’s Word to us and it is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). It has the power to change our lives as we submit to it. Reading the Bible daily allows God to speak to us and reveals His will for our lives. It also builds our faith as we see how He has been faithful to His people throughout history.
When we make time to read the Bible daily, we are setting aside time specifically to commune with God. This is an act of worship that blesses both us and Him. As women, we are often pulled in many different directions and our time can feel very scattered. But when we take even just a few minutes each day to read Scripture, we are saying that God is a priority in our lives.
If you’re not sure where to start, try reading a Psalm or Proverb each day. These books are full of wisdom and encouragement that will help you in your walk with the Lord. You could also use a daily devotional guide or sign up for a Bible-reading plan online. Just make sure you set aside enough time so that you can really digest what you’re reading. Don’t race through it just to check it off your list!
Goal 6: Pursue Your Calling
As a Christian woman, it’s important to be intentional about pursuing your God-given calling. What is your calling? It’s the unique combination of gifts, talents, passions, and experiences that God has given you. Your calling is what you’re meant to do with your life.
Pursuing your calling can look different for everyone. Maybe you feel called to stay home with your kids, or maybe you feel called to a career in ministry or missions. Whatever your calling is, journal about it and ask God to help you pursue it with passion and purpose.
Don't know your calling? Take a Spiritual Gifts test to see where your strengths are. Now if you take this test remember to be honest. It's not a character flaw if you don't want to be a missionary! God calls us all to different roles, it's His plan!
Goal 7: Have More Fun
It's easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day grind that we forget to have fun. But having more fun should be one of our goals! Here are some ways to make sure you're having more fun:
- Make time for hobbies and activities you enjoy.
- Spend time with friends and loved ones doing things you all enjoy.
- Take a break from work and responsibilities occasionally to relax and have some fun.
- Do something new and exciting regularly to keep life interesting.
- Live in the moment and enjoy the little things in life.
If we make an effort to have more fun, we'll be happier and healthier for it!
Goal 8: Pray for Your Husband or Future Husband
Praying for your husband is so important. If you're not married and you want to get married, pray for your future spouse. We are supposed to love our husbands unconditionally. We don't have to like everything they do, but we are supposed to love them! Biblically he is the head of the house. Now if you're single, don't just go looking for the MRS. title, pray, and ask God to bring the right man into your life. If you are not wanting to get married that is okay too! Either pray for your future spouse or pray that God strengthens you as the head of your house!
Goal 9: Forgive Others (and Yourself) Quicker Than Before
If you want to walk in forgiveness, it starts with forgiving yourself. You are not perfect and you will make mistakes, but you need to learn to forgive yourself quickly so that you can move on. Forgiving others is also important, but it can be difficult. If someone has hurt you, it can be hard to forgive them, but it is important to do if you want to have a healthy relationship with others. Try journaling about your struggles with forgiveness and what you can do to overcome them.
Goal 10: Express Yourself
Prayer is one of the most intimate things we can do as Christian women. It’s our direct line to God, and it allows us to express our hearts fully and openly. When we pour our hearts out to God in prayer, we can be honest about our desires, our fears, and our needs. We can express our gratitude for His blessings, and we can ask for His help and guidance.
Prayer is a powerful tool that helps us stay focused on God and His will for our lives. When we take the time to intentionally journal about our prayers, it allows us to reflect on what we’ve asked of God and how He has answered. We can see His hand at work in our lives, and we can grow in our faith as we trust Him more each day.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few topics to jumpstart your prayer life.
1) Pray for your family.
2) Pray for your church and the leaders
3) Pray for your parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.
4) Pray for your national leaders
5) Pray for other believers around the world who are persecuted for their faith
6) Pray for those who don’t know Christ yet – that they would come to know Him
7) Give thanks regularly for all the ways God has blessed you
Journaling your Goals
Journaling your goals doesn't have to be complicated. Take a day at a time and focus on one goal, you can even make that goal your weekly focus. If you use this article then you have 10 weeks of journaling topics. Easy!