Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Planning for the Year Ahead

On Monday I wrote about how what one does at the beginning of the year sets the tone for the rest of year. A large part of setting the tone is planning for the year ahead. It helps me if I write things out that are a priority in my life and then I plan a time to get alone with my wife where we will discuss them and pray over them together in our joint planning. This year our planning will look a little different than the last couple of years because of the transition back to the American context.

Below is an example of a few of the broad categories that I will plan for as we start 2014.

1. Family - Andrea and I plan on taking some time in January to look at the year ahead and plan as to what our monthly life will look like as a family. We will pencil things on each others calendars as far as my traveling/ministry schedule, her ministry schedule, when we will vacation, etc. This allows for us to be on the same page and also be prepared as the year unfolds.

2. Ministry - I plan on taking some time in January to seek God and see where it is that I really feel like he is leading me. There is a part of me that already senses where this will be and what I will be doing, but I still want to take the proper time to hear from the Lord.

3. Writing - 2013 proved to be the best year yet of blogging in regards to content, audience, and interaction. My goal for last year was three posts a week, regular giveaways, and switching over to a better format. Many have encouraged me to take my blog and writing to the next level in 2014 and I am seriously considering it. I am working on a large writing project now that should be finished by early summer that I may turn into an e-book in the Fall. It will be highly advertised if it happens, but keep your eyes and ears open for when this takes place.

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