Though a few days behind, my October goals are here! This month, I am looking forward to resting (as we have been very busy in September) and enjoying a new season of being in school. If you are new to my blog, I post my personal goals in order to hold myself accountable (with you!) and to inspire you with some creative ways to make your own goals. It is so easy to get distracted with our time, I find that making goals enable us to honor the Lord for using our time wisely. My goals are divided by categories that I purpose to make a priority. Here goes!

God

-Read (or listen to audio) the book of Numbers. Have Shaun check out of commentary on Numbers this week.

-Begin attending and finalize a decision on a community group (small group) to attend regularly within our local church.

-As we have recently moved into our home (Oct. 1st!) I would like to purpose to find ways to make our home honor the Lord. Perhaps have scripture verses around the house, pray over the rooms, praise the Lord through music in the rooms, etc.

-Purpose to prayer journal every night. Shaun and I are trying to have “Mary Moments” (see blogpost for details) in the evenings, and I would like to return to the habit of writing out my thoughts to the Lord.

-Pray that the gospel and the local church might be evident in my life [Pray this on Wednesdays].

Family

-Read Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham Jr. This book is about “doing what it takes to raise sons and daughters who walk with God.” I borrowed this book from a friend and am looking forward to diving into it!

-Read Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman. This book is about “guiding our children into the joy of worship” specifically within the Sunday morning church service. I borrowed this book from a different friend and am looking forward to learning how to helpfully teach Augustine how to worship God!

-Play with Augustine in the outdoor garden as well as in a nearby garden area. Purpose to praise Jesus with my words and facial expressions so he can understand the goodness of our Creator God.

-Find the other Doctrinal CD, upload it to my computer and play it for Augustine twice a week.

-Pray for Augustine on Tuesdays.

-Take numerous family walks around campus, enjoying our time together therein!

Marriage

-Pick out one verse that will be helpful to our marriage and memorise it. (Thanks Michelle! Recently I have struggled to memorise scripture- so I am going to start with one verse so as to have an attainable goal).

-Pray for Shaun on Thursdays.

-Pray together every night.

-Play Jenga together (per Shaun’s request)

-Enjoy two date nights.

Personal

-Read Ministering Cross Culturally by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter and Marvin K. Mayers. This book is designed to help minister to people from different social and cultural backgrounds. Since moving to Aberdeen, Scotland in January (2010) we have learned so much about the different culture, I borrowed this book from yet another friend (I like friends that read!) I am hoping this information will help us to thrive in Aberdeen all the more.

-Decide on a supervisor and a specific topic for my independent research project this semester. Begin preliminary research by searching for books and journals.

-Attend/Participate in the Pro-seminar class I am sitting on. (Once a week)

-Hang up pictures/wreaths around our house to make it feel more “home-y”.

-Have fun house-warming parties with our church, American friends, and our flat building.

-Finish going through all the bags of our stuff.

-Enjoy a walk to myself in the crisp air of Aberdeen by taking pictures and stopping for a mocha along the way.

-Post pictures of our new flat!

-Drink a ton of water! (Try to have a pint by noon)

What are your aims for October? Feel free to leave a comment!

Thanks for reading!

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