Setting Spiritual Goals….
I’ve asked Kathy Howard to share today on setting up goals for your Bible study. You will love Kathy’s practical and encouraging wisdom to get serious about your Bible study. Kathy has several Bible studies published and you will want to check them out and make them a part of your studies this year.
I met Kathy in a writer’s group and found out she was also a director of women’s ministries at her church. I attended a couple of her events at her church and had her come speak to our ladies at one of our events. She is an inspiration!
- Exercise more
- Lose weight
- Improve my relationships
- Pay off debt
- Get organized
- Concentrate your efforts. Set just one, two, or three goals at a time. Don’t spread yourself too thin. When you experience success then add another goal.
- Be realistic. Set attainable goals. If you don’t read your Bible regularly now, don’t set a goal to read the entire Bible in three months. Instead commit to read it 3 to 5 times per week.
- Think concretely. Set goals so progress can be measured. For instance, this goal is too ambiguous: I’m going to spend more time with God. Instead be concrete: I will read one Bible chapter and pray for 10 minutes five times a week.
- Include strategies. Develop strategies designed to move you toward your goals. If one goal is to memorize Scripture, determine how you will do that. What verses you will memorize? How often you will tackle a new one? What memorization techniques you will use?
- Create manageable steps. Break your overall goal into a series of smaller goals that are doable and will foster success.