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Looking ahead to tomorrow to set goals for today

Think about your family ten years from now. Where do you want to be?

It’s so easy to get stuck in each day. To think about today’s laundry (piles!), today’s dinner (no idea!) and today’s to-do list (too long!). In Tricia Goyer's book Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at Home Mom, she encourages parents to sit down and discuss their family goals. She states that,

I know it’s something I need to do at least once a year. My family grows and changes, and my work opportunities also grow and change. It only makes sense to spend time with God and re-clarify family goals, too.

The Challenge:

Determine what your priorities as a family are. Ask yourself a few questions: What do we want to achieve as a family? What will matter five years from now—ten years from now? What will mold our children into God-serving adults? What will bring peace—not stress—to our home?

In 10 years Malachi, Brittany, Mason and Collin will be young adults. They will be entering into the real world doing life – college and/or career. Lily will be 15 getting closer to that day that she will do the same. Chad and I will be in our mid- forties preparing for life without dependent children in our home.

  • As a family, I would like to be close to one another, not physically since we already live in two separate states. I want to be doing life together, Sharing in one another’s successes and lifting one another up in there failures.
  • As a wife, I want to have a strong marriage with Chad. I want to be a team that together we can get through everything with Christ. I want to be the wife that he needs me to be.
  • As a homemaker, I want to provide a healthy and comfortable home to all that enter.
  • As an individual, I want to be an established writer with published books and articles in many newspapers and articles. I want to be an active member in my church, school and community.
  • As a Christian (not that I am separating this part of my life from the rest) I want to do what God is calling me to do. Today I am in prayer to find my WANT TO.

Considering ten years from now reminds me of things I need to do to prepare my children and the things I need to do to prepare myself!

In order for this to occur I believe that we must be a family of action!

Finding love, joy, peace, faith and hope in my home --- filling ourselves up with what God has for us --- so that we may share what we have found with our neighbors next door and around the world!

  1. Make communication with one another a priority with family nights, family meal times, phone calls and visits. Making time to spend time together as a whole as well as each individual family member. Making birthdays the biggest celebration of the year including the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Raise our children to be spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally healthy adults that are prepared to live life to its fullest by providing them with a loving educational environment and opportunities for growth in church, school, sports and activities.
  3. Make couple time a priority with daily prayer with one another, weekly date nights and several weekend getaways each year.
  4. Maintain the home with small daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal tasks for those inside the home. So that the needs of the family and the family home are taken care of
  5. Write, write, write, write, write, write, write and write some more!
  6. Weekly church attendance and volunteering where I am needed outside of the home (keeping balance with the needs of our home FIRST!)
  7. Stay in His word, pray and commit to what God has called me to do!
  8. To make each day the best that it can be by choosing to be intentional in how I live.
  9. Make Sunday the day of rest and refuel.

How about you? How would you answer that question?

This post is part of the Balanced Challenge at

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