Grades are in. How did I do?

In my New Year’s Eve post, I talked about a new word I chose to focus on for the year. That word is simplify. In the process of writing that post, I also took a look back at some of the resolutions I made last year to see how I did. Here’s my attempt to grade myself:

1. More sleep: C

Considering I had lots of late nights and early mornings this past week, I’d say this one needs more work. But I’m trying.

2. Budget: A-

I did make a budget last February and have tracked my expenses using the free GoodBudget app. One thing I like about it is that it puts my expenses into tidy charts so I can evaluate my spending. Now I need to go back and see where I should adjust it—where to allot more and where to spend less. Then stick to it. Two other pluses: 1—I committed not to buy any new clothes unless I had a gift card, a decent coupon or found something on sale. Success! (I didn’t count shoes.) 2—I met my financial goal for the year! That was kind of tough, but if it had been a piece of cake, it wouldn’t have been much of a goal.

3. Bible reading: B-

I did do a few different reading plans through the YouVersion Bible app and continued to get short daily devos through the GoTandem app. I went through some of them with Pete. I didn’t do great with daily reading until around September. Since then, I’ve done pretty well.

4. Rocks and sand: B-

This was an analogy about putting God first, then fitting in family, work, hobbies, etc. Here are 3 ways I’ve tried to do that: Praying almost every day and asking for God’s guidance in decision-making; making an effort to read the Bible more; and setting aside a tithe before spending money on other things. There’s always room to improve, though, and I think one way for me to do that is to spend time being totally quiet. My typical day is full of noise: conversations, the radio, even washing dishes. But the times I’ve practiced being quiet—whether turning the radio off in the car or just lying on the couch in a quiet room—I’ve felt refreshed and actually closer to God. It’s like Psalm 46:10 says: “Be still and know that I am God.” Geez, it’s like God knew what He was talking about or something.

5. The challenge: A

This was a challenge to pray for our marriage every day. I’m pretty good at this one. My phone reminds me to do this each day at 4:00, and even though I usually wait until a little later on my drive home, that has become my time to pray for me and Pete. Since we want God to be the foundation of our marriage, involving Him in daily conversation is probably a good idea. I recommend it.

So there you have it, my yearly report card. I’m good at praying and bad at sleeping. Maybe this year I’ll pray for more incentive to sleep. I bet the Almighty hasn’t heard that one before.

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