“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13)

I look back at 2017, grateful.  I look forward to 2018, expectant.

I do not know the plans He has for me, yet I know His plans are very good, no matter how hard or challenging they may be.  May I strain towards what is ahead, press on towards the goal and live fully wherever God places me.

Part of this “straining” includes a list of desires and goals I have for myself.  It is not a New Year’s Resolution List.  It’s only a without-a-plan-the-Fia-will-perish list:

Start a bible study with my sister. Pray with and invest in her.

Spend time with people God has put on my heart.  Spend quality time with them, listen to them and see where God takes each relationship.

Learn how to skate.

Learn.  Expand my view of the world, and multiple subjects.  I want to listen to more TED talks, study human nature, personality traits, coffee, medicine, komubcha and health, and world topics.

Start learning a language.

Read more.

Start on the road to becoming a certified counselor.

Play the piano more.

Study the bible more.

Pray more.

Invest and spend more quality time with my family.

Reach out.  Do uncomfortable, different, hard things.  Things that Fia wouldn’t normally do.


Smell flowers.  Drink quality coffee.

Lord, I am expectant.  Suprise me this year.

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