Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
Psalm 84:5



The road to good intentions is
paved with purest gold
it shines upon our faces filling
us with wondrous hope.
It can lead us on a pathway of
strength, resolve and victory
but often times it only leads to
guilt, despair and misery.
Time goes by paved with gold intentions
every day giving the gift of
making good decisions
yet only in making the decisions
that are right
will our gold intentions become
reality instead of regret.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©June, 2013

I’ve traveled this way before. I’m sure of it. This rugged and mountainous landscape looks familiar.


The new year always presents us with the opportunity to grow and achieve. It gives us the ability to dream new and bigger dreams as well as reach goals whether they be ones we’ve already tried to accomplish, or new goals we’ve never thought of before.


Our Christian walk is a pilgrimage. When we set our hearts on knowing God and letting Him be in control of our lives, He guides us in strength to endure the hardships and do the hard things.

A few days ago I was researching planners. I had decided in order to really walk with God and to do the hard and holy things* He would have me do, I need help keeping my priorities straight. One video I watched showing how to use a certain planner, revealed something quite extraordinary to me. She pointed out that we like to make goals, but when we write them down we tend to write them in broad strokes. Meaning, we write down our goals, but we don’t write down how we want to accomplish them.


It was sort of an epiphany to me. Instead of thinking of all the things I want to do, which are many and can become extremely overwhelming, the best use of my time then would be to write down exactly how I want to achieve my goals.


So, you could say for this year, I have goals and then, I have mini-goals.



If I were climbing a mountain in real life, physically, I would have a lot of training to do first. It would be the hardest thing I have ever done. But with that training comes confidence and the ability to do the hard things. But I’m learning that in my Christian walk when God gets involved mountain climbing is a whole lot easier.

I don’t know which route he is taking me, but I know with Him I can do all things because He is my strength and His footsteps will become my pathway (Psalm 85:13).


What goals will you be pursuing this year? Will you allow God to be your footsteps to achieving them?


From My Heart to Yours,

*How to Stop Procrastination: Dear You Trying To Do The Hard Thing In The New Year by Ann Voskamp

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