2018 Pre-Flight Check: “2018 Through the Bible in a Year” reading plan (youversion.com)—check. 2018 Prayer Journal set up on Google Drive and shared with Ellen—check. Daily prayer list updated for 2018 on Google Drive—check. Morning alarm set for daily time in Word and prayer—check. 365 Day devotional book (God is with You Every Day, by Max Lucado) on the breakfast table for use with Ellen each morning—check. Daily “Pray for one” —check. Continue discovering what it means to pray without ceasing, to be continually filled with the Spirit, to daily keep in step with the Spirit, to take captive every thought and make it obedience to Christ—check.
Weekly date night with Ellen in place—check. Plan to touch base with family weekly—check. Gym membership in place —check. Five-day-a-week exercise plan in place—check. Annual running mileage goal—check. Weekly weigh-in target goal—check.
Father, Your Word says that we should, “Make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16). Please help us not to forfeit the opportunities of this new year to busyness and status quo. Fill our hearts with an ever increasing longing to better look, live, and love like Jesus. May this longing not only transform our hearts and homes but may it also contagiously transform the hearts and homes of family, friends, and neighbors. Amen.