I first used a planner in 2010 during my second half of sophomore year in college. I have found planners handy ever since. I recently shared here how my love for journaling came about because of my use of planners.
I personally prefer planners that are basic — lined, A5, open flat and stitch-bound.
I initially wanted a Starbucks planner for 2019. I unknowingly accumulated 28 stickers in two months time. But I decided to give it all away last minute. I gave the first 8 to a friend, then 5 to a stranger (who was so happy she got her planner on that day), and the rest to other Starbucks customers who are next to me in line.
I suddenly did not want to collect stickers for a planner anymore. I wanted a planner that’s unique, practical and not coffee brand-related. And so I went on the hunt for a new planner. I know some people may find this really shallow but finding the “right” planner is important to me since I base my productivity-plotting and tracking through it.
I’ve been liking pastel-summer themes lately so I had a planner “design” in mind. One of the stores I went to was Invitation House. It is at Glorietta 1, Level 2, Makati. They also have branches at ATC and UPTC. They have three planner designs for 2019 and I got the one in the middle.
The reason I got this planner aside from its fresh and vibrant design and reasonable price (only Php 595!) is how the pages were outlined. Each month comes in with a Bible verse, expense tracker and goals tracker!
2019 Faith Goals
I spent an afternoon praying and plotting plans and priorities for 2019. I regularly do this two or three days before a new year. I also spent some time praying for the year that was and is to come. Last year, I started the year with Isaiah 42. I wrote about it here. For 2019, I was led to three faith goals and three key words.
My faith goals for 2019 are:
- Share the gospel to 365 people
- Memorize 12 Bible chapters
- Watch, wait on and wallow in the Lord
Since these are called faith goals, they are not going to be easy thus they have to be done in accordance to the Spirit and not my strength. The reasons behind these faith goals are:
I desire to be bolder and wiser in my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
I had moments in 2018 when emotions and circumstances had gotten in the way of my pursuit of Christ’s Great Commission. Of course my actions cannot change who God is but my choices reflect how I perceive God in my life. And so my desire to share the gospel to at least one soul a day in 2019 is something I find “small” yet if done persistently will surely have fruitful effects in my personal relationship with God.
I desire to fall in love with God more.
Nothing can compare to a personal encounter with God. This is why I desire to spend more time in His presence in 2019. I have been memorizing verses especially in the last quarter of 2018 but God led me to invest time memorizing chapters in 2019 so that I can constantly meditate on His word thus be in His presence more. I also listed down personal life and ministry items that I want to consistently pray for this year.
This faith goal sprouted from Psalm 1:1-3 which says, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
Through God’s guidance, I want to be like a tree planted by streams of water. I want to yield fruits and not wither no matter what the season is. I pray the same for the personal ministry God has entrusted to me and for the church I consider family.
I desire to watch in hope for the Lord, to wait for God my Savior and to wallow in Him more.
My New Year’s Eve quiet time was on the last chapter of Micah. This faith goal is inspired by Micah 7:7. My three key words for 2019 (Watch, Wait and Wallow) are also inspired by this verse. I hope that this new year will be a year of hope found only in the Lord and salvation found only from the Lord.