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Goal Digging

Goal #1 – Cultivating My Relationship With Christ

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As promised in my previous Goal Setting post here, I am sharing the goals I am working on this year.

My first goal for 2019 has been to cultivate my relationship with Jesus Christ. This should be every Christian’s goal on a daily basis. I want to spend more time in prayer and reading the Bible in order to become more like Jesus each day.

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Steps I’m taking to reach this goal are:
  1. Participating in Lara Casey’s Fresh Faith Challenge at Cultivate What Matters – this is a challenge to Write the Word for 31 days
  2. Attending bi-weekly women’s Bible studies at my church. We’re currently going through “The Promised One – Seeing Jesus in Genesis” by Nancy Guthrie (This is an amazing study – I highly recommend it)
  3. Adding the Topical Memory System” by The Navigators to my devotional time in order to memorize scripture after I have completed the Bible study
  4. Reading a devotional book every morning and night – this year I’m working through “Daily Readings from All Four Gospels” by J.C. Ryle – devotionals for mornings and evenings are included
  5. Purchasing tools to help with my studies such as gel highlighters and journaling pens
  6. Creating a prayer journal to keep up with prayer requests, answered prayers, and things I’m thankful for
  7. Taking notes during sermons and reflecting, re-reading, and applying them throughout the following week
  8. Getting up earlier during the week to make time for Bible study and prayer before work
  9. Taking a small Thirty-one tote bag and filling it with all the Bible study tools I need so it’s ready to go when I need it – This is my “Bible Study Bag”. It’s easy to grab and take to any location
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What’s in my Bible Study Bag?
  1. My Bible – I use the John MacArthur Study Bible ESV version
  2. A Devotional Book – “Daily Readings from All Four Gospels” by J.C. Ryle
  3. A Prayer Journal – Any journal or notebook will work for this. The one I’m using was a Christmas gift from my parents
  4. My Current Bible Study Book – “The Promised One – Seeing Jesus in Genesis” by Nancy Guthrie. Once my church’s Bible study is over, I will switch it out with the “Topical Memory System” by The Navigators
  5. My Scripture Journal – “Write the Word” by Lara Casey at Cultivate What Matters
  6. Pens – I use journaling pens so they won’t bleed through thin pages
  7. A Notepad – To record thoughts and/or questions that come to mind. I also use it to jot down thoughts that distract me while studying. By writing them down, I can focus more clearly on my studies because I know I can come back to them later.
  8. Highlighters – I use gel highlighting pens to highlight insightful passages in Scripture and books
  9. A Missionary Calendar – This is a calendar from our church which features pastors in a foreign country that our church supports. It’s in my bag as a reminder to pray for them each week. Unfortunately, I can’t provide a photo of this as their safety is a concern
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Measuring Progress

Some goals aren’t going to have set numbers or clear finish lines to measure your progress, as is the case with this goal. I’ve resolved that at the end of 2019, if I feel I have moved closer to Christ rather than farther away, I will consider it met. A good thing about setting goals, however, is that YOU get to decide the factors which determine your success.

If moving closer to God is one of your goals for 2019, please share the steps you’re taking in the comments below. I would love to hear about them.


  • Ellen Sedberry

    Does the Bible Study you’re doing at church need to be used in group setting or would it work well just for an individual?

    • Karen Morris

      I think so. For each lesson, it gives the scripture the lesson is based on, questions to answer, a teaching chapter, and then discussion questions. Our church isn’t doing the discussion questions at the end. We go over a few of the questions in the first part of each lesson, then listen to the video. The video is almost word for word the same as the teaching chapter in the book. I think it’s totally doable on your own.

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