By Sandy Traugott

Cherished Women’s Blog Writer

Are you a sprinter or an endurance runner?

At the birth of the new year, many of us start out enthused and envisioned.

Personally, I quickly lose focus. My new year resolutions sink fast or die a slow death.

Maybe God gave us four seasons to help us refocus in the monotony of life.

I know myself well, therefore, many years ago I took God’s example and divided my year into quarters. This gives me four times a year to restart. A sprint of three months has been easier for me to maintain. I still have an overall focus for the year, but now it’s broken into bite size actions.

January 2, April 2, July 2, and October 2 hold significant meaning for me.

I set aside these dates to refocus, rewrite, and pray over my next three months and give thanks for the past three. I stay flexible on the exact day I do this. No legalism.

Some actions I tweak, rewrite, and extend throughout the three months:

  • On my prayer lists, I write answers to prayer and I add more
  • I examine my calendar, activities, and involvements
  • I look over books I’m reading; Scripture memory and studies
  • I ask how am I doing with life habits?
  • I ask God what changes He wants me to make

It’s a day to reflect on the goodness of God over the last three months, and to reach out in faith for the new journey ahead.

Over the years I’ve also changed how I record my quarter focus. Now I take advantage of my computer and Evernote (I delight in using Evernote).

Like any goals, prayer request, or life visions, they need to stay before us. My mind is forgetful and wanders to new pastures if I don’t pull back from my directed path. At the same time, there is grace for change and adjustment when needed. Nothing is definite and I hold it all loosely.

October will soon be here and we have one more quarter before 2016 ends.

What goals, prayers, and steps do you want to take? It is not too late.

 

Sandy Traugott

About Sandy Traugott

The “reality of eternity" is woven throughout Sandy Traugott life’s tapestry. Drawn to Jesus at 10 years old, she grew up writing her questions and thoughts to her Lord. Instead of a career, she pursued the Word of God at Florida Bible College. After graduating, she joined the staff at a ministry duplicating Francis & Edith Schaeffer’s ministry, L’Abri. After marriage, Sandy’s family became her ministry focus. She home schooled their five children, 3 sons, and 2 daughters, for 20 years. Throughout her life circumstances, she has learned He alone is her only hope and joy. Sandy has had deep sorrow intertwined with joy. After a car accident, her 13-year-old son Daniel entered his heavenly home. Her granddaughter Esther Grace, is also safely tucked with Jesus. Sandy's nine endearing grandchildren call her “Nonni.” Sandy is excited to be serving in many areas at Discovery Church and she delights in facilitating "Refresh Retreats." Refresh with God

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