If you’ve know me or have been following Shine for a while, you know I am pretty intense.

I am driven, motivated, organized, task-oriented, a list-maker, a goal-setter and an overachiever. (No, I am not sending you a cover letter, just keepin’ it real.)

So in typical Frannie Foltz fashion, I made a list of four goals (some call them resolutions) to accomplish by the end of 2017.

I am pleased to share, that I accomplished all but one.

The goals I accomplished are as follows:
1. Complete a group Bible study each season
2. Volunteer monthly
3. Relocate to Florida

As you can see from the picture above, I am not regretting my decision to take the leap to make the move. #floridaliving

So, you are probably wondering the one goal I didn’t accomplish, right, sunshine?

4. To be in a long-term committed relationship with a Christian man



No, thanks.
I’ll stick to the moving van and hours of commitment to studying the Bible.

The other goals seem pretty “easy” because they involve me “doing something” to make them happen. (Martha? Mary? Hmmm…)

My own power.
My agenda.
(Hello, pride. I realize I really had nothing to do with them–God positioned all things. Jer 29:11)

But during some great reflection with God over the last few weeks, I realized, the three goals I accomplished involved a specific, deliberate plan.

But more importantly than the plans were the prayers that went up for heaven to come down. 

Lots of prayer.
Scripture memorization.
And calling on my prayer warriors to pray, too.

I didn’t rely upon fate to sell my house, so why would I expect cupid to bring me a mate?

Additionally, I realized I was ready for the other things to happen.

I made space in my life and devoted time and energy–just as is necessary when accomplishing any goal.

While I was social and out-and-about–I didn’t put myself in places–emotionally or spiritually–to be open to someone else.

With these newfound awarenesses, I will consider what I will do to change my game in 2018.

What about you, sunshine?
Can you think about times you’ve “accomplished goals”?
Were there common threads of prayer and openness?

I’d love to hear.

And perhaps you are in the middle of a goal–perhaps these strategies will be gamechangers for you as you finish off the year and get ready for 2018?

“Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
Phil 4:6-7
The Message