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Living a Life of Eternal Consequences

Extravagant Grace

Happy 2010! It's the beginning of a new year. In fact, it's the beginning of a new decade.

I'm joining eLisa of Extravagant Grace for Living Intentionally Together. From January 1-7 you are welcome to write a blog post, join in and link up. We're focusing on establishing our priorities and goals for 2010.

There is an excellent guide that eLisa has provided here that you can download or print called Living Intentionally. It was inspired by Anne Ortlund's book "Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman".

I've prayed and read the Scriptures and I'm ready to join in. The overriding question is:

Am I living a life of ...eternal consequences?

Or am I more concerned with my own comfort and stability in life so ...I can feel good?

My Life Verses:

"Let your life shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what god's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:1-2

My Life Purpose:

Inwardly, to continue to grow in intimacy with the Lord so I will live a life of rest, peace and love ...in Christ.

Outwardly, to live out a life of love towards others. When people notice the difference I desire to give God the glory.

My Life Goals:

  • To be a godly wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece and friend
  • To be a helpmate to my husband
  • To share my passion for Christ by loving others
  • To grow in my writing and speaking abilities
  • To mentor younger women in the ways of the Lord
  • To live a healthy lifestyle that includes daily exercise, drinking more water and eating fruits, vegetables and fish.
  • To be debt free and live below my means so I can share with others
  • To live a life of dependence on the Lord; abiding in Him.
  • To memorize more Scripture verses

2010 Theme:

Trust and obey

2010 Theme Verse:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

One Year Goals:

Priority 1: That God would be first in my life before anyone or anything else. My love for my husband will be an overflow and the fruit of the Spirit will become more evident. This results in a more loving atmosphere in my home.

Priority 2: That I would regularly attend and be involved in my church and Bible study class. I don't want to live my Christian life alone. Praying and caring for my Christian brothers and sisters is a privilege and an encouragement. It also shows the world a different way to live as believers who love each other.

Priority 3: That I would be an encouragement to other women through my writings on Heart Choices and possibly speaking opportunities.

So, how about you? Will you take the time to pray? Why not ask the Lord what He would like you to learn in 2010? What character traits do you need to develop?

Let's consider ways we can live a life that has ...eternal consequences.

Blessings and happy new year to you,

Debbie Petras
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  1. I really like the name of this post. Sounds like a wonderful plan to me for the new year. Sometimes we forget that what we do in this life has eternal consequences.
    Blessings to you this new year.

  2. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

    Praying over all of this with you!

    Whose motto has been for the last six months - "If what I'm about to say or do won't effect eternity than it should not be said or done!"

  3. What a powerful and timely post as I begin thinking about my "goals" for twenty-ten!
    You've pushed me in the right direction!
    Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

  4. Your goals are wonderful, Debbie. God bless you, sweet friend. Love you ~

  5. Wonderful post, and we have chosen the same verse as one of our life verses. I am so glad I found this on your page last week. xo

  6. What a great passage for 2010. Philippians is a wonderful, encouraging letter that can help us to grow close to Him.

    Thank you so much for sharing your goals for 2010.

    Be blessed today and always...

  7. Since I've been studying etymology...

    Its so interesting that you use the word 'helpmate'. I wonder whether people really know the true meaning of this word. Earlier scholars translated the words 'ezer' and 'k'enegdo' as 'help' to describe Eve. Recent scholars have researched further and found that this translation isn't entirely accurate. They have found that 'ezer' actually means to rescue/to save or to be strong. Also the word 'k'enegdo' actually means 'equal' - a power 'equal' to him.

    Just thought it good to know ;)

  8. So awesome! Deb, I'm am totally fired up just by reading your intentionally living plans. Praise God for your heart for Him and the many ways you encourage others to live out a Godly life. I'm so glad you've become my bloggy friend. You are so precious in my sight!

    Love in Christ,

  9. This sounds like a wonderful plan! I LOVE your verses you have chosen. I pray the Lord will bless your efforts. Have a wonderful day. Blessings, Debbie

  10. Hi, I love this post! My word for this year is Wait but I'm also thinking it might be trust. You are such an awesome women of God.
    Let me know how I can pray for you this week/month.
    Blessings, Noreen

  11. I have found that I have a hard time being good about prayer during the "down time" - when things are bad I cry out for strength and when things are good I rejoice - but when things are normal, I just kind of live. I wish I was better about being faithful and devout even on the days when I'm just sort of going through the motions.

    Thanks for post!!

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You are some wonderful goals for the new year.

  13. Awesome Deb!

    Sounds like your going to have a fun & exciting year with Christ! I'm certain He has gone before you already to work this out for & in you. May all that you do, exalt all that He's done! 2010 is going to be a fabulous year. Regardless of what's happening around us in this world the Lord is making a way for all of us that are set apart for His purposes. He's going to make His Name high! Whooo-Hoooo! I'm getting excited to just being privy to this taking place in and around all of us lovers of the Lord.

    Life away from or without Christ is just simply too boring! May we reach ot to the lost and let His love, through us, draw them in. Yipee Jesus!

    XO, Heather

  14. You are truly an encourager, Debbie. Your goals are of the LORD, in His will, I have no doubt. We all take examples from others and I appreciate the forthrightness here. I am glad that you are one to desire to mentor younger women. They will be blessed.
    I thank you for encouraging me through the beautiful comment you made on my "Living Intentionally" post. I have been blessed too and I am older than you by a bunch!!
    With love and care, ~ linda

  15. Awesome post today. Great food for thought.

    I am praying that this a year that I truly seek Him and know Him like never before.

  16. This sounds like a wonderful plan and I like the emphasis on eternity, that's really all that matters anyway! My verse is Matthew 5:16 too, don't remember if I knew it was yours also or not :)


  17. HiDebbie - What beautiful words!! I wanted to come by and say a big THANK YOU for the sweet comment you left about my blog being published in Romantic Homes. It really is a thrill, but it’s also a thrill to connect with such kind bloggers like you. Thanks again and best wishes for a wonderful 2010! ~ xo Joy

  18. You are such an inspiration...your thankful and loving heart blesses me!

  19. POWERFUL!!! That's the word that comes to my mind as I read your words. Your title drew me in quick dear sister and every word caused me to think...I love you and pray a year of GRACE and FAVOR over you. I love you and I'm praying with and for you.


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