Choosing Faith goals – Biblical tips to set yourself up for spiritual success in 2022

So you want to have mountain moving faith, huh? Jesus had 3 years to shake the entire world to its core, change the entire course of human history and leave an impact that would last for hundreds of years. You don’t get to achieve something like that without a faith goal.

Many Christians think we should just allow God to tell us what we should do each day instead of setting goals based on personal dreams and desires. 

I happen to think that faith-based goals are an excellent place to start when it comes to fulfilling purpose. God’s approach is usually to lay your purpose on your heart and mind. Those ideas are what become our dreams. Our passions. Our calling.

What are faith goals?

Faith can be an elusive, abstract term. It can make it hard to construct a meaning for faith goals. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as

 … the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Scripture tells us about a few characteristics of faith:

  • It comes through hearing the Word

  • It comes by seeking God

  • It starts with believing that God exists 

  • It must be accompanied by works (or action) to be truly effective 

  • It is required to please God Hebrews 11:6

  • It is rewarded by God

Faith goals and spiritual goals are not the same thing though. Faith goals focus on the three aspects of faith:

  • Knowing who God is and believing Him to be God

  • Learning to trust Him with your heart and life

  • Taking action or living in a certain way that lines up with your knowledge of and trust in God

Therefore, a faith goal is any intentional plan to increase your knowledge of God, your trust in God, and your willingness to take action based on your knowledge and trust in Him. These goals are created despite the fact that what you hope to happen seems impossible or unlikely or both.

why you need faith goals

Did you know that you can believe in the existence of God and still live a faithless life. It’s not enough to just believe God exists 

Check out this verse from

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. (James 2:19)

I dare to ask: How different from the demons are you when it comes to practicing your faith?

The Bible says demons believe that God exists. So do many humans. The question is, what separated us from them.

I’ll tell you.

It’s our willingness to be obedient to God, to trust him with our lives, to live according to the principles He desires us to live by and to reap the current and eternal rewards of a life submitted to him.

You need to go a little further than the demons do with your journey of faith.

Here’s why you need faith goals:

  • If you don’t know where you are going, you will end up anywhere. This applies to faith life too.

  • Faith goals allow you the opportunity for reflection on your spiritual growth. You will be able to look honestly on your needs, desires, and wants.

  • When you set goals you are able to measure your growth. 

  • Preparation is an extremely powerful requirement for success. If you prepare and plan to grow your faith, you’re more likely to success.

  • A plan to move your faith forward makes the process less abstract and more definitive. Action steps are easier to define and execute.

  • Faith goals help you to focus on how you want to grow because you zero in what specific aspects of faith you want to grow.

Now that you realize why these types of goals are necessary, let’s dive into how to actually make your faith grow.

What are some faith goals?

As I said before, faith is multidimensional. So when you set faith goals, think about which area you want to grow in. Here is a list of faith goals to consider for 2022. There are grouped according to the three aspects of faith I mentioned earlier.

Faith goals for increasing your knowledge of God for yourself

  1. Read your Bible – I know it might seem obvious to you that this is the place to start if you want to know God. But for some women, it’s not. So this goal is for the woman who doesn’t know where to start with upleveling her faith. Ditch the devotionals for actually reading your Bible. I recommend starting with the Gospels. They focus on stories about Jesus. You can read around a topic using a Bible reading plan too. The idea here is to get familiar with the Word. You can use an audio Bible if you struggle to read the Bible. A dramatized version will make the stories come alive and take you back to the days of radio drama.

  2. Implement Bible study time – Life is busy. I know. I also know that life can crowd out time in the Word. Everything else has a place in your planner. So should Bible study. Make a goal to plan Bible study time into your schedule. And yes, there is a difference between Bible reading and Bible study. If you want to get really deep, then Bible study is the thing to do. But if you just want to get a general understanding, then do Bible reading.

  3. Increase Bible engagement time – Maybe right now you’re only reading the verse of the day that pops up on your phone. Maybe you’re taking in a daily devotional you get via your email. It could even be a devotional you bought. These are not sufficient to sustain your faith life. But spending quality time in the Bible can move the needle on your faith. Create a goal to engage the Word in multiple creative ways.

  4. Learn to study the Bible – Contrary to popular belief, reading the Bible and studying the Bible are not the same thing. Bible reading is easy. Bible study is hard. Take free courses on how to study the Bible. Follow a Bible study blog. Invest in a book about how to study the Bible and set up a schedule to read and apply it.

  5. Start Bible verse mapping – Picking the Bible apart verse by verse is so powerful. You could be studying a single verse for an entire week. I find that the Psalms are perfect for this. They are packed with imagery and bright creative language that makes the Scriptures come alive. It can be intimidating at first. But once you learn the steps and have a process, you’ll be on a roll. You will get more out of your Bible reading time with verse mapping.

  6. Study the attributes of God – An attribute is a characteristic that is natural to a thing or person. The attributes of God are many. If you study one every week for a few months, you’re bound to get a better picture of exactly who God is and what He is capable of in your life.

  7. Study the names of God – Each name given to God, especially in the Old Testament, holds a powerful truth about his character. When you study each name, you will learn about the role God plays in your life, even when you’re not even paying attention. But with new knowledge, your awareness of how God is working in your life will increase. So will your faith. There are upwards of 20 attributes of God.  

  8. Study the names and titles of Jesus – There are probably hundreds of these. Every name given to Jesus highlights one of his qualities. Each of them is laden with such truths that also have connections to things we can see. For example. Jesus calls himself The Bread of Life. What does that actually mean? Once you study this, you are likely to remember it every time you eat bread.

  9. Do a study on your identity in Christ – You will just be so blessed, inspired, and motivated. This study is guaranteed to help you realize how God really and truly sees you. The many things that are standing in your way of truly trusting God will just melt away. I promise.

  10. Study the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John contains the story of Jesus’ life on earth. The stories about how he interacted with people are filled with hope and healing. I especially enjoy the stories of his miracles. They are very empowering. Very fit for a faith-based goal. And there is enough in there to take a whole year and more.

  11. Study the parables of Jesus – Here is the thing about the parables: they not only teach lessons about how God sees us but they also teach life lessons about all kinds of things. For example, the parable of the talents has nothing to do with what people do on America’s Got Talent. Rather, it’s really talking about how to invest money and stewardship for God’s glory. But if you want to stretch the meaning, it could apply to our talents and gifts too. The point is, your faith can seriously get to a whole new level when you see how much God is interested in other aspects of your life.

  12. Study the story of Joseph – If ever you need a story for faith in hard times, this is it. This year, study this study with a fine tooth comb. The treasures of truth are endless. God works in this story in some seriously interesting ways.

  13. Study the story of Egypt to Canaan – These chapters of the Bible chronicle the journey of the Israelites from the time they are released from slavery in Egypt through their 40 year journey in the desert till their arrival in the Canaan. No need to watch a movie. The account is action packed and drama filled. God shows up in the story over and over. It will give you a nice taste of how close God is to you in your daily life.

  14. Study the Armour of God – You will find out exactly what God has made available to you so that your fight in faith. You are not left alone to fend for yourself. In times of distress, you will have some things to draw on.

  15. Study the promises of God – If you want to grow your faith, you want to know what God has promised His people. You will be exposed to what God thinks about and His intentions for your life. Knowing them will help you to claim them. This knowledge also helps you to pray with a certain level of confidence because will be sure that you’re asking God for things He already has intentions to give. There are over 7000 Bible promises. It will take you a few years to get through them all.

  16. Memorize scripture – Now this is a good one. You can create a Scripture memory challenge faith goal. No need to try to committ one Bible verse daily. You can select one or two per week. Research creative ways of memorizing Scriptures. By the end the year you will have 52 to 104 Scriptures in your heart to draw on in times of need. It can become such a blessing in your faith walk. This is how Jesus was able to deal with Satan’s temptations. He had Scriptures in his memory bank to counteract every temptation he was offered.

  17. Do a year long Psalm Bible reading plan – If your life is a bit of a roller coaster, the Psalms are good place to set up camp. Why you may ask? Well, you will find company with people like David who has experience personal and family turmoil that has challenged his faith. You will probably feel right at home with as he pours his heart out to God and find victory in doing so. There are 52 week plans that you can use throughout the year.

  18. Start creative worship sessions – If you are struggling to stay focused during your time with God, develop a goal around improving your attention. Get creative. Bible journaling is wonderful for this. As a caution,, don’t get too carried away with all the art that you forget why you’re doing it. Another creative idea is to use Bible verse coloring pages. While you’re getting to know God, you’re having fun and hiding Scriptures in your heart.

  19. Join a Bible study community – Good habits are best supported in community. When you are isolated, there is little accountability. You only have you. But when you have some people who desire the same things you do, there is power in that. A Bible study community could be a church, Facebook group, YouTube channel that publishes content regularly. Find one that works for. Track your level of engagement too. Are you turning up regularly? Are you taking notes? Are you extending the study beyond the session?

  20. Invest in Bible study resources – One of the things that annoys me the most is our refusal as Christians to invest in our faith. I’m not talking about time. I’m talking about money. If you don’t own a really good study Bible, get one. If you don’t own a Bible dictionary, get one. If you don’t own a Bible commentary, get one. If you don’t own a Bible study notebook,, either create one from printables or buy one that suits. Consider purchasing Bible study guides if you see one that you could really benefit from. Those who spend time putting these guides together invest alot of time and energy. Support them while you grow your faith. If spend money on your degrees, you should spend money on your faith. Also consider replacing devotionals with these resources that will help you to dig into the word for yourself.

  21. Start a prayer journal – This is a great idea for a faith goal because it can help you with your prayer life. You can write your prayers to God. Keep track of all you are praying about. Record it when God answers your prayers. It can also be a place to combine prayers with Bible study by praying the Scriptures in written form. Whatever you write down is bound to stick. A prayer journal can literally help you to chronicle your faith journey. Perfect to revisit when you need some encouragement. It’s not a bad idea to have a goal you can actually use to encourage yourself.

  22. Spend time in nature – Along with talking to Him face to face, God intended for us to learn about him through the natural world. Think about Adam and Eve in the garden. It’s no different today. You can learn about God by taking long walks. Pay attention to the trees, flowers, birds. Allow yourself to be pulled in by the details of life that you wouldn’t get to see if you drive. Journal about your observations and search the Scriptures for Bible verses about what you saw.

Faith goals for learning to trust God

It’s not easy to trust God. Whether you are new or old to a life of faith, it’s just not a simple thing to accomplish. But you have to choose faith. Everyday. You can choose to trust because your know God. An example of this is Job. When his entire life fell apart, he lost his 10 children, all his livestock and his wife turned her back on God. 

He did not feel like God was with him. But he proclaimed “I know my redeemer lives”. His faith was built on knowledge, not feelings. He could do this because he had experienced God for himself over and over so much so that nobody or nothing could persuade him that God had left him alone.

Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10

Your faith can also be built on deep, heartfelt assurance. David is a good example of this. He had his fair share of ups and downs with God, having been called to greatness but became a fugitive when Saul wanted to kill him over feeling threatened. David proclaimed:

In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:11

Here are some ideas for faith goals that will help you to trust God more.

  1. Replace negative thoughts – Quite often, your ability to truly trust God is hampered by your thoughts. You may not even be aware of them but they have great impact. The human mind is amazing. Persistent negative thinking kills faith. Faith requires you to imagine positive things. It requires believing that the impossible can be possible. You need a healthy, positive mind to be able to do that. Create a goal to do daily exercises of switching out those negative thought patterns with positive ones. You can do this exercise once per week, focusing on one thought. Write down one negative thought and right beside it, reframe it into something positive. Repeat that every day for that week and change it in the following week.

  2. Use affirmations from the Bible – Similar to the previous faith goal is this idea of Scripture affirmations. This is a powerful way of battling negative thoughts. But you actually need to know your Bible affirmations before you can use this. Once you have your Scriptures and the related affirmations, take time everyday to remind yourself of who you are in Christ. You can read them. Or, you can stand in front of the mirror and talk to yourself. 

  3. Use Bible promises daily – We are forgetful. Our brains don’t always hold on to what we need to help use trust God. So you have to pursue this aggressively. Make a goal of reminding yourself daily of God’s promises. Like the Scripture affirmations, repeat these often. You can even personalize them by replacing the pronouns with your name.

  4. Start a gratitude journal – It’s so easy to feel dissatisfied, even if you are not wanting or needing anything really. This can lead to complaining and forgetting how good God is to you. But if you count your blessings daily, now that can get you back in line really quickly. You will realize that you its perfectly fine to keep trusting God because your heart will be filled with gratitude.

  5. Start a faith journal – I do this. Faith journaling is writing down something that God has done for you. Maybe he answered a prayer. Maybe he used you in a powerful way. Maybe he came through for someone else and you just want to write down the story. Everything in this journal is recorded to inspire faith. You can feel confident that when you go back to it at a time of discouragement, you will be reminded of who God is and trust him all over again. 

  6. Get therapy – Here is the thing, if you don’t trust people you can see, you probably will not be able to trust someone you can’t see. There is a problem if you have a problem trusting the people around you. God will always seem so far away to you. This is particularly true if you have issues with your parents. Learning to trust God requires dealing with all of those unresolved issues. Therapy is also a place to look into things like anxiety, fear, insecurity and a host of other things that stand in your way. Make a goal of getting to the root of your trust issues so that you can start walking in the freedom of trusting God.

  7. Use mental health worksheets – Again, not being able to trust God is more than just a spiritual problem. It spans your emotional, psychological, and social lives too. So you have to take deliberate and concrete steps to remedy this problem. If you have not quite gathered the courage to do therapy, make a faith-based goal to get into a quiet space at least once per week to explore your mental health with a worksheet. You can complete sheets on anxiety and worry, depression, anger, communication. Whatever your struggle, there is a worksheet. But, know that they do not replace the power of therapy.

  8. Engage the stories of others – When you hear how God shows up in the lives of others, it can be a powerful way of keeping your faith. Especially if you are in a place of difficulty in your faith walk. Write a goal around making time to read faith-based biographies or books about answered prayers. Podcasts are popular right now. Find one that focuses on stories of faith and tune in each week. 

  9. Join a community of faithful people – Strong faith is not developed in a vacuum. You need people. Join a church or prayer group. Get a prayer partner or a Bible study buddy. Get into a Facebook group. If you want your trust in God to go deep and wide, you want to hitch your wagon to people who are going somewhere with their faith. As you interact with them, iron will sharpen iron as Scripture says. When people testify about answered prayers or about how saved them from their life of sin or about unique ways God speaks to them, you will be empowered to trust God. Make a goal to become a consistent member of such a community.

  10. Read books on anxiety – Anxiety and fear go hand in hand. They both are enemies of faith. If you struggle with these things, educate yourself about them. This is an initial step in beating anxiety and walking in faith. Whatever you don’t know can hurt you. The enemy uses these things as weapons against you but you are not able to discern it because of lack of knowledge. This applies to everything that affects your faith really. So go on a journey of learning so you can move forward in faith rather than fear.

  11. Let go and let God – Trusting God means that you will need to let go of whatever you’ve been holding on to and take hold of what God presents you with. Go through an exercise in which you write down all the things you’re holding on to. Write down beside each one what God is trying to exchange them for. Then working.

  12. Do a Bible study on peace and hope – Trust cannot thrive where there is no peace or hope. Find out what the Bible says about these things. You might find some useful tips for improving your mental health in general. When you have learned them, be sure to include them in the action stage of exercising faith.

  13. Study the science of hope – The thing about faith is that it asks you to believe in something that has not yet happened. In other words, you will need to go into the future and bring it to the present. You need hope to be able to do that with confidence. Hope helps you to see meaning in life, particularly when life is hard. Hope helps you to believe that there is a future, a good future that is worth working towards. If you can gage your hope, you can determine the level of your faith. If you can increase your hope, you can improve your faith.

  14. Create a “deal with doubt” toolbox – Every believer has moments of doubt. Depending on where you are in your faith journey, the frequency of these moments may look different. Whatever your situation, plan for it. Don’t wait for it to creep on you without a definitive steps to take. A doubt toolbox can be a literal box or it could be a list of things you will do and say when doubt feels like it’s taking over. In your toolbox you can have: Bible promises to read, Bible affirmations to repeat, your faith journal to read over, the cell phone number of someone you can call for encouragement, a playlist of your favorite worship songs. A power sermon or inspiring motivational video. This list could go on. Your toolkit will be unique to you. Just make sure it has what you will need.

Faith goals for taking action

Faith is incomplete without action. You have to put your money where your mouth (and heart is). So says the Bible:

But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? James 2:20 – 22

If you know God, if you trust God, you have to complete the faith cycle by doing something with all that.You have to connect the faith goals to real life. Here are a few ways of taking action.

  1. Create a vision  board – God expects us to have dreams, desires, and purpose. Taking those from the corners of your thoughts and putting them on paper makes them more concrete. More real. Granted, you do need to make sure that what you are putting on there is spirit-led. And that’s why you need to spend time with God. A vision board will help you take action because you will see before your very eyes what you are working towards. The whole process of creating it is a faith-building activity in and of itself. Scripture says God will grant you the desires of your heart. If you have no desires, what exactly are you expecting God to work with? In the words of Patrice Washington, you have to give God something to bless. God knows what you’re waiting on when he sees what you’re working on.

  2. Write down your plans – They say a goal without a plan is just a wish. If you intend to act on your faith, write down the things you will do to get to your goal. Once you have made a decision about those steps, you no longer need to be thinking about whether or not you should be stepping out in faith. There is something about writing that causes your brain to create a pathway for whatever you have written down. Create a goal to have a personal retreat to create your vision board and map out your plans for the year.

  3. Present all your plans to God first – If you were in the habit of doing your own thing without asking God for His input, now is a good time to create a goal to stop this behavior. Taking action based on your faith is a sign of spiritual maturity. But taking action outside of God’s will is a sign of self-sufficiency. Become deliberate about seeking God first. Instead of waiting for things to fail or fall apart, allow God to orchestrate your life. Take your plans into your personal worship time, write them down in your prayer journal, talk about them in a prayer group, find out what the Bible says about them, ask God for a sign (if you’re into that), write out the pros and cons of a decision, listen out for God’s voice. Wherever you write down your plans, put a prompt to remind you to pray over them. These are just a few ways to seek God first.

  4. Execute your plans – It’s all well and good to have a plan all detailed on paper, but those plans never leave the paper you still have not taken a faith step. You still have not taken action. Some people get stuck at this point. They become anxious. Fear paralyzes them. Overwhelm cripples them. If you are one of those people, create a goal that will help you to combat this. It could be getting an accountability partner who you talk with everyday. You could start using a weekly planner of three small goals you want to accomplish each week. Maybe listening to or watching a motivational video everyday could give you the extra push to jump in.

  5. Keep trying the doors – I’m very tired of people of faith who keep praying but then they sit down waiting for God to bring them a gift right to their front porch. God will not do for you what you can do for yourself. He just won’t. You have a role to play as well. For example, if you want a job, you have to start sending out resumes. If you want to start a business, you have to start marketing your skills. If you want to know God more,, you have to make time for Bible study and prayer. Your schedule may need to be redone several times before you find the perfect time to include it in your day. Trying the door means that you are going to become actively involved in the process of building your faith and your life. If one opportunity falls through, seek another. If one thing fails, try something else. Hammer out plan A, B,C, and D when you are in your planning stage. Make it a goal to get into the habit of trying all the doors of life.

  6. Put yourself out there – So maybe God has put a burden on your heart to serve a particular audience with your unique skillset. Nobody will know this unless you tell them. You have to let them know that you exist, that you have something to offer. You have to step out in faith from your place of fear or complacency. Start a YouTube channel. Start a blog. Start contributing to a magazine. Start a private Facebook group. Whatever works for you. Just start somewhere. If you believe with all your heart that God has called you to do this thing, then do it.

  7. Resist sin – James 4:7 says Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. There are two action words in this verse that applies directly to your behavior. Submit and resist. There is no sin in being tempted. But there is a problem with giving in. Create a goal about the exact steps you will actually take to replace bad habits with new ones. It could be reading books about habits, doing regular self-reflection on your circle of friends who influence your thoughts and behaviors, analyze what’s causing you to make the same mistakes over and over again. If you’re going to take action on your faith, you will need to be ready to fight. The enemy will not allow you to grow. So you have to make plans to surrender completely to God and do what is possible in your power to stand against evil.

  8. Choose a word of the year that aligns with this goal. Words like faith, trust, obedience could work. Let every decision you make this year be based on these ideas. Do Bible studies around them. Read books about them. Put what you learn into practice. Find practical ways to implement related concepts in your life.

  9. Step out in faith. Yes, the best way to take action is to do something that requires crazy faith. In my experience, God rewards faith steps by showing up to provide what you need when you need it on the journey. I know that because I’ve tried it over and over. I’ve seen others do it too. God will move in your life powerfully if you just trust Him. Take him at his word. Silence the “what ifs” in your head and move forward, whether you have all the details or not.

How do you write faith goals?

Now that you have a potential list of faith goals to work with, how do you actually set faith goals?

To write them well, you have to know the components of good ones. Here are the characteristics of faith goals. 

Rick Warren developed a neat acronym from the word FAITH that I think works beautifully.

characteristics of faith goals

Now that you have a potential list of faith goals to work with, how do you actually set faith goals?

To write them well, you have to know the components of good ones. Here are the characteristics of faith goals. 

Rick Warren developed a neat acronym from the word FAITH that I think works beautifully.

Faith goals are FOCUSED

In other models this means specific. Any goal you set to grow your faith needs to be so specific that you can measure it.

Ask yourself questions like:

  • What exactly do I want to happen as a result of setting this goal?

  • What specific actions will I take?

  • Where will I perform these actions?

  • When will I perform these actions?

  • Do I need to involve anyone? Who? What will be their role?

  • What tools or materials will I need?

Faith goals are ATTAINABLE 

You might find yourself being pretty zealous about change. This can lead to you being overly ambitious.

Resist the temptation.

Your goal needs to be attainable. This means it should be reasonable. It should be something that is actually possible for you to accomplish.

Ask yourself:

  • Have you ever done anything like this before?

  • Do you have any previous experiences that will help you create a practical timeliness?

  • What are some limitations that could potentially prove challenging for you to achieve this goal?

If your goal is too lofty, it will become a burden rather than a blessing. 

That’s definitely something to avoid.

Faith goals are INDIVIDUAL 

It goes without saying that the only thing you have any control over is your own life.

Not your spouse. Not your children. Not your friends. Not your siblings.

I mean you do want to set faith goals for your family. Don’t get me wrong. But what I mean is when it comes to your personal spiritual growth you have to take charge of that.

As women we sometimes get lost in making sure our families are thriving. The kids and the husband have everything they need. And the friends know they can rely on us for help and support no matter what.

But very often we forget that we need to pay attention to ourselves. If you continue to give feed your spiritual life with scraps, pretty soon the abundance that you think you have will be depleted.

There will be nothing for you to give. You will have already been poured out into others.

Set your faith goal so that it caters to you as an individual. Make sure you have a plan to replenish your soul.

Faith goals are TRACKABLE

They say the amount of time you give yourself to do something is the amount of time it will take.

That might work for writing a book or starting a business. Faith building is a bit more complicated than that.

Spiritual goals designed to grow your faith require tiny steps everyday. They require consistency and commitment. 

You determine how well you are doing by tracking your progress.

Faith goals can be long-term or short-term. You could have a goal for just the first quarter of the year. Or you can have one for the first 6 month. Or one for the whole year. 

Whatever you choose as time limit, find a way to keep check of how regularly you are engaging the behaviors you decided on Focus stage.

Habit trackers are one of the quickest and simplest ways to do that.

Faith goals should be HEARTFELT

You have to have to be personally invested in any goal you set. Not just partially either. You need to be all in.

For this to be possible you must have a strong and deep conviction of the need for this change in your life. 

If you aren’t passionate about it, you are unlikely to do all that it will take for you to accomplish the goal. Few people want to waste time on something they don’t believe in.

So yes, desire and dreams do play a role in the creation of your faith-based goals.

personal faith goals examples

Let’s look at how the FAITH framework could help you write your personal faith goals. I’ll share a personal example.

If you read my Start Here page you will know that I’m a full-time graduate student, I work full-time and I’m also married.

I used to have oodles of time before grad school. But now devotional time and Bible study are challenging for me.

I decided to create a goal around the first pillar of faith building: knowing God through Bible study. I created this goal during my internship year. 

My commute time was crazy and consumed the time I would ordinarily spend in worship during the early morning hours. Here is what my goal looked like:

I will study one Bible verse from Psalms each day using the verse mapping method for the next three months. I will arrive to work earlier than my contract time and do it in my office or stay for a few minutes after work to do it. For this I will need: a small book, 2 pens of different colors, and access to the internet so I can use BibleHub.com and blueletterbible.com. I’ll be sure to date each entry.

Let’s analyze my goal with FAITH.

Focused – I have explained the exact actions I’m going to take. My goal is study a single Bible verse each day.

Attainable – Notice I have not committed myself to a whole chapter. I’m realistic about the fact that I just don’t have that much time. So, I’m making the goal within my reach. Quantity doesn’t matter here. I want the time I spend with God to be quality. A verse a day is very doable.

Individual – This goal is for me. I have not included my husband or friends or co-workers.

Trackable  – I could track this with my daily planner or I could ensure that I date each entry in my Bible verse mapping journal. Tracking it with a habit tracker is better though. The quick visual will tell me, a glance, how im progressing with the goal.

Heartfelt – This goal was written out of a personal conviction. I could sense God saying to me, “Caddabra, I miss my time with you”. Do you know that song? I could also feel myself becoming disconnected. My consistent feelings of frustration and overwhelm were telltale signs that I was spiritually dry. I was desperate for a drop of water daily.

What does God say about goals?

In case you’re still on the fence about this faith goals thing, let’s finish this off with a look into the Word.

You know, Jesus always asked people what they wanted before granting their requests. As such, I’m convinced that God expects us to be definitive about our desires and express them explicitly.

But a word of caution: Our dreams and desires must align with God’s will for our lives. This is a conversation for another post though.

In the meantime, here are some Bible verses about plans and goals.

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Luke 14:28-30 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

1 Timothy 4:7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness.

Isaiah 32:8 But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.

Faith goals are the way to go

Not everyone subscribes to the same faith but we are all spiritual beings.If you want to grow spiritually, faith-based goals are one of the best ways of getting there. What do you want your faith life to look like when 2022 is over? Which aspect of faith are you going to write your first goal around?

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