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HAPPENINGS: Plans for 2021 and beyond

Janice Crose | Special to the News Bulletin

We don't know what tomorrow holds or may bring, but we can rest assured that the Lord will be in control, no matter the circumstances.

What are you looking forward to in 2021? Anything is particular? It appears many states will still be locked down, so there won't be much travel allowed.

The cruise ships have cancelled their sailings until at least May 1. We are fortunate that we live in Florida and have freedoms many other states don't enjoy.

We can still go out to eat, go see a movie at a movie theater as well as attend theme parks in Central Florida. We can go to the beach and get a haircut, which aren't allowed in other states.

So, what goals would you like to accomplish this year? The year will pass, but having clear cut goals will help us stay focused.

Here are some of mine:

•Spend at least 20 minutes more per day in Bible reading.

•Spend at least 15 minutes more per day in prayer.

•Exercise at least 15 minutes per day or more.

•Eat more vegetables and fruits.

•Cut out processed foods.

•Work on achieving financial goals in order to eliminate debt.

•Maintain relationships by phone or mail during this pandemic.

•Declutter one room at a time and organize what is left.

•Learn to listen to others, not just formulate your answer while they are speaking.

•Learn a new skill this year, sewing, gardening, knitting, and so on.

•Put the cell phone away during family dinners.

•Spend time with my spouse every day, and dwell on what drew me to him in the first place.

•Make someone smile every day.

•Encourage someone every day; give them a compliment.

•Journal my prayer requests, along with the answers the Lord provides.

•Memorize scripture.

•Memorize the Preamble to the Constitution.

•Learn who my local, state and federal representatives are and let them know my concerns.

•Plant some beautiful flowers.

•Join a weekly Bible study. There are many available on Zoom.

•Volunteer at the community garden.

•Study U.S. history and learn how our government should operate.

Janice Lynn Crose

Janice Lynn Crose, a former accountant, lives in Crestview with her husband, Jim; her two rescue collies, Shane and Jasmine; and two cats, Kathryn and Prince Valiant.