Johnson Family Goals 2011

To be wise is the ability to plan as well as to discern how much one can take on as they make their way through this world.  And we are learning from our friends Derek and Amy Brown (they are probably the most organized and structured people in the entire universe) that making attainable and specific goals is crucial to good planning so we have decided to set some family/personal goals for 2011.  Here is what we have come up:

  • Both Raymond and Meghan plan to read through the ESV Bible over the course of the year in our separate devotional time.
    • Below is a link to a good Bible reading plan that Meghan is using (Raymond does his “own” thing but he’ll get it done…or so he says)
  • We want to have family worship at least 4 or 5 days a week (some days it is not possible since Raymond goes straight from class to work)
    • In family worship our goal is to finish reading through the The Jesus Story Book Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd Jones and then read through The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm
    • We also want to incorporate more singing into our family devotional time—hymns, praise songs, etc. so that Abigail will begin to hear the great truths of redemption recounted through music.
  • Raymond plans to read at least 10 fiction books and 3 biographies and 2 books of poetry on top of his school reading.  His list is below:


Novels from The Works of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

— A Study in Scarlet

— The Sign of the Four

— The Hound of the Baskervilles

— The Valley of Fear

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells


Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

An American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton


You Come Too by Robert Frost

Given Poems by Wendell Berry

  • Meghan plans to read at least 12 fiction books and at least 12 non-fiction books (averaging one of each per month).  Here is the beginning of her list:


Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Food of the Gods & How it Came to Earth by H.G. Wells

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne


Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Female Piety by John Angell James

The Cross of Christ by John Stott

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp

Adopted for Life by Russell D. Moore

The Christian Imagination edited by Leland Ryken

The Faithful Parent by Martha Peace and Stuart Scott

  • For health we both plan to continue to exercise at least 3 days a week, we want to be good stewards of the bodies that God has given us.
  • We also want to invite people over for dinner and games at least 2 times a month.  It is very important for us to be intentional about planning for this so that it actually happens.  Hospitality is a spiritual gift, but it is also the delightful duty of all Christians.  We are able to bless others as we have been blessed by our Triune God.  This time allows for strengthening of covenantal relationships within our church family as well as ministering to those who do not attend NAOBC.
  • By the end of the year (after September 1st when Abigail turns one) we hope to start working on expanding our family, Lord willing

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