“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharperthan any two-edgedsword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
When we read the scriptures, they can become alive as our hearts are open to the Holy Spirit. They are a guide for our lives and a foundation of God’s intents and purposes. We can also find prayers settled in the pages for us to pray with power, such as Ephesians 3: 16-19. I’ve changed the text to make it personal and in first person below:
Can you see how awesome and powerful the word of God is when we pray it with the cry that can come from our own hearts?
Search the Bible for verses to make it your own and you will realize how powerful and anointed the prayers can be for you. Practice and pray.
So we’ve come to a brand new year, with new dreams, new hope, new adventures, new purpose. What we want out of this new year is totally up to us. We may need to readjust our thinking and habits to accommodate this new way, but as with every new endevour we have to stay on course and focus on what we want.
I don’t think I’ve ever succeeded on any resolutions I’ve made for a new year, but I know that if I set goals ahead of me they generally prosper and are completed. Not to say that some individuals don’t have strong wills and discipline to tough it out – that’s not me, though generally I’ve found that the little things done every day accomplish big things in the end. Here are some pointers:
First be realistic, find do-able things that can be done in a year; or you can project for the longer term….keep it simple to actually see results.
I would start out with no more than three goals that you want to accomplish, more than that can be overwhelming if you don’t keep up. There is grace for everything that you do and prayer is a big part of success. Be kind to yourself and don’t give up. You can always add to your goals when they become a habit – remember a habit is developed when you’ve done something 21 times consecutively. Keep it simple, like drinking more water every day or deciding to pick up things around the house, putting them in their designated place, every night before you go to bed.
When success and victory come, you begin to see yourself in a new light and the purpose in your life becomes clearer. You find a piece of yourself you didn’t know was there. Your voice becomes clearer and you begin to sing a new song…your mind has become renewed to a recognizable extent.
My way of remembering is I create a board every year with all my goals and desires on it…this is what I’ve done so far.
One thing that I forgot to add to my board is “My Personal One-Year Challenge”. That is to accomplish as many things as I can to remodel and redecorate our new house. I began with the “She Shed” restoring it for a personal space (now my husband wants to share the space since the vision for it is coming to pass-ha). We have already done repairs; putting in a new door and windows, replacing the fence and repurposing the redwood boards for a screened look around the studio…outside paint is the next step.
Bright days ahead! Nike has it right, “Just Do It”. You will succeed, you will change, you will grow in depth and confidence!