Moving forward or staying in place?

Today is June 1, exactly six months since the New Year began. Do you remember what you did on New Years Eve? Who were you with? Did you make a resolution?

I love the start of a new year because it is a time to reflect and move forward with goals and plans. I like to make resolutions in the different areas of my life; family, faith, health and work. So now that six months have passes, take a minute to ash your self these questions:

Have you done any of the things that you said you were going to?

Tried new adventures?

Worked on yourself?

Are you any closer to your goals?

The cold temperatures of winter have passed and trees have blossomed; have you?

If so, you should feel proud! But what if you’re like me and feel like one or more of the things that you resolved for the new year haven’t progressed as you thought they would? What if you STILL need to lose those 20 pounds or haven’t done anything to change your work situation?

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I know that my goal for my faith hasn’t progressed as I had hoped. I want to read my Bible more often and focus on His word to deepen my relationship with God. I want to do a study that challenges my faith and takes it to a new level.

Well, guess what? It’s not too late to meet our goals! We still have six months to go!

So will you join me and hit “refresh” today as we reflect on the goals and promises that we made and promise to move forward?

He makes all things new (part 2)

It’s been 28 days since we welcomed the new year. Many of us made a resolution, pledge, promise, goal, (whatever you want to call it) to be better, or make a change. According to ABC News, the top resolution for 2016 was enjoy life to the fullest. Isn’t that awesome? This was followed by quit smoking, lose weight and make more money. I like to exercise regularly and laugh to myself as I notice the number of cars in the gym parking lot start to dwindle around January 15th each year. I wonder what happened to the others who were so determined on January 2? Are you one of them? Think about these questions for a minute:

Did you start off strong and found that it was too hard and gave up?

Were your expectations realistic?

Did your goals become inconvenient for your lifestyle?

Let’s face it, we like to be comfortable. Sore muscles and eating salad everyday can be uncomfortable for many. But instead of focusing on the short term, focus on what the end will look like. Why did you make the goal in the first place?

As you assess and possibly modify your resolutions, consider doing a faith check up as well. Just like a personal trainer, God doesn’t want us to be comfortable. He wants us to trust Him completely. He wants us to use what we have been given. He doesn’t care how much money we make or how many deadlifts we can do compared to the other person. What matters to Him is that we do our very best and rely on Him when we feel weak.

“And now, children, stay with Christ. Live deeply in Christ. Then we’ll be ready for him when he appears, ready to receive him with open arms, with no cause for red-faced guilt or lame excuses when he arrives.” 1 John 2:28 (The Message)

What can you do if you’ve fallen away from the goals you made? Consider making them more realistic by breaking your goal into smaller chunks of time. For example, if you want to read the Bible this year, set your goal into weekly or monthly mini-goals. Make it manageable by setting a time of the day that you will read your Bible. The more specific you make your goal, the better…..I will read my Bible for 10 minutes each morning before work (M-F).

Goal setting is good for us; we just have to know how to do it in a realistic way. Do you need to re-set your goals? February 1st is right around the corner and a great opportunity to start again….don’t give up!

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It must be you

Like waves in the ocean,

I’m not sure where my words come from.

It must be you God,

helping me fill the pages.

Sometimes slowly,

other times crashing down on me.

It must be you God,

forming these thoughts on my paper.

Years ago I couldn’t have,

but now I feel your grace and love.

It must be you God,

encouraging me to to push ahead.

I feel your presence now,

guiding me when it gets tough.

It must be you God,

trusting me with this task.

You’ve shown me how to forgive,

to leave my hurt in the past.

It must be you God,

Giving me this courage.

I’ll do my best to make you proud;

you’ve given me so much.

It must be you God,

Filling me with this joy.

I feel a sense of urgency,

a new found purpose.

It must be you God,

Leading me down this path.

Making all things new- it’s not too late!

It’s almost mid January, but I’m still thinking about the “new” year and what it means for me. This weekend during worship, this song really spoke to me. I wrote down the words and thought how appropriate they are for this new year and for anyone like me who wants to start fresh and lean on Jesus for help and direction.

You’re making all things new, we are free.

Hope is found, you are here; our hearts are forever sealed.

By this love that came for us, now we are yours.

As you rise, we come alive!

Your love never ending, grace never failing- redemption is calling us home!

Thanks to Elevation Worship for these perfect words.