Happy New Year!

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I stopped making New Years Resolutions a few years ago. It has been a relief to not put the focus on myself and instead focus on one new thing God has given me to do.

Where Jesus guides, He provides. When He gives you something to do, He will provide a way for you to do it.

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”        2 Peter 1:2-3 NIV

That doesn’t mean it will be easy.  If it was easy, you wouldn’t need God’s help and power.

You will need Him. You will have to choose to keep going in spite of all the obstacles, all the setbacks, all the failures, and the frustrations.

You are going to have to fight for it and start over again and again with His help.

Sometimes the most important things in life are not the biggest things – they are the small things that will make a big difference and they so easily slip through the cracks of a busy life.

So, my challenge for you this year: don’t make a New Year’s Resolution list.

Instead, be resolutely committed to being simply and wholeheartedly faithful to do one thing that God is asking you to do.

What is one thing Jesus is asking you to do this year?

Keep it simple.

Keep it consistent.

Find a way to stay faithful.

New Years Eve Challenge

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I stopped making New Years Resolutions a few years ago.

It has been a relief to not focus on myself and instead focus on putting into action what God has already prompted me to do.

If God has given you something to do, He will provide a way for you to do it.

It will be not easy.

You will have to choose to keep going in spite of all the obstacles, all the setbacks, all the failures.

You are going to have to fight for it and start over again and again.

Most of them are not big things but the little ones that make a big difference in your life but also easily slip through the cracks of a busy life.

So, my challenge for you this year: don’t make a New Year’s Resolution list.

Instead, be resolutely committed to being simply and wholeheartedly faithful to do what God has already asked you to do.

Keep it simple.

Keep it consistent.

Find a way to stay faithful.

What do you need to start or restart that God asked you to do in  2018?

Happy New Year’s Eve!

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”   2 Peter 1:2-3 NIV

A Special New Year’s Eve Challenge

 

nye-logoI stopped making New Years Resolutions a few years ago.

I decided that if I could simply continue to be faithful to what God has already asked me to do, then that would mean more in my life in the long run.

It has been a relief to not focus on myself and instead focus on being faithful. To put into action what God has prompted and do it consistently, no matter how hard the obstacles (and there are always obstacles).

If God has given you something to do, He will provide a way for you to do it.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy.  You will have to choose to keep going in spite of all the obstacles, all the setbacks, all the failures. You are going to have to fight for it and start over again and again.

I’m not talking about big things or big changes, God has already begun those in your life.

I’m talking about you staying faithful to keep doing the little things that He has spoken to you to do. You already know what they are, I don’t have to tell you.

So, my challenge for you this year: don’t make a New Year’s Resolution list.

Instead, be resolutely committed to being simply and wholeheartedly faithful to do what God has already asked you to do.

What has God challenged you to do that you haven’t done yet?

What do you need to start (or restart because it has fallen by the wayside)?

What has God given you to do that needs to continue to be faithfully put into action?

Keep it simple.
Keep it consistent.
Find a way to stay faithful.

Happy New Year’s Eve!

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”   2 Peter 1:2-3 NIV

New Year’s Resolution

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I stopped making New Years Resolutions last year.

I decided that if I could simply continue to be faithful to what God has already asked me to do, then that would mean more in my life in the long run.

It has been a relief to not focus on myself and instead focus on being faithful. To put into action what God has prompted and do it consistently, no matter how hard the obstacles (there are always obstacles).

If God has given you something to do, He will provide a way for it to happen.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy. It means you will have to choose to keep going in spite of the obstacles, the setbacks, the failures.

You are going to have to fight for it. But if God has given it to you to do, it is worth the fight.

I’m not talking about big things or big changes. God has already begun those in your life.

I’m talking about staying faithful to keep doing the little things that make a big difference in your life. You know what they are- I don’t have to tell you.

So, my challenge for you this year:
Don’t make a New Year’s Resolution list.

Instead, be resolutely committed to simply and wholehearted be faithful in what God has already asked you to do.

What has God challenged you to do that you haven’t done yet?

What do you need to start (or restart because it has fallen to the wayside)?

What has God given you to do that needs to continue to be faithfully put into action?

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead”. (‭James‬ ‭2‬:‭17‬ NIV)

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭37‬:‭1-4‬ NIV)

Keep it simple.
Keep it consistent.
Find a way to stay faithful.

Happy New Years.

You Are Not Stuck

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You are not stuck.

Things change, you change. You are changing all the time.

This part of your life is a part, not a prison.

It is a season that will pass soon enough and then you will be in a new season.

Each season comes with it’s own challenges, wonders, griefs and gifts.

This is the season you are in now.

God knows what your journey is and where you are on it. We may be surprised, but He is not. You may feel unprepared, He is not.

Be committed, loyal, strong and steadfast in it. Do the best you can, where you are, with what you have.

And what you have is God’s Word, God’s ways and most importantly God’s power to do it.

I’m not trying to get my way in the world’s way. I’m trying to get your way, your Word’s way. I’m staying on your trail; I’m putting one foot In front of the other. I’m not giving up. (‭Psalm‬ ‭17‬:‭4-5‬ MSG)

Before you begin to think about New Years resolutions and all the things you want to change, realize that you are already changing.

You are already equipped to grow and rise to the challenge of your present situation.

You don’t need more New Years resolutions, you need help to get the most out of the changing season your are in.

You don’t need a list, you need a guide:

Take me by the hand; Lead me down the path of truth. You are my Savior, aren’t you? (‭Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭5‬ MSG)

What truth do you need to walk in during this season?

You can’t do it alone and you don’t have to.

A New You

photo-6.jpgIt is the pursuit that launches a thousand New Years resolutions: to become a “new you”.

While we often think that becoming “new” means learning more about yourself, but the Word tells us that the only way to become new is to learn more about your Creator.

Learn about his redeeming love.
Learn about his sin destroying sacrifice.
Learn about his far reaching forgiveness.
Learn about his indwelling power.
Learn about his undaunted grace.
Learn how he loves.
Learn why he sacrificed.
Learn to forgive like him.
Learn to walk in his power.
Learn to wrap yourself and others in his grace.

It is not by bringing all our focus inward that we become new, it is by becoming passionate pursuer of all God is.

“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator“. (Colossians 3:9, 10 NIV)

What is the one thing you can do this year to learn more about your Creator?

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I like New Years. I like a day set aside to mark the ending of a time and the beginning of a another one. I am not as revved up by it as I usually am though and to tell the truth, I’m not sure why. I’m not going to make any New Years resolutions, or even unresolutions (things I want to stop doing). I am just going to keep on keeping on. Instead of adding new things to my list, I’m going to try to continue to finish the ones already there. I don’t want to add new things to my list, but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a few He wants to add.

In fact, when I think about how God set up this world, I realize that He likes new things. He likes to create new things, inspire new things partner in new things, do new things. Just look around at the bare branches of the trees. The old is gone, the new will come in about four months. The winter vines of the vineyards that flank the freeways here are another reminder. They are bare, pruned and resting now. Soon new life will begin to grow. Grapes that never existed before will be brought into the world. On New Years Day , I went to visit a good friend of mine who just had a new baby. He is one month old and when I held him, I marveled in the miracle of a new life.

God has some new things he wants to do in me and through me this year. God has some new things He wants to do in you and through you too.

But don’t worry, it doesn’t start with a new thing to do. It starts with a new thing to receive. God’s mercy. God is faithful. He is your portion and the most important thing you need to do this year (before you do anything) is wait on Him (which looks a lot like resting in Him). Receive from God. Drink in His mercies, His compassion, His faithfulness like you drink your coffee (or tea) in the morning.

“Because of the Lord ’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are NEW every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24 NIV)

How are you feeling about this new year?