Admittedly, this post is a little late since it is already almost the end of January. While my blogger friends have been writing about their resolutions during the first week of the year, I spent the time just thinking about the year that was and what my goals are this year. Online casino Ireland. ###
When we were still attending Victory, we joined their annual Prayer and Fasting. This year, I downloaded the materials online and went on my own journey of Bible study, praying and journaling. I’m not going to claim that I fasted, because I didn’t. I did spend more time in studying the Word and praying. Hubby did it with me also. We deliberately carved out time during the last two weeks to do it together, we just didn’t want to miss the blessing of starting the year right.
“. . . Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” Joshua 3:5
I was looking forward to knowing the Lord better through the devotions, spending more time in prayer and praying for the Lord’s plans for us. We were able to finish the five-day study in less than two weeks because we couldn’t do it daily. Whenever I had time to myself, I used those times to talk to the Lord to tell Him my plans ask where He wants me to go.
I spent a day thanking Him for all that happened in 2014. All of the good and all of the bad. Thinking about His blessings continue to strengthen my faith in Him more and more. Reflecting on the bad times made me see how faithful and full of grace the Lord is to His children. Because no matter how bad it is, everything is still under the cover of God’s will, and He just has ways to turn things around for His children. (See Rom. 8:28) I know I grew more during times of trial than those periods of blessing.
Moving forward, the Holy Spirit lead me in creating a Personal Mission Statement that, hopefully, encompasses everything that I am believing the Lord for this year:
To spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through my writing and my life testimony;
to build a legacy of faith that will continue to our next generations by faithfully training our children;
to create wealth that will bless my family and the people around us;
to encourage women to know the Lord more and inspire them to victorious living.
This statement has gone through several changes. I realize it is always subject to change but this one basically gets the gist of what’s on my mind.
How about you, dear friend? Have you made your resolutions / mission statement / goals and plans for the year? You know, even if you’ve tried and failed before, it is still infinitely better to keep on trying, no matter how imperfect, than not to do anything at all.
I love your final statement on how it’s better to try and fail, than never try at all! More power to your blog and God bless your ministry this 2015!
Thank you for your blessing, Karen.
That statement really got to me. I am a perfectionist, so that in my quest to perfection, instead of doing something, I always wait for things around me to be perfect before doing something. That resulted in not doing anything at all. So starting this year, that statement will be one of my personal guide.
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May the Lord bless your plans for 2015 Michelle!
Thank you very much, Chris! After all,
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
God bless you!