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Moving Forward by Looking Back

1 "Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers. 2 And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.  - Deut 8:1-2 NKJV

The goals are in place.  The due dates are scheduled.  It is time to hit the streets with the "plan".  Hopefully we have prayed over our goals and aspirations for the year so we can be confident we are going in the direction that God wants us to go.  However, we must not sit and think too long about this journey to the promised land or we may never get started.  After all, change, even good change, can be scary sometimes because in the change process we  must face the unknown.  We must step out of our comfort zones leaving behind the past.

We must not leave behind all of the past though in our quest for the future.  While we must leave behind the guilt of past mistakes, we must take with us the lessons learned through our stumblings in the wilderness. We must also take with us the good things from the past, namely the times when God came through for us by providing exactly what we needed when we needed it.   When we remember the provisions from God in our past, we can approach the future with confidence, knowing that if God did it once, He will do it again.

I am ready for the future.  My 2008 goals are in place.  I'm not sure exactly how they are going to get done because I'm really doing some stepping out this year, but I know that God will provide me with all the help I need.  After all, He's helped me so far.

Reflect, Write & Release:

1)  Reflect -Take some time to reflect on what God has done for you in the past year.  He's probably done more for you than you realize.  Write those things down.  Keep them in a same place to return to when you have future doubts.

2)  Write - Get out a pen & paper and jot down your goals for this year, remembering that they may be subject to change.  Studies have found that those with written goals have higher achievement rates.

3)  Release - Let go of your goals and fears by giving them over to God in prayer.  Ask Him for what you need to get the job done.  If your plans coincide with God's plans for your life, He will provide you all that you need to achieve them.  All you will need to do is hang on for the ride of your life!


Janna Rust is a Life Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.