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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!

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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.


Dysfunctional Holiday

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (He 12:1 NKJV)

I had a new revelation just last night regarding the New Year's Day holiday.  With an old year ending and new year beginning there is a strange feel to the last day of the year, December 31.  We take a look at the year behind, sometimes with celebration for things accomplished, sometimes with relief that we made it through at all.  We look at the year ahead with hopes for new beginnings and the hopes of achieving new goals and dreams.  Some of us - I am one of these - can't wait to get started on the new just for the excitement of the new challenge.

But wait!  We can't get started on our new year right away, can we?  We have a holiday where businesses are closed and college bowl games are being played.  We get our new year off to a slow start because we are sleep deprived from staying up to close out the old.  For some of us, myself excluded from this one, our new year starts in a fog of a hangover.  Does anyone else think that the whole concept of the holiday is flawed?  Personally, I think the official holiday and day off should be on December 31, not on the first day of a new year.  Then we could all start the next race of our lives in a little better shape. 

In closing, rather than start this blog year off with just my strange holiday change idea, I'll share with you some quick tips for planning your year.  Try out the tips.  Rather than make a resolution, make a plan.

Tips for the Race

1) What is the one thing that if accomplished this year would make the biggest positive impact on your life?

2) What are the obstacles standing in your way of achieving this one thing?

3) What three small steps can you take starting immediately to eliminate the obstacles in your way?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Janna

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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.