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New Year Resolutions

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The Bible doesn’t mention making resolutions at the beginning of a new year–but it does urge us to examine our lives regularly, and to seek God’s help to become better persons every day.

Some Resolutions to consider

  1. Engage with people more than technology.
  2. Take your soul seriously.
  3. Increase your kindness.
  4. Choose someone to forgive.
  5. In forgiving, include yourself.

Lamentations 3:40.

“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord”

Every January, millions of people begin their year with New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, getting organized (my email is a mess), exercising more, eating healthier, and managing finances better are some of the most common resolutions. But what about making spiritual New Year’s resolutions?

We make commitments and tell our friends and family on January 1st, only to give it all up by January 3rd. But as humans, our struggle for consistency goes way beyond resolutions. Making commitments we can’t keep runs all through society, back to Biblical times. In the Bible, James spoke of some people who can teach us a valuable lesson about great intentions that aren’t aligned with God’s will:

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Philippians 4:13

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

 

If God is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has chance for success, depending on your commitment to it. If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. So, if a resolution is not God honoring and/or is not in agreement in God’s Word, we will not receive God’s help in fulfilling the resolution.

 

1 Timothy 6:11

As we begin this new year, pause right now and ask God to show you what He wants to do in your life during this coming year. Resolve to grow closer to Christ every day, and with the help of His Holy Spirit to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness”


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The Power of Patience

the-power-of-patience: I believe with patience and learning to be grateful for the less significant things surrounding our lives, this will brighten and contribute to a more fulfilling existence. We sometimes overwhelm ourselves by losing focus on the superior things that are happening in our daily lives. The mind will find answers if you relax and give it time. It is so easy to get swept away by impatient anxiety and the fear of everything falling apart! A gentle reminder that the answers will come, all in due time!

Galatians 6:9 | NIV

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Proverbs 14:29 | NIV

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

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Let Go of Anxiety and Let Things Happen

Patience reduces anxiety to say the least, good things are frequently happening, gradually, inch by inch; and regularly. I would add that if we feel anxious, we need to acknowledge the feeling rather than condemning ourselves for it. Embracing a negative emotion allows us to let it go. Patience allows you to really pin point the source of the anxiety. In a universe in which everything is in divine order, things might not happen as quickly as we want them to happen. When the frustrations of life come our way, our natural response is to react. Patience encourages withholding that immediate response, which is often anger.

Psalm 37:7 | NIV

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Infinite patience produces immediate results

Practicing patience is also a measure of maturity. Take that journey to infinite patience in your life, it may take some major life shakes-ups and challenges to get there. But, when you stop rushing for everything, what you want will materialize. I thought the quicker and more rapidly I spun the wheels or pressed on the accelerator the quicker I would see results. Having an attitude of patience increases personal power because you are not giving away control of the stressful situation to a person or to the problem. You then have the energy and persistence to continue forward.

2 Peter 3:9 | NIV

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

 


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Holiday Spirits

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Few people know why they believe or do the things they do. Especially when it comes to their religious beliefs and practices. The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336. During the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December.


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Luke 2:4-7
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David. Because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary. She was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Nine-in-ten individuals say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they agree with in the virgin beginning of Jesus. However merely about half see Christmas as a spiritual holiday. At the same time as one-third view it as a cultural holiday. Practically all Christians (96%) commemorate Christmas. Just two-thirds see it as a non secular holiday. Further, eight-in-ten non-Christians in the U.S. also observe Christmas. But, nearly everyone view it as a cultural vacation opposed to a spiritual occasion.
Fully 86% of American citizens say they plan to shop for presents for acquaintances and family over the Christmas or holiday season this year. This includes large majorities of people in all large U.S. Spiritual organizations in addition to those without any non secular affiliation.

Please share your thoughts. Let us know what you think about Christmas!!!

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Living A Full Life

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Is it true that you are experiencing each day in enthusiasm? Do you cherish what you’re doing? Are you energized each and every minute? In your life, do you anticipate what’s coming up next? Is it accurate to say that you are carrying on with your best life?

 

 


Do the things you cherish and love to do. In retrospect of enjoying a full and prosperous life, you will learn that life is too valuable to be doing anything else. In the event that you detest something, at that point don’t do it. Invest your chance and vitality on things that bring you satisfaction and joy.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (You are meant to have the fullest kind of life).

Learn from bad experiences

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If your life is constantly driving you crazy, you need to reconstruct it to better handle stress. There are already many resources on handling stress. Indeed, common wisdom holds that when bad things happen to us, we should try to examine our negative feelings in order to defuse them. This applies not only to kids but to adults.

Those who re-immersed themselves in the bad experience had, well, another bad experience. Your ability to handle big stresses depends on how well you handle the little ones.

Disregard the things you can’t (or won’t) change. Individuals stick to their assessments like they’re a lifeline/help. However these are quite often sentiments about things that have positively no impact on their day by day lives. Unless you’re intending to make a move, disregard it and concentrate on the things throughout your life that you can change.
Acts 10:43

All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. (Your sins are forgiven.)

Live consciously

We as a whole get into grooves and schedules we use to overcome the day, however we just have a predetermined number of days on this planet. Try not to put life on auto-pilot – live intentionally. Continuously ask yourself – why am I doing this?

John 14:16-17

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will being you.

(You have God’s Holy Spirit living inside you to give you wisdom, guidance, comfort and help.)

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common sense

common-sense: good sense and sound judgment in practical matters, native wit.

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Proverbs 2:6

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding

Knowledge is limited (for one cannot possibly know everything) however common sense can be applied universally and therefore is limitless… So, {common sense} over IQ any day period. It doesn’t mean not having any knowledge is okay, both must be balanced. Another thought to consider is, common sense is a consciousness and understanding of a situation that everyone must have, to make the world a better place. Smart people do not always do things in a smart matter; sometimes unintelligent people with (common sense) are more valued. Anyway, a great person comes with knowledge and common sense.

Acts 11:8

But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.

Consider this, common-sense is a requirement; advanced knowledge is not.

Even the most educated people need common sense. Without it they cannot figure out how to do all the essential acts of living. A person does not need knowledge in order to stay safe, healthy, and in good social standing, but common sense is needed for all three of those aspects. Of course, to be intelligent is a nice bonus, but it’s not what makes a person, or measures their worth all together. Remember, common sense is of course common, Knowledge isn’t!!! Knowledge creates, invents and establish things that the common sense would be able to use or relate with.

Proverbs 3:21

My son, do not lose sight of these keep sound wisdom and discretion,

Prudence is sound judgment in practical matters. In Proverbs 8:5 some translations speak of the need to develop “common sense,” which other translations simply call “prudence” or “discretion.” Biblically, {common sense} can be thought of as a combination of wisdom and discretion (Proverbs 3:21; 8:12–14). Wisdom is knowing what to do; discretion is knowing when and where to do it.