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time for {change}

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” ~Albert Einstein

Do you ever find yourself being frustrated with how things are going in your life? Do you step back and think “wow things need to change?”

It can seem overwhelming, it can seem frustrating, it can be irritating.

But there is hope!

~We can change~

Study the scriptures, find information, gain knowledge, and then start to change. Make small reasonable goals, ask for help, seek the Lord and change.

2 Timothy 3:16-17: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Proverbs 18:15: An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

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Walk in the Spirit

Words cannot really explain how my Pastor’s message encouraged my soul this morning.

Just yesterday a friend and I were pouring out our troubles and struggles to each other, we both reached the same conclusion. It’s so exhausting to be fighting the flesh for everything.

Even the joy of reading God’s Word has dimmed in light of the frustrations we were experiencing.

This morning ~2×4 to the head~

What is my motivation for walking in the Spirit? What are my reasons for wanting to do right?

{My motivation needs to be a life that is bringing praise to God}

Walking in the Spirit is not just a passive surrender. I cannot change without the Spirit, but I need to be striving towards change while relying on the Spirit to bring the changes.

{A Biblical Paradox}

It is hard to daily make the decisions that are in accordance with God’s Word. To fight the temptations with Scripture; as Christ did when He was tempted.

But I know that Victory is Secure.

Walking in the Spirit requires

Dependence with  Right Actions. 

Am I living a life that brings Praise to God?

As regards to my frustrations with sin. I was shown very clearly that on top of daily claiming Christ’s blood as my victory, there has to be action. Steps need to be taken to protect my heart and mind against the struggles I am facing. Steps such as limiting entertainment, memorizing scripture, ministering to others, getting my eyes off of myself.

God loves me more than even my own Father; He wants to see me succeed & live life for His honor and glory!

Dependence with Right Actions. 

 

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Setting Goals for the New Year

Setting Goals: Obviously this is the time that many people set goals; goals for weight loss, health, relationships, careers, academics, hobbies, and the list goes on.  O the joy of setting goals; I am not what you would call a goal-oriented person; in fact goals often scare me to the point of failure. Ridiculous, but since it’s been identified in my life I am now striving to set reasonable goals and gain confidence through accomplishing them.

In nursing school we talk a lot about goals and setting goals for patients both long-term and short-term. Short-term should be accomplished within a few days to one shift. Long-term is a week to several months, even years. These goals must be fitted to every client, objectively stated, and measurable. Goals that are non-specific or unreachable only cause disappointment and frustration. Goals will help me develop a plan and implement the changes into my daily life. So I have two areas in my life that I am striving to set appropriate goals and seeking the Lord for the strength to accomplish them.

1)       I have a delightful small group! I mean seriously—not to brag, but they are the best! I also have several “ex” members of my small group that and just fantastic. I could go on all day about how wonderful they are! J But that’s not the point. I was recently pondering and musing discipleship and what a wonderful opportunity I have to be working with my youth group. But the thought finally occurred to me. Am I being purposeful in my interactions with “my girls?” I only have potentially about six more months with my girls, what is my goal from now till I leave? Is my goal to lead them closer to Christ and help them grow?

  1. Short-Term: Prepare myself daily by spending time in the Word of God so that I can effectively minister every Sunday when our small group meets.
  2. Long-Term: Know my girls well enough accomplished by spending time with them, so I can effectively encourage the girls in their walk with the Lord. All of them are at a different spot so my goal is to know where they are all at individually.

2)       Being Healthy. This goal is a bit more ambiguous so I shall try to filter it and be as concise as possible. As a nursing student I have learned how to care of the body, what nutrition needs are essential, and the need for physical exercise. I do not live by what I know. This needs to change, so small steps will be implemented to make this change!

  1. Short-Term: Daily exercise and eating healthy. Not getting discouraged if I miss a day or over-indulge. Focus on daily dying to self and selfish desires.
  2. Long-Term: This goal will be measured by specific numbers (scale & sizes), but I do not feel the need to reveal those online; I can only be so open…

There. Two (semi)measurable Goals. So you tell me! What Goals are you making for the New Year?

 

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