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Worry-Free 2012?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

(Side Note: I love fireworks SO incredibly much!)

Do you ever sit and think about what the New Year will hold? What kind of challenges and adventures are waiting in the upcoming months? What does this year hold for me relationally? Will I learn to love others with a Christ-like love? Will I meet the man of my dreams? Will I pass the state boards and become an RN? Where will I move? Will I ever get out of Wisconsin!? It’s so similar to the time when I get a new journal and I flip through the empty pages with such a sense of excitement; what is to come!?

This type of thinking however is only useful in small quantities! If you spend to long thinking about what is to come there is a good chance that the possibilities become less hopeful and just down-right scary. For those of you who are not constantly thinking about this—ignore because it will do you no good to begin thinking this way! For those of us who struggle with…well shall we call it what it is!? Yes we shall-WORRY!! For those of us who are (almost OCD) worriers this is a year to invoke change!

Why do we worry? Well I know in my life worry is usually caused by one (or both): a lack of preparation on my part or a lack of trust in God’s leading.

Do you remember times in your life when you were super nervous? Was it a school play? A piano recital? Taking the state nursing boards? Why were you nervous? I know for myself I am usually more worried for those events that I did not prepare well for. If you know your lines in a play or if you have memorized your piano piece the subconscious takes over and you do well. If you have not prepared yourself for the situation—well you are worried about the outcome.

This applies to so many situations in life. I am worried when I have to confront someone because I have not adequately prepared and studied the scripture. I am worried when I have to walk thru the Salvation plan with someone because I have not taken the time to memorize passages and easy explanations. I am worried about finances because I have not taken the time to prepare and stick to a budget. The list is ridiculously long so I will stop here. But I hope you see what I’m getting at. There is an aspect of worry that our personal preparation can eliminate.

God has a plan and I take such encouragement from Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” And we have to trust God! Lack of trust and worry are almost always seen together. When we are doing what we know to do, we can discover God’s will for us. But when we walk away from God until a big decision is to be made, you better believe there’s going to be worry! So preparation starts with having a daily walk with the Lord and to do what we know is right.

Two AWESOME quotes from Corrie ten Boom (The Hiding Place)

  • “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
  • “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

Worry is not healthy, and in fact it is a sin. When we are struggling with a sin we take time to memorize scripture, read encouraging/challenging books and articles, and seek advice from leaders. What can you do to walk worry free in 2012?

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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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