“I pray that the God of peace give you every good thing you need so you can do what He wants.” Hebrews 13:20. It does not matter how last year was for you; this year will be much better! Struggles prepare us for life and where faith is tested, endurance has the opportunity to grow. We will see many seasons in life and in each season we must be confident knowing God is protecting us. I share these words to help you grow mentally, physically, and spiritually. I pray you take the daily small steps necessary, to achieve your goals. Hard work does pay off, and so does consistency. Do what will propel you forward every single day. Hold on to the promise that no matter what happened in your past, you hold the power to make the rest of your life, the best of your life. You can recreate yourself! You can design your best life by channeling and sustaining your focus. It is time to channel your inner creativity and passion. Unlock your inner drive! This isn’t a mystical process, it’s a well-defined process. It is you living a purposeful life!
Romans 8:28 says, “...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.” You have been called to be great! Bounce back from life’s ebbs and flows, do not back down. Life is not always easy and that is okay. Every single day God tests us. Can you identify the tests of today?
Your daily toil is to pray, plan, work hard and stay disciplined. Be thankful for the seemingly small things and manifest the big things. There are big things happening for you this year, get ready! Prepare! This year is about gratitude, proper planning, and consistent execution. As each day closes, ask yourself these key introspective questions:
· I would love to…
· I am looking forward to…
· I really need to…
· My fitness goals are…
· I am grateful for…
· I accomplished…
· I enjoyed…
As the week closes ask yourself:
· The silver linings of my week were…
· I had a mindful moment this week when…
Start from where you are right now, just make a start! In the beginning it may seem hard, but keep in mind, it is only the beginning. “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5.
Psalms is my favorite book in the bible: Here are some of my favorite passages in the books of Psalms (19):
· Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity, than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
· 2 Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
· 3 When a man's folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord.
· 4 Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
· 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.
· 6 Many seek the favor of a generous man, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.
· 7 All a poor man's brothers hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him. He pursues them with words, but does not have them.
· 8 Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good.
· 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.
· 10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury, much less for a slave to rule over princes.
· 11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
· 12 A king's wrath is like the growling of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
· 13 A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
· 14 House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
· 15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.
· 16 Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life; he who despises his ways will die.
· 17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
· 18 Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.
· 19 A man of great wrath will pay the penalty, for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.
· 20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
· 21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
· 22 What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.
· 23 The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.
· 24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.
· 25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
· 26 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and reproach.
· 27 Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
· 28 A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
· 29 Condemnation is ready for scoffers, and beating for the backs of fools.
Can you feel God working for your good in the background of your life?
Reflect on your blessings as they are a reminder the Lord’s accomplishments. In all ways God is faithful, lean on Him. Remember, all things lead to your success, wealth and happiness, no matter what. Blessings!