Commitment Leads to Action
Scripture Memorization/ Day 3:
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Our study for day three begins with, “Commitment leads to action”…as we ask God to help us remain committed to goals that add significance to our lives. Kingdom goals, goals worthy of our striving. Our affirmation for today is to stay committed to our goals, looking at what lies before us, rather than behind…each step bringing us closer toward fulfilling our dreams. God gives each of us a dream, a passion and a purpose.
Let us be careful to commit to the Lord…whatever we do. We can have what we deem to be the loftiest goals but only His plan for our lives is perfect. Let us focus today on the goals that add true significance and meaning to our daily living–goals ordained by God, our Creator.
Our worksheet asks us to write three significant goals today. Goals can be spiritual, emotional, social, physical, intellectual or financial. Perhaps you would benefit by identifying one goal in each area.
My Spiritual Goal:
My Emotional Goal:
My Social Goal:
My Intellectual Goal:
My Physical Goal:
My Financial Goal:
Once you have written some goals for 2015…ask God to show you how to achieve them. In your prayer and reflection today, think about all of these areas of discussion. Where do you need God’s healing touch?
When we commit whatever we do unto Him, we find great peace and joy.
It is only when our hearts are attuned to God that our prayers are true. He delights in the prayers of His children. Commit to the Lord…whatever you do.
Never Give Up
Our prayer assignment today is to write a prayer about discouragement. Perhaps you are entering into 2014 feeling discouraged about things you didn’t get done, goals you failed to achieve, health problems, or financial difficulties. Whatever is going on in your day today, take a few moments to quiet yourself and write out a prayer. Unburden your heart by sharing with God—the many triggers in your life that would cause you to lose hope and to give up.
Isaiah 61:7 (NIV)
Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
Your affirmation…thought for the day:
I will stay positive and will focus on the things I can accomplish.
The next step on your spiritual journey today is to list the top three things that weigh you down. You will probably be able to come up with your list very quickly.
After you have listed the top three things in your life that weigh you down, use the journaling space on your worksheet to ask God to help you stay focused and positive. Let us agree together that 2014 will be a year of restoration.
That’s it folks! You are doing great work. Changing our lives means we have to change the way we think about things, recognize how quickly we can let discouragement set in and cloud our thoughts, and begin to center our thoughts on what we can accomplish through Christ.
When discouragement sets in…repeat:
I Choose Hope.
I Choose Hope.
I Choose Hope.
Happy New Year, sweet friends…
Today is the first day of our 101 day journey. I am so glad you have decided to join us! Chances are–you are still waiting to pick up the workbook..or it is on the way. Not to worry…
Today is your first day of journaling. We only do one prayer, affirmation and reflection page and the corresponding worksheet each day. Why? Because growing deeper requires focus…I don’t want you to rush through this process. I want you to take the time to reflect on the questions, prayers and affirmations.
Page 1 says, “God Has a Purpose”. He tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
1. God has a plan and a purpose for your life and for the coming year. Take some time today–on this brand new day in a brand new year to think about what it is you feel God has planned for your life. Take an index card, your workbook or a notebook and write a statement to yourself about your unique purpose.
2. List 3 personal strengths. I want to know if you have a difficult time coming up with your strengths…leave me comments to let me know. It is always easier to recognize strengths in others than it is to acknowledge our own.
3. Write a prayer today. Make it your own…a conversation between you and God. Talk to him about your purpose. Please write a prayer…God desires communion with you.
4. Give God thanks. Write it out. Tell him how it makes you feel, knowing that He has a plan and a purpose for your life.
Scripture Memorization today: Jeremiah 29:11
Some of my insights from the first day of the workbook:
(You can apply them to your own journey–if you choose)
a. Why did I have trouble listing three strengths?
b. I am not always the best evaluator of my strengths. I asked a friend to describe to me what she feels are my top 3 strengths. (This really helped)…
c. After listing some strengths, I began to pray about how I can use them most effectively for the Kingdom.
That’s it for today, folks! Have I told you that you’re amazing???