Monday, January 3, 2011

From A to Z in 3 steps

It's the third day into the new year and I'm already sick of all the 'self improvement' commercials. Each one telling me that I need to look better, be smarter and have more in life. I do have an interest in having 'more in life' but not in the way they're talking about. Like most of you, I have personal goals and dreams that I want to make a reality in my life. Fortunately, God has taught me a 3 step process to reach those goals.

Step 1: Talk about it. If I'm not willing to share my goals and dreams, maybe I don't believe in them. My prayer warriors know my heart and the goals I'm striving for. Every time I have shared my goals, God has blessed me with a word of encouragement. He has opened doors for me through other people who catch the vision. Admitting our dreams is just as powerful as admitting our weaknesses, they both allow God to be glorified.

Step 2: Know your motive.
What is driving the goal? Why do I want it? Have I prayed over this? Do I see God's hand in it? God blesses our efforts when we seek the dreams He lays in our hearts. Knowing that your dreams align with God's will allows us to persevere through the tough times. I can promise that if your goal is something like wearing your high school jeans just to catch your spouse's eye, you'll grow weary of the goal and probably resent them for it!

Step 3: Be flexible. I've heard it said that God laughs when He hears our 'plans'. There's nothing wrong with setting goals you've prayed over and feel God is prompting you for. Just remember that God's timing has never been our timing. He may lead you from A to Z, but the journey may look completely different than you would have imagined. Keep praying and stay encouraged, if your dream comes from Him you will get there. If I had my way, I would have already accomplished more of my goals by now. I guess God has a few more things for me to learn first.

Are you ready to admit some of your goals and dreams? Do you know why you want them? Are you ready to be flexible to God's plan in your life? Grab one of your closest friends and share your heart with them. Let them hold you accountable and be an encouragement to you. Trust me, the results are invigorating!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

I know I've referenced it before, but it's God's promise to 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

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