2016 MUSINGS & REFLECTIONS
At the beginning of the year, I posted 10 totally random, but wise, musings that I felt would help you in 2016.
After reading them again this morning, I thought it would be good to re-post them for reflection and repositioning moving forward to 2017.
New Year + Old Habits = Same Results
New Year + New Habits = Different Results
What Will You Choose?
If you set out and fall down, fall back, or fall off, get up and start again.
Even if you have to start again 1000 times with the sound of mockers ringing in your ears, get up and start again.
Just do it!
When God wants to bless you, He will often send a person/persons into your life.
When the enemy wants to destroy you, he will often send a person/persons into your life.
Whether online or in person, be discerning of people who show up in your life and want to connect with you.
Ask God to show you the real deal.
ATTACHMENTS & TIES
Be careful who and what you attach yourself to mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, sexually, financially or socially, particularly when you are experiencing pain or adversity.
Attachments are easily made but not as easily broken.
This is because of soul ties, unseen yet very real ties whose power, and sometimes very existence, you will never know until its time to let someone or something go, or to give someone or something up.
Be careful who and what you attach yourself to this year.
On what, where, when, how, and with whom you spend your time tells the true story of your priorities, your character, your life.
Spend your time wisely!
Will you use social media this year, or will social media use you?
“Leadership is not a position that you occupy, but an influence that you exert”. – (Unknown)
This year, be mindful of your influence.
Will you obey and please God at the expense of people or obey and please people at the expense of God?
Though hard at times because of the backlash, retaliation, verbal assassination, and negative vibes and attitudes, the former is always better than the latter.
There will be rejection.
Instead of as an enemy, see rejection as a gift.
It is often through rejection that we experience isolation, and through isolation, that we better hear the voice of God and have the opportunity to experience clarity, instruction and exponential growth.
The first mention of the word “worship” in the Bible is found in Genesis 22:5 concerning Abraham as he sought to obey God about sacrificing Isaac, his son of promise.
There is no mention of singing, shouting, dancing, music or instruments, but there is mention of an altar and the treasure of man’s heart being laid on it.
Worship is so much more than the expression of reverence and adoration to God with our lips; it is so much more than a “hallelujah”, a “Praise the Lord”, a shout, a dance or a bending of the knee.
At it’s highest, it is the expression of “worth-ship” to God by surrendering, sacrificing and offering up to Him that which He requires of us no matter what it costs or how much it hurts.
Worship is more so what we do with our lives at God’s request.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” – Romans 12:1 – NIV
Will you worship Him this year?
Be encouraged, be blessed and move into the new year empowered by God’s grace and knowing that He has good plans for you!
“I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU” – MARTHA MUNIZZI
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
(Jeremiah 29:11 – NLT)
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