Archive for December 2015

God-Centered Goal Setting

At the end of each year, I spend some time reflecting on what happened over the year . . . what I learned, what I am grateful for, what didn’t get done and what I achieved. That helps me plan for the new year. Sometimes people ask me, “How can I incorporate God into my goal-setting? Shouldn’t I be totally trusting Him?”

We can plan our goals together with the Lord. The starting point is hearing from Him and we can’t do that unless we get quiet. I personally believe that God has given each of us specific talents, experiences and the opportunity to build skill so we can fulfill our purpose here on the earth. Look at Moses. He wasn’t even a very good speaker, yet he knew His purpose, his ultimate goal in life was leading the Israelites out of bondage.

As you plan 2016, ask God for His wisdom in setting your goals. You may even need to ask Him for a life direction. It’s not work 40 years and retire. He has something so much bigger and exciting for you! May your new year and your life be blessed!

Please leave a comment. What is your reaction to this message? How did it help you?

W.A.I.T. on the Lord

So what does W.A.I.T. stand for? “Why am I talking?” Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church used that in one of his sermons. I try to remember it, so that I speak only after truly listening to someone. I think this even applies to our conversations with the Lord in our prayers.

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

This is one of my favorite scriptures, yet it’s hard to wait on the Lord sometimes, isn’t it? You know people who are silent and may even seem disengaged until they speak just the right words. They’ve been soaking up the conversation silently, understanding with quiet wisdom.

So, we can apply this to our prayer time. Getting silent before the Lord, asking Him to speak to us. Asking Him how we should pray for someone or for His direction. He may lead you to a scripture to read, or you may feel His quiet still voice that gives peace to your heart giving you direction or comfort. Stop and wait on Him today . . . He is ready to have a conversation with you.

Please leave a comment below . . . how has waiting on the Lord worked for you? What is your struggle with waiting on the Lord?

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