A New Chapter: Transition from 2016 to 2017

Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)

19 “For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
    I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”

In less than 15 hours, we are closing out 2016 and making our transition into 2017. For some, this last year has been filled with disappointment and loss. For others, it has been a springboard for new and exciting adventures. Whatever your outcome was for 2016, I write you today with hope and expectation for a new chapter in our lives! Today, as I am transitioning from 2016 into 2017, I want to share some thoughts with you on the upcoming year.

 A New Chapter 2017: What changes do you want to make in 2017?

  • Get closer to Christ? How? Study more, pray more, find a church or get more involved in your church. Seek out resources to increase your knowledge of Scripture. (LifeWay, Christianbooks.com, etc.)
  • Reach out? How? Reach out to your community by doing a women’s Bible study in your church, sign up as a Sunday School teacher and begin developing relationships, join a community group or participate in a community activity.
  • Hug your family tighter: How? By setting aside more time to eat together, pray together, talk about your highs and lows for the day, make time for one on one with your spouse, take a verse of Scripture, post it in your home for the week and make a point to talk about it with your husband, children, or other family members. Study together and use technology to seek out reputable resources to learn more about your weekly or daily Scriptures.
  • Be the best version of you: How? Physically, do you need to concentrate on making some health changes? Invest in a reputable program and get started making lifestyle changes today.
  • Finances: How? Sit down and make a list of all debt and research ways to quickly pay off your debts so that you can begin to get a handle on your finances. Cut out those extras that are not necessities for a time so that you can pay down debt.

What can you add to this list? Maybe you have already spent 2016 concentrating on some of these areas. This list is meant to get you thinking about making changes and know that this will vary from person to person.

I want to live stronger in 2017, seeking out Christ’s plan for my life. Do you want to live stronger in Christ too? Are you wondering, Lord, what is your plan for my life? What will Jesus Christ do in you or through you over this next year? If you make any changes over this next year, declare today to get closer to Christ, boldly pray for Him to show you how to be a better witness for Him! If you are a wife to a lost husband, mother to a lost child, daughter to lost parents, if you want to see your community come to know Jesus…Maybe you just want to see your family come together as a family that prays..  Join Live Strong Ministries in the 2017 Prayer Project. You can download the guide below and begin praying Scripture over yourself and everyone in your family and community.

Our team at LSM is praying for you daily. Happy New Year!

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Till next time!

~Shana

 

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ROMANS 10:9-10

JOHN 3:16

Countdown to 2017

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2016 may have been filled with things that hindered you. Declare today, to spend 2017 trusting Jesus. Join us, in the 2017 Prayer Project. This Prayer Project only takes a few minutes a day. You will walk away from your prayer time knowing you have been in the presence of Jesus. You’ll be confident and assured that He hears, He cares, and He responds when we call out to Him! I promise, you’ll never be the same!

We have this one life.. let’s run with perseverance, the race that is marked out for us!

Download your 2017 Prayer Project Guide today!

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Till next time!

~Shana

 

 

Looking back..

Isaiah 54:17

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgement you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.

We’re all looking for a way to deal.. we read the magazine headlines in the grocery checkout lane.. they say things like, lose 10 pounds in 10 days…turn your negatives into positives… 3 ways to turn your marriage around… do these 5 things daily to organize your life. I have read them all, even tried several of them. I have even found temporary success with a few but found that if I back off for the holidays or let that one comment settle into my heart, then I begin to fall back into old patterns.

Just last week, I struggled with the fast pace of Christmas. Our family had just gotten out for Christmas break, there was a mile long to-do list, and my budget was slim. I started to feel the anxiety start and instead of enjoying the preparation for my family coming home, I began to get agitated and dread slowly crept in. There were 3 days before Christmas.

The week before, as we were wrapping up home school assignments, I daydreamed about extra time to study and pray, wrapping gifts, making candy, icing cookies, watching Christmas movies, and snuggling with my kids and grand girls. But instead, I was moody, tired, and anxious.

I have learned to seek out the core of why I feel the way I feel.. after a strong cup of coffee and a few minutes of asking myself some hard questions, I realized the culprit. I was so focused on what I couldn’t control instead of what I could.

So I took this opportunity to get out my Bible, a pack of index cards, and a pen. I began to write down a few verses of Scripture to ease my anxious heart.

James 4:7~ “Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

I Peter 5:8-9~ “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.”

I Corinthians 10:13~ “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

James taught me that I could submit to the holiday stress and not enjoy the next few days or I could submit my emotions to God, lean into Him for guidance and have joy. I said, “Lord, You know my thoughts, I need You to help me find a way to enjoy this time and keep You first.”

I Peter taught me that when the negative thoughts came, I had the power to pray and know that God hears and would give me strength.

I Corinthians taught me that there was no circumstance, like my finances being tight, that had the power to overtake my emotions. Yes, gifting my family and friends was different this year, many of my loved ones received candy, a card, or just a visit. We were able to focus more on Christ and less on the material things this year. Looking back, I enjoyed this Christmas more than I could have ever imagined. I walked hand in hand with Jesus, clinging to His Word to get me through a time that could have been stressful and miserable.

Christmas morning, I was bagging up all the wrapping paper and boxes, clearing up space for the kiddos to play with their gifts, and I thought, “This is HIS day and WE get all the gifts!!” Only Jesus can do that. He took this time, meant for His glory, to spoil us, His beloved, on His day.

What about you? How did Jesus get you through this Christmas?

Till next time!

~Shana