Here’s a way to keep resolutions: Old/New/Renew

Resolutions are part and parcel of New Year’s tradition. My daughter and I have written our resolutions for many years. This year I am going to follow a new daily resolution practice centered around three words: Old / New / Renew. There are three verses that I like to think about that address each word:

For the Word “Old,” this verse from 2 Timothy: Continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:14–15).

For the Word “New,” this verse from Isaiah: See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19).

For the Word “Renew,” this verse from Isaiah: But they who wait for 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).

Here are activities that I resolved to do:

Old: These are activities that I am going to continue to do such as beginning the day with prayer, drinking a couple of glasses of water before coffee, focusing on deep breathing

New: These are things that will help me stay stronger such as doing the stretches I learned in physical therapy. Also, to combat eye strain, I am going to do the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes I’ll look 20ft away for 20 seconds. What

Renew: These are activities that I would like to renew such as connecting with an old friend or colleague, going to bed at an earlier time, getting to church a little earlier.

It is manageable for me to focus on specific, incremental activities instead of big thematic ideas, (Lose Weight, Save Money, etc…). Through small, purposeful actions are easier to implement and give a feeling of accomplishment rather than resolution shaming.

What do you think? What are your resolutions? Would the Old / New / Renew be helpful for you?

a word from The Sponsor ~ January 3

isaiah 43: 19

Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already—you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there. ~Isaiah 43:19



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Goodbye to Winter~First Day of Spring

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Time to Say Goodbye to Winter

A blanket of snow can create a winter wonderland. Everything beneath the snow is the same, the snow creates a cover that transforms everything into something magical. In our life, hope, gratitude and faith can be like that beautiful blanket of snow. It can allow us to see that which surrounds us in a new way and in doing so allow us to transform our lives~

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And then as Spring unfolds, new growth reaches for the sun. New growth works best if the decay of dread and rot of regret is discarded.

Circumstances are weighing heavily on you and on even some of those around you. When you see yourself in the mirror you notice that your body is even stooped because of the weight. Drop this burden, not on other people but on Me. Then pick up, carry and distribute thankfulness. That makes you much lighter. It is not enough to drop the burden. You need to replace it with a grateful heart. Get your mind off the burden and onto My goodness. I say again it is not enough to drop the burden, but it is more than enough to replace it with thankfulness.  Trade your burdens for bundles of peace.

 ~Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~Ephesians 5:19-20 niv
~Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. ~Psalm 85:11 niv
~See, I am doing a new thing!    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness    and streams in the wasteland. ~Isaiah 43:19 niv
~Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us  as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth. ~Hosea 6:3 esv
~Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.~ James 5:6-8 niv

Happy First Day of Spring!
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2011 Annual Clearance Event

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Everything Outdated Must Go! Discounting 100% of confining beliefs, defeating self-talk, negative emotions, and limiting expectations. Full refunds of last season’s energy spent internalizing others’ unfair expectations, controlling perceptions, and general crankiness. Making room to receive new styles of Grace, Praise, Love, and Authenticity in the New Year!

Ok, now it is your turn….fill in your own Annual Clearance Intention:

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Isaiah 43:19…. And God said, “See, I am doing a new thing!”

What is never out of style: Hebrews 13:8: Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

What Questions Do You Ask Yourself?

Here is what I am learning from my friends Nancy and Vicente: 

When faced with challenges, internal dialogue is often more intense. Good advice arrives to “take captive every thought.” One way to do this is to become aware of my internal questions, then reconnoiter toward Victory.

Do you ask yourself Victor Questions or Victim Questions?

Victor Questions are gradually empowering and instantly peaceful.

“What will I do with this?” “Based on what I know now, how will I create a better life for me now?” “How will I minister to others in this situation and from this situation?” “How can I be of service because of or in spite of this situation?”

 Victor Questions express a distinct contrast to Victim Questions:

 Examples of Victim Questions: Don’t I deserve more? What am I doing to create this? What’s the matter with them? or, worse, “What’s the matter with me?”

 Victor questions direct attention outward. Victim questions circle inward, swirling in a a mental Dead Sea of thoughts, ifyouknowwhatimean.

 Switching to Victor questions may feel foreign at first, but God is in it and within it:

 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

 “Once more you’ll see the difference it makes between being a person who does the right thing and one who doesn’t.” Malachi 3:18 

 “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10

And, as always, I am encouraged to approach this new idea slowly…
Tedra takes one look at my “TODO” list and rips it apart, hands one of the torn fragments to me, grabs it back and rips a little more, returning it to my opened hand.

My experience has shown me that I am not going to solve anything in one stroke; at best I am only going to chip away at it. ~Hugh Prather

Would you be willing to share your victor questions or service verses/quotes? Sure hope so. It would help.

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