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Reflections of Hope
Tuesday, February 04 2014

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”     Joshua 1:9

Take Authority of Your Life

The phrase “I’ll do it all differently!” is the sentiment of thousands the first week of the New Year as planners are purchased and calendars reviewed.   Each new year the same thoughts and struggles are evident by the end of the first quarter of the year.  Beyond just saying “I’ll do it all differently” – you actually can!  Today I recommend that you downsize your life and focus on you.  It is not selfish. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

Change Demands Attention to Priorities

First, daily quiet time is a primary source of spiritual self-care.  Secondly, consideration of your mental health and development is necessary for emotional stability, and lastly attention to your physical health and wellness, which all combine to create the essence of who you really are.  It is essential to your personal productivity and fulfillment of your life’s purpose to live in harmony with yourself.  Taking time for you decreases the volatile effects of undue stress on spirit, mind, and body.  

Try one or more of these exercises: set aside quiet time (even if for brief periods); purchase a coloring book and color a page each day; or take a walk and turn your cell phone off.  These exercises will relax and renew each component of your being by nurturing the spirit, mind, and body. When scheduling your day, week or month, ask yourself a few questions: “God, is this your will?”, “How is this task going to prepare or assist me in my journey?”;  and “Do I really have the time to do this?”.   It is important to remember that it is OK (and not ungodly) to say, “No, I cannot do this at this time.”

It is Up to You (to Make and Keep Your Commitments to Change)

Retrain your responses, and do not allow yourself to be bullied by guilt or manipulated into accepting tasks you are not predestinated to do. Yes, you may have the gifts and skills; however, is it what God wants you to do?   During the process of downsizing your life, you will begin to find and schedule time for tasks that you have desired to do for years.  

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”    ― Andy Warhol

“The steps of a good man (or woman) are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”         

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