A friend of mine told me once, ” How you exit one thing will determine how you enter another”.
As we leave 2011 remember to do it with dignity, grace and a good healthy sense of humor.
2011 might have been a real challenge for a lot of us but the fact of the matter is good has happened and you are still moving forward.
If 2011 was a year of TRIAL & PRUNING then 2012 can be a year of NEW LIFE & GROWTH.
It has been said that for every door that closes, there is a new one that opens. That being said, Then knowing how we leave one thing will greatly effect how we are going to enter another.
Here are a few nuggets to help you leave 2011 and enter 2012
1. Don’t enter a NEW year with OLD negative attitudes.
2. Look forward to another opportunity to get it right.
3. Last year’s words belong to last year’s language – Learn a new language of hope of and some new words in 2012.
4. Change of PLACE + change of PACE = change of PERSPECTIVE. (Mark Batterson)
5. Continue to do WHATS RIGHT, then WHATS WRONG and WHOSE WRONG will eventually leave your life. (David Blunt)
6. New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.
7. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions; Integrity – the ability to not promise something you can’t come through on.
8. It’s O.K. to have a new definition of success.
9. Keep up with technology.
10. FORGIVE – It will keep you moving forward.
Happy New Year
Here we are again on the cusp of another new year.
So we’re approaching the unknown, and who knows what’s in store for us?
But, if you want to know what God can do in 2011, look at what He’s already done for you and you’ll start feeling better about your future.
And that’s not all; listen: He tells us “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth.” Isaiah 43:19
After feeling like you’ve waited forever, God will move suddenly. If we’re not ready we can miss the next open door, the next great idea or the next relationship He has for us. We’ve got to be sensitive to His voice in 2011, alert to His movements and live in expectation and anticipation of a fresh new beginning.
God says He wants to “do a new thing” for us, so disregard the negative circumstances and believe the God who cannot lie! The rubbish can be cleared and the bruises can be healed. Just make sure that when the smoke clears you’re still standing. You’re too important to God to be destroyed by a trial that was just meant to give you character and direction.
Happy New Year.
Steve and Brenda
“Cleanse me, and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow.” – Psalm51:7
I don’t know about you, but 2010 was a very challenging year for a lot of us to say the least.
The temptation I have when things get tough is to hold back and be reserved or reticent about goal setting for the future.
Unless you are a quitter that is not the right approach.
Here is a great way to approach this next year.
Start by asking some questions.
Questions for the New Year!
It’s miserable trying to play a part for which you’re ill suited. It’s like walking in shoes that don’t fit. So this coming year ask yourself: What am I good at? What do I enjoy doing most? What accomplishments make me feel best? List 5 moments in your life when you were acutely aware of this sensation. Does this reveal anything about your purpose? If money was not a consideration what would you want to do to fill your days? How does this compare with where you are now? What one small step can you take right now – one phone call made, one letter written, one e-mail sent – to move you toward your true calling? What have you learned about your purpose through failures? Are some areas clearly not a part of your calling at this point? Who do you admire for the way they’ve applied their talents? How are you like them? What can you learn from them? How would you describe your vision for your life this year? Five years from now? Ten? Who are the people in your life who really “get” who you are? Have you asked them what they think your purpose might be? Have they given indications of how they think you should use your talents? If you could write you own obituary, what would you want it to say? What would you like to be remembered for?
While we never arrive at our final destination in this life, we can get on the right path, with the right tools, making the right choices along our way!
WRITE OUT TEN TANGIBLE GOALS FOR 2011-
With God’s help I will see these Ten accomplish this year
Remember to be SMART about setting goals
S – specific, significant
M – measurable, meaningful, motivational
A – attainable, achievable, action-oriented
R – realistic, rewarding, results-oriented
T – time-based, tangible, trackable
New Years Day is a great time to settle down a write down some tangible goals for 2011.
“GOD SAID…’BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY.'” GENESIS 1:28
Or a friend of mine used to tell me – Hey Steve, “Set your goal, know your roll and pay the toll.”
Happy new year.
2000. Y2K, Virginia Hutchinson (my grandmother passed away), family trip to Rocky Point Mexico family.
2001. Caleb graduates from Christian High School. – 9/11
2002 Got busy restoring the 914 and getting the kidos through high school with Brenda.
2003. Moved from Missouri to Arizona
2004. Natascha graduates from Prescott high school – I started mountain biking.
2005. 25th wedding anniversary cruise to the Bahamas.
2006. “Zoning Wars”, 30th high school reunion, 11 point river trip.
2007. Alaska, Yosemite, Sequoia, Lake Tahoe.
2008. Caleb graduates from Full Sail University, Broke my right ankle Natascha and Adam get married..
2009. Started riding a single speed, Caleb and Beth get married, God is faithful through the recession. (unemployment in the U.S.A. hits over 10% – 20 million America’s collecting unemployment) 😦
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
Let there be courage!
Instead of allowing the negatives from the past year into the new year, lets decide to leave it behind in 09′ so we can move ahead .
Here is the outline for this weekend’s message.
Stuff We Should Leave Behind from 09′.
Pastor Steve Lummer
” shake the dust off your feet” Matthew 10:14
Our baggage weighs us down and hinders us from moving toward our God intended future.
When Samuel gathered all the tribes of Israel, the tribe of Benjamin was picked…Saul son of Kish was picked. But when they looked for Saul, they could not find him. 22 They asked the Lord, “Has Saul come here yet?” The Lord said, “Yes. He’s hiding behind the baggage.” 23 So they ran and brought him out. When Saul stood among the people, he was a head taller than anyone else. 24 Then Samuel said to the people, “See the man the Lord has chosen. There is no one like him among all the people.” Then the people shouted, “Long live the king!” 1 Samuel 10:20-24 (NCV)
Dust That Derails Your Destiny
Shake off the dust of Bad DAYS.
Shake off the dust of Bad DEEDS.
Shake off the dust of Bad DEBTS.
Two types of anger expressed in the Bible.
“Be angry and sin not” Ephesians 4:26
“Thumos” is anger expressed . “Perogismo” is anger repressed .
1. It Takes Control Over Me.
You tear yourself to pieces in your anger. Job 18:4 (ncv)
2. It Effects All Of My Other Relationships.
See to it that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15 (niv)
3. It Damages me Spiritually.
Be angry and sin not …Do not give the devil a foothold Ephesians . 4:27
How To Leave The Baggage Behind
1. I Need To Forgive With A Positive Attitude.
2. I Need To Forgive Others Like God Has Forgiven Me.
3. I Need To Forgive To Release my Future.
We have No Future Without Forgiveness
“shake the dust off your feet” Matthew 10:14
“the washing with water through the word” Ephesians 5:26
“never let the arrows of criticism pierce your heart unless it first passes through the filter of scripture.” – Erwin Mcmannus
Typically the week between Christmas and New Years are a week of reflection and future casting for me.
So right now I am in REFLECTION MODE reading my past blogs for 2008.
As I get closer to the new year I will shift into vision mode.
I love reading about ancient Greek and Roman mythology.
January is named after the Roman god Janus who was unusual because he had two faces.
The mythical god had two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward, which symbolised that he had the gift to see both past and future.
I am Looking forward to looking back and forward this week.