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Yesterday I asked you whether you made any new year resolutions, and explained why, for the last number of years I have not made any resolutions.

Let me ask you a question about your resolutions or aims for this year – Is your relationship with God included in any of them?

Maybe God’s never been part of your life; maybe you used to believe in Him but events or people have made you doubt and turn away from Him; or maybe you still believe he exists but just haven’t taken that extra step and given Him your heart.

So today whatever your current relationship is with God (if any), why not make a new start with God this year and give Him your heart today.

What Now? by Steven Curtis Chapman

I saw the face of Jesus
In a little orphan girl
She was standing in the corner
On the other side of the world
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my heart
Didn’t you say you wanted to find Me
Well, here I am, here you are

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

And I saw the face of Jesus
Down on Sixteenth Avenue
He was sleeping in an old car
While his mom went looking for food
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my soul
Didn’t you say you wanted to know me
Well, here I am
And it’s getting cold 

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

 So come and know
 Come and know, know me now
 Come, come and know, know me now
 Oh, come and know
 Come, come and know, know me now
  Come, come and know, know me now

That’s Christmas and New Year over, and before we know it, we’ll all be back at work or school, and we’ll be back in our daily routine again. Before we know it Christmas will seem like a distant memory as we head into what is usually the coldest, iciest and snowiest part of winter in the UK.

Now that I’ve completely depressed you all by what lies ahead of us as far as the weather is concerned, let’s go back to thinking about this new year and what it means to us.

Are you one of those people who makes one or more new year resolutions? Or have you been there done that in the past and now think they are a waste of time?

I’ve made new year resolutions in the past, but for a number of years now I haven’t made any resolutions. Why? Not because there’s nothing about my life I want to change this year, but because I don’t need the start of a new year to be determined to make these changes. Also what may be my targets or aims for this new year may change during the year because of circumstances, so where would that leave a resolution I made at the start of a year when circumstances were potentially different, so would never achieve them.

Yes I still  make a new start each year, but I make my targets and aims as I go through the year and I find this works best for me. It allows me to focus on what is important to me at the time, rather than focusing on goals set a number of month previously.

How about you, have you set new year resolutions? How achievable do you think your resolutions are?

Many people these days wear some device which captures, amongst other things, how many steps they take each day. Not only that, but many who wear these devices seems to have become obsessed about the number of steps they take each day – They make a habit out of constantly checking their total steps for the day, telling others how many steps they’ve taken, and even feeling it necessary to tell everyone each time they plan to walk more than just a few steps.

I wear a device which counts amongst other things, my steps, but I wear it just so I can get an idea how much I’ve walked. I don’t get obsessed with achieving a particular number of steps each day, as I know I do as much as I can each day, and that’s good enough for me.

For those of you who are counting your steps and trying to achieve specific goals each day, good luck, but don’t do more than your body tells you you can do. Do your best, that’s all any of us can do.

 

The last couple of days I’ve been talking about the fear of failure that affects so many people. Having talked about why some fear failure, I now want to focus on some possible ways to help overcome a fear of failure.

It’s all about goals and targets!

Start by setting small achievable goals that will help you build your confidence. Having set a goal, start thinking about all the possible outcomes, positive and negative, and rationally consider what may happen, developing contingency plans as you go. As you go through these possible outcomes you’ll hopefully find answers/solutions to all possible negative scenarios, in turn helping you thinking positively.

Repeat these steps by setting another goal, and then another goal. By moving forward slowly and steadily, you’ll begin to overcome your fear of failure.

Good luck!

So which of these steps are you on?

Have you got ‘stuck’ on your current step?

When you haven’t reached even the 1st step, it can seem like there’s no point it trying to start climbing the stairs. However once you start to learn and are able to take another new step, you gain confidence; with confidence comes optimism; with optimism comes targets and goals and when you have targets/goals you aim higher and higher until you reach the top of the stairs, your goal.

So don’t feel dejected if you’ve not started onto that 1st step yet, but have confidence in your ability, and you can achieve great things.

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Selfishly set your limits

 

When it comes down to it, you and you alone are responsible for your own well-being, No-one knows you better than you know yourself, just as no-one knows better than you how you are feelings.

So based on how you are feeling, and your workload, you decide what you can and can’t achieve, and tell those you need to that you can’t meet required deadlines.

Look after yourself, as you and you alone know best how you feel.

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Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Create a personal growth plan

At the start of another year as many of us reconsider where we are in our lives and make resolutions to make changes to improve ourselves and our circumstances, it is an ideal time to create a personal growth plan for the year.

No matter what age we are or how far through our journey on earth we are, it is important to keep learning, so I want to encourage you to invest in yourself and grow this year. We can learn in every aspect of our lives, e.g. personal, relationships, knowledge, financial, spiritual, health and well-being, love, wisdom  etc, so think about the areas of your life you want to improve and consider how you will achieve those goals.

Your personal growth plan will be your template to cultivate and improve your mid and body in 2016, so that by the end of this year you will have achieved your targets for your life.

So get planning!

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Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Set your goals for the day

No, I’m not talking about your work plans for the day, I am in fact talking about your own personal goals for the day. e.g. Aim to be more loving towards those you encounter; give someone a helping hand; spend quiet time with God.

When we set ourselves goals and we achieve them, it can be very rewarding and cheer our hearts. So set some personal goals for the day and feel your sense of achievement when you meet those targets.

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A couple of days ago in Unobtainable #1, I spoke about how we all have dreams and goals, and asked you to think about whether your goals were realistic and achievable or unobtainable.

As I also said in the previous post, many do not think God’s love and forgiveness is within their reach, because they believe they are unobtainable goals for them.

It is therefore our responsibility as Christians to tell others that God’s love and forgiveness is within their reach, and that they do deserve His love and His forgiveness.

God’s love and forgiveness is obtainable and available to everyone.

We all have dreams and goals but are they realistic and achievable or are they unobtainable?

It’s good to stretch ourselves by setting targets that you’ve never achieved before but they have to be targets which are obtainable otherwise there really is no point in setting these goals.

What are your goals or targets? Are they realistic or are they goals that realistically you are never going to achieve?

Sadly for many, when they hear talk of God’s forgiveness and his love, they think that they do not deserve His forgiveness or His love. God is within everyone’s reach, so don’t ever consider God’s love to be unobtainable for you, because He is there within reach of us all if we simply lift our eyes to Him and give Him our heart.