In His wisdom, God ordained new beginnings for us all.
From condemnation, through Jesus, comes salvation. We become new creations with a transformed view of the world, ourselves, and others.
A spring bouquet I received.
Through the cold winter with brown grass, leafless tress, and little color, I spot a green sprout in our front flower bed; a jonquil, and I know it's nearly spring with new life soon to ignite the cold, dark earth.
The day I buried my mother, my heart was heavy. My then ten month old granddaughter climbed into my lap. I clung to her like a life raft, feeling the joy of a young start to life.
Today, no matter what happened in 2015, we have a new beginning, a new year, and hopefully new goals.
As you determine your goals for 2016, I wish to point out three requirements for a good goal.
1. A goal should be specific.
No: I will lose weight this year.
Yes: I will lose 20 lbs. by March 15, 2016.
No: I will write a book this year.
Yes: I will write, edit, and submit one book by July 1, 2016.
No: I will pray more this year.
Yes: I will sit in my blue chair and have quiet time with the Lord every day before I begin the day's activities.
2. A goal should be written.
It's not enough to have your goal in your mind, but write it down. Involving your senses plants the goal firmly in your subconscious. Writing it down uses touch, sight, and hearing if you put your note on your bathroom mirror and read it every day.
3. A goal should be forgivable.
If you set a goal to lose 20 lbs by March 15, and you only lose 15, praise God for the 15 and forgive yourself for not being perfect.
If it takes until Sept. 1 to get your book ready, be thankful.
If you pray early five days a week this year, forgive yourself for skipping two days.
I leave you with an excerpt, an acrostic, from the December 31 devotion of Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
Decide if you’re ready to submit to God
Read this daily devotion book in the new year and everything else that will help, especially the Bible
Energize through leaving off sugars and fats that drain your vitality.
Admit your powerlessness and Ask God to take over your life.
Mentor others as you receive your day-by-day healing.