Feeling stuck can be miserable. Do firmly entrenched patterns keep you from moving forward? It’s hard to live life full, with every day your best day when you’re in a rut. If you find yourself always making goals from a negative perspective it’s time.
Time to break out of your Resolution Rut with a new way of making goals. Time to approach the new year from the best way to get out of your Resolution Rut. It’s time to go deeper to get out of that rut.
Just for a moment, let go of your self-improvement plans and lay your heart open in the light of that blessing we call grace.
Go Deep: Ask God for His vision for your year.
As you seek God’s vision for this year, take time to remember the joys and sorrows, the successes and struggles of the past year. Savor God’s faithfulness. Look at the year as a whole and see the big picture. Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of the ground you’ve covered this year.
Look back at the big brush strokes of God’s Word across your life in the last year. Ask yourself, what is the main thing God was doing in my life this past year? Sometimes years are like the seasons. We have planting and growing times, days of harvest, as well as days of dormancy in the cold chill of winter. When we go deep with God, there are often significant passages of scripture that have been guideposts in our journey of a year. Verses and truths that are part of the season, part of who we’ve become this year.
God often works in our lives through process, one day at a time. Taking time to look at the whole can give us a big-picture perspective God’s faithful work in our lives. Join Him in the grace He is working into your life day by day and year by year.
Let the lessons of yesterday show you where to dig in this year. As God gives vision and focus for your new year, respond in faith. Prayerfully give your heart and pen to the Lord and ask Him to help you write out today’s goals from yesterday’s lessons. Seek Him. This is the very best way to get out of a stale Resolution Rut that is often forgotten before spring daffodils lift their faces to the sun. Seek Him in the simple things that add up to faithful living.
Trust God to place in you the desires and goals that come from His heart to yours.
Believe He will bring out the best in you as you walk in faith. This year, let grace make every day your best day as you go deep with God.
As I take the birds-eye-view to this past year, it has been a season of transition with graduations and a military retirement. It has been a year of rejoicing in the end of life as we know it as a military family. Job well done and the race is finished. It has also been a time seeking and waiting with a what’s next pressing on our hearts. As I look back through my journal, the words of Psalm 37 show up again and again. Words of instruction for vibrant living show me plenty of material for my 2014 goals. These are words dig into deeply, letting trust and faithfulness break out of the ruts of the past.
Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
Seek God as you go deep into committing your days to His faithful hand. Commit your resolutions to God and let Him teach you how to make every day your best day.
What is God’s vision for your year? Share your answers here.
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