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Activated January 2009

New Year - January 2009

In order to reach the ultimate success this coming year and beyond, get God’s power behind you. That’s easier than you probably realize.

01-01-2009
Visualization Technique
Visualization Technique

Ask those who have achieved greatness in any field for the secrets of their success, and somewhere near the top of most lists will be a visualization of their goal. Throughout years of rigorous training, the Olympic champion pictured himself on the podium, receiving his gold medal. The prima ballerina saw herself doing grand jetés on the world’s finest stages. The Nobel-winning scientist imagined his eureka moment. The star saleswoman mentally packed her bags 365 times for that prize spa vacation. It took hard work to be sure, but they got where they did in part by picturing themselves already...

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01-01-2009
No Limits
No Limits

I can’t remember ever seeing a flea circus—the classic sideshow event in which fleas are the performers—but I came across a fascinating article about how the fleas are trained.

Fleas can jump extraordinarily high, relative to their tiny size. Training fleas involves putting them into a small box or jar. Without a lid, the fleas could easily jump out, so the flea trainer puts a lid in place and waits.

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01-01-2009
Perspectives
Perspectives

Two types of clocks make a good illustration of the way people tend to see things versus the way God sees things. The digital clock tells the hour, minute, and sometimes the second or even fraction of a second in easy-to-read digital format. That’s like the way people often see things in terms of the present only. A clock with hands—what is now commonly called the analog clock—shows the full time cycle, similar to how God sees the whole scope of eternity.

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01-01-2009
A Pilgrim’s Journey
A Pilgrim’s Journey

My favorite railway in the world is Australia’s Indian Pacific. The line runs between Sydney on the east coast to Perth on the west coast, traversing a whole continent and connecting two oceans, the Pacific and the Indian. It spans a distance of 4,352 km (2,704 miles) and crosses three time zones—farther than London to Istanbul.

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01-01-2009
Be Like the Master
Be Like the Master

The New Year is already here and I am still contemplating what my resolution should be. I am not overweight and I get enough exercise, so those won’t do for me.

I was actually thinking more along the lines of a spiritual goal or some personality traits that I could try to strengthen, some way to become a better person. In something I read once, someone made an interesting point: When trying to tackle a problem you face, or grow in some way in your spiritual life, ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?” and go from there.

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01-01-2009
Life and Onions
Life and Onions

My friends and I decided to do something different to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Everyone would bring or do something that represented the past year. One person made a collage of photos—experiences, new friends, family, and so on. Another sang a song she had written. Two others sang songs that held special meaning for them.

When it was my turn, I brought out two onions, one whole and one chopped. Earlier that day, when I had prayed about what I should do for my presentation, Jesus told me to take onions.

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01-01-2009
Jesus Practiced What He Preached—And So Can We
Jesus Practiced What He Preached—And So Can We

Make a time and place for prayer

Matthew 6:6: But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Mark 1:35: Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

Mark 6:46: And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.

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01-01-2009
You Can Be Anything
You Can Be Anything

God doesn’t go very much for bigness after the manner of this world. In fact, He specializes in using people who seem most likely not to succeed; yet by the miraculous power and grace of God they become shining lights to others. God only makes great people out of little people, to show His greatness.1

Dare to trust Him in spite of yourself, and give Him all the credit when He does the miracle—what you couldn’t do. If you can believe in God, everything is possible, because He makes everything out of nothing. We’re all nothing and can do nothing good...

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01-01-2009
The Princess and the Dragon

An allegory of coming events

The fair young princess was deeply in love. Though she’d never met her beloved face to face, the loving words he had written her from afar had won her heart and filled her life with song. She had already accepted His proposal of marriage, and in her heart she knew that she belonged to him and that one day she and the Prince of Light would live happily ever after in the wonderful place he was preparing.

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01-01-2009
Resolutions
Resolutions

Question: I make resolutions that I feel will help me get more out of life, but no matter how well I start off, I can’t seem to keep up the momentum. What can I do to stick with my resolutions and get the results I want?

 

Answer: You’re not alone. It’s difficult when we feel we’re not making progress in the areas we know we need to improve in. As much as we try and as many resolutions as we make, we sometimes can’t seem to break bad habits or form new good ones. That can become so frustrating and disappointing that...

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01-01-2009
Forgetting the Past
Forgetting the Past

As we stand before the portal of the New Year, we don’t know what it’s going to bring, and I’m glad for that. I’m glad we can’t pull aside the curtain of time and see what the future has in store.

But there is one thing we do know, and that is we can leave the past behind, with all of its worries and cares, pains and heartaches, mistakes and blunders. Isn’t that wonderful? All of that is forever in the past, beyond our recall. We can’t undo one single act or unsay a single careless word, but we can make...

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01-01-2009
The Daily Pause
The Daily Pause

Sometimes we get so busy rushing through life that we fail to take time to reflect and get in touch and in tune with our Maker. As a result, we can miss the point of it all. Life is about the journey, what we learn and experience along the way. The journey is also where we find Jesus and learn about Him.

Make the most of your journey this year by making a resolution to spend at least 10 or 15 minutes daily in prayer and reflection, alone with Jesus. Try to establish a regular time each day. Find what works...

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01-01-2009
Psalm 23—What’s in It for You?
Psalm 23—What’s in It for You?

The Lord is my shepherd.—That’s relationship.

I shall not want.—That’s supply.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures.—That’s rest.

He leads me beside the still waters.—That’s refreshment.

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01-01-2009
A Prayer for the New Year

Dear Lord, keep me from having my life so full of good things that I don’t have time for the best. Help me not to be so pressured that I put off my time with You. Help me to bask in Your spiritual sunshine, rest in Your arms, drink deeply of Your Word, and inhale of Your Spirit. Help me to seek You most of all—more than any of the other things I enjoy. Help me to remember how You said that without You, I can do nothing,1 so that I won’t have misplaced priorities, but I will have You,...

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01-01-2009
Forward, Always Forward!
Forward, Always Forward!

Thoughts to start the New Year

Don’t let mistakes of the past blur your vision for the future. Focus on the good to come.—Mottos for Success (MFS)1

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01-01-2009
The Difference
The Difference

Picture a forest—lush, deep, inviting. You enter and look around, expecting that rush of wonder that you’ve experienced before in nature, but this time the birds are not singing, there is no breeze to rustle the leaves, and the stream is not flowing. Everything is still, frozen in time, lifeless. You are in the forest, but it might as well be a picture hanging on the wall.

Now imagine the same scene, except this time everything you expect is there—the cheerful singing of birds, the babbling of the brook, the rustling of the leaves, the breeze in your hair, the scent...

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