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Activated January 2010

Resolutions - January 2010

Not sure you have what it takes to turn your dreams for 2010 into reality? Tap into God’s infinite power and resources and anything is possible.

01-01-2010
God Can Do the Impossible
God Can Do the Impossible

To one degree or another, just about all of us are unsatisfied with ourselves—but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A certain amount of dissatisfaction is necessary if we’re going to keep making progress. To become all that we can be, we must dream of being more than we are. The problem is that too many of us stop there, in the dream stage. Why do you suppose that is?

I suspect that more often than not it’s because we don’t think we have what it takes to turn our dreams into reality. And we’re usually right about that. We can...

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01-01-2010
Life’s Editing
Life’s Editing

I had struggled with and overcome the demons of self-doubt and fear of failure, launched out into the deep, put pen to paper, and written my first short inspirational piece.

I sat back and read it through several times. Pleased with my modest effort, I submitted the piece to a monthly magazine for possible publication.

Some time later the magazine’s editor contacted me, saying he would like to print my article. He also enclosed an edited draft for my approval or further revision. Edited! As I sat and stared at “my” work, now before me in edited form, a strange mix of...

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01-01-2010
Perfect Love
Perfect Love

These are a few of the words that come to mind when I think about Jesus’ love for each of us: Perfect. Free. Unconditional. Everlasting.

His love is perfect. It is the only thing in the world that is absolutely perfect. There are a lot of things that are nice, beautiful, and wonderful, but nothing is perfect like His love. We live in an imperfect world, with imperfect humans, in imperfect conditions, but His love is what makes it possible for us to weather everything that life brings our way. He is perfect, and so is His love.

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01-01-2010
Got Potential?
Got Potential?

What can you realistically expect to be or accomplish?That depends in part on how you define “realistic.” Nobody knows what we’re capable of better than God, and often His definition of “realistic” is “potential.”

He knows our limits—“He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust”1—but He also sees our hearts and continually looks at us from the viewpoint of what we can become.

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01-01-2010
Puzzle Pieces
Puzzle Pieces

When everyone lit fireworksat the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, did you celebrate in vibrant cheer? Or did the clock’s chime bring a kind of melancholy as you silently pondered the future?

As the shouts of “Happy New Year” rang out, was it a joyful moment for you? Or was it tinged with anxiety about the future?

Last year, it was all a little hazy to me. We clinked our glasses and toasted one another with the usual buzz of a New Year’s celebration, but as I tossed in my bed later, I wondered what was in store for me.

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01-01-2010
Now and Forever
Now and Forever

As the New Year begins, many people are looking forward with a measure of trepidation to what lies ahead for them and their families and friends, as well as for the world in general. It’s comforting to know that whatever the future holds and whatever problems or hardships you may face, Jesus wants to help you through them. If you have received Him as your Savior, you can count on His extra special care.

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01-01-2010
Resolutions
Resolutions

This year...

I’ll take more time to laugh and smile,

To feel the wind upon my face,

To learn true wisdom from a child,

Give my soul the needed space,

To live life pure and clear...

...this year.

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01-01-2010
New Year, New You
New Year, New You

“I have come that you may have life,” Jesus said, “and that you may have it more abundantly.”1 And He wasn’t talking only about eternal life in heaven. If you have received Jesus, things you never dreamed possible are possible for you right here and now! In fact, anything is possible.2 With His help, you can reach goals that have eluded you and overcome bad habits and weaknesses that have held you back.

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01-01-2010
11 Tips Making Resolutions Realities
11 Tips Making Resolutions Realities

1. Make a list of your goals and select the top three to five that are the most important to you. Pray for God’s guidance in the process. He knows best.

 

2. Be realistic. Reaching for a goal should stretch you, but it should also be doable. Decide on a reasonable time frame for reaching each goal.

 

3. Don’t try to do everything at once. Focus on your top goal for a set period of time. Then move to goal number two, while maintaining the progress made toward reaching the first one, and so on.

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01-01-2010
Seize the Day!
Seize the Day!

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.—Dale Carnegie

 

The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the “buts” you use today.—Les Brown

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01-01-2010
The Dawn of a New Year
The Dawn of a New Year

On the first day of each New Year, I get up at around 5:00 am to watch the sun rise, and go to a spot I have already picked out, where there is a good view. This year I have chosen the roof.

As I sit down, I think about all of the good things that happened to me in the past year. I thank God for each one and then tuck them away—wonderful memories that I can recall whenever I need a boost.

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01-01-2010
Changing for the Better
Changing for the Better

God wants only the best for us.

Psalm 84:11b: No good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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01-01-2010
“Sorry-ness”
“Sorry-ness”

I think I have been guilty of saying “I’m sorry” too much, and that seems to have given my children the wrong idea. Years ago, for example, when my five-year-old fell off his bike, I said I was sorry. I had specifically told him to not ride up the hill on his newly acquired used bike until his dad had checked the brakes and taught him to use them, but he went up the hill anyway.

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01-01-2010
The Seasons of Life
The Seasons of Life

A meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:1–8

 

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…

Thank You, God, for the seasons of my life, each having its own special beauty.

“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”—Psalm 118:24

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01-01-2010
The Climb to Victory
The Climb to Victory

The rugged climb doesn’t dissuade the determined mountain climber; he revels in the challenge. Nothing can stop him from pressing on until he reaches his goal. No adversity can cause him to turn back. When he looks at the steep cliffs ahead, he doesn’t focus on the danger but on the toeholds and narrow rock ledges that will take him to the peak. He isn’t held back by the harshness of his surroundings or the toll the climb is taking on his body; he is propelled onward and upward by the thought of triumph.

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