Saturday, February 4, 2012

:: New Beginnings & Fresh Starts ::

I'm all about new beginnings and fresh starts and that is what the New Year is to me. 
I might not always the best at keeping to these new beginnings and fresh starts, but I like to think that I at least try, which is better than nothing right?

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.  -Dale Carnegie
Be always at War with your vices,
at peace with your neighbors,
and let each New Year find you
a better person.
-Benjamin Franklin
For me personally I read B.Franklin's quote as "your vices" being the iniquities within myself. 
If I don't turn to fight them daily, then their is no hope in trying for anything greater. 
The war begins within myself.  
It begins with self-examination, which by choice either leads to change or stagnation.  
Lord willing, I choose the change.
Change is already there. I must be willing to reach out and take it. 

Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. -LORD
Here's most of our goals for the year. 
We decided to write them out like this so we can observe them daily. 
Our #1 goal is to read the Bible daily and read it all the way through in one year. 
I personally have never done this before. So far we're on track, and I absolutely LOVE it. 
I feel guilty that I've been missing out for so long. God has been pouring, more like DOWN POURING into me through His Word. I am SO blessed by it. 
I could go on and on and on about the things He's teaching me through it.
The Word is meant to be our life. Our substance. Our truth. 
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.- Matthew 4:4
How can we be and make disciples if we ourselves are not being discipled through the written manual God specifically ordained for US?  
This is my focus: To experience more of God's POWER in my life through His Word, and through a relationship with Him. 
We have a choice to either allow Satan's power to rule, or God's power to rule in and over us. 
Lord willing I'm striving to choose God's power and I hope you are too.
I transformed this frame into a chalkboard, wrote our goals on it, 
and then both Kevin and I signed it. 

:: Cheers to new beginnings and to fresh starts!!  ::