For you who wonder if you’ve played too long to change, take courage from Jacob’s legacy. No man is too bad for God. To transform a riverboat gambler into a man of faith would be no easy task. But for God, it was all in a night’s work. -Max Lucado
I hope that my list of resolutions will inspire you to boldly resolve to make resolutions that truly matter.
Doing this will inspire you as well as those around you.
I resolve to make the best of whatever comes my way each day
I resolve to smile daily, even if it’s through tears
I resolve to encourage my family to be their best, even when the worst is flooding our world
I resolve to enjoy the success of others and encourage them to keep pursuing their passion
I resolve to treat others the way I want to be treated, no wait… BETTER than I want to be treated
I resolve to be kind to those who are the meanest
I resolve to listen to my heart and not feel guilty for doing things for myself
I resolve to do what I can with what I have and enJOY it
I resolve to read a book a month (or listen…as I love audio books)
I resolve to be a positive force
I resolve to use my strengths without worry about how my weaknesses may come across
I resolve to allow my heart to sing freely
I resolve to find beauty in the Ordinary
I resolve to laugh daily….regardless (hey, if I’m gonna cry often, I may as well laugh even more)
I resolve to hug freely
I resolve to say thank you to someone daily
I resolve to learn from my mistake
I resolve to face difficulties with courage
I resolve to let those in my world know just how important they truly are
I resolve to continue to be Matthew 5:16
I resolve to be compassionate
I resolve to let the hurt & disappointment that surrounds me to make me more determined
I resolve to keep taking the next step, even when I can’t see the path
I resolve to love, and do so freely
I resolve to celebrate the good, forgive the bad and enjoy the moment
I resolve to change what I can, fix what is wrong & find the good in the rest
I resolve to reflect on the blessings of the day at the end of the day
I resolve to celebrate small victories and push onward through challenges
I resolve to be content with what I have, while striving to improve where I can
I resolve to not allow circumstances to dictate HOW I live
I resolve to not allow guilt to eat at my heart
I resolve to stop and smell the roses when I’m near them
I resolve to believe that I’m enough and not compare myself to others
What are some of your resolutions?
Please encourage others by sharing them below.
Visit Marie at SpreadingJoy.
This last week I have been thinking about the disciples and their time with Jesus. Their heads had to be spinning most of the time as they lived with him. What an experience, one that would be hard to describe or commentary. They spent three years with God in flesh and yet, like me, they didn’t get it. Here is a portion of their dialogue in Mark 8,
“…the disciples were finding fault with each other because they had forgotten to bring bread. Jesus overheard and said, “Why are you fussing because you forgot bread? Don’t you see the point of all this? Don’t you get it at all? Remember the five loaves I broke for the five thousand? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”
They said, “Twelve.”
“And the seven loaves for the four thousand—how many bags full of leftovers did you get?”
He said, “Do you still not get it?”
What an interesting question from Jesus, “Do you still not get it?” In other versions the wording is, “are your hearts hardened?” It’s clear, from these miracles, they were supposed to understand something but they had completely missed it. They were right there in the middle of miracles and missed the purpose of it all!
A little earlier in Mark, as they struggled with the oars on the lake, Jesus came to them walking on the water and said to them, “Courage! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.” In that brief statement is the thing they were supposed to get. It’s right there in the middle of three short statements. Between his admonition to take courage and “don’t be afraid” is the “secret” they (and we) are to get. Here it is- “It’s me!” In the English we miss it entirely, but in the Greek it’s once more a declaration of who he is, the very thing they were to learn from all the miracles.
“It’s me.” The two Greek words are ??? ????. In English Jesus is saying “I am”. It’s the same claim he made in John 8:58 and was nearly stoned for. It’s the same name God told Moses to use to describe himself in Exodus 3. It’s a claim to deity. As he walked on the water to these weary fishermen Jesus encouraged them. Between their lack of courage and their fears he reassured them with this- “I am” is here.
Some say that Jesus never claimed to be God, but standing on the sea of Galilee he proclaims it loud and clear, “Take courage, I’m God, don’t be afraid.” It’s the same thing he says to us, the same thing he wants us to know, because he’s God we can be courageous and abandon our fears. God is in our midst.
Visit Mike at Finishing Well.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Cor 6:19-20
Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24
The permission to speak freely by Anne Jackson is an awesome book that talks about how we let our fears stop us from speaking freely about anything. Freely speaking on our thoughts and fears about church, relationships, addictions, depression, family etc. Her single statement “Fear Won” caught my heart. Fear wins out so often over so many things in so many of our lives. This book reminds us that we may never be completely free of fear, but that we can live a courageous life, speaking freely about the issues we have faced or are facing.
Many people struggle with depression and seasons of depression, wondering why they still fight it or are fearful of what others will think about them taking antidepressants etc. She sums it up nicely when talking about seasons of depression saying “feelings of insecurity and worthlessness is a chain I may never be able to break.”
She generously gives the gift of courage by stepping out and speaking out about her addictions, abuse and fear of talking freely about them. She says “something in us begins to come alive in us when we see people overcome fear.” We draw courage from others who, regardless of fear, stand up and speak up.
Sometimes our fears of living our dreams keep up from even taking the first step. Anne puts it this way “Their hearts are fighting for their dreams, yet fear claws away at their spirits, telling them their dreams are impossible.” Sometimes it doesn’t take much more than a single twinge of fear to hold us back.
This book is very uplifting and encouraging. Whether you are fighting seasons of depression, feelings of worthlessness, or anything else that grips your heart in fear, Permission to Speak Freely is sure to encourage you and maybe you’ll find the gift of going 2nd is something you can give to others by sharing your story.
One of my favorite quotes by Anne:
I had now seen the redemption and freedom that occurs when the darkness is forced into the light, disguised as awkwardly spoken words
The audio book is read by Anne Jackson, the author. I feel that we could actually feel more of what she was feeling as she recounts some of what was going through her mind and heart while she was retelling her story. Very well done.
I’d like to thank Christian Audio for the complimentary copy of this book through their Reviewers’ program. Follow Christian Audio on Twitter here. Check their site each month for a free audio book download. Good stuff there!