January 7, 2017

For the WIN

Whether subconscious or deliberate, many stand at the fulcrum of the old and new years and look back and ahead.

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I ushered in the new year with fellowship and prayer with friends. As the day progressed it was apparent to me that even though the year just renewed, my plans for 2017 were well under way before it had begun.

There were events to plan, classes to take, goals to achieve, and budgets to make.

As I knelt in prayer the other morning talking with the Lord about the things ahead, I realized how just a little over a year ago, many of my present plans would not exist. A little over a year ago I wanted to go a different direction, but if I had gone in that direction, (of which I was so sure of at the time), it would have prevented me from my present future.

Had I taken it upon myself, to do what I was convinced made sense at the time, I would be facing a different reality.

God knew. Jeremiah 29:11.

 I recall being upset that I was unable to continue my education in 2016. I was very dejected and felt I was being unfairly held back from my goals. As I prayed just the other morning however, I realized the Lord planted new desires in me. They are taking me in a different direction. Had I been tied down by the studies I wanted to pursue, I would not be free to pursue the vision God has recently placed in my heart.

God knows.

This is why we are commanded to
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I am reminded of the Proverbs that admonish, though we may plan our way, the Lord directs our steps. Proverbs 16:9.

So to WIN in this New year. It's important to always consider:

Pleasing God, trusting and following him- that's always important. Everything else will fall into place as it should.

Warm thoughts and Prayers, 

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