We've just started a brand new year! 2013 could be the year of your dreams, if you let it. I believe that too many of us settle for what life gives us, instead of reaching for the stars and stretching ourselves through our abilities and our dreams. Don't lay in the lowlands of life, get up out of the valley and start climbing your mountain!
This could be a whole new year for you, and for me too. Forget about your limitations through any physical disabilities or even sickness and march out and claim your dream! For me, that can be a challenge because I'm living everyday with MS, a chronic disabling and progressive disease, so believe me when say it can be a big time challenge. Sometimes, it's a challenge to just get out of bed in the morning. BUT--- I am determined not to let my MS stop me in my tracks. I have been living for over 20 years with lousy disease, and although it has altered the way I can handle some of physical or cognitive aspects of my life, it has not altered my spirit or my love of God meaning it has not altered my soul and it never will.
For me, there are way too many things to be done before I leave this earth. God has bigger plans for me than wallowing around in my temporary misery. He doesn't care if I'm having a bad day, He can use me just the way I am for the glory of His Kingdom. There are always brighter days and moments with the Lord of the Universe by your side! Look for them, look for the good things in your life and refocus yourself away from the negative and onto the positive! You can do it!
It doesn't matter what your qualifications are. If you have a willing heart, the Lord can use you to further His Kingdom and win lost souls. He will equip you through the Holy Spirit and empower you to do His work!
2 Timothy 3:16-17 encourages us: " All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
If the Lord says He will equip us, He surely will. It's a promise!
There is always something to complain about. If you want to dwell on all the things that have gone wrong with your life, you'll never get out of the trenches. I'm not minimizing the suffering that many have gone through. I know life is very tough and has been extremely tough on some people, but that doesn't mean you have to be defeated. I've had a tremendous amount of suffering in my own life, but I try very hard not to let it take over my life. You need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and say, I'm gonna do better, everything is going to change for me this year--- it is going to be a new beginning for me. God doesn't want me to live like this. He wants me to live in victory! He wants me to live for Him. This year, I'm gonna make it my priority to do just that!
I'm going to wake up every morning with a smile on my face and just say "Thank you Lord for waking me up this morning. Thank you for all the blessings you bestow upon me each and every day. I want to be your vessel today. Use me as you will. Help me to impact the world for you. Help me to reach out to others in Your Name. A lot of people are hurting today, I want to help them see the beauty of this life."
Start each day like that and spend your day Praising the Lord whenever you can and believe me, you will live a much happier life! If you are spending your time being thankful and Praising God, things will begin to turn around for you.
I encourage you to step out of the box this year. Reach for the stars; run after your dream. Our God is the dream maker and He can make all of your dreams come true... you just need to depend on Him for everything. Lean on this unforgettable scripture verse: put it on your mirror and read it each morning: Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths." If you don't want to use this verse, then pick out one of your favorites than inspires you! Just find a verse from God's Word and read it back to Him each and every morning. He loves to hear His words - it brings Him much delight! It's also a great way to start the day.
Believe it and receive it. You have to ask, you have to believe and you will receive. It's truly that simple. So don't wallow in the trenches of life this year, go after your dreams and God can make them come true. It's a promise. And the Creator of the Universe doesn't break His promises!
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks. the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-12
My verses for today are above in red.
My prayer for today:
Thank you so much for my life. Thank you so much for my salvation. Thank you for dying for me and loving me so much that you saved me from damnation to give me eternal life. Lord, I want to live for you. Help me to focus myself on you each day, and help me to reach out to those who are hurting in this world. Help me to show them your love and be your hands and feet each day.