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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Welcome Another New Year, New Decade

I got this great, thought-provoking entry directly from The Center of Biblical Spirituality and its director, Donald Whitney. Excellent food for thought as the year ends and the New Year is upon us.

What is God's best for us in the year to come?

A few things to consider...

Ten Questions to Ask
at the Start of a New Year

Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with Him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. "Consider your ways!" (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them, and to evaluate their slipshod spirituality in light of what God had told them.

Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It's so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we're going and where we should be going.

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.

1. What's one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

2. What's the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

3. What's the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?

4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?

6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?

8. What's the most important way you will, by God's grace, try to make this year different from last year?

9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?

10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?

In addition to these ten questions, here are twenty-one more to help you "Consider your ways." Think on the entire list at one sitting, or answer one question each day for a month.
11. What's the most important decision you need to make this year?

12. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what's one way you could simplify in that area?

13. What's the most important need you feel burdened to meet this year?

14. What habit would you most like to establish this year?

15. Who is the person you most want to encourage this year?

16. What is your most important financial goal this year, and what is the most important step you can take toward achieving it?

17. What's the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your work life this year?

18. What's one new way you could be a blessing to your pastor (or to another who ministers to you) this year?

19. What's one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?

20. What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year?

21. What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?

22. What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?

23. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?

24. What's the most important trip you want to take this year?

25. What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year?

26. To what need or ministry will you try to give an unprecedented amount this year?

27. What's the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your commute this year?

28. What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, and what will you do about it?

29. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it?

30. What's the most important new item you want to buy this year?

31. In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year?

The value of many of these questions is not in their profundity, but in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus. For example, just by articulating which person you most want to encourage this year is more likely to help you remember to encourage that person than if you hadn't considered the question.

If you've found these questions helpful, you might want to put them someplace—in a day planner, PDA, calendar, bulletin board, etc.—where you can review them more frequently than once a year.

So let's evaluate our lives, make plans and goals, and live this new year with biblical diligence, remembering that, "The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage" (Proverbs 21:5). But in all things let's also remember our dependence on our King who said, "Apart from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).

Copyright © 2003 Donald S. Whitney.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

"We Are Fam-i-ly"

Thought this was a great post/resource to share with Christmas being next Friday and family flying in from all corners of the earth. Though it is hard to admit and seemingly at times even more difficult to deal with practically, family get-togethers can be a strain. I know many families that are personally dealing with family relationship issues, and some of them are a little too close for comfort, if I am being honest. Hopefully, you won't have to deal with these things this Christmas season but I am willing to bet that you or someone you love is dealing with this up close and personal.

I think what bothers me most about it is that it affects Christian households as often as those who are not believers. It's not that I expect that Christian households be exempt from family problems. My concern is that when these problems arise in Christian homes, there should be a distinct difference in the way that they are handled. Responses and actions should not look like the world's playbook for dealing with difficult circumstances: Back biting, gossiping, sarcasm, having attitudes that indicate self-centeredness, entitlement, "me first", and being egocentric manifestations of hypersensitivity and blathering arrogance.

There's more... fill in your own blanks... ______________

Christ modeled what we are supposed to do as people in His family: Speak the truth in love, treat others as greater than yourselves, turn the other cheek, honor your father and mother, forgive others as Christ forgave you, do not let the sun go down on your anger...

Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Here are a few truths discussed in Tim Lane's booklet, "Family Feuds: How to Respond"

1. Every family is flawed
2. Flawed families need God's grace
3. Your family of origin does not determine your identity
4. God's call to love includes your family
5. Families can be changed by the cross of Christ

Some stated practical strategies for change:

1. Respond with grace to your family
2. Take responsibility for your own sins, not your family's
3. Become and instrument of grace
4. Make wise choices for your children
5. Persevere in love

Something to think about this Christmas season as we spend time with loved ones who may or may not be able to be with us this time next year. May the Lord bless your time together during the holidays!

HT: Justin Taylor

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Promise I am alive!!!

Been a little while and I wanted to catch you up on some things that have been going on! So many things... so little time...

Actually, that is false.

I have SO enjoyed the time away from work to focus solely on getting my life back and starting a new track! I said on my status for FB not too long ago how much I realized that time really IS the greatest resource. I am seeing that for myself in that I finally feel like I have some time. Everyone is so busy and I am so glad that I have the opportunity to take some of that precious resource and put it toward some things that I am so excited about!

A few places you might see me this month around town if you live in the Houston area ...
  • December 10 - Northeast Christian Academy Christmas Program "Lindsey's Gift" at 7 PM
  • December 12 - Scott Chiropractic - Open House at 10 AM - Noon
  • December 18 - Kings Harbor Outdoor Concert - 7 - 10 PM (I go on at 9 PM)
  • December 20 - Grace Reformed Baptist Church (tentative)
  • December 24 - TBA
  • December 27 - TBA

Y'all come out and visit if you are in town! Bring your friends and family! Introduce yourself and let me get to know you guys! I can't wait to see you!

I'm sooo glad to be in Houston right now! It has been a very long time since I have been able to enjoy the holiday season (rather than just a few days before) with family. What a blessing!