“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Welcome to the Spiritual Growth Connection! This is a place you will be encouraged in your journey to grow and go deeper with the Lord. We are always moving on our spiritual journey. The direction we are moving determines effects our experience.
Which direction are we moving can be detected by the clarity we are experiencing along the path. Personally, my path gets foggy when I don’t devote myself to regular reading of God’s Word. When I intentionally spend time reading my Bible daily, even if it’s just one verse, it keeps my path light and me moving forward in my spiritual growth.
For those days when our path is a little foggy and our journey is missing the clarity we desire we need to remember to turn on the light. Our light is the Word of God! All we have to do is devote ourselves to reading it and it becomes a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. I find the light get’s brighter the more time I spend reading it. How about you?
Connection Challenge: Want to see more clearly and experience more peace in your relationships? Commit to reading your Bible daily for the next 10 days. You choose will it be a verse, a chapter, or a book a day? Either way you will be growing in the right direction!
I would love to hear your experience. Leave me a comment.
How did we get to where we are in life? Did we just arrive or was there some intention behind the process that brought us here? For some of us we just followed the natural progression through the local school system. Then we were off to higher education or right into the workforce. But at some point in the process we became aware that the more intentional we were with our time the opportunities available became more worthwhile. Personal growth in the right direction doesn’t just happen it requires intentionality and living with purpose.
Do you know what your “why” for living is? John Maxwell says often “the second most significant day in a person’s life is the day they discover there “why”. That is the day they start living intentionally.”
In his book Intentional Livinghe shares three clues that will lead us to our “why”. If we take time to reflect on and honestly answer these three questions, we are sure to discover and declare our “why” with confidence. I want us to start here, to discover and declare our why, so we move forward with focus. Then our continued investment of time and energy in our growth will produce a lasting resource that will propel us in the right direction.
Intentional Growth Exercise:
Discovering your “why” questions~
What makes you cry in life? Write about the things that break your heart and cause a rise of emotion. Are there things that bring waves of distress that motivate you to take action to better the situation?
What makes you sing in life? Write about the things that make you happy, put a spring in you day, and might even cause you to break into song. These are the things that you experience or witness and you just can’t contain the smile that bubbles up from within you.
What do you dream in life? Write about what you would do if you could do anything to create a better world? Write about your “what if’s” with no limits. Finish this thought…. If I could do anything in the world to make a difference in the lives of others I would……
Take time today to start answering these questions. Keep them at the fore front of your mind over the next week. Watch for the answers to evolve with clarity and resolution. It might start with just a word or you will discover a common theme. Once you have that aim to put it into a short phrase. Like my “why” phrase: “To inspire and equip others to rise above”. Then share your “why” with me. I would love to celebrate your “why” with you!
Rise Above Today!
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Does anyone else need a re-start for the New Year? Today I feel like I missed the start due to the fog from a New Years cold. I just can’t seem to get moving in the direction I intended and feeling a little frustrated. Can anyone else relate? Or maybe you’re frustrated because you haven’t been successful with the plans you determined to start off this year with a bang. No worries, we can still finish this year better off than we started. We might not be off and running like we planned and feeling passed by those who got out of the starting blocks quicker but we just need to remember a runner with a slow and steady pace also reaches the finish line.
In running events a re-start happens when someone has jumped the gun or a malfunction with the starters gun. So if you feel like you need a re-start maybe you just need to refocus on running this year like a turtle in a marathon rather than a rabbit in a sprint. I don’t know if you have the experience of participating in a marathon. If you haven’t let me help you get the picture of what I mean by “running this year like a turtle in a marathon”.
Large events like a marathon start in waves, which are led out by the professional and competitive athletes right at the starting line. Then the rest of the participants are lined up based on expected completion times to keep the race moving efficiently. If you are a walker you will be in the final waves of people. Can you see it? The crowd of thousands gathered, each participant focused on their race and their plan to reach the finish line. Each person has prepared differently and holds a different vision of a successful finish, but all aim to cross the finish line. The announcer comes over the speakers and gives the 5-minute warning. Next the starter comes over the speaker “Runners on your mark, set”, and bang goes the gun. The race has started and the runners are off. Waves of runners, joggers, walkers, and buddy teams move forward and cross the start line, one wave at a time, for the race they intend to finish.
Whether our start was what we planned it to be or not we can still finish well if we keep moving forward one step at a time. That is what it takes to finish the race slow and steady not looking back but looking forward and moving forward. How do we do that?
Here are three steps to re-start your year. First refocus. Stop thinking about what you wanted to do and do what you planned to do. Start small if you have to scale back your plan. Choose to do one new thing today. Second do it. Get up and do the one new thing today. Thirdly, celebrate your accomplishment and invite someone to join your re-start. Once you’ve done it tell someone, do your happy dance, and mark it off your list!
Okay, these three steps might sound simple but if you start to use them everyday you are on your way to “running this year like a turtle in a marathon”. The finish line is calling you! The crowd is cheering for you! My favorite part of running a race is the encouragement and inspiration of my fellow runners! So get a running buddy today.
My re-start consisted a revitalizing; with fresh bedding, a neatly made bed, and freshening up the house with disinfectant spray to keep the cold at bay. Then I did my happy dance, I told a friend about my need to re-start, and finished it off by sharing it with you. I hope this spurs you on and encourages you to persevere no matter what comes your way this year. Here are two verses that inspire me to keep moving forward one step at a time. I hope they bless and inspire you too.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another— and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Please share your three steps with me! Let’s keep inspiring one another on!
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Each New Year calls us to keep moving forward. The old saying “time waits for no man” continues to ring true as the New Year rings in. Are you ready for it? Ready or not it’s time to embrace it and get in step with 2018!
Everyday counts, so step out today don’t wait for tomorrow. Each new year brings with it a newly determined aspiration to be “better” at the end of this year than we see ourselves today. How do you see yourself? What will it take to achieve “better” defined by you? Maybe, for some of us, this “better” is the same picture we had last year. Either way, we have to keep moving forward with the purpose of being better today than we were yesterday. Taking one step at a time.
How can we do this? Through my experience it starts with changing my mindset: become committed to being intentional. As a Military Spouse this comes with it’s own challenge of moving beyond the unknowns’ and what ifs’ that linger with each New Year. Once I have navigated that minefield, then, I’m ready to write down my personal growth plan. Next step, I add some form of accountability to my initiative. Final step, I start, intentionally moving forward day by day. What happens when I flub up? I get up. I evaluate why I flubbed and keep growing. A great quote that keeps me going is “Action is a better regret than inaction”. Do you agree? Would you rather regret flubbing up over never getting “better”?
Perseverance feels better than regret, so let’s get moving. We can persevere to “better” together this year. I would like to share “My Intentional Year “ planner (available at my website) so we can get in step together. Each month I will be focusing on a different area of my life to build intentionality into each day. The plan will gradually strengthen each desired focus area I am aspiring to become “better” in. Our plans will look different because we are unique, yet each will succeed because we are intentional.
What does it mean to be intentional? Webster Dictionary defines it with the following phrases: done by intention or be design; deliberate; purposeful; willful; intended; and knowing. Intentional is born from an intention; a form of directing ones mind and the action of proceeding on a planned course. Have you planned your course? Have you deliberately started out with intentional purpose? Have you flubbed up? What is your next step?
Maybe some of you can relate to wanting to focus more on your spiritual fitness. That is always part of my plan for each year. For example, a few ago years I had to tackle the want to become “better” at reading the Bible daily. In the past, I had many plans but they never seemed to work. Why? Because I had a plan in my mind: not written and no one knew my intention. I realized that I needed to do more than just want to do it. I had to write it down and let others know how I was being intentional about reading my Bible daily.
I did it! I was successful once I wrote out my plan and let my family and a few friends know my intentions. It started out small, with a verse a day and has since grown into two chapters a day and journaling. This year my first intentional focus area will be eating healthy. I’m excited to see where this step towards better health takes me. Where will your next step take you? I’d love to hear about your next step today.
Everyday counts, start today and join me on the intentional journey to “better”!
Are you ready to start the year off believing in your success? Who wouldn’t be! Let’s take this motivation and opportunity and put it to work for us.
When is the last time you were successful in accomplishing your goal without telling anyone what you where doing? For me the key to success in accountability. When I tell someone about what I’m doing I become that much more intentional about following through on my intentions. Can you relate to that?
If you believe that accountability is key to your success like I do, then this opportunity is just what you are looking for. You can start the year out using my personal growth plan, free download: “My Intentional Year”. Add to it the additional bonus of a personal coach to encourage you and help keep you on track with your personal growth plan. Contact me today for your complimentary coaching session.
Are you ready to invest in yourself to secure a purposeful life this year? I would love to join you on your success journey.
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