Archive for January, 2017

Put A Deadline on Your Dreams

 

Its 2017! Have you taken the time to write your goals for the New Year? What is your vision  for this year. Have your visualized them and , wrote them down and gathered a picture that  represents what you want to manifest in your life. Turn your dream into a specific goal. Put a deadline on your dreams and do them.

Have you taken the time to write down the goals and steps you will take to achieve them? We do not want to have any “would’ a, should ‘a”, and could have regrets about not accomplishing our goals for this 2017 which represents overcoming and a year of victory. You may not have written your goals earlier, but it is not too late for “mapping out your goals for 2017”. You need to be specific and set a deadline to accomplish your goal

I am challenging you, myself too, to make that vision board and write your goals. I challenge you to write at least what three goals with a set deadline (but strive to write all of them as much as possible) you will set for this year and what actions will you take to achieve them.

“Goals are a must for any person who desires to accomplish something great. Planning is a part of the process of truly successful people.” Pam Perry. Creating goals is valuable for it helps one’s mind to focus upon the attaining of the thing desired until the goal is realized.

And it is well worth it to begin the New Year right. Goals can motivate and “catapult you in the direction of the attainment of fulfilling your dreams” Pam Perry.

What are goals? Simply put, goals are the stepping stones to reach a destination which you desire to fulfill. They serve as the plan, the how to, the path you need to walk, day by day, to the realization of that dream.

A goal is a target, the desired end of our efforts..

The Bible encourages us to write our goals. Isaiah 32:8 says, “The noble man makes noble plans.” Proverbs 16:3 promises, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” We should have dreams and set goals to reach the dreams, but remember that God holds the authority to say “yea” or “nay”-veto power: “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”. (Proverbs 19:2)

Goals can be spiritual such as your desire to develop, improve, and seek an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer and study of His Word. God wants a relationship with you. We should press, stretch and get out of our comfort zones to maintain a prayer relationship with Him. It is the goal that will have eternal benefits. It is the goal that will give us power, wisdom and guidance about all of our other goals such as improving family relationships, getting out of debt, starting that business, writing that book, starting an exercise plan or healing relationship issues. Prayer is the key to unlocking God’s power in your life to carry out what God has placed in your heart.

Accordingly, goals can be broken up into categories such as spiritual, financial, personal relationships, health and business. We should remember to pray about our goals. I must remember, that while I plan, I know my future rests with the One who holds the master plan, so I , each of us, must always start and end with Jesus.

There is still time, forget about what you have not done so far. Begin right now praying and thinking about writing your goals for the year. Take the time to seek God’s face first, pray, and meditate on the Word. Listen to what He states to you and write it down. I find this helps me to accomplish the things that are important to me. Sir Isaac Newton, wrote, “All of my discoveries have been made in answer to prayer.”

Again my challenge to each of us is to take time to pray and write at least three goals you would like to accomplish this year. Dr. Deana Murphy, an award winning author and expert on life design wrote: “The key to writing goals is prayer. He gives us the desires of our heart—which are His desires. This is so important”. Indeed, “prayer is the key that opens the storehouse of God’s infinite grace and power”. R. A. Torrey

Some practical suggestions for setting your goals are as follows:

  1. Get a journal to write the goals in or a loose leaf notebook and divide the note book under the relevant categories. As Habakkuk 2: 1-4 records, we should “write the vision and make it plain…” so that “…he may run who reads it.” You should then list your goals under specific goal categories such as spiritual goals, educational goals, business/career goals, financial goals and personal goals or other focus areas pertinent to you.
  2. Freelance writer, online columnist and former stay at home mom for 15 years, Patricia Chadwick, suggests that you get away by yourself for a day in order to really think about the goals you want to set for you and your family without any distractions. Alternatively, establish 2 or 3 hour sessions until you complete your assignment if you are unable to do this for a day. Turn off the phone and television. Do not go on the Internet –especially Facebook. To set her goals she uses a loose-leaf notebook with a yearly calendar in it and breaks the notebook into 12 categories.
  3. Prayer warrior and writer, Cynthia Bezek, in the article “Plan to Grow” suggests that once your goals have emerged, consider each goal and find as many verses as you can to support that goal. Use the concordance to look up key words. Write relevant passages into your notebook. This process helped her to internalize what the Lord was teaching her.
  4. Write down promises you may need to rely on and “eat” them in order for God to accomplish each goal in your life.
  5. Write down specific action items you must undertake to accomplish your goal in a manner that will help you to measure your progress. Make the steps to the attaining of the goal as practical as possible.

Part II will be next week

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader, formerly served as Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years for the Lydia Circle of Christian Business and Professional Women, is a member of the Church Prayer Leaders Network and leader of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry at her church. Further, she serves as part of the volunteer team for Girlfriends Pray Ministries, an international women’s prayer ministry and as an intercessor/trainer with Global Missions Prayer Force, a global prayer ministry. She can be reached by email at LDFaygo@aol.com and her blog address is , http://ladyofprayer.com copyright 2013,2017

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Victorious and Blessed New Year 2107

yellow-n-y-10891993_10202348849322928_2962174530465215386_nVictorious and Blessed New Year 2017!

Greetings to you and your family,

Welcome to Victorious 2017. Step into God’s Complete Victory in 2017. The number 17 symbolizes “overcoming the enemy” and “complete victory.” Expect victory (1 Corinthians 15:57) because God causes us to triumph . (Corinthians 2:14).  Expect greater , new opportunities and new beginnings, new associations, etc. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

MORE than anything else in life we need to be able to walk in complete victory — in every situation. The full and complete victory was purchased for us at Calvary when Jesus took upon Himself our sins and failures. It is not enough to be set free from sin alone – our old sinful nature has to be replaced with Christ’s Victorious nature. “Christ in you, the hope of glory .#victoryin2107

In 2017 walk in faith(2 Corinthians 5:7)favor( Psalm 90:7) and thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57 ) Pray and God will answer  as he encourages you to call upon me and I will show you great and mighty things. ( Jeremiah 33:3)

Sit down and reflect. Write 3 goals you want to complete by the end of the year, 3 goals that should be done in  to 6 months and what you want to occur in your life this month. Your goals can address your health, career, family, personal and financial concerns. The Lord said to write the vision.  Make the goals specific, with a time limit and make sure they are measurable, realistic  and achievable. (SMART)

As you go forward in 2017-Release baggage of the past. Lay aside every weight, sin and burden.Forget the past and PRESS and move forward to YOUR GREATER- to the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ.( Hebrews 12:1-3. Philippians 3:13). Keep Praying and Pressing. Pursue your dreams and do not fear shining with the spirit of excellence.
THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off {and} throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to {and} entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance {and} steady {and} active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1-3 AMP
I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward Philippians 3:13-14 # #letgobaggage #releasebaggage

As a follower of the Lord, you don’t have to go through life downtrodden and defeated. Come see what it means to be on the winning side!

1 Corinthians 15:57  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Boldly proclaim “victory in Jesus!”yellow-n-y-10891993_10202348849322928_2962174530465215386_n

Linda Fegins , The Prayer Leader, copyright Jan.2 2017 ldfaygo@gmail.com

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