I am sitting here reminiscing over this past weekend and Christmas holiday. All of the family was home, the kids, grandchildren even some of the great grandkids. My parents’ house was filled with laughter and thanks for just another chance for us to be together. Our family has gone through a lot this year. My dad was diagnosed with tonsil cancer; he finished his treatment right after Thanksgiving. He told me a few weeks ago right before he finished radiation that he is a warrior and he would beat this illness. He went to the doctor last week; the doctor gave him a good report. The cancer is gone, his labs were good, my dad’s skin was discolored because of the radiation and chemo but now his skin color is returning back to normal. We have faced other issues as a family but on Christmas day we were all celebrating, determined to help each other finish strong.
As we come to the end of another year how do you plan finish? Do you plan to finish strong or wallow in your problems? Will you allow the hurts, disappointments, and failures of this year to take you over or will they empower you to finish strong? My friends I admonish you to finish this year out strong. Learn from what has happened to you on this year to make you better. Every year I see or hear people say that “this year was the worse year, I can’t wait for the next.” Maybe instead of bashing the year, learn from the year in order to make the next one better. What are you going to do different to make your life better for the next year? What disciplines are you going to practice to strengthen your relationship with God?
On this last week of 2015 I ask that you think about what you want for your future. Pray to the Father for direction. Write what God tells you and go for IT.
Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
Recently I had to make some changes in my life. You see I work a full-time job Monday-Friday. I am also in seminary and I recently started a Christian online boutique. We updated our computers at work and merged with a bigger company within 3 months of each other. Because of all of the changes at work my stress level was high. School was demanding I was barely staying on top of my assignments. The store was new, exciting but I had to learn a lot. Needless to say, I was burnt out.
I was so tired that I did not want to do anything. My focus was off. I wasn’t spending time with God like I should. I came to realize something had to give. I had to make some changes in my life if I was going to sustain my sanity. I talked with my husband and began to pray I wanted to find some balance in my life. So I decided to take a break from seminary, focus on the store and work.
Even though I wanted to stay in school I knew I couldn’t continue at this rate. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions if you are going to be able to maintain your sanity. We have to realize that we cannot and should not overwhelm ourselves to the point where we are missing out on what is important in life. For me my relationship with God is vital. My relationship was not at the forefront so I had to make a hard decision to put school off for now and regain my focus. Learning when to say NO is important. We have to discern when we are off target and gain focus. In order for one to stay focus you have to be connected God. Whenever we detach ourselves from God we become unbalanced. Sometimes we do not realize that adding so much to your day will leave no room for time with God. One has to be purposeful in making everything in your life to revolve around your time with God. Remember you are in charge of your YES!!! You have the responsibility to say NO when YES becomes a stumbling block.
Now that I have eliminated some things from my schedule, I have time to pray, read my Bible and run my new business without being stressed out. I am a firm believer that God will direct you when you allow Him to. I began to ask God to guide me through my day and to realign my thoughts and spirit. I desperately needed to refocus on God. My Friends when life becomes so overwhelming you must reassess your life and make the appropriate changes. I had to seek God for what was best for me, now seek Him for what is best for you. Give HIM your best YES!!!
2cor 4:6 “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”