Well, we finally got home yesterday from our Christmas trip to Colorado Springs! I say "finally" because we stayed an extra day, then needed to stop and spend the night about 3.5 hours out because we were tired, and it was later than expected. (We had driven for several hours 10-15 mph under the speed limit due to conditions and our wiper fluid freezing...and we were not alone!)
When we got in town, we had to go to Fort Worth to check on a house my hubby and I are flipping there. That took longer than expected.
After that, we met some of my hubby's family that was in town, at my favorite park! (Well, they're my family too, ya know.) We were about 1.5 hours later than expected because of...everything. LOL We kept them posted, though! So they started (the kids playing) without us, and even crossed a couple of the bridges there! Too funny. My cousin sent me a text with a pic of her family...standing on one of the bridges! Gotta love the bridges, people!
I trust your Christmas was with family, fun, fabulous, and filled with lots of laughter and JOY! If you had to spend any time alone, I pray that you felt good overall, and that you felt blessed, and experienced some JOY.
There is a difference between dreams and plans.
Setting big intentions, goals, and dreams means we don’t know how we will get there, but we trust we WILL know, and then do the process. That’s one of the reasons that it is so exciting when they happen. We weren’t able to see the full path to get us there right away. We didn’t always know THE plan. We just had to trust, and keep walking.
We often keep our intentions, goals, and dreams small so we can control and achieve them. Setting big goals makes us vulnerable. Or so we think.
What if we fail?
What will people think?
It's totally exciting and scary at the same time!
You see, if we knew the path up front, that would be a plan. Plans are good. In fact you may have heard the expression: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” But plans are not big intentions, goals, and dreams. Those come from inside you. But so does the plan, right? But how?
That’s one reason I love the scripture verse: Jeremiah 29:11 AMP – “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” The KJV says – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (expected…Hebrew – end and expectation)
That means that all I have to do is get my intentions, goals, and dreams in alignment with the plan God has for me, and the process will come. I can trust that!
There is a difference between dreams and plans.
God has a plan. He wants us to dream big! He places within us the desire not only for the end, but for the process. This is what keeps us going, trusting, crossing.
That's why I also love the scripture verses: Psalm 37:4 AMP – “Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart." Psalm 37:5 "Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in Him also and He will do it." And the KJV says: "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."
That doesn’t mean we do nothing. It means we do what is laid before us, trusting that He will bring “it” to pass, in the end!
Maybe you are fighting an uphill battle somewhere in your life right now. Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with something or placed in front of something scary and hard. Or maybe, for no apparent reason, you just feel scared and anxious about the new year coming.
Or maybe all is well with you right now. Maybe you’ve come through something that was scary and hard, and are so grateful. Or maybe, for no apparent reason, you feel you’ve been handed the keys to your future in the new year coming.
With any and all of these, your intentions, dreams, and goals around them might seem too big, or even impossible right now.
We can play big with our intentions, dreams, and goals, and trust God for the end.
Or we can play safe with our intentions, dreams, and goals, and trust ourselves and others for the end, with the limitations that come with that.
My request is that you give up “control” and surrender to grace, trust, and receive the forward movement for your walk in 2020. We cannot control the outcome of events and situations. We cannot look into the future and know exactly how things will happen.
But what we can control, is what we choose to believe and what we choose to do along the way.
My encouragement to you for 2020, is to play big with your intentions, goals, and dreams. Pray about them, and ask God to put them in alignment with HIS plans and thoughts for you. Then trust Him to put the plan within you, the path beneath you, and the bridge before you. And of course, then pray and ask for, and receive the help you need to trust the process to cross, where He will bring it to pass!
If you'd like a copy of my "My Intentions Planning Journal," just hit "reply" and let me know. It's my New Year's gift to you. I want you to feel empowered for and in 2020.
Those new programs...they are uh-comin! All I can tell you is:
- Don't make any New Year's Resolutions. NONE!
- Choose to prepare to make a mindset shift.
- Choose YOU over all.the.things.
- Be excited about 2020 being your best year yet. EVER!
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Happy New Year N Joy!