Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Plan for 2016

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Early in my first marriage, money was tight; therefore, I offered to cut my husband’s hair to save a trip to the barber. I was a bit nervous because I had never cut anyone’s hair before, but snip, snip – so far, so good.

Then after one more snip on the right side of his head … well, let’s just say, that was one snip too many.

Out of nervousness, I began to laugh as tears rolled down my cheeks. My husband ran to the bathroom mirror – and left me seven years later.

I can only conclude that it must have been the “one snip too many” that caused the demise of our marriage. I mean, certainly, it wasn’t because of any character flaws in either of us, right? Truth be told, our marriage would have been better served had a few of our character flaws been snipped off rather than my husband’s short locks.

I’m incredibly thankful for all God has done in me since that time. However, I want to see more growth and maturity. Therefore, with God’s help, I resolve to purposely pursue a more Christlike behavior, month after month, in 2016. Will you join me?

Let’s ask God to examine our hearts so we can begin the new year with a realistic plan that will allow us to see steady growth throughout the year.

Psalm 139
:23 Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 
:24 And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (AMPC).

What if, at the beginning of each month, we were to ask God to search our hearts and thoughts to show us one area in our life (the choices we’re making) that is displeasing to Him? Then, prayerfully, throughout that month, we did whatever it took (meditating on scriptures, LOTS of time spent with God, accountability, etc.) to change.

If we were to do this month after month, imagine how much we would have to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2016.

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6 comments:

  1. "What if, at the beginning of each month, we were to ask God to search our hearts and thoughts to show us one area in our life (the choices we’re making) that is displeasing to Him? Then, prayerfully, throughout that month, we did whatever it took (meditating on scriptures, LOTS of time spent with God, accountability, etc.) to change."

    Count me in. I love this idea! I usually ask Him to show me my hidden sins, but maybe that is to broad. Maybe I need to narrow this down and focus on specific areas that God knows I am ready to face and to trust Him to give me the wisdom and grace to deal with them as He commands. I like this idea of narrowing my focus down, yet dealing with each of them in His timing.

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    1. Barbara, I LOVE your comment! May I use the concept of what you said in a future post?

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    2. Thanks! I'll be sure to thank you when I post it on Facebook!!

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  2. Neat idea, Sheryl, asking God for a monthly focus. Your illustration made me laugh, but it sure drove the point home. I have to wonder where in my life I may be using false reasoning, drawing misguided conclusions, placing undue blame.... Something worth praying about.

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    1. I agree, Sheila, - something worth praying about, indeed! It is SO easy to come up with false justifications.
      Love seeing you, Sheila. Please stop by again. Can't wait to meet you sometime in person.

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