Happy New Year!
2019 was a very full year!
We had a year of great challenge, heartbreaking loss, positive encouragement, strategic relational connections, and amazing blessing. We are looking forward to 2020.
Each year I look at my life in the light of what I know I have practiced.
When I first started a few years ago I was surprised I had developed several positive life-practices.
I John 3:18-19 TPT
Beloved children, our love can’t be an abstract theory we only talk about, but a way of life demonstrated through our loving deeds. We know that the truth lives within us because we demonstrate love in action, which will reassure our hearts in his presence.
The demonstration of our our love in action gives us the evidence we are Christ-followers. Faith + Demonstration = a life captivated by the Father’s love.
Our works/practices don’t save us. Our works/ our practices reveal us.
Most probably your practices flow from who you are and from what you value.
If you are like me, and don’t like the fruit of some of your practices you can change your focus. I choose to focus on and practice the positive.
Tip: Write down your own practices. What consistently flows from your life? What bears good fruit? What doesn’t?
Tip: Focus…Push into the good! Let go of the not so good.
Believe for a good harvest.
Mindset shifts are important.
Galatians 6:5-10 TPT
Every believer is ultimately responsible for his or her own conscience.
For what you plant will be the very thing you harvest.
The harvest you reap reveals the seed that was planted.
If you plant the good seeds of Spirit-life you will reap the beautiful fruits that grow from the everlasting life of the Spirit.
And don’t allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!
Take advantage of every opportunity to be a blessing to others.
- Slowing Down. Hebrews 4…I know I have a tendency to move too fast.
I slow down by consciously walking slower and by taking the time to pause and reflect. I’m practicing living from faith rest, which means choosing to position myself to Be in His Presence. This time investment helps me to remember I’m always a son first… messenger second. Outflow flows from the inflow. I choose to slow down and slip away on most days.
- Being a friendly open-hearted person. I choose to encourage one person every day.
I’ve discovered I usually encourage more than one person during my day.
- Serving others in love. This is my lifestyle passion and development.
Use your gifts to serve others. Sometimes serving others means getting your hands dirty.
- Awareness. I was moving from an unaware-mindset toward a being-aware mindset.
I wanted to grow by being self-aware, socially aware, being emotionally intelligent, and being spiritually aware. I’m currently learning to be aware of my environment: where I am, and being aware of who I need to be in a situation. I mistakenly asked, “What do I need to do in this situation?” The right question, “Who do I need to be in this situation?”
Knowing I am unaware is my first step toward living a life of awareness.
- Responding to God prompts. Responding to those small intuitive “flutterbys”. What do I see/hear/feel?
I’m seeking to develop a lifestyle that is open for business. My daily prayer, “Jesus lead me where You want me to go, and help me to encourage who you want me to encourage.” I want to understand how He moves/leads me toward responding by listening to the Holy Spirit and to people. Listening, really listening, then responding is my practice challenge.
- Praying for people. Prayer is our connection from heaven to earth.
I pray with my eyes and my heart open. I pray for people in the now moment. When someone says “pray for me” I pray then. I also often, ask “Can I pray for you?” Nine times out or ten people receive prayer when I ask. Prayer is the connection from heaven to their earth. Many times people cry, and/or sense His presence when we pray together.
Practice doesn’t make you perfect, it makes you better.
My prayer for you is that you would grow in your understanding of His great love and grace. I pray you would continue to practice your positive practices.