This week the news is filled with people who are so glad 2021 is over and behind them.  I get that.  It has not been an easy year for many of us.  There has been much fear, heartache, and loss.  Even so, God has been faithful, and we are still here today.  I believe that our best days are ahead of us – closer than we think.

As the year came to an end, I did a lot of soul searching as many do at this time of year.

I decided I wanted 2022 to be a much greater year for me and for you.  I also realized to accomplish that; I would need to make some changes.

I am a firm believer in the Bible, and I believe it when it says we reap what and where we sow.  If I want to reap more in 2022, then it stands to reason that I will have to sow more in 2022. I am not just talking financial increase, although that is a part of it, I am mainly talking about an increase in my spiritual walk.

For many of us I feel the last few years we have remained in survival mode.  Fighting to survive loss and disappointments that were almost crippling. I don’t know about you, but I want out of survival mode, and I choose to enter, this day, into thrive mode.

As I was pondering all this over the weekend, I thought about how I was raised.  I, and my three sisters, were raised by a single Mom.  She was awesome and I wouldn’t trade her for any other Mom.  That being said, the main thing she taught her girls was survival.  My sister and I were talking about that very thing recently. My mom had the mindset that if anything happened to her, since she was all we had, we needed to know how to survive.  Trust me, we learned that lesson well.

While it is certainly good to be able to survive, that’s not God’s best.  It’s true that being taught survival helped me to weather many storms over the years, and for that I am thankful.  However, I do not want to take up residence in survival mode.  Jesus came that I might have and enjoy life to the full, until it overflows.  That is not survival – that is thriving.

These are the things that are on my heart as I said goodbye to one year and hello to another.

Therefore, I ended 2021 by giving to the Lord financially.  I began 2022 by, again, giving to the Lord, and to those who had ministered to me.  Why?  Because I believe in the law of sowing and reaping.  If I want to reap more, I sow more.

Furthermore, I spent my last day of 2021 in the presence of God and in His word.  I spent the first day of 2022, in His word and in His presence.  You see, I intend to go into this year right.  I choose to enter it strong and finish even stronger on December 31.  If that is to happen, it must begin with me.

If you were not happy with 2021… change it.  God has given us His word, His authority and everything we need to live the life that Jesus died to give us, but the rest is up to us.

His promises may not automatically manifest in our life just because we read them, or someone tells us about them.  They come to pass into our life because we read and obey them.  We believe them, we receive them, and we stand in faith until we see them manifest in our life.

God’s promises are truth, and they are available to all of us.  So, what needs to change?  We do.  We WILL REAP WHAT WE SOW.

That’s what I want you to think about today.  Do you want some things to change?  Change them.  Do you want to reap more spiritually?  Sow more spiritually.  Do you want to reap more financially?  Sow more.  God is not mocked. Whatever we sow, that shall we reap.

My wonderful friends, it is time to come out of survival mode and begin to thrive in God.  It’s MY YEAR TO THRIVE, will you join me?

 

Appoint My Days

I build myself up in my most holy faith and pray in the power of the Holy Spirit.  I await the mercy of my Lord who gives me eternal life.  This keeps me safe in God’s love!

Jude 20


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