The Year Is Not Up Yet. Stay Positive!!!

Stay Positive

We have passed the half a year mark and many of us have given up chasing some of the goals we started at the beginning of the year.  Every year we make new year resolutions and goals. We write them down, but many of them are never accomplished.  This is the first year I did not write any goals down.  I was supposed to make my goal board at the beginning of the year, but it never happened.  I kept procrastinating and putting it off for the next day.  Despite not writing my goals down a lot of change has happened in my life.

In January, I wrote that 2019 will be the Year of Transformation.  I can truly say it has been an eye-opening year for me.  I stopped pressing my hair and now I wear it in its natural state.  My youngest daughter moved to Texas.  Now I am officially an empty nester, since both of my children are now living on their own.  My husband quit his job and is working on his business full time.  I have been trying to lose weight and it has been a challenge.  I lose some weight, then I gain it back.  I am still trying to find a way to keep the weight off.  I am also preparing myself for my next adventure—a new career.  I am participating in a new ministry called Drive Up Prayer.  We pray for the needs and concerns of people in the community.  For me this has been very rewarding and fulfilling, because I love building God’s kingdom.

Even though, a lot of things have changed in my life I have maintained a positive attitude, by keeping my focus on God.  I am not saying it has been easy, but I am determined to look at the brighter side of things.  Anyone can complain and talk about the negative things going on in their life, but can you look at those negative things and see God is working?  When the TV doesn’t not work, the bathroom sink clogs up or you’re late to work, take a moment and think about him.  Think about how blessed we are to even have a TV, a bathroom sink and a job.  We have a God who can get us a new TV or anything else we need.

Sometimes we are so focused on making it through the day, we forget to enjoy it.  We need to learn to take a pause and just focus on how blessed we are to be alive.  Not one day is promised to us and we need to be thankful for each day. In James 4:13-15 it says, “Come now [and pay attention to this], you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and carry on our business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen in your life tomorrow. [What is secure in your life?] You are merely a vapor [like a puff of smoke or a wisp of steam from a cooking pot] that is visible for a little while and then vanishes [into thin air]. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and we will do this or that.’”  Our lives are just mere vapors and gone so quickly.  We need to learn to enjoy each day as it comes.  We are not in control of our lives, God is. Each day that we live on this earth is a blessing.

We have five months left in this year.  Let’s enjoy every day and every moment that we are on this earth. Yes, we will have some changes in our lives.  We will have to deal with issues and problems, but let’s stay positive and focused on our goals.  With God by our side we can reach every goal.  Be thankful we have a God who will guide us every step of the way.

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