Needless to say, 2011 is in full swing. Think about it, in a few short days we will be in February. I don’t do a whole lot of new year resolutions on January 1. I normally wait to set out my goals/expectations around my birthday…which by the way if you were wondering is February 1. As I get closer to my 29th, my mind is more and more on what I want to accomplish, set into motion, and strive for as my last year in the twenties creeps up on me. The thought just occurred to me, next year this time I will be about to start a brand new decade. One of my goals is to find other people to learn from. Without having the ability to head out and meet everyone one by one for a cup of coffee, technology has given us the next best thing. Blogs and Podcasts! Would you mind letting me in on who I should be learning from? I am wanting to grow as a Husband, Father, Minister, and want to get into a healthy eating/exercise routine. You can check out who I am currently learning from by scrolling over the I Recommend tab at the top of the page.
Who do you recommend I subscribe to via blog/podcast (include link)? Why do you recommend this individual and what are you learning as a result of reading/listening to them?
Have you ever needed something? Maybe something as simple as help with a move, or as difficult and time consuming as building a house. No matter how simple or vast the help may be, there is a common denominator with each request. The more likely you are to ask the more chances you are going to get help. In the same way, if you fail to ask you definitely will not receive the help. In order to receive you have to ask. In my devotional reading I focused on Matthew 7:7-11. In case you are unfamiliar with the passage here it is.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
It is hard for me to ask for help most times. I don’t mind giving my time, money, and resources to others but when it comes to me needing something I will most of the time do without rather than asking for help. God wants us to ask, God has good things for us however we must use our voice to ask. Sometimes how he wants to bless us is through others. I encourage you to ask, you never know what good things are heading your way when you do.
Do you have a hard time asking? In what ways has God shown you that he is faithful to give good things when you just ask?
As my wife watches Marley and Me it sparked a question that maybe you can answer.
Have you ever had something that was hard to keep up with but brought distress when it was taken away?
I received an email and wanted to share the contents of it with you. Here are 5 Steps in Keeping Your Pursuit of God a High Priority in 2011.
Get alone with God, away from the phone and distractions with only your Bible & a notebook. Take this time to seek God for a personal revelation and choose to follow Him in the specific area(s) that He speaks to. Listen & write down these results as you ask God to help you clearly focus on those area(s).
Ask the following: What does God want to accomplish . . . .
In me spiritually?
In my marriage?
In my finances?
In my physical body?
In my personal/emotional life?
Is God calling me to something new?
Jot down your thoughts, prayers and goal(s) as God is speaking to you.
Inquire more of Him. Settle not for anything less than His best.
What do you sense God is saying about your walk?
What have you implemented in 2011 to grow in your walk with God towards Christ likeness? What are some hurdles you have to overcome in order to get started on your goal towards Christ likeness?