Porch #29 * 5 Steps to Move You Forward

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Friends, buckle up.  Ready or not, 2022 has arrived.  

What could be healthier and holier than approaching the year ahead with a clean slate.  A no regrets lifestyle.  A courageous choice to rid ourselves of all those woulda-coulda-shouda's that act like quicksand, pulling us down and leaving us feeling like failures.

If ever we needed to be purposeful, it'd be right about now.

Instead of barreling headfirst into whatever's out there, how 'bout we take time to sift through the last 12 months.  Fully understand the victories, the disasters, the accomplishments, the pain.  Celebrate who God is and the provisions that have come from His hand.  Name our fears and failures and sorrows.  Confess our attitude problems and sins.  Forgive and ask for forgiveness.  Appreciate the gifts and opportunities He's given us.  Acknowledge daily provisions and graces.  Come to some measure of peace about what we've lived through.

In the process, we:
1.  Aim to release our accumulated why questions.

2.  Ask God what He's inviting us to.  

3.  Listen to the still small Voice for clear direction.

4.  Claim the fresh calling, verses, OneWord, goals, resolutions, song He's whispering to us.

5.  Chose to move ahead with a clear head and an open heart.

A few resources to help you discern your own unique focus:

If your load is complex and heavy, a counselor, support group or workbook just might be the ticket.  Click here to get an idea of what's available to you.  No one says you have to line all your ducks in a row by the first week of January.  If you need a season to move further toward healing, please give that grace and space to yourself.

So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. 
God will take care of your tomorrow too. 
Live one day at a time.
- Matthew 6:34 -

One day at a time.

It's become my mantra.  The breath I breathe.  The song I sing.  The promise I've claimed.  I've said it a million times in the last three years and am continuing to learn how to live it out in this disruptive, disturbing season.  

Loosening my grip on every loved one.  Every question.  Every opinion.  Every agenda. 

Embracing Jesus' words in Matthew 6 has freed me up and lightened my load.  It's kept me from thinking I've got all the answers.  Looking too far ahead.  Entertaining every worst case scenario and giving it free rein to endlessly play on repeat in my head.

One day at a time has freed me from anxiety's death-grip.  It's giving me a right perspective.  It's equipping me to reach out.

So that's my focus for 2022.  Again.

This is the first day of the rest of your life
'Cause even in the dark, you can still see the light
It's gonna be alright, it's gonna be alright
Sing it here!

One Day at a Time,

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