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A New Start

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Last month it was all about the new year, new goals, new beginnings and new adventures too.  As I look back over the beginning of the this month, some of my own new starts have already stopped.  I realize I need to be courageous for some of the new things I have on my list. I need to let go of some fears, some doubts, some anxiety.   I said to myself, out with the old and in with the new. However, I was quickly reminded that the same old courage it took me to meet desired goals previously, is what I needed to start over.  I had a talk with myself.  I spoke honestly to me saying “don’t you dare give up, don’t you throw away your courage, your do better attitude, or your no excuses mindset.”  It takes courage to be more disciplined (slow it down), to turn away from (say no), and to stay focused (live healthy).   So I began again by taking baby steps. Starting over starts with courage and I am going to use that same old courage from before to lift me up out of the pit of discouragement.  The bible says over and over to be of good courage.  I was strengthened as  I read Psalm 31:24 King James Version (KJV)

24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

Prayer: Lord help me be courageous no matter what, because my hope is in You. Thank you for always loving me and for being there every time I am discouraged, feel like giving up and have to start over. Give me peace and persistence in Jesus name, Amen.

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In Case You Missed It

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ICYMI is a popular acronym used these days for updates, news flashes, rewind, etc.  I missed watching my show The Voice, but saw the highlights on the website.  I missed the political  news about Hillary and Donald, but caught up by reading CNN’s website , I missed that cute family photo my friend posted but Facebook updated me.  I even missed church on Sunday but got updated by members and listened to the sermon through online replay.   Please don’t miss this: God doesn’t miss anything we go through in life.  He doesn’t need a recap, doesn’t need to see it again, or revisit anything.  He is everywhere, knows everything  and has all power.  I realized my  best resource for ICYMI is the Bible.  I have missed a lot.  Somehow I keep missing the mark, I feel like I am missing God sometime. I feel like my spiritual acronym should be YYMIA for yeah, you missed it again. But thank God for being the same, yesterday, today and forever.  The Bible is better than social media sites, news feeds, entertainment websites or any app on my phone.  God gives constant updates and reminders in the Bible to recap, go back, hear it again, listen to His voice then keep on doing what it says.