I've never, ever, in my 40 years, made a new year's resolution. Maybe it's because I don't see things in a "fiscal year" light, but rather in seasons. September is the beginning (start of school and schedule changes) and August is the end (wrapping up summer). Call me nuts. I'm cool with it ;).
I'm certain you can relate with the off-the-map excursions life takes. Our personal life has taken turns, with the addition of each child or Job changes, and twists, uprooting from the Central Valley and moving to San Diego because God opened the door and asked if we trusted Him...to the challenge of the cancer marathon that we weren't at all trained and ready for, but are running because it's part of our journey.
As our circumstances have changed, for the good, the mundane or the frustrating, I have set goals. Mindset goals. I may resist at first when the Lord has presented a new, perhaps unexpected path in this journey, but then as He waits patiently for me to throw my "fit", He draws me to Him-whether it be with scripture, a song, or words from another. My mind is changed by what my heart knows to be good and true.
Today, in church, we sang the words....
You make me brave, you make me brave, you call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave, you make me brave, no fear can hinder now the love that made a way.
You make me brave, you make me brave, no fear can hinder now the promises you made.
Today, my heart reminded my mind that God's promises are not hindered, because He is unchanging. So the promises and hope we draw from scripture still hold true today.
It's simple. It's sweet.
But, nevertheless, a reminder I needed as I round out my 5th year in the cancer marathon. We all face adversity and sometimes, after it's been along time, or ongoing with no end in sight, we can "feel" like God forgot us. We may start to lose hope out of pure weariness.
But, take heart. Take HOPE. Take God at His word.
Therefore we do not lose heart. even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord. Psalms 31:24
Mindset Goals: Do not lose heart. Hope in the Lord.
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