Don’t just do it in 2017

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As we arrive at the end of the year, it’s impossible not to reflect. Also, New Year’s resolution’s come to mind; losing the extra Christmas pounds is always high up on everyone’s list.

We consider how successful last year’s resolutions were, and how much progress we made in the last 12 months, tending to focus on the negative.

It’s vital that we do not take any negative energy from this year into the next.

Instead, look back and see the faithfulness of God in your live throughout the year, all the positive things that happen, how He has helped shaped you into a better person.

Be filled with a sense of wonder what God may have in store for you in 2017.

Maybe when you reflect on 2016, it hasn’t been the best year. Lost, or pain may cloud your vision. Maybe you had challenges that seemed to take your life in a different direction than you planned.

Maybe you missed out on opportunities as you lacked the faith or confidence in your abilities.

We all miss out on God-given opportunities, but as long as we look at them as learning experiences, then they were not missed entirely, as spiritual growth occurred.

We all learn and grow in different ways, and at different speeds. Our Heaven Father knows this, so each of us must walk a unique path to learning what is needed.

The road to your destiny is not as straightforward as A to B.

Many missed opportunities are Gods way of telling us; there are changes ahead to fulfill what we desire, but we must be prepared.

Life Lesson
Look at setbacks as learning experiences, do not focus on them, taking your eyes off the road in front of you, with self-pity and regret, or you may miss something greater around the next bend.

We need to turn our attention away from past mistakes, away from missed opportunities, and focus our attention on the present. Using the New Year as a fresh beginning, as a chance to use the lessons learned in 2016 to make the coming year better.

You may not have been there for a loved one in their time of need, but instead of dwelling on it, shake off the guilt or regret, and learn from it. Turn a negative into a positive, by being there for everyone that means something to you in 2017.

As you get ready to celebrate the New Year, leave behind all the negative feelings toward others or yourself, leave behind the regret, the guilt, and the bitterness.

Replace them feelings with love.

Forgive others for not being who you would like them to be. Forgive them and set them free.

Do not bring any negative thoughts or feelings into 2017. Do this, and it will be your best year yet.

Isaiah 48:18
Forget the former things, do not dwell in the past

 

 

Happy New Year to all
Rev J Martin

 

 

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Are You Pushing God Away?

The thought of pushing God away doesn’t seem a good option; surely I need Him on my side is often people’s first response. And, they are right, but this is what most people are doing each day.

For some reason, they think it’s ok to take matters of God into their own hands.

They feel it’s their right to worry, doubt, judge others, seek revenge or hold bitterness in their hearts.

When you hold onto these negative thoughts and feelings, they slowly fill the mind and heart. Before long, they will consume your thinking, andl restrict the space for God to work little miracles in your life.

Peace of mind is a small miracle for those that do not have it.

…so is happiness ….joy …and love.

So what is required? What steps are needed to make the space again?

Well, in my new book, Make Space For God, I would like to take you on a journey of discovery. When you learn to empty out the negative, your life will only ever be filled with good things.

Peace, happiness, joy, love, and the inspiration to take your life to new levels.

As a little Christmas present, my new book is free until Thursday at 11.59pm. (link)

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Have a wonderful Christmas season.

Rev J Martin

 

 

 

 

5 Ways to Feel The Spirit of Christmas

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Everyone has there unique ways to spend the Christmas period. For me, Christmas has always been family time. When I was younger, I  loved the open fire, and this love is something that has stayed with me throughout the years. Sitting watch films with a glass of homemade ginger ale reminds me of my childhood.

For many, it can be a very stressful time; people get into massive debt. Debt which can loom over them until March. Christmas is not about, spending more than you can afford, just to impress people you already know love you.

Today I decided to write a blog post on the five essential things that you need to do this Christmas period, so you feel the genuine spirit of Christmas.

One
Christmas is a time to reach out; God is counting on you to be his messenger where ever you go. I see many people walk straight past homeless people, instead go over and encourage them; buy them a hot coffee. When you do this, you just released God’s grace into that person, and also everyone that witness your act of love.

Two
The most valuable present you can give is to be present for someone. Call a friend who is discouraged, tell them you are thinking about them and remind them there are better days ahead.

Three
Be careful you don’t forget the real meaning of Christmas, which is summed up in John 3:16, God loved us so much that He gave His Son, Jesus so that we can have eternal life. Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus main message which was, love and forgiveness. Forgive someone that has hurt you.

Four
Spend time with family, listen more than you talk. The family is our foundation, and although often the hardest relationships, they are ones we need to feel secure.

Five
Last but by no means least, put up feet up. After spending weeks running around getting everything prepared, it’s vital that we take the time to relax and reflect and be thankful. No matter how bad thing may seem, take the comfort that there are those worst off.

I wish you a Merry Christmas.
Rev J Martin