The Word of God says that we are to give thank in all things.
Not FOR all things, but IN all thing. We know that God has our future in His hand and we know where we’re going! Of all the times of year to be thankful, this is it. Give God thanks for all He has done this Thanksgving Day….and every day!
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Have you ever gone to the grocery store and walked up and down the aisles trying to remember what you wrote down on the list that you accidently forgot to bring with you? When you get home, there are items you’re missing because you didn’t have the list.
God knows that writing things down is important. That’s why He wrote down the Ten Commandments for Moses and didn’t just have Moses commit them to memory. That’s why God had the Holy Spirit inspire certain people to write down the words He gave them so that those words could all be put in a book called, The Holy Bible.
The vision and plan that God has for our lives is pretty important. Habakkuk 2:2 talks about writing down the vision. Why? Because it will “tarry” (verse 3). It won’t come to pass right away. It’s going to take some time to get from point A to point Z, and there may be obstacles, road bumps, and a few detours that come up as you walk out that vision. But if you have it written down, then even if you end up taking a detour, you can pull out that vision God gave you five, ten, twenty years ago, read what He told you, and get back on track. Writing things down will help you stay focused and on course.
The plan of God for our lives won’t happen overnight. If we don’t write it down when He gives it to us, we may forget what He told us in the beginning and then begin to question our direction and purpose when the going gets tough.
Writing down your vision will help hold you steady and keep you on track.
It’s never too late to write down the things God has spoken to you to do, or the personal goals that you’ve had in your heart for years. Write them down today. Start taking steps to accomplish them. Don’t just have idle daydreams. Make plans, take steps, and do what’s necessary to see those dreams become a reality.
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At the beginning of the year, it’s a tradition for many people to write down some New Year’s resolutions.
What do I want to accomplish this year? What’s my vision? What do I want to focus on and apply myself to?
Did you know writing down your vision, goals, and New Year’s resolutions is actually scriptural? The Bible says in Habakkuk 2:2, “Write the vision and make it plain so those that read it can run with it” (paraphrased). There’s something about writing things down that helps “make it plain” or clear. Instead of a goal just being a thought, it becomes something a little more tangible, a little firmer, something you can look at and keep in front of you.
Have you ever felt like you were stuck? Things might be going well, but you just feel like things are a little stagnant. Or, maybe you’re just kind of living aimlessly with no direction. If this describes you, then the first thing you need to do is check your vision. Start setting some goals. Don’t just live day in and day out, getting up, going to work, paying bills, and just living from week to week. Write down some clear goals. They don’t have to be big. Write things down that you want to see come to pass in your life, and then commit to taking the steps to make them happen!
The best way to get rid of that “stuck” feeling is to start moving toward something. There’s no greater satisfaction than setting a goal and accomplishing it.
If you’re feeling stuck, stagnant, or aimless, you’re probably suffering from something called, “lack of vision.”
Writing down your vision and goals will help make them clear and give you something tangible to keep in front of you.
It’s fun to sit and daydream, but if you want to turn a daydream into a reality, start by writing it down. And then write down the steps you need to take to walk it out. Ask God to direct your steps and give you wisdom. Keep that goal in front of you daily until it’s accomplished!
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Did you know you can have 20/20 vision?
I’m not necessarily talking about having 20/20 vision in your physical eyeballs. I’m talking about having 20/20 vision when it comes to your goals and the vision for your life.
If you study the lives of successful people, you’ll notice that they all have one thing in common—they each have a clear vision. They know what they want and are willing to commit to doing whatever it takes to make it happen. They may not have had the education, money, time, or support when they started, but they had a strong, clear vision of where they wanted to end up.
The Bible gives a lot of examples of people who had a clear vision, and even when they encountered significant adversity, they still achieved their goals. Joshua and Caleb are great examples. They never gave up their dream of getting into the Promised Land, even though it took 40 years. What about David? He found out there was a prize for killing Goliath, and just to make sure, he asked twice, “What will be given to the guy who defeats this giant?” He got a clear vision of what the reward was going to be! Or, how about Jesus? He’s the ultimate example of someone who had a clear vision. And even in the face of incredible opposition, He kept his eyes fixed on His goal and that held Him steady all the way to the end!
How about you? Do you have a 20/20 vision for your life? Do you have clear goals that you want to obtain or achieve? They don’t have to be big goals; just have some kind of goals. If you want to achieve anything in life, you have to have “20/20 vision.”
You can’t have blurry vision and expect to reach your goals. You must have a clear vision in order to know where you’re going and what you want to accomplish.
Having 20/20 vision requires being specific and intentional about your goals. Successful people all have one thing in common—they have a clear vision.
One of the best ways to get a clear vision is to write it down. Keep it simple. Make a bullet point list of goals. Then, for each goal, determine a few action steps to get you started on your way. You don’t have to have all the steps at once, just take the first steps, then add the next steps as you go along. Consistently keep track of your progress and keep your goals in front of you.
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One of the greatest things many people lack in their lives is vision.
Having a vision for your life is really important. In fact, the Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV). So, vision is something every single person on the planet needs to have.
As a father, I’m the leader in our home. I’m also the leader in our ministry. So, it’s my responsibility to make sure everyone is on the same page, headed in the same direction. I’ve found that one of the biggest challenges I face is constantly making sure there is a clear vision. Where are we going? How are we getting there? What is it going to take to accomplish that?
When it comes to getting a vision for your life and successfully carrying it out, there are six questions you’ll eventually have to answer: Who? What? Where? How? Why? When? Even if you have a vision for your life, but don’t answer those questions, you’ll probably spend most of your life wandering around in circles. There are a whole lot of people that are wandering aimlessly through life, making no progress because they don’t have a destination mapped out.
God created you for a purpose. He gave you gifts and talents for you to develop and use that will bring increase to you and also be a blessing to others. Having a clear vision will give you purpose and cause you to live a rich, satisfied life.
Not having a clear vision will cause you to wander aimlessly through life, never accomplishing the plans that God has for you.
In order to have a clear vision, you have to answer the questions: Who? What? Where? How? Why? When?
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Ask God to show you His plans for you. He may not give you the whole plan all at once, but He will begin to lead you in steps—Check out this idea. Contact this person. Take this class and learn about this subject. The vision God has for your life won’t be accomplished in one day. It’ll be accomplished one step at a time as you follow the direction and leading of the Lord.
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Children are born to believe. If they don’t hear the truth, they’ll believe a lie.
The only way to combat a lie is with the truth. As parents, it’s important that we tell our children the truth! We have to tell them who they are in Christ. When we do that we are getting the truth down deep in their heart.
Watch Day 15 – Promises For Parents
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It is so important that we watch the words that we let come out of our mouths.
Beyond that, We have to watch what we are feeding ourselves. As they say, “Garbage In = Garbage Out”
In this hilarious video, Joe shares what his in-house rules were for TV watching and music listening.
Spoiler Alert: “We Don’t Watch Stupid” and “We Don’t Listen To Stupid”
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The importance of writing down your vision cannot be overemphasized.
Once you have a vision, it’s important to write it down. Habakkuk 2:2-3 (KJV) says, “Write the vision…though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come….”
Lou Holtz, an accomplished college football coach of 35 years, is a great example of this. In the early days of his career, at the age of 28, Lou wasn’t seeing much success in his life. He was an out-of-work assistant football coach with not many prospects in view.
Discouraged, he sat down at the table, and his wife encouraged him to write down some goals. As a result, he wrote 107 goals that covered every area of his life—husband, father, religion, finances, professional, and personal. He laid boundaries aside and just started writing things down that seemed outlandish at the time. A few of his goals included: jumping out of a plane, being on The Tonight Show, making a hole-in-one, having dinner at the White House, and visiting with the Pope.
At last count, he had accomplished 102 of the 107 goals. He went from discouragement to accomplishment by simply writing things down.
There is significance to writing down your vision no matter how silly, outlandish, insignificant, or difficult it may seem. Writing down your vision gives you something tangible to see with your natural eyes. Make time to get with your spouse and children and make a list of goals. Have each person write down individual goals and also goals you’d like to see accomplished as a family unit. Discuss steps that can be taken to accomplish your goals. Pray and ask God for wisdom. Psalm 37:5 (KJV) says, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
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When God gives you a vision, He also gives you the steps to accomplish it (Psalm 37:23).
Each of those steps will require faith. When God gives you a step, don’t draw back in fear and unbelief. Hebrews 10:38 (KJV) says, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” You must trust God completely. Fear and unbelief will hinder God from working and will keep you from fulfilling the vision He has for you.
God gave the children of Israel a vision to possess the Promised Land. Step by step God led them out of Egypt, through the wilderness, and to the Promised Land. They were right on the border, and He gave them the next step: go in and possess the land. But they drew back because of what they saw in the natural—giants. They took their eyes off of God’s Word, focused on the giants, and wouldn’t take the next step. As a result, they didn’t fulfill the vision God had for them.
God took care of them, but they didn’t progress any farther. They lived in the wilderness, right across the border from God’s vision for them—a land flowing with milk and honey. That generation spent their entire lives on the doorstep of their Promised Land and never entered in (Joshua 5:6).
The vision God gives you will be accomplished in steps, and every step will require faith. No matter what the circumstances around you look like, don’t draw back. Keep your eyes fixed on God’s Word. If you will trust God every step of the way, He will help you walk out the vision for your life. The Bible says in Psalm 37:3-4 (KJV), “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land…Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
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In 1975, God showed me and my wife that one day we were going to travel and work with families.
With my natural eyes, I couldn’t see myself doing this. I was terrible at public speaking. In school, I got F’s for oral book reports! I also had a fear of flying. Growing up, I ran to the house whenever I just heard a plane fly overhead! However, today I fly on airplanes all the time to speaking engagements where I am the guest speaker.
Before God’s vision can come to pass in our lives, we first have to see it in our hearts. If I had focused on the natural problems I had with public speaking and flying, I wouldn’t have moved forward with the vision God gave me. However, in my heart I could see it, and I began to act upon it until it finally came to pass. Today, I am living that vision as a reality.
God can do great things in and through us if we will just open our spiritual eyes, see what He sees, and do what He tells us to do. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23 NKJV).
It takes faith for the vision God has for you to come to pass. You have to see it with your spiritual eyes before it will become a reality. If you only see with natural eyes, you will never possess the great things God has planned for you. Don’t limit what God can do. “God can do anything—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams” (Eph. 3:20 MSG). Start seeing with your spiritual eyes what He has for you, and then do what He tells you to do, and watch that vision come to pass in your life!