Overview

Scripture Reflection

 David said, ‘My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.’ So David made extensive preparations before his death.” 1 Chronicles 22:5

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Overview

Happy New Year!

What an exciting time. It's an opportunity for a clean slate—another chance to recreate and reimagine yourself—only better.

Unfortunately, most of these goals and dreams never make it past the first month of the year. Discouragement, overwhelm, and frustration soon kick in, and we tell ourselves that "New Year's resolutions don't work." It's an all too familiar scenario played out by the majority of the population.

The truth is, it's not the resolutions that don't work; it's because the old limiting beliefs that followed you into the New Year sabotaging you; it's your lack of a clear vision for the outcome you desire, and it's your lack of knowledge in planning and preparation in goal achievement that keeps you spinning your wheels year after year.

In the Bible, we learn that King David made extensive preparations for constructing the temple (1 Chronicle 22:5). He did not leave anything to chance, and he did not just pray and hope for the best and 'let the chips fall where they may.' He did his part to prepare the way. Like David, we will discover how to plan and prepare for God's provision for us so that we can grab hold of all that God has for us this year.

In this devotional, you’ll develop the spiritual and practical focus necessary to achieve all of your goals this year by learning how to plan. You'll discover the planning tools that every successful goal-getter must have to achieve your healthy weight.

In this devotional, you will:

  • Set your intention for the entire year.
  • Study what God's Word says about focus and planning.
  • Get focus and clarity on your goals.
  • Break down your big goals into bite-sized pieces.
  • Understand the importance of planning.

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Reflect

1.  What did you learn about preparing in 1 Chronicles 22:1-10?

2.  What is the Holy Spirit showing you about the importance of planning?

3.  What are your biggest challenges around planning?

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Worship and Prayer

Let It Happen

"Lord, I thank you for another year. I take time to reflect on how you provided for me last year and how you are preparing me for what is to come. This new year marks a fresh opportunity to draw closer to you and center my life around your grace and goodness. I pray that as I pursue all you have for me this year, I will see your purpose, perspective, and peace. I ground my health goals in you. I ground my hopes and dreams in you. I submit and surrender my will to you, and I seek your grace. I give this journey to you, and I pray that you have already made the way. All I have to do is listen, trust, and obey. Lord, help me to develop the discipline, patience, and skills I need to plan. I don't want to 'wing it' anymore. I know that you are a God of order, and I also want to learn how to be orderly and structured while leaving room for your Spirit to work in me. In your Holy Name, I pray. Amen!"

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What are your biggest challenges around planning?

 

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Alisa Boomer
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26 days ago

My biggest challenge around planning is my tendency to start to hard too quickly. I have a few autoimmune diseases so I really have to start slowly or I will make myself sick. But I am putting my trust in the plan and that God will light my path.

Danielle E
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8 months ago

My biggest challenge around planning is planning more than I can actually do. I always have a long list of things I “need to get done” or “have to do” but the plan to complete them usually fails because I set unrealistic goals and put more on my plate than I can handle.

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