by Nancy Ellis
What is God’s vision for you in this upcoming year?
What plans does Jesus have for you?
What blessings does He want to give you?
What blessings does He want to give through you?
It is easy for us to wait for a point of disruption or point of disappointment to stop our plans, kneel and turn to God.
I know I personally have said too many times, “God, my plans did not work so now I surrender to you.” This year I am challenging myself and each and every one of you to bring Jesus in early and often to trust Him wholeheartedly in His plan for your abundant life.
You might now be asking, “How do we integrate our planning and God’s purpose? How do we move from a dream to a vision? How do we move from a goal to a plan?”
My favorite way to do this is to create a Vision Board. I have been doing it since 2011 for work and for family. I also started doing this in my Small Group and for the 3rd year in a row, we launch it with a celebration called a Vision Board Party!
I want to share with you my 5 Best Practices for making God’s Vision for your year a reality no matter what season of life you are in:
Pray. I love the saying, “when you don’t know what to do, kneel!” Take time to rest and reflect and ask your Heavily Father for direction since He has written your next chapter and the whole darn book of your life. This will give you your WHY and a sense of purpose.
Be specific, measurable or quantifiable. I have been guilty of being too general in just saying I want to lose weight, I want more date nights, or I want to pay off debt. It’s not enough to know the WHAT of your visions but you have to know the HOW MUCH to do so that you can keep the momentum going.
Timelines and milestones. Set short term and long term milestones. Celebrate any and all your success and build off the momentum! Then, wait, be patient and surrender to His timing like in Habakkuk 2:3, “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”
Confirm that the goal and vision are yours not someone else’s.
I love the Rachel Cruze book, Love Your Life Not Theirs
; where she discusses comparison and contentment. Society and culture are quick to tell us what we “should” prioritize. As you pray, ask God if these are visions and passions that He wants specifically for you to live. If you are convicted and God is behind you then who can be against you? No one! You will be unstoppable! (Romans 8:31, paraphrased).Step 5
Write it down
. Make it visible, venerable and transparent. A thought on your drive home or a daydream is not a vision. Put pen to paper, make it permanent and shout it from the rooftops. Tell the people who love you about your vision for accountability purposes. Habakkuk 2:2 says, “The Lord answered me: Write it down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it.”
So, I ask you again: 2020 will be the year of ___________________________________________.
Share your answers and vision boards with us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/capewomen/Dear God,I pray that every woman reading this will rest and celebrate the blessings you have already bestowed upon them so that they can be good stewards of what is and what will be in this new year! Bless them as they cast vision to live life abundantly in You and for Your glory!In Jesus Name.