3 Steps to a Better 2016

3 Steps to a Better 2016

Happy New year

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, but the calendar says it’s so. How was 2015 for you? I pray that it was all that you hoped for and even more. If not, I’ve got a few suggestions to make 2016 better. If it was, you might still benefit from my suggestions.

So how to make 2016 a WOW year?

STEP 1: W is for the Word of God. Have you ever thought that life is so confusing that it should come with an owner’s manual? Well, life is confusing and it does come with a manual. It’s called The Bible. 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 says, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. And this is only one example, there are many more that talk about the benefit of reading, learning, and studying God’s Word.

STEP 2: O is for Obedience. Just studying the word of God is not enough, but it’s a good start. To benefit from God’s Word we must become a doer of the Word. In other words, we must obey God. Luke 11:28 says, He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” And there are more verses that says the same. So if you want more blessings, become more obedient. I know–that’s a hard one for all of us, but it will be worth the effort.

STEP 3: W is for Worship. I admit I don’t know what the definition of worship is, but I don’t really need to know. For me worship is about praise and thanksgiving. Praising God for who HE is. Thanking HIM for all that He’s done, is doing, and will do in our life. As you begin to make a list of all that you have to be thankful for, you’ll be amazed. Psalm 50:23 “Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me…”

In 2012, I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors and it’s been a long and difficult journey. Not everything has gone the way I wanted, but God has been with me through the journey. He has been faithful. And because of his faithfulness, I have peace and joy in spite of difficult circumstances.

I can’t guarantee that following these 3 steps will change your life circumstances, but I can guarantee that they will change your heart and soul to the point where your circumstances won’t be nearly as important as your relationship with God. And that alone will make 2016 a WOW year.
Now it’s your turn, I’d love to hear your suggestions for making 2016 a WOW year.

May God Bless you this year.

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Lillian Duncan About Lillian Duncan

Lillian Duncan writes stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem. She writes the type of books she loves to read—action-filled suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. Visit her website for more info.

Comments

  1. W.O.W. Great post, Lil. Thanks

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  2. Did you really have to include the “O”?? 😉 Thank you for a timely reminder of things we so often forget. Hope 2016 is a year of health and hope for you, Lillian.

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  3. Unfortunately, I did! I know it’s the one that’s the hardest for me too.

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  4. Love this post! When we put our focus on God, reading His Word, obeying Him, worshipping Him, thanking Him, we take the focus off ourselves and put it on Him where it belongs. No matter what we go through He is there leading the way. We can have peace in our situations knowing He is there.

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  5. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    You’re an inspiration to me, Lillian. Great suggestions. I would add to keep on praying, despite the outcome.

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  6. So true, Sally. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. Lillian, what a clear, concise, and concrete acronym to take us into 2016. Easy to remember and rewarding if we follow these three steps. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Thanks, Patti.

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