Are You Setting Goals?…

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” Unknown

With 2011 behind us and 2012 under way, what are your goals for this year? Have you set any yet?

Every new year seems to be a great time to press reset and set goals. Even though nothing but the date changes, it’s a good time to reflect on the year that has passed and give some thought to what you want to accomplish in the year that is to come.

The truth is, goal setting is extremely important and something I really believe we should all do. If we do not set goals we are far less likely to accomplish what we want and have to accomplish.

I want to encourage you today, if you have not done so already, to set goals for this year. Pray about them, write them down, and then put them in a place where you can see them often. Writing your goals down makes them far more concrete in your mind.

“The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord shows him what to do.” Proverbs 16:9

Don’t be afraid to dream big. Have both large and small goals. Don’t be intimidated by what you want to write down. The awesome thing about spending some time in prayer about your goals is that chances are your goals are desires that the Lord has placed inside you. The Lord would not give you a desire and not provide you a way to accomplish it.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Henry Ford 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust the Lord with the goals that you set this year. Be bold and set ambitious ones. Let this year be different. Be faithful and work hard at them. Do your part and trust God to do his. Make 2012 be your best year yet!


Have you set any goals for this year?

No Matter What, God Is Faithful…

“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.” 2 Timothy 2:13

Not matter what, God is faithful. It is his very nature. He cannot not be faithful.

Life is not reliable to lean on. Your friends will not always be reliable to lean on. The only person who we can have full confidence and faith in, 100 % of the time, is God.

I need this reminder all the time. It is so easy, when life knocks you down and nothing seems to go your way, to just give up and focus on all the negative around you. I believe this is the wrong mindset. This is exactly how the enemy can get in our heads and knock us out of the game.

We can choose to see hardship as an opportunity for growth. When we ask God to increase our capacity for love, He will probably put us in situations with those who seem unloveable. When we ask for patience, we will probably be put in situations that will test our patience.

I’m not saying that bad things are necessarily from God, but I do believe that he will allow certain situations to happen to help us grow. The great part is that, whatever situation we may be in, God is faithful. He is there for you always and will never leave you alone.

Just remember, not matter what, God is faithful.

Anyone else need that reminder?

Will You Fold or Fight? (repost)

Life definitely has its challenges. I have been through or witnessed so many setbacks, either physical, financial, logistical, or some combo of the three. It has seemed like for no reason, problems have come out of nowhere. Not everything has necessary happened to me personally but honestly, when it happens to the people you love, it pretty much happens to you too. And I wish I could trade places with many of them so they could find some relief. I feel like I have said all I can say to help encourage my self and others during these difficult times.

It has seemed like one wave of hardship after the next. Just when we come up for air, we get smacked in the face with something else and pulled back down. I don’t have much left to say. It’s has been a stressful and trying few months.

But in these moments, I have two choices: I can fold or I can fight!

I can easily give into fear and let my circumstances determine my actions, reactions, and response. I can see all these bleak situations around me and say, Fear you win. This is awful, it’s the worst thing in the world and I’m never going to recover from this. I might as well just give up trying.

It is too easy to look at the mountain in front of us and say that it is just too big an obstacle to climb. Or my setback is just too much, I don’t know how I am going to get through this.

But I won’t do that!

I choose to fight!

Why?

Cause I don’t fight alone.

It’s not a fair fight. The odds are stacked in my favor.

We can choose to tell God how big our problem is or we can tell our problem how big our God is!

I choose to fight! To stand up and face the mountain, obstacle, or setback.

I’m making a stand to choose joy no matter what the circumstance. Will there be pain? yes. Will there be tears? yes. Will it be hard? yes. But joy isn’t based on circumstance. My hope, my peace, and my joy comes from God and God alone. He is my rock, my fortress, and my strong tower. He is my deliverer. He is my protector, preserver, and provider. He is my strength when I am weak. He has good plans for me. A future. He has got my back. He is my healer, my portion, my friend, my father, my God. From now until forever, that will never change!

So what do you do when you have nothing left to say because you are so drained from what life is throwing at you?

You say nothing!

You believe!

“The Lord WILL fight for you; you need only to be still!” Exodus 14:14

I choose to believe!

I choose to fight!

Whimsical Wednesday…

It’s been a while but here we go…

Loving My New Wife…

“When you are in love you can’t fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.” Dr. Seuss

I love being married. I love my wife. She is amazing and I’m so blessed to have her in my life. I am so excited for this new chapter in my life. I can’t wait to share all the new excitement with you all. Have a blessed week.

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.” Sam Keen

Here is to our future life together. :)

“I love you; not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” Roy Croft

Who or what are you loving on lately? 

New Song and Fun Video…

I recently wrote a new worship song and was having a ton of fun with it and decided to make a little studio music video in the process. Mind you the version of the song is just a demo version…full version to come shortly.

enjoy.

A NEW Season…

Hello everyone!

It has been awhile since I have posted but I thought I would update everyone. I have had big changes in my life lately and am entering a new season of life that I am very excited about.

I was married on Christmas Eve to a beautiful lady, Abigail Stoutimore (now Wallace)

Abby got terribly sick right before the wedding and wasn’t even able to come to the setup/rehearsal the night before. We prayed hard and she felt good enough to get married. Then two days later, when we were supposed to leave for our honeymoon, I got terribly sick. We couldn’t go on our cruise. My parents were kind enough to send us out to the coast for a mini-moon for two days, but it definitely wasn’t what we originally planned. But we continued to choose joy. Nothing was gonna down our spirits during this season.

Now, we are finally back in Nashville excited to start our lives together. Here is to the exciting, brand new, uncharted season of my life.

Many more posts about the wedding and our life to come…stay tuned!

My Promise(s)…

Dear Abby,

I am about to marry you and I couldn’t be happier. You are more of a blessing to me then I can adequately express. As we are about to embark on this journey together, here are a few last things that I want to say to you:

I love you Abby Wallace!

Good Food, Good Date…

Abby and her friend Katie drove into Nashville last night. She is here for a few days to move the rest of her stuff into our apartment before we get married in about a week! But for our lunch date, we finally made to a spot that we have been wanting to eat at for quite some time… Burger Up!

It was the best burger I’ve ever eaten!

It was the perfect amount of meat. It was cooked to perfection with just the slightest hint of pink. I couldn’t tell if it was the burger that was wonderfully juicy or if my mouth was just watering the whole time (it was both). The bun was light and delicious and held all the contents in nicely. And to cap it all off, the fries were sooo tasty.

I have never smiled the entire time while eating a burger before, but I did while eating here. I walked away so full but not feeling sick or stuffed in the bad way. To me that means it was a gooooood meal.

I shall return.

Time to Rest…

I am just 2 weeks away from getting married! I can’t believe it. I’m sooooo excited although I don’t think it has totally sunk in yet.

I know for many of us when times get busy, we tend to let some of our priorities slip or shift. Not that we always mean for that to happen, but things can get off track. It could be as little as just a change in our eating habits or not exercising as much. Or it could be not getting enough sleep to no longer giving yourself enough time to carry on a healthy devotional life.

As this Christmas season gets under way, I just want to remind everyone to make sure you give yourself time to rest. Not only physically, but also spiritually. During our busy seasons is when we need the Lord to be our source of strength, yet when the chaos happens, that seems to be when we want to rely on ourselves the most. But relying on our own strength and our own understanding will cause us to fall short. Relying on our own strength causes us to become stressed, overwhelmed, and ultimately burnt out. Yet, casting our cares on the Lord, relying on his everlasting strength to help us through, is the choice we should be making every time.

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”               Isaiah 41:10

We don’t need to carry ourselves. We don’t need to take on the weight of all our troubles, chaos, or hardships by our own strength. The Lord will sustain us. He is our perfect strength when we are weak. Remember the reasons for this Christmas season. Do not let your fears determine your steps. Do not let your mountains determine the course of your life. Remember to choose joy in every situation, because we know that joy of the Lord is and will always be our strength.

Be blessed.