Friday, January 14, 2011

Day 426 of Giving Thanks - Guest Writer, Mary Jean Marquez

Create Your Fabulous Life
by Mary Jean Marquez

God has placed within me the gift of exhortation (Rom. 12:8) to uplift people, applying God’s truths through encouragement.  I am the ultimate optimist and I love to see people’s lives change when God’s word touches their hearts.  It is God’s word that is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb. 4:12).  All God and not me!

I also believe in common sense and practical thinking, and because God loves you, He will correct you (Prov. 3:12).   I receive God’s correction with open arms!  We must take responsibility for our own lives and not play the blame game, excuses, or fall into a victim mentality.  Allow God to heal and restore your life!  

With every New Year comes the excitement of a new beginning, putting the old habits and failures behind.  The possibilities are endless with a renewed and refreshed attitude.  I want to encourage you to seek God for every area of your life.  To make the quality decision to move ahead in life with the strength and conviction, that you are going to believe what God’s word says about your life, and take action! Be a doer of God’s word and not just an observer… (Jas. 1:23)

We all have areas that we need to improve or change.  For some, it is getting organized.  Perhaps you need to get your home in order.  Make a plan and then do it! Break that task down into small daily tasks; tackle one room at a time.  For some, it is health. Start exercise and eating better; Be a good steward of your body, which is the temple of God (1 Cor. 6:19). You can improve and change, because God says that you can do all things through Christ who is your strength (Phil. 4:13).

I am the ultimate optimist and I truly believe that there is greatness in each and every one of you!  Your past does not define your present life, and you have the choice and the power to create your fabulous life now!  God has placed within you all that you need to succeed in life.  He also says that if you lack wisdom, to ask of Him and He will give it to you freely (Jas 1:5).  God also invites you to boldly approach His throne of Grace, that you may obtain mercy and help in time of need (Heb. 4:16).  That literally means, go to Him without reservation, approaching His throne not of a place of judgment, but to receive mercy, grace, & help! Wow! God will lead and guide you every step of the way. He will back you up with His power and blessing! As I say “God’s got your back!”

The question that comes to mind is!  Why, with all that God has provided for us, do people not move on in life?

Some reasons may be:  Slothfullness/laziness, fear of failure or success, Low self-esteem, no direction, lack of funds, etc…the list can go on and on.  Be careful not to fall into the trap of self-pity, blame, or victim mentality. 
Rise up as the conqueror that god has made you to be (Rom. 8:37).  Get yourself off of the path that has led you where you don’t want to be, and onto God’s path that leads to the victorious life! 

Whatever the reason is in your life for not moving on, know that God has the answer for you.  Take God’s word to heart and confess that word over your life.  Get rid of stinking thinking, and replace it with God’s word, allowing it to renew your mind (Rom. 12:2).  You have the ability and free will to make the changes you need to for a better life. Not one of us is perfect, and I humble myself knowing that I need God’s help and guidance in my life everyday!

Change the way you speak about your life.  If life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), how are you applying that power in your life?  The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (Jas. 5:16) and God says that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, therefore use that power to create good in your life!

I pray that you understand, believe and receive the fact that God, in your obedience to Him, has made you the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath, blessed in the city, blessed in the field, blessed going in and blessed going out (Deut. 28).  God has met your every need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).  God has crowned your head with Glory and Honor (Ps. 8:5), and all that you set your hands to prospers abundantly.  God daily loads you with benefits of salvation (Ps. 68:19).  That, right there, is everything to be grateful for.

God is for you, who can be against you (Rom. 8:31).

Create your fabulous life and live life big my friends. God bless you!


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