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Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

This year has taught me that life with Jesus is never boring or challenging!

Visiting Israel.

Dealing with health and dental issues.

Debating whether I should continue writing.

Wondering if I misunderstood the vision Papa gave me.

All have made me question myself.

Thankfully, I never doubted Papa’s love or faithfulness.

The only way I am prevailing is by daily drawing nearer to Papa. Resting in His presence.

The story of Jacob wrestling with God has been my anchor in this season.

So Jacob was left alone, and a Man came and wrestled with him until daybreak. When the Man saw that He had not prevailed against Jacob. He touched his hip joint, and Jacob’s hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him.
 
Then He said, “Let Me go, for day is breaking.”
 
But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing on me.”
 
So He asked him, “What is your name?”
 
And he said, “Jacob.”
 
And He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel. For you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.”
 
Then Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.”
 
But He said, “Why is it that you ask My name?”
 
And He declared a blessing of the covenant promises on Jacob there.
 
So Jacob named the place Peniel (the face of God).
 
Saying, “For I have seen God face to face, yet my life has not been snatched away.” Genesis 32:24-30 Amplified Bible

This season is drawing to a close. Hallelujah!

A season that has taught me that resting in His presence…

Positively changes you with little effort on your part.

Doubt retreats.

Papa’s instructions and wisdom is clearer.

All because there was Jesus!

Change— transformation is difficult. Requiring time and perseverance.

So difficult that…

Ninety-five percent of individuals who lose weight on a diet regain it. Many gain more than they originally lost.

Only one of seven heart attack patients implements permanent, healthy lifestyle changes.

Twenty-five percent of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week. Sixty percent do so within six months. The average person makes the same New Year’s resolution ten times without success.

Seventy percent of organizational change initiatives ultimately fail.

Would you like to beat the odds?

Becoming a better version of you?

CHANGE ONE THING AT A TIME.

Experts tell us establishing new habits can take 18 to 254 days.

Why?

The brain prefers to travel down familiar pathways. The individual’s perseverance and the activity’s difficulty influences the time required to change these pathways.

I don’t really understand myself. For I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.

But if I know that what I am doing is wrong. This shows that I agree that the law is good.

So I am not the one doing wrong. It is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me. That is in my sinful nature.

I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong. It is sin living in me that does it.

I have discovered this principle of life. That when I want to do what is right. I inevitably do what is wrong.

I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Romans 7:15-25

New Living Translation

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