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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Time for a change?

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
January is the month for new beginnings and hope for the future.  Well, at least that’s our intentions every January…to look to the future and to make resolutions to change the things in our lives that need to be adjusted. 

So, what New Year’s Resolution have you made?  Are you committed to get back into the routine of going to the fitness center?  Or maybe you decided to be more organized this year, so you ran out and bought all the necessary items that you are going to need…a calendar, file cabinet, or containers to organize your closets.

Maybe instead of making a resolution, you’ve decided to make a change.  Perhaps you’ve decided to change things up in your life by starting a new business or going back to school.  Actually, no matter how great or small, change is a transition from the way things are to the way they will be.

Change brings with it a whole array of emotions and for some it comes easier than it does for others.  Some changes make us happy and fulfilled; while other changes leave us feeling disappointed and empty.  For some, the spontaneity of change is exciting while for others, it is just plain scary.  Our human nature loves to be in control of things in our lives; however, change usually requires us to get outside of our comfort zone and to stretch ourselves in areas where we have never gone before. Bottom line for all of us…any kind of change requires adjustments and patience with ourselves and those around us.   

So, have you determined what 2014 will be for you?  Will it be a year of broken resolutions or a year of change?  If you said “change,” what is your strategy to see that change come to fruition?  What will keep you grounded as you move through a time of transition?

Take a couple of minutes to consider the following steps:

  • Realize that change is more than a New Year’s Resolution 
  • Develop a strategy to accomplish the changes you would like to experience
  • Discover what your motivation is for the change you would like to see
  • Count the cost to achieve the change
  • Know “who” is your anchor and remain (Hebrews 6:19, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…”)
  • Make yourself accountable to someone else 
  • Remain committed to change – it is a process
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For more about Relevant Women -

The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry

At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 

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