Category Archives: New Year

One Day At A Time

Well, have you already made your “New Year’s Resolution”? Have you been sticking to it? Did you set that huge goal, made a long list of promises and changes that you’re going to do in 2016? I started my year off like that…well, let’s just say on day 3 of this new year I started adding more pressure on myself of rituals, promises, vows, things I would do to make me a better person in 2016. I started off saying that I would do this and that and so forth, even though I knew I would eventually break most of them (if not all of them). But that’s what we do, right? We want to change and/or we want to change the world. And we know it will be hard; nevertheless, we make those gigantic promises.

Making resolutions are good, but what I’ve discovered is that I end up reneging on them. (I know, that’s just me.) I end up not doing what I promised myself, and in return I’m disappointed in myself because I failed myself, again. So, this year , I’m not making any resolutions. That’s right! I’m not making any promises that I know that in the long run, I will not be able to keep. Maybe not for you, but for me, this life is already challenging and complicated. It’s hard! So, why add more pressure on myself and put pressure on other people by making a commitment when I probably won’t be able to make good on it? Those are disappointments that I certainly don’t need.

What I’ve decided to do is simple. I’ve decided to take 2016 one day at a time. Now, I’m not saying that I won’t make plans, have a goal or a vision. That would be foolish (Prov: 29:18; Hab. 2:2). However, today, not next week or by the end of the year, but today – right now – there are some things that I can do or say that will help me be a better me. For this moment, I can choose to do something that’ll bring value to my life and to the lives of people around me. On this day, there are some things that I can achieve, now, that will have positive and lasting effects on my future. No matter how small that achievement may seem. It’s still an achievement.

We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but we can take it one day at a time. Today, I choose to eat a healthy and well balance lunch and forgo that double meat greasy cheeseburger. Yummy! You can decide today that you’re not going to hangout with those individuals who always seem to have drama in their lives or negative conversations. On this day, you and I can make wise choices that are sure to have positive outcomes for our tomorrow.

My sister, let’s take one day at a time, living this day as it was given, a present. Today is a gift from God, and what do we do when we are given gifts and presents? We enjoy those presents and we appreciate them. So, enjoy today; enjoy your present. Live for today! Make today your best day ever, and should The Lord bless us with another present –another day– let’s appreciate and enjoy it all over again.

Live today as if tomorrow is not promised because it’s not.

Happy New Year! 
 
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” 
(Matthew 6:34 MSG)
During your quiet time MEDITATE on God’s Word. WATCH today’s music video. Allow all these things to encourage you to walk in freedom!

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Happy New Year!

People are driving extremely crazy out there. So, if you must leave your home please be careful. May God’s powerful and mighty angels be a hedge of protection over you. Make wise choices and be safe. Happy New Year everyone! Tomorrow we start a brand new year of being an eye witness to God’s magnificent greatness! I’m so looking forward to it! Be blessed. #walkinginfreedom #staysafe #havefun #happynewyear #encouragesomeone

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Last Sunday

My thoughts on yesterday:

Ah. The last Sunday of 2014. Wow! I’ve made it to the last Sunday. God, I sure do thank You. For You have kept me from January 1, 2014 through December 28, 2014. Just 3 days left of this entire year. This year, like every year, brought challenges. There were days when I wanted to quit. Days when I said, “Just forget it. What’s the point.” In my waiting, I grew tired and weary, but God, You gave me strength to keep pressing my way. I had a lot of testing and trials in 2014, but they were all for my good. Those tests kept me on my knees; they pushed me closer to You, and I communed with you more. Thank You for those tough days.

Some days, I passed the test, while other days I failed big time. In spite of it all, I saw Your great mercy at work. I experienced Your saving grace because Lord, You saved me. You rescued me from myself.

God, You know me better than I know myself. You know my inner thoughts, my dark secrets. You know my heart, my every motive behind every action. Lord, You know. Nothing is hidden from You. Father, You made me and formed me in my mother’s womb.

Through all the ups and downs, You’ve been faithful to me. You believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. You told me that I could. You showed me that there was more inside of me, that I can conquer, that I can overcome. I win if I keep You first. So, Father as I enter into Your sanctuary, Your house of worship, I reflect on Your faithfulness. My mind ponders on Your protection and provisions that was given by You on a daily basis. And I meditate on Your precious Word that has been a lamp for me.

I thank You for another opportunity to be able to spend this last Sunday morning of 2014 in Your house and in Your presence.

Father, thank You for this an awesome privilege!

#walkinginfreedom #greatthingsinstorein2015 #istandamazed #lastsunday2014

ENCOURAGING YOU TO WALK IN FREEDOM!
Copyright ©2010-2014. Rhovonda Brown. All Rights Reserved.

My debut book, Walking in Freedom!, is ready for your enjoyment. You may purchase it from Amazon| Barnes & Noble| Books A Million | iBooks | Google Play | Nook | Apple | Kindle | Kobo …. Just to name a few. It’s available Now: http://m.barnesandnoble.com/s/walking-in-freedom-a-thirty-day-devotional-journey-for-women