15 Things to Give Up in the New Year

15 Things to Give up in 2018

As we move into 2018, here are 15 Things to Give Up in the New Year.  If you give up these 15 things you will experience more joy and fulfillment than every before.  Take time to prayerfully reflect on letting these 15 things go forever. Here’s a guide to help you take a spiritual retreat for the New Year.  Click Here to Download

15 Things to Give Up in 2018

15 Things to Give up in the New Year!

1. Doubting yourself

To doubt is to plummet into a sea of uncertainty where you lack conviction. If you allow this uncertainty to grow it will cause you to hold back, to hesitate and procrastinate.  Doubting will paralyze you and keep you from obtaining the fullness of your destiny. Your indecision will cause you to lack the confidence that you need to move forward into the New Year in faith.

God’s word says:

“For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:7-8

2. Negative Thinking
A Pessimistic view will skew reality and put you in a bad mood. If you change your thinking you will change your world view. If you have a gloomy attitude heading into 2018, you will not be able to accomplish much. Negativity steals the joy out of life. As you go into the new year think on these things:

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 NLT.

When you think on the positive of your identity in Christ your future will open up to you.

3. Fear of Failure

The Fear of Failure can sabotage your success. Fear is an unpleasant emotion that causes worry and anxiety. You begin to feel uneasy about your future. Let go of the fear of failure and ask for help. Embrace the fact that everyone makes mistakes. Be at peace with yourself and stop trying so hard. Do not let the fear of failure control whether you say “yes” or “no.” Joyce Meyer says:

“Just because you feel fear doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Do it afraid”

4. Destructive Relationships

As you go into the New Year do not allow destructive relationships to control you. When you experience daily injury from another person through violent behavior you need to be safe from harm. Hostile relationships do not help you walk in peace. It’s important not to let go of our covenant relationships easily. Conflict can be an opportunity for greater intimacy. However, when a relationship has become detrimental to your health and well-being it is important to put up healthy boundaries.

5. Gossiping

Repeating rumors starts wars. Idol gossip assassinates someones reputation. Unfounded slander divides relationships. Gossip is destructive to you and your relationships. Proverbs 16:28  says:

“A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.”

6. Criticizing yourself and others

Gossip quickly leads to criticizing others in your mind and attitude. When you are constantly finding fault with another person you are no longer able to see or perceive clearly.

“Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?” James 4:11 MSG

When you put a stop to your critical attitude towards others, remember not to be critical or disapproving of yourself. Give yourself a break. Be gracious in how you think about yourself.

7. Anger

Anger can be a smoldering wick of quiet condemnation or it can be a violent outburst of wrath. Either way, when you have uncontrolled anger in your life it is like opening the door to a thief and inviting him to come in and take over.

“And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT.

8. Comfort Eating

In 2018 its time to let go of comfort eating. The next time you are tired, angry or stressed notice what you do. Do you find yourself looking in the pantry trying to find something to eat? Do you stop by a convenience store to buy your favorite snack? Do you think in your mind, “I deserve this because of my hard day?”  It’s time to let go of habits that are self-destructive.

9. Laziness

If you are unwilling to work or use energy, you may be struggling with laziness. You may not know it because you have been lying on the couch watching re-runs too unmotivated to get up and do something productive. Remember those things that fire up your passion. Begin to focus your mind and heart on your God-given destiny and shake off any laziness.

10. Negative Self-Talk

When I was pregnant with my first daughter I was unprepared for how hard pregnancy would be. I found myself waddling around frustrated. Out of my mouth came these words, “I hate life.”What a terrible thing to say when you are pregnant and carrying life.

The enemy of our souls constantly belittles. If you are not careful you will mimic the enemy’s negative words. What are those words or phrases that you find yourself saying over and over in your mind that then it spills out your mouth?

  • I ALWAYS blow it
  • I can’t do anything right.
  • No one really likes me anyway.

Make positive confessions about your future:

  • I am always surrounded by God’s Grace!
  • I can do it! I am making progress.
  • I am loved and appreciated.

11. Procrastination

If you constantly delay or postpone what you know you should do, you are just creating strife in your life. Procrastination robs your potential. Don’t be denied what God is calling you to do.  Take advantage of the positive momentum of the New Year to focus on what is really important to you. As you focus on your priorities it will help you take one step forward at a time. You can do it!

12 Fear of Success

Your feelings of anxiety can get mixed up with your true desire to succeed in life. You may fear that you may be unable to cope with the responsibilities of success. You may be anxious that others will reject you. Or you may dread becoming someone else. The fear of success is debilitating. You were made for success.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT.

You have been created for a purpose. Success in God’s eyes is doing the good things that He prepared for you. His grace is sufficient for all that He has called you to do.

13. Anything Excessive

God has made all things for us to enjoy. However, there are things to give up in order to gain.

Anytime that we over-indulge in  good things it is destructive. In 2018 it is time to give up the excessive lifestyle of over-shopping, over-eating, over-indulging and to walk in self-control. Self control is a godly virtue that more of us need to embrace. His divine enablement helps us to quit addictive behaviors.

14. People Pleasing

You will sink your own ship if you trying to get everyone on board. In order for you to be the original creation of God, you have to accept that you won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. You won’t be able to please everyone all of the time.  So in 2018 become a God-pleaser rather than a man-pleaser.

15. Fear of Future
Here we are at the intersection of time. If you blink, your present becomes your future. When you fear your future you welcome death. None of us are able to live in the past or stay in the present. Our lives are always moving forward with the greater cosmic picture of the universe.

The best way to let go of your fear of the future is to trust the ONE who holds your future. Trust in God who will never disappoint. That doesn’t mean that your life won’t at times be disappointing. It means rather that God is bigger the menial minutia of each day. His perspective ALWAYS bring life, hope and peace.

These are 15 Things to Give up in 2018

God’s perspective welcomes and even yearns for the future. The world we live in is wasting away, but the future shines brightly in eternity. Get your copy of 21 Days to Spiritual Breakthrough now! Click Here to Download

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5 Steps to Entering your “Promised Land”

Entering Your Promised Land

In these next few weeks of 2017, we have a window of opportunity to enter into our promised land. As you and I press in to believe God and prepare our hearts, there will be more breakthrough in end of 2017 than in the preceding 11 months. He is the God of breakthrough!

Promised Land

This is a year to overcome every obstacle. To believe God that you are able to enter His promised land. To look forward to the future.

God has designed you in such a way that you have passion in areas of your purpose.  Why is it that so many fall short of entering into God’s promised land? Perhaps a better question for you to ask today is – why don’t I enter into my promises?

Let’s look at 5 Steps to receiving your inheritance in Christ.

Step 1: Have faith in God’s promise. 

Poised for Promise, the Israelites missed their opportunity to enter into God’s promised land because they didn’t have faith. For 40 years they marched around in the wilderness before they died. They never entered into the promise that God had for them. It wasn’t that they were just dreaming about promises that didn’t really exist. They could have entered into their promise in 11 days which was the amount of time it took to walk there from Egypt. Why did they miss out on the land of “milk and honey.”

Hebrews 4:2 talks about the Israelites when it  says, “…but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith …” 

You must believe what God has promised and not waver in unbelief. Unbelief was deadly for the Israelites. Literally, unbelief and disobedience led to them dropping dead in the wilderness. (See Hebrews 3:18.)

Step 2: Have certainty in God’s power

In order to receive God’s promise in your life, you must be certain in His power.  God’s promises for us, corporately and individually, have been prepared and waiting for all who believe and are certain they will receive, because the same God who promised is powerful enough to fulfill His promise. He just wants you and I to enter into His great adventure. He is the one who will miraculously part your Red Sea and cause you to walk in on dry ground.

Step 3: Have trust in God’s wisdom.

You will receive His promise only when you begin to trust His wisdom that He knows what is best for you. You must come into agreement with His plan and His purpose for your life and trust in His timing. God will not only give you a promise, He will also give you the wise strategy of how to accomplish it in His strength.

Step 4: Have confidence in God’s goodness.

God is good! You must lean into God with absolute trust and confidence that what He has for you in life is good. If God is just hanging a promise out like the proverbial carrot, leading you on a wild goose chase, then that would be torture. You will enjoy what God has for you. The dream that God has for your life is connected with His Global dream of redeeming humanity.

Step 5: Have boldness to enter God’s provision.

To enter into the promised land requires risk. You have to leave what is familiar to you in order to enter the new place God has for you. Until you take the leap of faith, you won’t see the fullness of God’s promise. So be bold and strong and leap into God’s redemptive plan for your life!

Making it Practical

Take action this week to focus on what’s really important in your life.  Get alone with God with a Bible and journal in your hands and seek Him with your whole heart. Don’t be afraid to ask Him the BIG questions. He is a BIG God with BIG answers!

I would love to help make this your best year ever. Download 21 Days to Spiritual Breakthrough! Spending time with God helps you focus your faith on what God is calling you to. Walking closer with God on a daily basis will help you enter into your promised land.

Have faith in God’s promise. Have certainty of God’s power. Have trust in God’s wisdom. Have confidence in God’s goodness. Have boldness to enter God’s provision.

You are Invited to Lead Women Who Move Mountains Group

Lead Women Who Move Mountains Group

You are invited to lead Women Who Move Mountains Group. You can make a difference in the lives of other women. You can help them move the mountains of fear, rejection, brokenness, shame, anxiety, sadness, perfectionism, timidity, disappointment, pain and loss. These are big mountains to move!

Lead Women Who Move Mountains Group

Jesus used the image of the mountain to call us to increased faith. He said,

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:22–24 NIV

To pray with this mountain-moving faith challenges each one of us to overcome the obstacles in our lives and make them opportunities of purposeful mission. It requires each of us to move out of our comfort zone, have faith in God, and speak to every mountain that separates us from God and His assignment in our lives.

Often the very barrier that has been used by the Enemy to stop our progress becomes the stepping-stone to grow in greater intimacy with Him. We grow stronger as we push against the resistance. Our spiritual muscles are exercised as we triumph over the plans of the Enemy.

Lead a Women Who Move Mountains Group

Consider meeting with a group of women and discussing this book. The power of prayer is multiplied when two or three gather together in agreement. Watch this Leadership Video that I have prepared to encourage you.

Our confidence is in God. He is the One who has led you to pick up this book as a tool in His hands to transform you. It’s the great exchange! He replaces your worst with His best. Remember, in order to move mountains in your own life, you need to have faith in God and speak to that mountain and watch it move.

Jesus said,

“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.”

Mathew 18:19 NLT

You can facilitate a life-changing adventure simply by sharing Jesus. When you agree in prayer, He will be there. Together you will move mountains.  I have prepared free resources and video resources to help you lead your group.

 

It’s a joy to see how God is multiplying this message. Our heart is to serve you!

Bold Perseverance

Bold Perseverance

Have you found yourself wavering over God’s promise in your life? Do you have a bold dream but you are afraid to take a risk? Have you already stepped out in faith, but things aren’t going according to plan and you feel like giving up?

Bold Perseverance

Refuse to Ever Let Go of Your Dream

Bold perseverance holds on when everyone else gives up.

What do you want to accomplish in this life? What are the dreams that you think about.

Thomas Edison would never have invented the light bulb if he didn’t learn from his mistakes. Although he failed thousands of times, his failure propelled him towards success. What if this scientific man with a dream would have given up? He wouldn’t have the honor of changing the world through his invention.

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Every Child-Like Heart Has a God-Sized Dream

Character

Every child-like heart has a God-sized dream.

As a child of God, we get to hold daddy-God’s hand as we discover the possibilities in front of us. There is no striving in our own strength. Bold perseverance is resting in the immovable strength of God.

Every child has super-powers: with capes waving in the wind they are super-man leaping over buildings or wonder woman with her lasso. Children dream God-sized dreams. It’s only adults that stifle dreams. Worn-out, discourage, exhausted, afraid, overwhelmed we quit.

No wonder Jesus lifted up a child as an example of faith. He called us to become like little children again.

 

My Favorite Question

If you had all of the money that you needed and knew that you wouldn’t fail, what would you do?

I like to ask this question because it gives the opportunity to dream again. Adults are concerned about money. We also hate to fail. So, we stop dreaming. Then, when we step out and try and things don’t go as we planned we are tempted to give up.

What if I told you that you can’t fail — if you don’t give up!

I’m not recommending that you twist facts around to try to paint an instagram-perfect-world. I’m talking about the big picture. The gigantic quest of following God requires bold perseverance.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

Three simple yet profoundly difficult steps:

  1. Hold Fast
  2. Confess Your Hope
  3. Don’t Waver

He is the master-designer. If we follow his blueprint for life in the end it will form a beautiful masterpiece of His love and grace. The main point is this: HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL.

Be Empowered to Overcome!

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Every Mom Needs Encouragement

Every mom needs encouragement.

You need to know that the meaning of your life is not measured by the sum total of the mundane moments and monotonous tasks of motherhood. You need to know not only that what you are doing something that has a purpose, but that you are able to express need fresh presence and power that comes from Jesus Christ in the part of the detail of your life.

Mom’s need the encouragement of knowing that we are not alone. We all need friends. Not the kind of friends that have it all together in their picture perfect homes with their fashion ready model children. No, you need friends who will be honest with their own struggles and can cheer you on.  Today, find encouragement in the joy that you are not alone in the calling of being a mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Be Encouraged Every Day!

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You are Invited on a Prayer Journey

You Are Invited on a Prayer Journey

Every journey has a beginning. The starting point of prayer is God. Like a father who waits to hear every detail of your life, He waits for you. You don’t need to get dressed up and go to church to reverently pray. The God of the universe invites you to come as you are. You can endure anything when you are at God’s side. He is the transformer. He turns sorrow to joy. He turns bitter to sweet. I wrote Women Who Move Mountains: Praying with Confidence, Grace, and Boldness with you in mind!

Women Who move mountains in prayer

Prayer is an Exercise in Faith

As you come close to God in prayer, He brings purpose even from the brokenness of your life. You can’t remain downcast when you turn your face upward to God. He reaches down to your lowest pit, but He doesn’t leave you there.

So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain.

Psalm 3:2–4

Negative thoughts may try to convince you that God will never rescue you. Prayer rinses these plaguing doubts from your mind. As you cry out to God, He answers you. He shields you with His presence. The more you know God, the more you trust Him.

Women Who Move Mountains: Praying with Confidence, Boldness, and Grace

Tears have flooded my eyes as I have been receiving the words of encouragement from those who have read my newest book that launches May 2 on Amazon.

What Readers are Saying…

Women Who Move Mountains

Bree Beal

I cannot tell you how much this book is impacting me. I can’t put it down. Each page is changing my life! This book is ANOINTED! God really wanted me to read this. He brought it into my life at the perfect time. God is all over this book. I love the format and how the chapters are structured. I also love the journal questions. This book is very practical and full of wisdom. I’m so blessed to be here and have the opportunity to read this 💜

Melissa Henderson

Melissa Henderson
The power of prayer and the transformation that can come through thoughtful, passionate prayer is shown in this wonderful book. Do you ever wonder if God truly hears your prayers? Learning to truly have conversation with God and to listen for His promises helps prayer become meaningful and a true worship experience. This book includes a study guide and journaling prompts which enhance the reading. Excellent book for individual study or group study. 
Donna Graber
You must read this faith-filled handbook on prayer!
I felt stirred by the testimonies of women who have overcome so much. I found myself filled with hope and encouragement. I went deeper in my prayer life as I studied the scriptures on prayer. This is a great resource for women’s groups around the world.

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Become a Woman Who Moves Mountains

Become a Woman Who Moves Mountains

Are you a woman who wants to improve your prayer life? Do you want to overcome obstacles and make them into opportunities? I love how God heals our hurt and helps us to become more like Him. He often does this through prayer.  Become a woman who moves mountains through prayer.

Become a Woman Who Moves Mountains

When I stand next to a mountain, it towers over me. I can feel insignificant next to it’s majestic heights. Yet Jesus used this image when He talked about prayer:

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.  I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. Mark 11:22-26

Jesus calls us to go deeper in our confidence, boldness, and understanding of prayer. He wants us to know how powerful prayer is when we have faith in God. Do you want to “move mountains” in prayer?

Does this Describe You?

•      Are you just starting your journey with God, or are a long time friend of God….

•      Do you want want MORE of God. . . .

•      Do you want relationship, not religion in their prayer life. . . .

•      Do you want to pray, but sometimes feel stuck. . .

•      Do you desire greater transformation in the broken places of life.

•      Do you want to be healed and whole

•      Do you want to know God MORE intimately. . . .

•      Do you want to be real, not fake in their prayer life. . .

•    Do you want to go deeper, find purpose and get a fresh start. . . .

Become a Woman Who Moves Mountains

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Become a Woman Who Moves Mountains

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About the Author

Sue Detweiler is a wife, mom, radio host and pastor with more than twenty-five years of experience in marriage, ministry, and education. She is also a popular speaker who shares her heart and wisdom internationally on issues related to marriage, family, women, prayer, leadership, and ministry. 

Sue’s most recent book Women Who Move Mountains: Praying with Confidence, Boldness and Grace (Baker Publishing Group, May 2017) will inspire you to develop an intimate friendship with God through prayer and bible study. Filled with testimonies of women who have overcome toxic situations to become powerful women of prayer.

Sue’s first book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom, hit No. 1 on Amazon’s hot new releases for Christian women’s issues. Sue offers help for women who want to be the best mom in the world for their kids, but often feel like the worst. In her honest, transparent way, Sue helps women find peace with imperfections and learn from their mistakes

Sue’s second book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage, grew out of her and her husband’s heart to help couples grow closer to God and to each other. In their pastoral ministry to marriages, they have seen how sharing their own struggles helps to create a safe context for couples to be transparent and honest with their own issues. Wayne and Sue have also seen God’s transformative power heal and restore marriages through the marriage conferences and workshops they have led.

For more books and resources or to schedule a speaking engagement, visit SueDetweiler.com or email info@suedetweiler.com.

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