To the Woman Who Longs to Change

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To the Woman Who Longs to Change,

Here it is, the beginning of a New Year. You long to conquer your dreams and make this the year where things finally fall into place.  Yet something inside you is hesitant, skeptical even, to believe that change is really possible for you. Deep down you wonder, “How do I practically reach my goals? What if I fall short this year, too?”

When you long to change and achieve goals, but wonder if it's even possible, you can be defeated before you even start. Here's how to set goals and achieve lasting change.

You wonder if it’s possible to make permanent changes, as you cling to failures and setbacks of the past.  Yet from the depths of your soul you crave to reach your goals, but have no idea where to begin.

Can I be honest with you?  That was me, too.

Honestly, I used to be stuck and paralyzed with fear, perfection, and self-doubt. Truthfully, sometimes I wondered if lasting change was possible for me.

Not long ago, I was trapped by complacency and too overwhelmed to make permanent headway on the goals I longed to conquer.

While there is no quick fix, lasting change IS possible. Real change is achieved day after day with the following recipe for success:

Refine Your Passions

If you want to change your ways and achieve lasting change, you have to want it.  You have to be willing to pursue your dreams with reckless abandon, even when your actions seem crazy to others or they doubt your calling.

Using Grace Goals, a series of 5 workshops that helps you set goals from a biblical perspective, I now have the courage to dream big once again.

Whether you’re just starting to dream or if you know exactly where you’re headed, Grace Goals will ignite your passions and encourage you to pray through your dreams.

Finally, there’s a biblical program to help you create a vision for your life, refine your passions and dream big!  Grace Goals will help you narrow down your dreams, and then create practical steps towards your goals.

Plan actionable goals

In I Corinthians, Paul relates the Christian walk to that of an athlete’s. He had both goals and strategy… and we should, too. Yet, this is the time of year many people set goals only to see them go by the wayside. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Grace Goals  is the formula for achieving goals while keeping your eyes focused on the Lord.  This program will assist you in:

>> Setting practical, godly goals
>> Developing a doable, personal plan for change

>> Learning why grace is the enablement you need
>> Recognizing and appropriating grace in your daily life

While this program has inspired me to reach my goals and pursue my dreams, the focus is not on me, but on the grace that God has given us all to be able to make lasting changes.

With God’s help, you’ll learn how to break the chains that bind you and hold you back from achieving your God-given purpose

 

Focused perseverance

Nike couldn’t have been more right in their slogan, “Just Do It”.  To make achieving your dreams a reality, get up each day ready to work on changing your ways.  Whether you want to lose weight, start a business, or get more organized, starting is a key factor and there’s no time like the present to take a leap of faith.

However, perseverance and persistence are just as important for those days you want to give up and throw in the towel. There will be times you feel defeated, are filled in self-doubt and want to give up on your dreams.

Although, working through Grace Goals will remind you of your God-given calling and encourage you to JUST. KEEP. GOING.

Also, in times of temptation and weakness, I surround myself with Scriptures. Likewise, God’s words anchor my soul and provide the endurance I need to keep pressing on, even in those tough moments.

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Keeping praying

While the other steps to change are crucial and so necessary, prayer is the most important piece of the puzzle.

Submit your heart, your desires, and dreams to the Lord, and ask for His guidance along the way.

Ask Him for endurance in those weak moments, and self-discipline to keep going when times are tough.

Trust that His grace will cover those moments you fall and stumble, and give you the strength to start anew.

Along the way, your Grace Goals plan will point you back to God’s Word for the hope you need to keep pressing on towards your goals.

Friend, as you dream and imagine a better year with a better you, don’t forget that no one is perfect! Your success may not look like everyone else’s, but be thankful for whom God made you to be.  Love yourself on your journey to new habits and embrace the already wonderful things about yourself.  Let progress be your measure of success, not perfection! I believe in you!

Much love and well wishes,

Sarah Ann

P.S. Let’s work through Grace Goals together and pray for lasting change in our lives.  You deserve the opportunity to invest in your own heart and life for the new year!

>>> Learn more about Grace Goals here<<<

About Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a perfectly imperfect wife and mother, and is thankful for the saving grace of the Lord. When she’s not busy folding yet another load of laundry or comforting a crying child, she enjoys studying God’s Word, writing, and spending time with authentic friends. She's passionate about equipping women to live with intentional faith, family, health, and home at Proverbs31Mentor.com. Join her for biblical encouragement and practical lifestyle tips to help you live on mission for the glory of God.

10 Comments

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    Sheri K Little January 4, 2016 (10:40 am)

    Love this so much! Thank you!

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      Sarah Ann April 13, 2016 (12:39 pm)

      I’m glad it encouraged you, Sheri!

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    Starla J @ Pressing In and Pressing On January 4, 2016 (2:55 pm)

    Love this part: “Submit your heart, your desires, and dreams to the Lord, and ask for His guidance along the way.
    Ask Him for the endurance in those weak moments, and self-discipline to keep going when times are tough.”

    Thank you for the encouragement.

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    Michele Morin January 4, 2016 (8:10 pm)

    Yes, your most important point: prayer. That’s the one that I forget, thinking that it’s all about my effort. Thanks be to God that He is available and strong!

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    Mother of 3 January 5, 2016 (7:35 am)

    Wonderful encouragement!

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      Sarah Ann April 13, 2016 (12:39 pm)

      Thank you! Blessings to you!

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    Jen January 8, 2016 (10:52 am)

    I absolutely love this grace-filled post, Sarah Ann! The enemy is so good at convincing us we are stuck for good, but we must believe God’s truth that He will complete the work-in-progress. Thanks for this encouragement!
    Jen 🙂

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    Christa January 11, 2016 (6:26 am)

    You’ve really captured the two keys to making real change … inviting God into the process and having some kind of accountability. I love your approach!
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    Rebekah | More Radiance March 23, 2016 (12:33 pm)

    These things are SO key to changing… and prayer has got to be the most powerful! We definitely cannot change on our own. We need God’s help the whole way… plus a lot of self-discipline 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this!
    Rebekah Joy
    http://www.moreradiance.com

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      Sarah Ann April 13, 2016 (12:38 pm)

      Self-discipline can be so hard and I firmly believe that many, like me, can’t do it on our own. I love living a life surrendered to the Lord!