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So many times I have tried to do something on my own, without asking God, and it usually turns out disastrous! You'd think I would eventually learn that I can do nothing without Him, but I go and make the same mistake again. If you are having trouble sticking to a diet or exercise routine or breaking an undesirable habit, maybe you need to just "give up!" Now, I didn't say give in I said give up, there is a lot of difference. Giving in means we surrender to the disease. Giving up means we surrender our problem area to God! We give it up literally. He said we could have what ever we asked, if we just believed He would do it. Have you ever prayed like the father in Mark 9:24, "Lord I believe, help thou mine unbelief"? I have! There have been many times my faith has been weak and I have prayed that prayer. Did you know God wants to give us the desires of our hearts? But so often we ask amiss. (James 4:3) If what you are asking for is something that will make you a better person, God is on your side! He says in Matthew 7:9 that what father, if asked for bread, would give his child a stone. If earthly fathers love to give their children what they ask for so much, how much more does God want to help us with our needs. He knows what we need before we ask (Matt. 6:8) but it pleases Him to have us ask!

Go back and look at the lists you made out the past ten weeks. What were your goals ten weeks ago? Are you any closer to realizing any of them? Have some of them changed? Our focus in life is always changing so don't be afraid to change the order of importance of your goals or even the goals themselves! The point is to be working toward something and not just sitting still.

God wants to be a part of your life, so be sure you don't leave Him out! We do that unintentionally sometimes and don't even realize it until we hit a rough spot in the road of life. Just remember, He wants to be involved in everything you do. We started this program in prayer, asking His advice and direction and I think we should end it in a week of prayer, also. We only have fourteen days left and I want to see how much of that time we can spend in communing with our Heavenly Father. I plan to stay on my knees a lot these next two weeks because I am a long way from being the person He intends for me to be!

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There are several things we are going to do in the next couple of weeks and prayer is only one of them. Another thing we are going to do is help someone in need. Find someone who is less fortunate than you are and help them with groceries, clothes or utility bills. This is actually an exercise you cannot afford not to do! This is very important. It will not only help someone else but it will make you feel wonderful! The second thing we are going to do is take some discarded clothing to a shelter (you should have some after cleaning out all those closets!) The third thing is to call an elderly neighbor or shut-in and ask them if there is something you can help them with such as shopping, cleaning or yard work. (If you are doing the program during the holidays, offer to help them with their shopping. You could also help with Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.) The last thing we are going to do this week is "vow not to argue"! I don't want you to argue with anyone about anything NO MATTER WHAT! Just for one week, if you feel an argument coming on, STOP. Rethink what you were going to say or just walk away! I want this to be the most peaceful week you have ever lived, so even if you know the other person is dead wrong and you are 100% sure you are right...DON'T ARGUE ABOUT IT! Just smile a little "superior" smile and walk away. If you must, you may say, "We'll leave that one for another day", but just make sure you leave it!

If you will do these exercises, I will guarantee a less stressful and more peace filled week!

So your exercises are:
1. Pray every chance you have all week long.
2. Buy a gift or groceries for someone less fortunate than you.
3. Take items of clothing, ect. to a shelter or mission.
4. Offer assistance to an elderly neighbor or shut-in.
5. DO NOT ARGUE WITH ANYONE NO MATTER WHAT! (Even if you have to bite your tongue until it bleeds!)

Let me know how you do! I am very interested in your progress and answer all e-mail.

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I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK AS YOU TALK TO YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND SEEK HIS HELP IN ALL YOU ARE TRYING TO DO.

[GOD BLESS]

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