I don’t know if you’ve heard of The Vine but it is an awesome dose of daily inspiration I receive in my email.  My husband introduced me to it when we were dating some years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Today’s message is titled:  8 Principles to Live By and it came right on time.  You see,  a few days ago, we learned that my husband’s employment contract with the Department of the Treasury was being terminated immediately.   Although the news is devastating, we are choosing to live on these 8 principles and act on faith.

God never promised an easy life but He did promise He would be with us through the through the tears and the pain—the heartache and rain and trust Him to see us through.

Today’s message from the Vine has become my motivation.  Enjoy:

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity…
Proverbs 3:21-22 NLT

People who set goals accomplish much more than people of equal education and ability who don’t. With that in mind, build these eight principles into your life.

1) Decide what you want. But first consult God. ‘Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails’ (Proverbs 19:21 NIV)..

2) Think on paper. Writing your goals down gives them a sense of permanency, plus it energises you. ‘Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity… ‘ Wishy-washy objectives won’t get you where you want to go.

3) Establish a deadline. Without a definite beginning and ending it’s easy to procrastinate and get nowhere.

4) Make a list of what you need to do to. Keep it before you at all times; it’ll give you a track to run on.

5) Convert your list to a plan. Decide what you need to do first and what you can do later. An organised plan is always better than trying to carry stuff around in your head.

6) Act immediately. ‘Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity… ‘ (Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV). Do something! A mediocre plan that’s implemented beats a brilliant one that’s not.

7) Do something every day to move you forward. Build it into your schedule. For example, read systematically through your Bible, call a specific number of clients, engage in physical activity for a given time.

8) Have a goal you’re willing to devote your life to. And keep your eye on that goal at all times. ‘Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom’ (Psalm 90:12 NIV).