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3 Ps for the New Year

3 Ps for the New Year

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3 Ps for the New Year

Thinking back over the past 31 days that I studied the human trafficking scriptures I thought about what God had been teaching me.

On the podcast I talk about my Word for last year and my word for this year.

Then thinking of what God had taught me, I came up with my plan for the New Year – based on Roman 12:12. This was my first scripture to read this New Year.

Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder (The Message).

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How to be Thankful Throughout the Year

How to Be Thankful Throughout the Year

by Stephanie Nickel


One of my Facebook friends took a challenge in 2013 to list 1,200 reasons to be thankful. When my mother-in-law gave me a journal for Christmas, it didn’t take long to decide what I would use it for.

I got a jump start and listed the first 100 reasons in December.

If you need a little direction, below are some ideas to get you started:


The first month of the year is typically a month of new beginnings. What “new beginnings” are you thankful for? (i.e.: the events surrounding your new birth in Christ; the start of your family; new jobs; new homes; etc.)


The month the world is focused on love is a great time to think of the people you love. Don’t just list their names. Also list specifics about what you love and appreciate about them. (You may even want to take the time to touch base with them and let them know they’re on your mind and in your prayers.)


No matter how you feel about winter, you may be getting tired of the cold, grey days. Recording why you’re thankful for winter can help turn your thinking around.  (i.e.: clothes, a warm home, places to go even though you have to brave the elements, your favourite hot drink, etc.)


Springtime, a time when new life bursts forth in the Northern Hemisphere, is a wonderful time to look to creation and thank the Lord for things you may not usually notice. (I never watched the progress of budding trees before my hubby pointed them out to me.)


The nicer weather is upon us. Like a warm hug, it reminds us of those things that bring us a sense of peace and security. What a great springboard for gratitude!


School is winding down for the summer. Parents and teachers are encouraging children to end strong. Let’s think about “the golden years” and ending our lives strong. What are you thankful for now that you’re “older”? If you’re not considered a senior yet, think of those who are. What reasons to be thankful come to mind?


Sunshine. Blue skies. Warm weather. What reasons do you have to be thankful this summer – and from summers gone by?


August means holiday time for many. Even if you are not able to get away, think about how you can step back from the busyness of the day-to-day and think of the many things there are to be thankful for.


Back to school . . . Think back over your years in school. What are you thankful for? Plus, we never stop learning (or we shouldn’t, at least). What new discoveries “blow your mind”?


Autumn is my favourite season. I love the colours, the nip in the air, the smell of fallen leaves. It takes me back to my childhood. Childhood memories—though some may be difficult—still bring many reasons to be thankful.


I read a very good argument about why we shouldn’t say, “It was a God thing.” Since He is sovereign, everything that comes into our lives was ordained by Him for His purposes. Though it can be extremely difficult to be thankful for challenging situations, it is a wonderful discipline to look for those reasons to praise and thank Him through it all. Trust Him and thank Him for working in even the darkest seasons of life.


As the year winds down, why not record 50 things that stand out about 2014 and 50 things you are looking forward to in 2015?


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Here is a free PDF 0f Countless Reasons to be Thankful if you wish to print out Stephanie’s ideas of how to be thankful.

Steph Beth Nickel

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Steph Beth is a wife of over 30 years and the mother of three grown children. Steph’s eclectic interests include writing, editing, fitness, and childbirth (she is also a labour doula).
Steph’s was honoured to co-author former Paralympian Deb Willows’ memoir. Living Beyond My Circumstances is scheduled for release at the end of November 2013.
Steph edits for Christian Editing Services under the leadership of Karen Burkett. She is a long-time member of The Word Guild and a recent member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.

Steph blogs at Steph’s Electic Interests. Her new author website, Steph Beth Nickel , is a work-in-progress.


7 Habits for 2013

A new year –  a new start.

Another way to count the gifts

Here are a few of my thoughts from this morning’s meditation:

1. “Stay with Me”, says the LORD

– I am to remember to always start my day with Him

2. Get organized.

I think that lately I have been scattered. Not sure if it is the newness of marketing, the ideas flowing so ferociously, that my computer is smack dab in the middle of my kitchen – my husband, our dog, the people walking by outside my window. But I need a plan – for food, for housekeeping, for writing, for computer time.

3. Get a year’s plan.

I want to develop a year’s plan of what I think God wants me to head for, expecting that my course my have many side trails and stop signs.

4. Keep memorizing Scripture.

I have 17 Scriptures under my belt. I had to work hard to get them into this brain. Certainly not as easy as it was years ago. But with practice I can learn to memorize.

5. Continue to Count the Gifts

– I am switching to the JOY DARE from Ann Voskamp because I need more focus on the wonders of God’s gifts.

6. Read more non-fiction with intention to spread what I read.

I have many books on my shelf and on my Kindle. I want to work through these with intention. My first one when it arrives will be Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg. This book seems to follow the counting of gifts – to be aware of in tune with God.

7. To focus on the WORD that God has given me for this year (will say more about that later).

This past year the WORD was TRUST – and I think that I became closer to God by trusting Him. I will continue to trust Him this year.

Those are my habits that will be pinned to my bulletin board. I plan to review them and make sure I am following His leading and never be afraid to add another Habit.

Blessings to all my readers.


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