What if? What if? What if? Two words that can be put together to encourage or to destroy. I spent a lot of my childhood and early adult years in a “what if” mode. It was always negative for me. “What if” I try that and it doesn’t work? “What if” someone thinks I am terrible at that? So many times I tried so hard to ignore the world that called. It was too frightening. Too scary to take a chance. But, now things are different. It seems that after my sister passed away, I had this huge desire to live. I guess it is because life is so very fragile and once you lose someone, especially someone so young, you begin to really understand just how fragile life can be. So, taking risks and learning to live is what I am after. I am after the “what if” that says, “what if” I am really successful and prosperous? “What if” I do amazing things in my lifetime that other people only dream of? “What if” I become everything that God has designed for me to be? These are the questions that I ask now. These are the questions that motivate me to be all I could be and more. They give me courage and help me to stay on the right track. I have the ability to change things. I can be limitless. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am empowered through the Holy Spirit to enjoy life and live it to the fullest. I server a might God and He is always on my side. He will never leave me nor forsake me. I am His daughter. I am Royalty. I know I don’t deserve His goodness, but I receive it fully. If we are just willing to be open and receive what He has for us we will find ourselves so very blessed. I used to focus on what I deserved. That was terrible, by the way. We all deserve nothing. So, now I focus on the fact that He loves me no matter what. Whatever I do is no surprise to Him and He is always going to help me. All I need to do is be willing. He will lead my paths and I will obey. He will open up the Heavens and pour out blessing on me. All I need to do is hold out my arms and open my heart and receive His goodness. The pastor asked us the other day to hold out our arms and receive. I look over and my husband has his arms spread as wide as he can. Now that is thinking big and treating God like He is a mighty God! All things work for the good for those that love the Lord. And we do! So, this is our year! We thank God in advance for opportunities, creativity, jobs and money. We wish to be prosperous so that we might share and bless others. Blessings!