My guest blogger kicking off the new year is my youngest daughter, Lauren Drapal. She’s our brain injury survivor. She’s also a successful hairdresser in Kansas City – check out her Instagram @hairlikeaqueen. But first and foremost, she loves Jesus. And she’s a pretty good writer, too. She doesn’t have a blog, but posted this on Facebook. Here we go!

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Wake up and choose Jesus every morning.
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Choose words of love and kindness even when your first instinct might be opposite.
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Choose actions of grace and compassion even if the person on the receiving side doesn’t deserve it.
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Fill your mind/heart with thoughts and desires of the Holy Spirits guidance!
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Actively fight your human nature to be nasty with scripture and prayer.
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Remind yourself that we are here to grow Gods Kingdom and go out and SHARE the gospel recklessly!
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Choose to look at every fellow human as if you were looking at them through Jesus’s eyes. Each one deserving of His love and gift of eternal life, even if they’ve wronged you in the worst ways.
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Understand that everything we have, we have because He has entrusted us with it. And without Him, we have nothing.
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Put your value in things that are eternal. Like your soul and the souls of others. Because all of our fancy “things” won’t be faced with the eternity of heaven or hell. But, our friends and family will.
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Go to bed choosing Jesus and tell Him about your day, every day. Let Him hold you in His all consuming, loving, merciful, gentle, strong, warm, forgiving arms.

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Couldn’t have said it better myself. So glad I didn’t have to! Thanks Lauren!

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