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Win the Day, 7 Daily Habits to Help you Stress Less & Accomplish More by Mark Batterson

Do you have a habit you would like to break?  Do you want to change your life?  If you truly want to change a habit that will change the story of your life, you have to begin with the end in mind, and take one day at a time, according to author and Pastor Mark Batterson in his book Win the Day, 7 Daily Habits to Help You Stress Less and Accomplish More. 

Batterson outlines a seven step process  starting with “flipping the script.”  He encourages readers to set a goal that they can keep for one day.  Asking God for his grace in the process will gain God’s favor if it is in God’s will and for his glory.  “Be bold in our prayers,” Batterson states.  And make changes in your life.  After all, if you want God to do something new, you can’t keep doing the same thing, which brings us to step two.

Besides flipping the script, Batterson writes that we should “kiss the wave,” owning your behavior so it doesn’t own you.  Saying goodbye to old habits is easier when you remember that you are loved by God, but you don’t have to play God.  You may actually be closer than you think to an answer.  Batterson refers to the story of Peter and the fishing boat when Jesus told him to cast his net on the other side of the boat when he came up empty on the first side.  Your miracle may be only 7 ½ feet away if you are willing to flip the script!

If you want God to truly do the supernatural in your situation, you have to do the natural and “eat the frog,” which is step 3.   The thing that you least like to do, but feel you are best at, is the frog.   Starting the day by dealing with frog is the best way to get a jump start, says Batterson. If you prepare for change, God will do the rest.  Pray like it depends on God, and work like it depends on you to change the situation. 

Habit 4 is to “fly the kite.”  How you do anything is how you do everything so you should do little things like they are big things.  Define what success looks like to you, because if you don’t, you’ll never know when you’ve hit your mark.  Batterson encourages you to make that decision and break the old habit by replacing it with a good habit.  Praying through your problem will get you through until a break-through becomes obvious. 

There is going to be a turning point, so set a goal.   Eat more frogs, fly more kites and keep winding the clock one step at a time.  Don’t be short sighted and never give up—God never gives up on us.

Finally, Batterson tells us to “seed the clouds.”  He tells a story of Vincent Schaefer who conducted an experiment by seeding the clouds to produce snow crystals in July.   He writes that we should sow today what we want to see tomorrow and don’t underestimate the power of a single prayer

Batterson encourages readers to start each day with silence and think on purpose.  Focus on what is good and right and just and look for little things for which to be grateful.  Play the long game but take it day by day.   

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C.  The church operates seven locations and his ministry continues to grow.  He is the author of twenty books, including The Circle Maker, which much like this book, has helped me establish prayer goals and encouraged me to never give up on my dreams and goals.  I highly recommend this book for someone who is striving to make their life better, regardless of their religious beliefs. 

NOTE:  I purchased Win the Day, 7 Daily Habits to Help You Stress Less and Accomplish More at Mardel Christian & Education book store in Springfield, Missouri (www.Mardel.com).  It can also be purchased at Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Win-Day-Habits-Stress-Accomplish).

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