REFLECTIONS is a series asking us to reflect…consider…meditate on thoughts and concepts to make our lives full of life where we are free to be authentically ourselves loving others and ourselves to our infinite potential.

  (This was previously recorded in January 2012. Enjoy!)


Psalm 37:5

  • MSG: Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done
  • NAS: Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
  • NIV: Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this  
  • NLT: Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.

Read the passage in context.

Proverbs 16:3

  • MSG: Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.
  • NAS: Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.
  • NIV: Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
  • NLT: Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed.

Read the passage in context.

 Reflections Series with Dana


“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” – Peter Drucker

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” – Unknown



What do you choose now? What commitments must be made to make that choice a reality? Why do you choose it? Is it for yourself, your family, others?



Again…write it down. Also, consider completing the pledge below.

Here is a resource I’ve saved for many years. Maybe this can assist you in the Advance Task.


My Getting the Life I Deserve Pledge

This is my year to be the woman I’ve always wanted to be.  This year I will put [insert your name] first.  Starting [insert date], I will focus on taking the steps to achieve my goals.  Ever since [insert] I’ve known that I want to [insert].  Today I will create a plan to realize my dreams.This is my year to achieve four goals:





Negative factors, real and imagined, will no longer be obstacles to my success.  To get over [insert obstacle #1], I will stop [insert].  To get over [insert obstacle #2], I will pray that [insert].  To get over [insert obstacle #3], I will plan to [insert].  I know that I will be successful because it is my dream to [insert].

To stay on track, I will have my friend [insert] check in on my progress every week/month/quarter (choose one) and hold me accountable.  This is my personal 2013 pledge to myself so that I can realize my dreams and live the wonderful life I fully deserve.

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This pledge was published on January 2008, Essence Magazine Editor-In-Chief Angela Burt-Murray’s Between Us — A Letter From The Editor feature.



Question: What commitments do you need to make toward your goals?




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