7 days into the new year and most of us probably have already given up on our new years resolutions. Ahhh….but it was worth the try. Right? NO! Perhaps you are setting goals that are not realistic. It is important to set small goals and conquer them one by one rather then set a HUGE goal that sets you up for defeat before you even begin. Or maybe you are just setting the wrong goal for yourself…you have not found the right jelly to go with your peanut butter or in my home Nutella. Yes, you guessed it, I’m hungry and I have just digressed myself into a food blog. lol
Seriously, resolutions are truly another word for GOALS. So start small. Instead of setting a goal to lose weight this year, think smaller and set a goal of walking every day for thirty minutes or eliminating something from your diet. Start Small!!! It is easy to say my resolution is to lose 40 pounds this year. But if you never set smaller goals you will never accomplish it and in 2017 you will be right back where you started. Year after year the same goals and after the first week of the new year we are waving the white flag, pat ourselves on the back for good effort, and go back to our regular habits. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
This year I sat back and thought about the resolutions I have had in the past and why I failed them. And I realized not only was I thinking too big, but…I wasn’t letting God help me. I never once thought to pray and ask God help me to fulfill my New Years Resolutions. And why not?! God should be in control over everything in my life. God has walked with me through all my up’s and down’s and knows my deepest, darkest secrets. Of course God would know the best resolution to fit me and how to see it through. So this year my resolutions not only include taking family walks, decreasing sugar and caffeine intake, spending more time with family, and putting down the technology. A while back my Pastor spoke of “BEING ALL THERE” for your children and loved ones and taking a break from the smart phone and FACEBOOK. I have done well with this thus far, my phone does not stay on me at all times and I do not go online much when at home. This year I am taking this a bit further and I will limit my tech time to an hour a week. This gives me more quality time with my children and is a great stress reliever. It is amazing how much one can miss when they are surviving in a virtual world and not the real world.
BUT ALSO…to pray more! Spending more time speaking to Jesus. Not just a couple times a day, but multiple times throughout the day. Praying for my family, health, help with meeting my NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, happiness, healing, peace, for our country and brave soldiers fighting for our freedoms, for Christians around the world, for strangers, for wrong doers, and everything and anything that comes my way.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.” Jeremiah 20:11
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
Put Jesus in the driver’s seat this year and be blessed!