2012 is the time to make a fresh start for the New Year. Annually, Christians make resolutions for a better year. Here’s a list of potential resolutions and tips to help anyone out this season.
1. Read God’s Word Daily
It is as simple as opening up the Bible and diving in! Strive to make time to seek God’s word everyday.
Everyone knows life gets busy and hectic. Finding time to sit for more than five minutes may seem impossible. How can there be time to read God’s word everyday? It can be a daunting challenge.
If time is of the essence, download the app, Daily Bible. It provides a daily Bible verse and devotional straight to any smart phone. The app sends a notification reminding the user to check the verse.
Perhaps a deeper dedication to the Bible is more imperative this year? Try finding a devotional at a bookstore to help guide and inspire this year.
Check out a nearby Family Christian Store: http://www.familychristian.com/
2. Improve Current Relationships
Improving the relationships around a person can do wonders for their health and emotional wellbeing. Forgive friends and family and let go of old burdens. If amends can’t be made, pray to God and ask for a change of heart.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” –Ephesians 4:31-32
If married, this is the most crucial of relationships that needs dedication. Seek out the spouse’s needs first. Learn to become a good listener and to be a better giver this year. Working on a marriage is a daily endeavor, but it reaps many blessings. Strive for 2012 to be the year that marriage is a priority.
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3. Strive for Four Daily Acts of Kindness
The number four is merely just a random number, however this tip comes from a local teacher. At a conference the week before Christmas break, an anecdote was given to a group of teachers to use during the day.
The leader told the group to get four tokens or poker chips and put them in the left pocket of their pants. During the course of the day, try to do four nice things, like opening the door for someone or helping out in a neighbor’s yard. Once the completed “nice” task is done, then move one token over to the right pocket.
The goal is to get all four tokens from the left pocket to the right by the end of the day, everyday. The tokens are just a way to keep accountability.
If everyone strived to do more nice things in a day, think of the impact it would make!
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” –Matthew 7:12
4. Eat better, move more.
This is a no brainer! Of course, losing weight and jumping on the best diet plan (that’s endorsed by a skinny celebrity) is all the rage during January. However, diets fail more often than not. Realistically, it’s hard to hold accountability to something that may be foreign to one’s daily regime.
Instead of shelling out money to a big corporation, try doing the basics to get on board to a healthier lifestyle. Try cutting back on sugars, condiments, fried foods and eating out as much.
If carbohydrates are what one adores, trying eating them first thing in the morning. Silly as it may sound, eat the highest carb-filled meals early so they can be worked off during the day.
Divide food into six small meals—and keep vegetables and a lean protein, like fish for dinner. It is okay to splurge every now and then, just try to save the desserts for a special occasion.
Also, strive for a minimum of thirty minutes of exercise a day. Take a brisk walk around the neighborhood. Grab some dumbbells and do reps while watching TV. Encourage the family to hit the gym for family swim night. Not only does getting active make a person feel better, it also blesses those around.
Taking care of the “temple” God gave each person, demonstrates respect to God and to family.
5. Pray More With Loved Ones
Prayer is an effective and powerful tool. Praying together is even more powerful and spiritually moving. Vow to start praying with friends and family. Praying with a spouse encourages intimacy in such a way that no romance novel could ever convey.
Kaitlin Jones opens up about her resolution to pray more with her husband. Kaitlin says,
“Praying with my husband brings us closer together spiritually and emotionally, especially since our marriage is built on God. It makes sure that our thoughts and actions are aligned together with Him. This allows us to worship and serve Him as one.”
Praying together not only brings about a spiritual bond but it also ensures that the Hold Spirit is present.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” –Matthew 18:20
There are innumerable resolutions to strive for this coming New Year, regardless of what they are, make an oath to make this the best one yet. Aim to put Christ on the pedestal in 2012, and all will fall into place.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” –Philippians 4:8
Halley encourages readers to post any New Year resolutions and plans for 2012 in the comment section below.