3 Uncommon New Year’s Resolution Ideas

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Hello my dear readers,

Today’s another holiday special because it’s New Year’s Eve. Do you have any New Year’s Resolution ideas yet? Usually, attendance at gyms increases nationwide in January, which indicates to me that physical fitness is a popular New Year’s Resolution. But read on for 3 New Year’s Resolution ideas for spiritual fitness. ✯

Being Grateful

This past year has been so rough on many people. So how can we be grateful after the bad hand we’ve been dealt?

God tells us exactly what to do when we have great needs, and His command includes gratitude. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Sign says, "Life won't sparkle unless you do."

The “with Thanksgiving” phrase is easy to overlook. We shouldn’t wait until Thanksgiving Day to give thanks. And we shouldn’t wait until everything is going well to be grateful either. In the midst of crying out to God for our needs, He tells us to thank Him.

God knows that the best way to boost our mood when we’re desperate is to thank Him that the answer to our prayers is on its way and to think about what we do have.

But thank Him for what? I suggest the fact that He thought of you before you were born and created you with love (Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13; Jeremiah 31:3).

Or, even during hardship, was there any knowledge or insight you gained this past year because of it? For more details, see the post, “Giving Thanks in Hard Times.”

And let’s remember to express gratitude to each other for every little thing. (See “5 Ways To Show Your Family Gratitude” by Dr. Tiffany Harrison.) Everyone feels better when they are appreciated. (See “How To Be Genuinely Grateful and Reap the Benefits.”)

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Trusting God

Thanking God in advance for the answer to prayer involves trust. “’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’” says the Lord. “‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts'” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

What is it you want, and are you ok with trusting God if He says “wait” or “no?” When we thank God for the answer to prayer no matter what it will be, then the rest of the aforementioned verse, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,” will come to pass because we trust that our Heavenly Father knows best.

A quote attributed to Woodrow Kroll is: “The God, who knows you best, knows the best for you.”

Living Like You’re Loved

The last New Year’s resolution idea is inspired by the song, “Live Like You’re Loved,” by Hawk Nelson. What would it look like if you lived every day knowing how cherished you are by God?

Ephesians 1:4-6 says, “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

What a wonderful truth! He chose you with pleasure and you are fully accepted. For more details about focusing on God’s love, see the posts, “Why Selfless Esteem Is Better Than Self-Esteem” and “The Real Truth About God.”

In summary, let’s enter the new year with gratitude, trusting God and receiving His love. And by the end of the year, we will have grown stronger spiritually.

P.S. For some fun, whimsical goals, check out this Winter Bucket List by Tiffany of truthandbeautyco.com.

This post was originally published on 12/31/22 and has been updated.

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  1. Jen

    So important to be grateful for everything we have. I’m certainly going into 2024 with a hopeful and grateful and heart. Happy 2024 to you and yours!

    1. Gina Leggio

      Thanks so much for your comment. I want to go into 2024 with a hopeful and grateful heart too. I hope you have a happy new year too!

  2. Tiffany

    Not uncommon but definitely needed. This is exactly the reminders we need. Our eyes focused on Christ. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Gina Leggio

      Thanks so much for your comment. Glory to God! And I need reminders just like everyone else.

  3. TC

    Thanks for the reminder to be grateful for every little thing, it definitely lifts the spirits when we remember to do that. : )
    I hope your 2023 has started off wonderfully blessed!

    1. Gina Leggio

      Thanks–I think being more grateful for every little thing instead of taking it for granted has made me feel wonderfully blessed so far in 2023. I hope you have a good year this year too.

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