3 Uncommon New Year’s Resolution Ideas
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. ✯
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).
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.
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. ( ◑‿◑)ɔ┏🍟–🍔┑٩(^◡^ )
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.
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. ᕙ(`▿´)ᕗ
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