It will soon be a New Year, and many of us will again decide to make “New Year’s Resolutions.”
A New Year’s Resolution can be defined as “a promise you make to yourself to start doing something good, or stop doing something bad, on the first day of the year.”
Common resolutions include:
These also happen to be the most commonly broken ones!
Right now, you may be contemplating what you might like to improve on. All of the above are good resolutions. However, this may be the year you want to grow closer to God, desire to spend more time in prayer, or in bible reading. You may also be wondering how you can successfully follow through with your chosen resolution, especially if this has been a concern in the past.
The answer is to have a plan and put God at the center of your New Year’s Resolutions.
Christian Women at Work Prayer for this New Year:
Lord, my prayer for 2017 is that I will grow closer to You. This starts with spending time with You in prayer and reading your word. Help me to make this a priority, every day, no matter how busy I am. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Taking Stock of 2016 this week at work:
Monday: On a scale of “1 to 10” with “1” being unsatisfied and “10” being extremely satisfied”, how do you feel about the amount of time you presently spend in prayer and bible study?
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Tuesday: If you are not satisfied with the amount of time you are spending in prayer and study, what is one thing you can start to do differently this New Year? Be specific: i.e. what you will specifically do; when, how often and for how long. Your goals needs to be SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and with a specific time frame.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Wednesday: On a scale of “1 to 10” on a confidence scale, how confident are you that you will now start doing what you have specifically said you would? Research shows if you have choose less than “7,” you are not likely to be successful. Therefore you need to modify your plan by adjusting something. You may need to adjust the length, or how often you will do the task. Then, ask yourself the same question: “How confident are you now in being able to follow through with this goal?” Continue to do this until your confidence level reaches over 7.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Thursday: Continue to work on setting a goal which you will be able to reach. Ask God for His wisdom when you are unsure what goal you may need to choose, or how to adapt it.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
Friday: Recognize there may be some days where you need His strength to carry through with your desire to grow closer to Him. There will be distractions, temptations and unusual circumstances which will try to derail you from achieving your goal. Claim the following verse and invite Him into the day to help you.
I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
May God richly bless you as you grow in your knowledge of and love for Him.
Bonny, Christian Women at Work