"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

I resolve

Happy New Year!

I love new beginnings. Although I often feel I’m failing in a variety of areas, the coming of each new year brings a certain optimism that goes along with starting over. For me, a fresh start means new energy, new hope, and renewed zeal.

And while I realize that I, like most people, might be breaking my resolutions by February, I do think the start of a new calendar year is a great time to sit down and evaluate where we are, set goals for where we want to be, and make a plan for how to achieve those goals.

We usually spend time as a family on New Year’s Day, talking about our goals for the coming year. Each of us sets a personal goal in each of several categories: spiritual life, family relationships, and time management (all); school (kids and me); finances (parents); rooms (kids); and any other areas we come up with that we want to work on. We talk about them together. We write them down. We pray about them.

I love Philippians 3:13-14. “…but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Are you excited about a new year and the changes it could bring? Do you make New Year’s resolutions for yourself?  I would be so happy if you’d share one or more of them here. I’ll reveal one of mine to get things started:

Every week, I want to sit down with the kids and write thank you notes. Even if we just write one each, I think it will make us more aware of our blessings and help us show our gratitude to those who have made our lives richer in some way.

Our first note will be to the friends who hosted us on New Year's Eve.

Please chime in with your thoughts in the comments below. I wish each of you a year in which you are able to recognize God’s blessings in your life, and smile about them.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Comments on: "I resolve" (3)

  1. I love having a fresh start! I have learned from past mistakes to keep my goals simple and few. I have much more success. Two of my goals for this year: 1. pay more attention to the words I am singing in worship. It’s so easy to let my mind wander, especially songs I know by heart. 2. Get back to my birthday card mailings. When we began home renovations last year and moving and MORE renovations, I let this stop. I love doing this, so I want to get back to it before the habit is lost for good! Thanks for your blog, Amy and many blessings this year!

    • Great goals, Amy. I’m so glad you shared them here! About the songs…I try to NOT use the book as much as possible–because it forces me to THINK about the words so I can sing them! We all need to pay more attention there, so I’m glad you reminded us here. About the cards–Those who receive them will LOVE that you revived that plan! 🙂 And, thanks for the reminder that a few simple goals will be more attainable. I appreciate you! 🙂

  2. […] of my fellow bloggers, whyamysmiles, asked us to post our new year’s resolutions.  I had not made any this year, as I always […]

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