Many people are solidifying their New Year’s Resolutions in the end of January, but some are still trying to pick out exactly what they want to focus on.
If you’re looking to narrow down your choices, here’s a list of resolutions to get you started, mostly based on the Greatest Commandment:
“thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” Mark 12:30
Go ahead, pick an area of weakness that you’d like to beef up and glean some ideas.
Love the Lord with all thy heart
- First, read Love The Lord With All Thy Heart to grasp what this fully means. Is this something you could really devote yourself to? It’s a great place to start when working through the greatest commandment.
- Read through your bible. Have you been completely through it yet, or has it been awhile? One of my favorite resources to get this done is the One Year Bible. In 15 minutes a day, you can get through the entire bible in one year. Different versions are available, so one could pick their preferred version.
- Live a life of prayer. Leave sticky notes around the house. Make yourself a prayer rock. Set your timer. Whatever you have to do, start talking to Him, or talk more. He wants to hear what you have to say.
Love the Lord with all thy soul
- First, read Love The Lord With All Thy Soul for a fuller look at this.
- Find a daily devotional. Sparkling Gems From The Greek is one of my favorites. (You can read my opinion on this one here if you’d like.) Pick a daily or weekly devotional that fits into your life.
- Grab a commentary and get reading! I always get asked which ones I like. Arthur Pink is a favorite of mine, and nearly all of his work is free or $0.99 on Kindle nearly all the time.
- Have you considered fasting? Many people and churches join together for 21 days in January every year to participate in the Daniel fast. A word of caution, withholding food to draw closer to God is fasting; simply not eating is self-starvation. Read up on this, talk to a Christian mentor, and pray on this to see if it’s right for you. You may also want to talk to your doctor before committing as well.
- Find a good YouTube study. Make sure it is biblically based, not just ear-tickling. Who do I listen to? Try searching Chuck Missler if you aren’t sure where to start.
Love the Lord with all thy mind
- Start by reading Love The Lord With All Thy Mind to get a deeper look at this.
- Do whatever you need to do to really meditate on controlling your thoughts to keep them Holy.
- Set boundaries on toxic people in your life whose interactions will tempt you to have ungodly feelings, say ungodly words, and think sinful thoughts or pursue sinful actions. Need help with this? Read through Boundaries very slowly. It’s tempting to read through it quickly, but reading 10 pages a day, or even a chapter, can be a daily reminder and encouragement to you to help you keep this goal on the front burner. It also has a workbook that goes with it, but I have not been through the workbook, so I can’t say it’s helpful or not.
- Get help to kick bad habits. I’m not talking about cracking your knuckles or biting your nails–I’m talking about habits that are toxic for you. Are you a workaholic that’s falling farther and farther away from your family? Do you have an addiction that puts stress on the relationships around you? Does Facebook get your blood pressure up? Make a list of toxic habits you have and brainstorm ways you can kick them, as well as people who will support you.
Love the Lord with all thy strength
- First read Love The Lord With All Thy Strength, or this section is likely not to make any sense to you.
- Sleep. Just do it. The average woman needs 7 hours of sleep a night. Talk to your doctor about any medical conditions you may have to see how they may affect your need for sleep. Make a plan. Make it happen.
- Exercise. This is going to look different for all of us, and even if you don’t desire to drop any weight, exercise is no doubt a basic need of all human bodies to keep their strength and immune systems healthy.
- Get a well-check-up. They aren’t just for babies. Get a blood panel done and talk to your doctor about where you are and where you should be.
- Eat right. A diet is essential to keeping our bodies functioning optimally and feeling good.
- Drink water. If you don’t drink any, then start. If you already drink some, try to reach that 8 glasses a day mark.
- Take a daily vitamin.
Focus on intentional marriage
- Whether you’re single and waiting for marriage, or are married now, this is a relationship that will need tending to. If you know where your troubled area is, make a plan and work on it. But remember, you can’t change both of you–you can only change yourself.
- Read the Preparing For Your Husband series for women from 1 to 101.
- Follow along with the one year plan of Praying For Your Husband, and be sure to check back the first Monday of each month for a new prayer prompt.
- Are you unmarried, but living in sin? You have the ability to make a more mature decision every day. The longer you live this life, the harder it will be to break. Know that you need to stop, but not sure you have a cold-turkey answer? Go to a friend, mentor, or Titus 2 woman. Confess your sin (in a respectful way), and ask for prayer. Get an accountability partner.
- Are you following our Marriage and/or Singles boards on Pinterest? Look for biblically based inspiration often.
Focus on intentional parenting
- Start doing preschool devotionals with your littles.
- Start doing family devotionals (stay tuned for the detailed plan our family uses).
- Check out these 10 Biblical Parenting Resources.
Focus on intentional friendship
- Take a deep look at any troubled or weary relationships you may have, seek the Lord, and when you’ve come to a conclusion, make a plan.
- Are you controlling or being controlled? Again, I’d suggest going slowly through Boundaries.
- Do you sense that you have a friendship that is toxic to you or the other person? It’s not easy, but you may want to figure out a way to step back–for your sake or for that of your friend.
- Do you have women in your life seeking to reach out to you and you’ve been unable to reach back lately? Make it a point to reach back.
- Is a good friendship dying for reasons unseen? Maybe it’s time to give it some extra prayer and a bit more attention.
- One of my goals is to read my good friend Jo Wilmer’s We Travel Together.
That’s a long list. I know what I’m focusing on right now, do you?
What would you add to the list?