A New Year: Regrets, Resolutions, and Reinvention

New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Christian Women

Are you part of the 41% of people who usually make New Year’s resolutions each year? I am!

The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.

Proverbs 21:5

At the beginning of each new year, I like to set goals and explore my intentions for the coming year.  In fact, I enjoy the whole process of setting goals and planning and seeking Godly wisdom and discernment.  I love reviewing my goals regularly and setting mile stones and celebrating along the way.  I set goals in several areas of my life, ie.  faith, health, professional, financial, and relationship. And as I pray and meditate and seek God’s direction and discernment, I am reminded of how God’s Word gives us such perfect instruction in every area of our lives.

But a last year, I noticed something: My resolutions list didn’t match my priorities.

What I mean is — If growing in faith is truly my #1 priority in life, shouldn’t it top my list of New Year’s resolutions too? 

Sure, there’s nothing wrong with losing weight, paying off debt, or trying to grow this site into one of the top websites for Christian women… but what about my faith?

So I went ahead and compiled a new list of New Year’s Resolutions. Thought it might spark some ideas (for me and you!):

  1. Love others better by forgiving
  2. Zero in on my identity in Christ
  3. Find One way each month to walk in it more intentionally.
  4. Treat my body as the temple of God
    1. Plan one healthy change each month this year.
  5. Grow closer to God.
  6. Schedule a fast one time each month.
  7. Go deeper in prayer over my own life and my family.
  8. Understand the way that grace and discipline work together
    • Grace is our teacher and our encourager – Titus 2:11-12
    • Discipline is grace in action (1 Tim. 4:7)
  9. Develop accountability with another believer. Make your goals known to a trusted believing friend, who will ask!
  10. Giving: Can I increase my giving this year?
  11. Serving: Is there an area of service I can be involved in?
  12. Friendships: Are there relationships that need to be developed?
  13. Holiness:
    • What sins need to mortified in 2021 that have the upper hand in my life?
    • What graces and fruits of the Spirit need to be cultivated that I am weak in?

Making resolutions or setting godly goals for the New Year can be a great motivator for beginning new habits and growing in your faith.

But remember, the power comes not in the resolution or in the goal, but in the doing. The power comes when we hunger enough and are committed enough to follow through in becoming more disciplined for the purpose of godliness.

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