Monday, January 5, 2009

Resolutions - Looking Forward to Newness


Today's Topic: Regrets and Resolutions

Today's Host: LauraLee at LauraLee's Lifesong


LauraLee writes, "The New Year is a time for us to let go of the past and look forward to newness. Everyone thinks about that differently." She poses these questions for us to think about:


1. What is your favorite "resolution" in the Bible?

2. Do you do a New Year's resolution? Why or why not? Does your family make a resolution together?

3. Usually a resolution comes as a result of regretting something you didn't do the year before. How do you let go of the regret and move forward?

4. Have you ever made a resolution in the past that you didn't keep and wish you had?



One of my favorite resolutions in the Bible is Psalm 92:1-2. "It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening," It is something I have worked on throughout last year, giving God thanks and praise everyday, no matter my circumstances.

To be completely honest, I've never been much of a resolution-maker. A year-long list maker, yes; a once-a-year goal maker, no.

But I've also never quite looked forward to a New Year like I have this year. I was looking for a concrete point where we could put the craziness of the past year behind us and start fresh.

While I haven't decided on any detailed resolutions, I did have a few ideas. Resolutions seem to flow from our priorities. So for the New Year, I want to consider some of my personal, marital and family priorities.

First off, I want to review our Family Vision, as a family. I want to see where we got off track and where we've accomplished what we set out to do.

Secondly, by accident, it seems my husband and I somehow got on the same page, and we're getting our house in order. He's wrapping up the loose ends of incomplete home improvement projects (don't ask how since he still has a 1 lb weight limit from his double broken wrists) and I'm getting rid of the unneccessary around here (clearing out closets, cupboards, craft rooms). Getting rid of the excess appears to be a common goal.

Thirdly, I want to continue to put some serious energy into our marriage. I'm thinking the Love Dare book that I did not complete last year. Or maybe another round of the 30-Day Encouragement Challenge.

Lastly, I want to be purposeful in my relationship with God. I want to guard the time I have to spend with Him, not fill up my days so that I am too busy, and really dig in this year. I want to hear what God has to say and dig into His word even more. Last year was a year of pruning and taking away, this year I want to bear some fruit!

To start, I found a list of questions over at Ashley's that were helpful in taking spirtual inventory. She says, "Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It's so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we're going and where we should be going. The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God."

1. What's one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?


2. What's the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?


3. What's the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?


4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?


5. What is the biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?


6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?


7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?


8. What's the most important way you will, by God's grace, try to make this year different from last year?


9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?


10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?


Blessings in the New Year,

5 comments:

LauraLee Shaw said...

Great wisdom, awesome thoughts and opinions. So love the results of getting things in order...just brings peace, doesn't it? Thank you so much for sharing these great Truths and insights!

Life by the Handful said...

What a great post. A book to add to your marriage enrichment list is "How to Really Love Your Man A Mother's Letters to Her Daughters" by Linda Dillow. It really helped to change how I approached matters dealing with Brian.

Joyfull said...

Oh, I loved the list and encouraegment for the new year. Great post!

AmandaHoyt said...

Great post and thank you for the great ideas for the new year inventory.
Hugs and prayers,
Amanda

Ashley said...

Rebecca,

Great post! Seems like you are planning for a great year! I wish you the best!!!

So, nice to have you back!

-Ashley