God blessed us with a beautiful year,365 days, almost 8760 hours, or 5,25,600 seconds, and we are accountable for all this time which makes me quite panic at heart. The question is plain and simple-“What did I do for the Lord,” How much time did I spend in His presence”?. I am not going to make you feel nervous, but together we are going to make new year resolutions for a more Christ-centered life. It’s not about us, but it’s about living for Him. Let’s check some ideas on New year resolutions for couples.
New year resolutions for couples
Praying on your knees
“To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.”- Billy Graham
People dream about a blessed year ahead, yeah, we all love to be blessed and to be fruitful in all the areas of our life. But can we still say- Lord, we love you even we are deprived of the necessities of life? Can we always say- we trust you even if we lost everything in life? It’s difficult. But as the children of God, we need to know the secret of contentment in everything and all circumstance.
Apostle Paul said “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)
We, women, are responsible for building our homes for the glory of God. Unless we raise our eyes to God, our creator and love him above everything, we cannot build a godly home. And we cannot raise blessed generations where God himself will be the teacher.
“All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace.” Isaiah 54:13
If we are keen to obey the laws of God, taking each step according to the word of God, and staying away from sin; God Himself will dwell in our midst.
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. (John 14:23)
The question is whether we will be found as faithful servants when the Lord comes back or not.
So, let us pray on our knees, plead more, to enable us to build Godly homes on the foundation of Christ Jesus.
Fasting for spiritual growth
Last week, my husband and I were evaluating our spiritual growth. Sad to say, we were far below our expectations. We should have prayed more, fasted more for spiritual growth, and cling on to God to hear His decisions about our life. So, how can we know God’s will in our life? How can we know whether the steps we take in our life is pleasing to God or not?
Then I was reminded about the life of King Saul of Israel. King Saul was the first king of Israel, but his life did not end well because of one reason -“He didn’t trust God or depend on Him.” He disobeyed God and took decisions on what pleased him. So, God withdrew His favor from Saul and anointed David as the king. Finally, King Saul ended his life with his own sword when he found he lose the battle with the Philistines.
Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. (1 Chronicles 10:13-14)
Christ died for us, washing away our sins with His precious blood, and we are now justified in the presence of God.
We are justified through Him, and those who are justified through him should live a life dead to sins.
The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:10-11)
Sometimes, we do not understand the will of God, His plan for our life. The best way to know His will is to wait in His presence, pray to him, cry to him.
The safest thing to do in life is to be in the will of God and trusting Him completely.
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? (Luke 18:7)
Spending more time with family
This is my favorite part, spending more time with the family. There are things that could easily take away our desire to spend more time with family. It can be work, friendships, television, bad habits, social media or anything that takes away our attention from family.
First of all, we need to be clear what is important. Is it making memories to cherish, or carrying the baggage of regrets in life?
Let’s make beautiful memories by:
- Laughing more
- Saying funny jokes
- Playing together
- Sharing responsibilities
- Cleaning together
- Cooking together
- Caring for each other
- Giving surprise gifts
- Praying for each other
- Understanding more
- Traveling together
- Less social media
- Loving more
Again, it’s an individual choice on how to share responsibilities or to show love, and some help their partners, some not. Ultimately it’s all about how you choose to make the other feel special and valued.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
Healthy eating habits to lose weight
When it comes to healthy eating habits, I tend to be a little careless. So, I decided to include healthy habits as a new year resolution this time.
Being in the kitchen, preparing foods, testing, and tasting, I started getting into unhealthy food habits and gaining weight.
Then I came to know from one of my friend about the “Grow your faith, Lose the weight” free challenge by Faithful Finish Lines.
This healthy eating challenge aims to help women to grow in their relationship with Christ and to attain freedom from the weight loss struggles. Being a faith blogger, this captured my attention, and I am planning to bring life to healthy eating habits.
The author of Faithful Finish LInes also has other courses on:
- 5-day mindful eating challenge
- Instant Pot for faith loss
- Victory over emotional eating
- 7 weeks to Christian weight loss
Wishing you a blessed year ahead!!