New Year's Resolutions
by Kimberly Chastain
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What do you think about New Year’s Resolutions? Do you make them? Or have you given up on making New Year’s Resolutions? I think the most important New Year’s Resolutions we can make have to deal with our spiritual life and relationship with our God. Many of you have written me that you don’t seem to have time for everything you need to do and sometimes time alone with God gets lost in your busy, hectic schedule. I do think we have to be creative about how we spend time with God and that may look different for each woman.
Here are some suggestions about New Year’s Resolutions we can all consider:
1. Aim to spend time alone with God each day. You may pray in the car on the way to work. You may pray while rocking a baby to sleep. God is the source of our strength and we need to be hooked to our power source.
2. Realize there are seasons in your life and sometimes your Quiet time may involve teaching your children. I remember when my children were very young a friend ask me what God was teaching me right now. I replied, “Jesus, loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” My study time was devoted to reading Bible stories to my toddler and preschooler. Yet, I realized how much I still need to know that Jesus loves me, too.
3. Begin each day with praising God for all your many blessings. There is great truth to that old hymn, Count your blessings, name them one by one. When we focus on all God has done for us, we become a more thankful and gracious person. Also, realizing all God has done for us will remind us of what he can do for us.
4. Pray that God will direct each moment of your day, even the divine interruptions. I think as CWM’s we need to be ruthlessly efficient at work so we can get out of the office on time and get home to our children. On the other hand, we can not miss opportunities to share God’s love to our fellow workers or other people we meet. Ask God to help you get his to do list done and not yours.
5. Remember the main goal for us as Christians, found in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Every action of our lives needs to glorify God and point others to him. That includes changing diapers, listening to hormonal teenagers and all the many things we do.
In conclusion, all of us struggle with balancing work, home, and our spiritual life. We serve a Savior who knows our every need and concern. He has written our days since before time began, so he certainly knows what we will be doing. Please do not hear me making you feel guilty about something else. In my own life my quiet times (time spent alone with God) have been inconsistent. I do know when I make spending time alone with God a priority my whole outlook changes and I can handle the stresses of life much better. So, may I encourage you to consider the above suggestions and may 2007 be a year that is marked by an increasing closeness and dependence on God.
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of 2 ebooks, Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms and Help! My Preteen/Teenager is Driving me Nuts. You can find both of those books at www.christianworkingmom.com. Also, check out her blog and Online Bible Study as well. You can have coaching tips delivered to your email box daily, find out more at http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.
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