Happy New Year.  Okay, not quite yet, but it’s getting there. And with a new year, means a whole new hny4set of resolutions to break.

I suggest this year, you set no more than five. And make them reasonable. Strive for goals that are reachable. For instance, pay off one credit card instead of all six.

Here are three resolutions that might help make the upcoming year one filled with joy and peace:

  1. Read the Bible in one year; Here’s a plan to get you there: http://www.christianity.com/bible/year/.
  1. Count your blessing at the end of each day. You’ll probably sleep better.
  1. Get up and thank God for a new morning, whether it be in prayer or some other way. Starting your day with the Lord will only help to make it a better one.

Most of the time our resolutions revolve around money or weight. That is fine, except there’s not SuccesisnotaDreammuch mention of Jesus. And Jesus should be in the forefront of our minds every day if we’re to succeed with any plan. Proverbs 3:6 states, In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

Success comes from not making excuses, holding ourselves accountable, and having a faith system in place that will help us accomplish our goals. If you believe you can do it, you can. And with God, anything is possible.

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As the old year retires and a new one is born, we commit into the hands of our Creator the happenings of the past year and ask for direction and guidance in the new one. May He grant us His grace, His tranquility and His wisdom! – Peggy Toney Horton, author

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If we commit ourselves to the Lord, and follow His guidance, we will not only survive another year, but thrive in the following year. So look at this upcoming year as a new beginning. One where you will accomplish some goals, forfeit others, but keep the Lord foremost in your mind.

Nothing can be better than to start a new year focused on the word, except maybe to end a year knowing you had put God first.

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