Happy New Year!
It might feel like a huge burden has been lifted off your shoulders today. After all, 2020 was quite the year. Some of you might be feeling a bit anxious about the New Year. That’s okay! No matter what the day or the year has in store, let us Praise God. His mercies are made new each day and His love never ends!
As the new year begins, many are thinking of what resolutions they might set for themselves. We often think of bettering our physical or mental self. We set goals of working out so many times a week or reading a number of books each month. Some of us will ditch sugar or get a new wardrobe. While these things are perfectly okay, we often neglect to think of how we can better nourish our soul in the new year. So what does that look like? It looks a bit different to everyone as each of us are in our own seasons of life. Below you will find some shared spiritual resolutions from some girls on the Radiantly Brave team. We hope to encourage you to step bravely into your walk with Christ in 2021.
2020 gave me the opportunity truly walk out what the Bible calls us to do. Yes, I had to get creative, but we Christians were presented with the chance to be the hands and feet of Christ! What a glorious blessing in a year filled with anger and heartache. I didn’t give up on this past year. I tried to stay rooted in Jesus Christ. I treasured slow and relaxing time with my family. I read my Bible more deeply and studied books I had never read before. I also prayed more. I laid a lot at the feet of my Lord Jesus Christ.
My spiritual goals for the year are simple. I set them with the hope that each one would help me grow in my relationship with Jesus.
1. Read through the entire Old Testament
2. Do at least 1 Bible study with my husband
3. Memorize at least 10 scriptures
4. Learn 12 hymns, one each month
5. Implement more prayer into my daily homemaking routine
Whatever this new year brings, burdens or blessings, let us keep our focus on Jesus. Don’t place all of your hope in the year itself and within the world. Place your hope in Jesus.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
It is tradition that with the beginning of the New Year we make resolutions to make a “new” us. I have often heard the phrase, “new year, new you.” However, if you truly want to be made new, you must be seeking after Christ daily. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” Seeking after Christ daily is going to look different for each of us, because we are all in different places in our relationship with God. If your resolution looks like going from zero minutes in God’s Word each day to five minutes in God’s Word each day… That. Is. Awesome! Don’t be discouraged if someone is spending an hour reading their Bible and getting five minutes in is a struggle for you.
Resolute, the base word of resolution, is defined as: admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.
In 2021 I want to be purposeful, determined, and unwavering in my devotion to God.
Here are my resolutions to help me grow deeper in my relationship with God in 2021:
1. Read the whole Bible: Genesis-Revelation. (I had actually NEVER done this until a few years ago and I really want to do it again.) During this process I will be using a guided highlighting method to help me dig deep.
2. Spend a minimum of 10 minutes each day praying. I also want to be more intentional in praying for others.
3. Memorize scripture. The Daily Grace Co. has a study series called, “Dwell.” There are 3 books in this series that guide you in scripture memorization. I completed one book in the fall of 2020 and I was blown away at how much scripture I memorized. My goal is to finish the other two books in 2021.
“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15
If there has ever been a year that has shook me to the core and forced me to cling desperately Jesus, seeking Him more mightily than ever, it has been 2020. It was a year where quite literally nothing could be predicted and few things went as planned, yet ironically for me it was the groundbreaking year when I actually made a resolution on January 1, 2020 and stuck with it pretty much the whole year. When I made that resolution I didn’t know that the year would be filled with more chaos and calamity than anyone could imagine, I just knew I was a brand new, exhausted mom, running on empty, yet needing so much more intimacy with Jesus than I had. My resolution in 2020 was to be in the Bible every single day. At the end of 2019 I was barely hanging by a thread, trying to settle into new motherhood, but I was doing it all in my own strength. I need daily fuel. Speaking honestly, there were very, very few days when I did not open the Bible in 2020-probably only 5 or 6. I give all glory to God for igniting a fire in my heart and hunger in my bones for His word. When you read His word you wind up wanting more and more. In 2020 I also finished the entirety of the Jesus Calling devotional! I read it every single day and journaled prayers to God below each entry. It is going to be such a joy to look back at all of those intimate conversations with God throughout the year. Although, I didn’t read the entirety of the Bible in 2020, I did finish several books in the Bible and I memorized some scripture!
As I lay out some goals and hopes for 2021, I lay them first completely at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to fill me with His living water. I encourage you to do the same! Even if you have never opened your Bible, never muttered a prayer to God, and have no idea what it means to walk in relationship with Him- 2021 could be the year that all of that changes. God loves transforming hearts.
Goals for 2021:
1. Start and complete the book, “The Bible in 52 Weeks: A Yearlong Bible Study for Women” by Kimberly Moore. This book will allow me to read the whole Bible throughout the year and it has weekly discussion questions and devotions built in!
2. Start and end each day in intentional, set-aside prayer, utilizing prayer notes and following through on praying for others’ requests.
3. Do a weekly marriage study/devotion with my husband
4. Have more intentional time to simply worship Jesus and praise Him through music.
5. Be more consistent in reaching out to friends/women God has placed in my life to encourage, disciple, and love.
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wondrous works He has done.
One of my hardest struggles with spending time with God this past year was consistency. Some days I would spend time in God’s Word, but too many days in a row I wouldn’t even pick up my Bible. I would usually thank God at least once a day for the wonderful things in my life, but I often didn’t take the time to really talk with Him about what’s going on in my life and the lives of others who needed prayer. My desire for this year is to start on the journey of consistency in my daily walk with the Lord. Whether I spend a lot of time in God’s Word one day and a little the next, my aim is to be consistent with spending time with God every day no matter the length.
My spiritual goals this coming year are:
1. Spend time in God’s Word at least once a day
2. Be more consistent in my prayer life
3. Complete devotional books throughout the year – I’m currently reading 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs
4. Be more intentional about talking with others about Jesus
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
Thank you for 2020. Thank you for your goodness, your faithfulness, and the joy and peace you bring amidst chaos. We pray that You will help us and every other gal who has purposed in her heart to delight herself in your Word to be resolute in her goal to grow closer to You. We know that You have good plans for each of us in 2021. Lord, may our lives bring honor and glory to You this year. Give us a hunger for You.
In Jesus’ name,