I have seen in my own life that resolutions set me up for guilt trips, internal pressures, and beating myself up when I fall short. Walking through a box store this weekend, I noticed protein bars were on sale and organization bins were piled high. It’s the season of purging internally and externally.
Resolutions can be self-fulfilling prophecies for failure! They can help as long as they don’t bring on guilt trips.
The older our daughter gets, the more I’m aware that she’s watching my every move. She picks up on attitudes and outlooks. This year, instead of resolutions, I’m adopting the words of Hebrews 10:36: “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
You see the difference? I am choosing to persevere in what God already started last year. Here are some things I want to persevere in this year:
Many years ago, I realized I could be VERY stingy with my time, my hugs, love, words of affirmation. The biggest one I lacked in was maternal generosity. Each year, I get a little better, and it’s something I have to pray about CONSTANTLY.
Instilling Deep Belief in Our Kids
I have taken to sharing my personal God stories with my kids. Sophia and Adam come home sharing testimonies of how God is working in other people’s lives. Luke and I often point out how we see God working in each of our kids’ lives.
I’ll be sharing more on this concept of “belief” in the coming days. There is a lot here to explore when it comes to instilling faith, belief, and a spirit of perseverance in family life.
We had a lot of transitional pieces last year that got me off track from a deep life of intercession. I feel the Lord calling me back to it, and I couldn’t be more excited!
Any time God is calling you to pray, just know He is inviting you into a special time of intimacy and learning. (So much better than even reading a blog!)
One resolution I know GOD will always keep is Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
He who has begun a good work in me will be faithful to complete it. And in you. Your spouse. Your kids and so on.
Paige Kolb is the president of SureFire Prayer International, a ministry that equips and trains families and leaders to practically bring biblical truth and prayer back into everyday life. Paige’s philosophy: “Healthy families make for healthy churches. I believe worldwide revival will be released when we help leaders and parents rediscover practical ways to bring prayer back into today’s busy homes.” Paige was once a writer for CNN and on-air correspondent for CNNRadio. She is a wife to her supportive husband, Luke, and mom to two amazing kids. You may contact her at here to find out about her speaking, training, and travel schedule.