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Thoughts on the New Year

1 Chronicles 16:11-12 “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;”

2021. A new year. Another gift from the Lord.

How many of you have been making lists of resolutions and goals for the new year?

I’ve made quite a few goals for 2021, but before I share some of them with you, I’d like to tell you why I no longer make New Year’s resolutions. I’ve learned that just making a resolution, or resolving to do something new or something better, is not enough. Mere willpower is not enough.

First we need the Lord’s help. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” We need the Lord’s help to accomplish our goals. Just resolving to do something will be fruitless, if we do not have the Lord helping us and guiding us and giving us strength.

Besides relying on the Lord for help and strength, we also need to plan how we are going to accomplish our goals. If you want to learn a foreign language, you need to plan how you are going to do that, what resources you will need, and how much time you are going to put into study. If you want to learn to play an instrument or do a craft, you also need to plan how you are going to go about learning this new skill.

Many people (I’ve done this too) make resolutions and fail to keep them for more than a couple of weeks because they don’t have plans of how they want to keep their resolutions. I’ve come to realize, from listening to others and from my own observations, that to be successful in accomplishing a goal, you need to have a plan and specific steps for how you will carry it out. Hopefully these thoughts will help you accomplish some of your new year’s goals.

How many of you choose a word of the year? This past year was my first time to do that, and overall it helped to keep me on track with all that I hoped to accomplish at the beginning of the year.

I’m still not sure what my word is going to be for 2021, but I’m thinking it will be something along the lines of priority. I have so many goals and plans that I want to be sure the most important ones are at the forefront of what I am getting done. I don’t want less important activities to crowd out things like my spiritual life and my family’s needs.

Do you have a word of the year? Let me know down in the comments what it is.

Now for some of my goals. Last week I mentioned that I want to do more Bible study this year. After I finish a study of some of the Psalms, I plan to do a study of the book of Matthew. We’ll see what books I do after that. I chose Matthew since I also am going to begin memorizing the Sermon on the Mount. Would you like me to do a post sometime about how I memorize Scripture and what ways I have found to be helpful? Let me know in the comments if you would.

Besides the goals for my personal devotions and spiritual life, I also have goals for other areas of my life, like my Teachers Pay Teachers store, the blog, and music. Music is one area that I need to focus on more this year, with flute being my main focus.

What about you? What are some of your goals this year?

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

4 Comments

  1. Bethany

    This was really good, Hannah! It’s so easy to be fired up at the beginning of the year and excited about what we want to do, but without the Lord’s help, we can’t do any of it. I think I have finally settled on my word of the year: rest. I need to learn to rest in the Lord and rely on Him. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post!

    1. You’re welcome, Bethany! That sounds like a good word for the new year! I think resting in the Lord is something we should all do more.

  2. “First we need the Lord’s help” YES!!!!!!!!!!! That is such a great reminder as we jump into a new year and make goals. Thank you, Hannah!! 🙂

    1. You’re welcome, Rachel! Thank you for commenting!

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