In a season of resolutions it is so easy to fall into the trap of self-change but I want to challenge that. I want to dare you to not put hope in yourself to find joy in the New Year but instead find it Christ. I have certainly have fallen into the resolution trap before and have put my well-being in my own hands rather then the Lord’s. Guess what, it has failed me time and time again. This year Ashley and I have decided to challenge the notion of the resolution or the quick self-fix to happiness, and search out true happiness found in right relationship with the Lord. Instead of a resolution we have decided to create 3 healthy habits that will push us to be more thankful and joyous for the things we have already been given. These 3 habits will help align our mind, body and soul in praise of Him!
I did some research into forming habits and found these two helpful articles. #1. #2. What I pulled from these articles is that forming new habits is healthy for the brain. Creating new behaviors allows our brain to create new connections and grow new neuron pathways. You can’t break an old habit (or break an established connection in the brain) but you can form a new one that bypasses the old. I also found these three helpful tips to creating your new habit:
1. Commit to 30 days. 2. Make it Daily. 3. Start simple and build up.
Habit #1: It is our responsibility to take care of the home God has provided for us. The home we get to share is a true gift from God, so as we move through our daily life it is our goal to create a habit of care by picking up after ourselves, washing dishes as we use them, and keeping our home in good repair.
“The wise woman builds her house,
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
Habit #2: This habit is by far the most important. It is so easy to get caught up in our day and to become exhausted by those things here on Earth and ignore our spiritual lives, but it is our goal to create a habit of the soul. Each day we both will establish our own routine of focusing our lives in view of eternity with our Father rather then our routine daily lives here on Earth.
“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone…”
Habit #3: God I pray that our hearts have no hidden agenda in this but for Your glory. Our hope for this habit is to take care of the body we are given, to keep it healthy so that the Lord can call us to His service at any time and we are prepared to serve.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
I hope that you will join Ashley and I in our January Lifestyle challenge and start creating habits that glorify the Lord! Look out for updates through out the month of how Ashley and I are building up our new habits!
With many blessings,