New Year, New Resolutions, New Challenge
Whether you did the December Challenge, or not, I’d like to invite you to join me in starting the new year off on a great foot! January brings the promise of a new year, full of hope for increased peace, love, and joy. It is the time we reflect on the past and make plans for the future.
One of the best resolutions you can make is to grow your relationship with God. There is always something new He has to teach us. I’ve found that no matter how many times I read passages from the Bible, there is always something new that jumps out at me. And in keeping with that, and my desire to memorize Scripture more, I have carefully chosen verses for each day of the New Year. Some of them are passages that relate to each other, which is why I’ve placed them in consecutive days.
I’d love to have you take part of the January Challenge with me. There’s something special about encouraging each other to complete the challenge, holding each other accountable, but also providing support. So, you might be wondering… How does the Challenge work?
How to Do the January Challenge
For the whole month, start a Gratitude Journal. Focus on 3 things that you are grateful for each and every day. They can be broad or specific. It’s up to you! Even during the darkest of times or seasons, there is always something we can be thankful for.
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Grab a notebook and write them down. And spend a moment in prayer of thanks to God for these gifts. That’s just Step 1 in the December Challenge.
Step 2 is Scripture Writing. Take a moment to quiet yourself from the busy-ness of the season and listen to God’s Word. I’ve carefully selected a different Bible verse for each day of the January Challenge.
We’re instructed to “hide God’s Word in our heart” and this is an easy way to commit a verse to memory by writing it out. Write it in your journal, write it on a 3×5 card, or write it on your bathroom mirror. Just take a moment to write it down and practice saying it throughout your day. I’ve decided to write each verse 2-3 times in my Journal each day. (Repetition is my best teacher.)
And then wrap up your day with Step 3. This is something I would encourage you to do at the end of your day. Take a moment to reflect on your day and write out a memory. What was your Favorite Part of the Day? This is another way to stay thankful. This could be anything from an event that happened that day or as simple as your child picking up their toys without having to be asked. Try to look for the good.
Maybe you’ve heard the old hymn that says to “Count your many blessings, name them one by one.” That’s what we’re doing. The more we focus on the goodness all around us, the less time we have to be negative. But also, it gives us the chance to reflect on all that God has done. As time goes on, take a second to flip back to the beginning of your Journal and see the ways that God has answered prayer and given to you in abundance! (Just another thing to increase your gratitude too!)
And to complete the January Challenge each day, let me know how it’s going! I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sincerelyanchored.
Post a photo of your days. I can’t wait to hear about what God is doing in your life!