New Year, New Goals

Now that we're four weeks into January, how are you doing with your New Year's Resolutions? Are you still on track or did life get in the way and your grand plans have fallen to the wayside?

As I was reflecting over the start to the year, I asked myself, "What's the big deal with January 1st anyway?" Or better yet, what's so magical about Mondays? (Do you have that "I'll start on Monday" mentality? For me, those "Monday" goals are just my way of procrastinating.) Why do we have to wait for a certain day to start over, make better choices, or begin a project? 

The answer is, we don't have to wait! Goals can be set any time! The best time to start something is today, and the best way to keep it going is having to keep you accountable.

Rachel and I have been on a trek towards healthy eating for quite a while, and now I'm trying to add physical fitness to it. I'm in an accountability group where we message each other daily to get the workouts done. I'm so thankful for that group of encouraging gals. If you started the year strong, but your enthusiasm has waned, I encourage you to find an accountability partner. It really can make all the difference.


Another goal I have this year is to read through the Bible. Perhaps you're wanting to start a reading plan or a yearly devotional but it's already January 25. It's ok--just hop on a plan for today's date, then go back and catch up later. Give yourself grace if you mess up--just pick up and start again. That's what I'm going this year--giving myself and others more grace! Let's face it: we all need it! 

As you work towards your new goals, whether you're wanting to purge/clean your home, start a new project, paint some furniture, or read more books, just start by doing a little bit today. I'm reminded of the hymn that says, "Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thine hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me." 


Be encouraged, friend. You don't need to wait 'til Monday or February 1st to start your goals. Mercies are new every morning!

Until next time,


Lamentations 3:22-23 "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."

1 comment

  • Dorla Smith

    I truly enjoyed your post, thanks for your encouraging words!


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