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Resolutions for a Brighter 2021

We have compiled our top 10 resolutions that you can stick with throughout the year. 

Commit Scripture to memory
Memorizing one verse from the Bible a month may not sound like much but that is 12 verses stronger in your faith.  Write one each month on post-its to keep at your desk, on your mirror in the bathroom, on the dashboard of your car for stoplights, as your background on your phone... Psalm 119:111 says “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

Read more 

Winter is the perfect time to get in the habit of reading!  Snuggle up by the fireplace with a cup of coffee wearing your stretchy pants and fluffy socks you got in your Christmas stocking and start a new book!

Create a cleaning schedule you can stick to
Make a to-do list of items that need tending to every day so that you aren't overwhelmed at the end of the week. Enlist the kiddos and make it part of their daily chores!

Cut down on screen time
You know your weak spot.  Is it social media? Maybe you have binge-watched more shows than you can count.  Put down the phone, turn off the TV, and be present.  Set boundaries for yourself and stick to them, i.e. no TV until 8PM, no phone scrolling during mealtime, read one chapter in your new book you started from your "read more books" resolution before picking up your phone...

Be more active
I know this one sounds so cliche for a New Year's resolution.  Make it practical by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away at the store to get in a few extra steps, walk down every aisle at target.  That last one is a sacrifice I am willing to make...for the good of my health! 

Drink more water
There are so many health issues that can be alleviated just by drinking more water! Joint pain, headaches, dry skin, kidney and bladder health, improve memory and mood, help with constipation, aid in weight loss.

Sanitize your phone weekly
Oh if your phones could talk, no not you, Siri.  We carry them everywhere yet always seem to forget to clean them.

Make your bed every morning
A simple way to start your day productively.  When your bed is made, your room just seems cleaner and it is less tempting to hop in for a cat nap!

Call someone, not text, once a week
Especially in the new social distanced world, it is more important than ever to make personal connections.  Call your grandma that lives alone or your friend that text you yesterday and you forgot to text back...  It will take a little more time than a text but mean so much more.  Just one call a week.

Pray more
Philippians 4:6 says "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."  Don't be anxious, pray.  Want a real challenge in your prayer life?  Pray for others instead of yourself.  Pray without ceasing.  When you are driving, when you are cooking, when you are getting ready.  Prayer is not just for before meals and bedtime!  Make some sort of prompt to remind you to pray when you see it: when your phone dings, pray a quick prayer before checking it, when you get into your car, ask God to bless a friend (or an enemy).
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