As we approach a brand new year with all of its fresh starts and possibilities, I am mindful of how God makes all things new.
And he who was seated on the throne said, Behold, I am making all things new. Also he said, Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
The hopefulness that accompanies that promise is overwhelming to me. Not just on the first day of January, but each and every day, God gives us the chance to be brand new, to be better, to have a fresh start.
As Christian moms, let us resolve today and every day that follows, to accept the gift of newness that God has given us.
Let us resolve to:
Let go of all that mom guilt over the things that we don’t think we have done well enough. Just. Let. It. Go.
This one is so hard for me because I am a self blamer. I will lie in bed at night thinking of every mistake I have ever made, ESPECIALLY where my children are concerned. But God does not want us to do that. God wants us to look ahead, not behind.
Philippians 3:12-13 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness
Romans 8:1: There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
1 John 4:7-9 Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.
Speak wisdom and kindness to those around us
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Study God’s word more
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
There is a great article on House to House about what this verse truly means. (Hint- it isn’t just reading a few verses before bed)
Get healthy for the right reasons
Let’s get healthy, so we can run and play with our kids. Let’s be healthy, so we can have less “headaches” and more physical connection with our husband. Let’s be healthy to be around to spoil our grandkids rotten.
As some one with autoimmune disease, I cannot stress enough how important it is to take good care of the body that God has given you. It is so easy to take a healthy body for granted, but without healthy food and exercise, your body will not stay that way for long.
Let us be an example to our children of how to care for our bodies in a way that honors God.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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 bodies.
Real food and exercise will give you the strength you need to be a better mom and wife. It will make you happier, more energetic, and help you ditch the mom brain that plagues those of us who are up rocking little ones at night.
Proverbs 31:17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
Teach our children the word of God
Deuteronomy 11:19-21 You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.
Unplug and be more present
This season of our lives will pass by quickly. Let’s resolve to put down our phones and focus on the important things in our lives.
Psalm 144:4 Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.
Love and pray for our husbands
1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives
Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
To be keepers at home
Have you ever said, “I feel like all I do is clean the house”? Have you ever snapped at your husband or children for messing up the house you worked so hard to clean? You are not alone.
Let’s resolve to put systems in place so that we spend less time planning, cooking, and cleaning, and more time with our families.
You can keep your home clean and in order with very minimal effort. Leslie over at Lambert’s Lately is a wonderful resource. I use her free printables for managing my housework, and it has been a lifesaver!
There are many great meal planning services like Mindful Meals that will help you plan three meals a day for your family regardless of allergies, food preferences, or family size. I like to combine meal planning services with Walmart online grocery shopping. All I have to do is print my meal plan, shop for the ingredients online, and pick them up. It saves me a ton of time and effort.
Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Protect our children from the ugliness of the world
Resolve this year to ditch movies that don’t reflect your values just because there are no good options for entertainment. If you wouldn’t let a guest say or do something in your living room, don’t let your television do it either. Our family uses VidAngel to filter movies. You can set filters to block as little or as much as you would like. Don’t forget to safeguard your internet as well. You can read what I do to keep our family safe online here.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
Tell others The Good News
Let us not hide the hope that is within us, but share it with others. I have always worried that if this site was “too Christian” I would alienate my non-Christian readers, or they would think less of my advice on children’s health, but my faith is the reason I am a good nurse. So I resolve not to minimize Jesus on this blog or in my life, no matter who the audience is. I hope you do the same.
Mark 16:15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
It is my hope that you have a year filled with all the blessings and joy you could possibly dream of because He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Ephesians 3:20
Happy New Year!