As a new year dawns we reflect and recognize how quickly the last year has gone by. We want to make the most of our days and opportunities. I remember hearing our pastor talk of making vows and promises to God as we face the new year. I love to read Psalms and Proverbs. Psalm 61:8 – tells us says that I will sing songs of praise to God’s name as I perform my vows day after day.
I have made some promises to myself and to my God.
Some are for my physical health. I will walk everyday. I will do my best to follow a wise eating plan. I will get to bed early. I will read and watch only things that are joyful and uplifting and wholesome. I have struggled with sleeplessness and have discovered eating sweets or having caffeine or watching intense or scary movies has really made for restless nights and then unproductive days.
I have also made promises that are for my spiritual good. I will make time everyday for reading God’s word and prayer. I pray for my family, myself and my church family. I make time every week for listening to good preaching. I am faithful in my local church. I also try to keep my schedule light on Saturday especially after 6 PM. It just helps me to go into the Lord’s Day in a quiet way. In that way I am more prepared to hear what God might want to speak to me about.
I have learned to pray at least a few days before making new commitments of my time and energy. This way I can have time for what matters most.
Hope this is a blessing. Have a great day!