We are now ten days into 2011. Did you set a resolution or goal? How have you stuck to those? In the past I have set resolutions to lose weight. I start off great. But a week into it, I fail. I quit setting resolutions because they just seem made to be broken. This year I decided to set a few goals.
I want to read through the Bible in chronological order, have a more passionate prayer time, walk closer to God, deepen my relationship with my husband and my children, and have a more positive attitude. These are goals I know, with Christ's help, I will meet. Yes, there will be struggles. My kids will still argue or disobey from time to time. My husband and I will still have 'discussions.' And there have already been numerous times my attitude wasn't positive.
In part of my goals of getting closer to God, I am realizing there are certain things that can hinder that. I have a addiction to Pepsi. Yes, food (or in this case beverage) can be an addiction and yes, it can hinder your relationship with God. I will talk more about that later this month. My sweet sister who is taking the same journey with me is trying to stay away from sugar. We are helping each other through prayer and encouragement. The other night she asked me to pray for her because she was wanting cookies. So I stopped and prayed for God to help her through the craving. God clearly spoke to me. He said, "Worship Me through the craving." So beautiful! I passed that onto my sweet sister. Not hours later, I was in the same boat. My husband went to get a soda and I really wanted a Pepsi. God's words came to mind and I sang Draw Me Close To You until the craving was gone. I was beautiful!
I want to encourage you, if you have gotten off track in your New Year's resolution or goals, do not give up! Get back up and try again. If you missed a day of Bible reading, if you had an extra large piece of cheesecake, if you smoked one more cigarette, it is okay. Just get back to it. You can do! Pray and ask God to help you with your goals. He wants to be there for us. He wants to see us through this. With God's help, you CAN do it!