Monday, January 4, 2010

Resolution Challenge

I had lovely visit with Becky from Holiday in the Sun! She offered this inspiring image to use which made me think about my 2010 resolution challenge from our pastor!
And I realize that whether I choose to keep my resolutions or change my lifestyle in First Place to get more healthy... it is all about being true to myself...
Philippians 1:27 says, whatever happens conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ... stand firm in one spirit. If I am to grow in Christian maturity, I I must promote resolve in my future with a settled determination to improve my Christian condition.. therefore, I resolve to:
~Read the scriptures daily as well as dwell on them richly to gain competency of the entore Bible so wisdom will permeate my life.
~Contemplate the scriptures through memorization and meditation... to love what God loves and desire what He desires!
~To live in a peaceful state of in the present...practicing patience...and vocational composure.
~To pray daily as an act of total dependence on the Triune an act of faith.
~To practice silence and solitude ro cultivate and interior life...listening to God.
To deny myself unfitting expressions of criticism and sarcasm... to talk less and listen more.
To work hard ot develp physical wellbeing by exercising more, eating less, and getting more sleep.
~Serve my famioy with joy and happiness by seeing acts of service as a means of self denial and really die to self.
~ Strive to live below my means.. giving more.
~Show neighbor love in tangible ways... including the jerk in the parking lot.
~To write a handwritten note to someone every week.
~To deny myself of any lingering lustful glance.
~To repent daily/ weekly of root sins such as greed, gossip, envy, jealousy, pride, and anger
~Invite those whom I trust to observe the details of my life to help me keep these things
~To assess my progress on a quarterly basis.
So... I challenge any and all to contemplate these resolutions and decide for yourself if being really true to your self and your own Christian maturity is worth it all. It certainly is to me.

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