Are New Year’s Resolutions good or bad?  Well, it’s always good to take a look at your life to see how you’re doing.  Socrates said that the unexamined life isn’t worth living, but, more importantly, God’s Word reminds us that “if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged” (1 Cor 11:31, NKJV).  The beginning of a new year is a natural time to do that, especially considering that it comes right after a holiday season, lots of over overeating, and frequent family gatherings.  Hopefully a little extra time focusing on the birth of the Savior may have an influence as well!

So, what have I decided for this upcoming year?  Well, first of all, I’m reading through the Bible in a year again.  I’ve frequently recommended the “Daily Walk Bible” for people who are novices to the idea, because if gives you some explanation and application for each daily reading.  This year I’m using the ESV Daily Reading Bible.  The plan has you go through the OT once, the NT twice, and Psalms twice during the course of the year.  Here are the daily readings online, or a pdf plan you can print out.

I shared during the summer that it had been a hard year for me emotionally, spiritually, and mentally.  Well, it got a little better, but I can now add physically to that list!  I decided I needed a spiritual reset if you will, so, in addition to the above plan, I’m also reading through the Bible in 90 days.  There’s an entire program for it, but you can find the reading plan here and use it with any Bible if you so desire.  I have a Bible that I’ve marked for that express purpose.  So far so good!

The physical problems have been nagging and ongoing, with my blood pressure topping the list.  I had very good success with the Atkins diet years ago, including incredible blood work, but got away from it.  I made a resolution to make some eating changes for 2012 so that I could lose some weight, but I didn’t realize how radical those changes would be!  I just happened to download a free book for my kindle called “The Perfect 10 Diet.”  The author made a lot of sense, especially with some of his comments regarding the additives and preservatives that we use in food.  I suppose that some of my recent problems with migraines over the summer may have influenced me as well!  Anyway, to make a long short (too late!), we have completely changed the way we’re approaching food/dieting in the new year.  And of course, you can’t have a resolution about dieting without having one on exercising as well!  Nuff said.

This blog has also been a source of consternation to me.  Sometimes I feel that it’s just one more thing to do, and wonder if it’s really necessary.  At other times I think that it’s a really neat idea, and that I should utilize it more.  Oops!  I don’t think that I can manage a daily post like some do, but I would like to shoot for once a week (hence this post).  I will probably manage a few a week for a while, but, knowing my past history, at some point it will probably become a struggle to post weekly, and I’ll barely be able to manage that.

Well, that’s it for now.  Over time I’ll reevaluate, make changes, and probably be happy and frustrated all at the same time!  I pray that we’ll all find a way to become closer to God in the New Year.

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