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3 New Year's resolutions that put God first

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As we usher in 2014, it is important for Christians not to get too focused on health and money goals while pushing goals pertaining to God by the wayside. The number one resolution on a Christian's list for the New Year should be something that will result in a stronger relationship with God. Reading the Bible for a specific amount of time each day, praying in your prayer closet for a certain amount of time, or working in other ways on your relationship with God are some examples of great New Year's resolutions for Christians. This year, I have made three specific resolutions.

#1: Improve my relationship with God

I plan to do this by just spending more time communing with God. I'm also going to spend more time teaching my children how to have a closer relationship with God. All too often, people focus on the "religion" side of Christianity. I don't want to fall into that category or allow my children to fall into that category.

#2: Get healthy and lose weight

The Bible says that my body is a temple. This lets me know that I need to care for my body. I need to improve my eating habits, develop a regular exercise schedule, and lose some weight. I also want to teach my children that eating right and exercising are the ways to stay healthy. We will eat more fruits and fewer sweets. We will spend more time moving than sitting.

#3: Work more toward financial stability

We aren't where we would like to be financially. The Bible tells me that I must be a good steward with the resources and blessings God gives to me. I don't feel that I have been doing that to the best of my ability. In 2013, my husband and I purchased a home outright with money that we saved. We have no mortgage, so we don't have any excuse about why we can't save money. Of course, our giving isn't going to decrease. We will continue to help those whom God leads us to help. We will also volunteer more. I want our children to know how to properly use money and this is the first step to doing so.

I will post updates at least once a month here to help keep me accountable to these three goals. You can also follow my progress on A Healthy Fresh You.

What are your goals for 2014? Share them in the comments and let's work together to reach them.

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