How To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

How To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

An easy-to-follow guide.
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It's that time of year again when everyone flocks to make a change. Every new calendar year, lots of people, myself included, make new year's resolutions for a chance to change a habit or improve in a general area. But as we have all experienced, these resolutions are hard to keep.

However, it is not impossible to keep these goals. So how does one go about making a resolution and then actually following through with it? Here are some tips that have worked for me. Keep in mind, this is not a universal end all be all. Find what works best for you and stick to it.

Do it for you.

Making a goal is only going to be effective if you truly want to see it through. The biggest motivator is yourself. So stick to a resolution that will make you a better person -- physically, mentally, or spiritually.

Keep yourself accountable.

Making a goal for yourself does not mean you can't ask others to help you. My boyfriend and I text each other to check and see if we have both done our devotionals. Knowing that someone else is behind you makes the transition into a new habit even smoother.

Remind yourself why you did this.

It's normal to lose interest after months go by. So at the beginning of the year, write down all the reasons why you want to make this resolution. When you feel discouraged, read the note and remember why you wanted to do this in the first place.

Make specific goals.

It's easy to feel inspired the first week of January and make an unrealistic goal for yourself. Instead of planning to go to the gym every day this year, try starting with small goals and working your way up. First try to go twice a week for a month. Then if that seems to be working, bump up the frequency.

Utilize technology

Setting alarms on your phone can be a gentle reminder and increase motivation for maintaining resolutions. Also, there are many apps that will help you schedule your day and alert you when it's time to complete your goal. I personally use the app Fabulous: Motivate me! This app keeps track of your habits and sends you notes with tips and tricks to fulfill all of your resolutions.


Remember that resolutions do not have to be made only at the beginning of the calendar year. And also, keep in mind that sometimes it takes several tries to have a successful goal. This doesn't mean you have failed; it just means you have a chance to start over. I wish you the best of luck in this coming year to keep all of your resolutions. Have a blessed 2016.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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By Using God To Justify Hate, Christians Are Giving Christianity A Bad Name

I've seen people ask why young adults are straying away from Christianity, and in my opinion, it has to do with the lack of acceptance in the church.

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I grew up in Alabama, so it's no surprise that I grew up in church. I was saved, or baptized, at a young age. I grew up going to church camp, going on mission trips and participating in church activities, such as Thanksgiving lunches and Christmas plays.

As I grew up, I became interested in politics. I began watching public officials, most of whom claim they are Christians, build their platforms by turning down the rights of those in the LGBTQ community, helping the rich get richer, saying Christianity is the only correct religion and wanting to take away healthcare from those who cannot afford it.

The more I noticed these public officials saying things like this, the more I noticed that people who went to church agreed with them. This upset me.

What I was taught about Christianity was that God accepts everyone — no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, social status or economic status. He accepts all.

What I was hearing from churchgoers and those who claimed to be Christians was the exact opposite.

I faced an internal conflict, deciding whether or not I wanted to go to church anymore, much less be a Christian. I didn't want to be labeled as someone who does not accept people for who they are. That's not the person I am.

I didn't want people to think that, if they're in the LGBTQ community, I thought they were going to Hell. I didn't want people to think that, if someone was poor, I thought they did something in life to cause that. I didn't want those of other faiths to think their religion was not valid. I didn't want people who were physically or mentally sick to think I didn't want them to receive help.

So for the past few years, whenever someone asked me if I believed in God, I told them yes, but that I didn't believe in organized religion.

It may come as a shock to some Southerners when I say you don't have to actively be in a church to believe in God. My dad always taught me that you have to sometimes separate God from church. I never fully understood what that meant until I was in that situation.

According to pewforum.org, 66 percent of college graduates surveyed consider themselves Christians, and 25 percent said they do not have a religious affiliation.

I've seen people ask why young adults are straying away from Christianity, and in my opinion, it has to do with the lack of acceptance in the church.

I am a firm believer in the separation of church and state. I believe that in church, you can be taught to love someone no matter who they are and what their situation is. I believe that you can hold your own political morals.

What I don't believe in is using God's name to justify hate toward a certain group of people. And that, in my opinion, is what is giving Christianity a bad name.

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