Looking for Christian New Year’s Resolution Ideas? Try one of these!

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 Looking for Christian New Year's Resolution Ideas? Try one of these!PinAre you part of the 41% of people who usually make New Year’s resolutions each year?

I definitely am. I LOVE making resolutions and setting goals — the bigger the better!

And not just on New Year’s either, but at the beginning of the school year, the beginning of each month, the beginning of each week — even the beginning of each day sometimes!

 

But a few years ago, I noticed something: My resolutions list didn’t match my priorities.

What I mean is — If growing in faith is truly my #1 priority in life, shouldn’t it top my list of New Year’s resolutions too? 

Sure, there’s nothing wrong with losing weight, paying off debt, or trying to grow this site into one of the top websites for Christian women… but what about my faith?

What about my Christian New Year’s Resolutions? Where were those??

Hmmm… that’s a good question…

So I went ahead and compiled a list of 20 Christian New Year’s Resolutions. Thought it might spark some ideas (for me and you!) and be helpful in picking a really good one.

 

New Years Resolutions PinPinLooking for that Perfect Resolution for you?

Don’t just settle for any old resolution you find on a list somewhere. This year, choose the *perfect* resolution for YOU!

This free printable guide will walk you step-by-step through the process of figuring out exactly what resolution YOU need to make this year for best results. Plus, it contains 50 ideas to help you brainstorm even further (if one of the 20 Christian New Year’s Resolutions below isn’t the perfect fit).

I’d be happy to send it your way — just let me know where to send your copy!

 

 

20 Christian New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Want to Keep

 

1. Read Your Bible 20 Minutes a Day, Every Day

 

Sure, reading the Bible consistently may not sound like a very glamorous or interesting Christian New Year’s Resolution at first, but let me tell you — it really does make a difference!

This was actually the goal I set for myself at the beginning of this school year, and I can definitely tell a difference in my life and in my attitude when I make regular Bible reading a priority, and when I don’t.

 

Additional Helpful Resources: 

 

2. Go to Church Every Week Without Fail

 

Is going to church really necessary? I think it is. And New Years is the perfect time to get back in the habit if it’s been a while. (Or if you’ve fallen into the bad habit of skipping sometimes on days when you don’t “feel like it.”)

 

3. Set Aside 15 Minutes Each Day to Pray

 

Sometimes I feel like it’s easier to consume information all day long — whether that’s through reading a book, reading an article, listening to a podcast, listening to a sermon… And those things are definitely good. But we also run the risk of filling our brains with SO much noise that we crowd out all the space for quiet reflection and prayer.

Carving out 15 minutes of quiet time in prayer doesn’t have to be difficult.

For example, you could:

  • Wake up 15 minutes earlier
  • Pray in the shower
  • Pray while you’re doing your hair/make-up
  • Pray during your morning or evening commute
  • Pray on your lunch break
  • Pray while making dinner
  • Pray with your kids before they go to sleep every night

The possibilities are endless!

 

4. Join a Bible Study

 

Does your church have a regular Bible study or do you know of one in your area? If not — ask around! You can even create your own.

Not only is this Christian New Year’s Resolution a great way to dig into the Bible for greater insights, but you can find some great community and accountability this way as well, which are also super important.

 

5. Try Fasting

 

Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is very powerful, but often overlooked. Maybe this year is the year you want to read up on it and try it out?

 

6. Ask a Friend to Church

 

Do you have any non-Christian friends, family or co-workers? Maybe this year is the year you finally get brave enough to invite them to church with you. The worst they can say is no, right? (And remembering that this is the Christian New Year’s Resolution you picked will help you be brave enough to actually get up the courage to ask!) 

 

7. Begin Volunteering

 

Have a little extra time on your hands right now? Why not try volunteering?

Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas:

 

8. Start Tithing

 

The Scriptures are very clear — Christians are called to be generous. If you haven’t gotten in the tithing habit yet, now is a great time to start! Even if you can’t give a lot, start with something. You can always work your way up as your faith grows (and it will!)

 

9. Read a Certain Number of Christian Books Each Month

 

While the Bible is the most important book you’ll read all year, there are tons of other books out there that can help encourage you, challenge you and strengthen your faith.

I would definitely recommend Putting God First: How to Make God the #1 Priority in Every Area of Your Life if you haven’t read it yet. It’s full of super simple, highly practical suggestions for ways you can make God your #1 priority no matter how busy you are.

Otherwise, here’s another list full of more great book ideas you’re sure to love:  10 Must-Read Christian Marriage Books

 

10. Memorize Scripture

 

When is the last time you intentionally sat down to memorize Scripture? Has it been a while? If so, setting a Christian New Year’s Resolution to memorize more Scripture is a great opportunity to start back up again! I can’t even tell you how helpful it is to have a wealth of Scriptures right in my mind for easy access (and I know I still have a lot of work to do in this area!)

 

Alternately, this articles on memorizing Scripture should be very helpful as well!

 

11. Forgive Past Grudges

 

The Bible makes it abundantly clear — if you are a Christian, you are expected to forgive those who have hurt you. Note: This doesn’t mean what they did is okay or that you need to allow them the ability to do it again, but you do need to get rid of any grudges or unforgiveness you may be harboring in your heart.

This article should help: Four Things Every Christian Needs to Know About Forgiveness

 

12. Break an Addiction

 

Do you have any addictions in your life right now? It doesn’t have to be a drug addiction or drinking problem. It could be something as seemingly small as being too attached to your phone, too attached to cookies for comfort, or too attached to social media.

Galatians 5:1 tells us “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

What do you need freedom from today?

 

13. Find a Mentor or Accountability Partner

 

It’s one thing to say you’re going to make a change in your life — it’s another to find someone to keep you accountable to actually make that change. If you’re feeling stuck — or just serious about changing — find a mentor or accountability partner to help hold you accountable.

 

14. Be a More Loving/Involved Wife, Mother or Friend

 

I think we’re all guilty of letting our relationships slide a bit at times. Ready to make this year the year you change that? Don’t promise to just “do better.” Get specific. What are 1-5 specific actions you are going to do this year to improve your relationships and when are you going to do them?

 

15. Be Content With What You Have

 

It can be difficult to be content in America. There are always ads and commercials surrounding us, reminding us to want more, more, more. This year — maybe you want to get intentional about fighting that urge. Perhaps you’d like to try a “No Spend” month, and then save that money for something important or give it to charity?

 

Related: Should Christians Pursue the American Dream?

 

16. Keep the Sabbath

 

This is another Biblical guideline that is allll too easy to overlook, and yet I don’t think God intended it to be optional. What can you cut out or cut back on this year to leave room for rest and Sabbath?

 

Related: 6 Powerful Ways to Create a More Worshipful Sunday

 

17. Refuse to Gossip

 

Are you guilty of gossiping? Maybe this year is the year you decide to change that. If so, here are a couple articles that may help:

 

18. Listen to Christian Music

 

This one is super easy, but it can make a world of difference. Put on Christian radio in the car, at work, or even while you’re cleaning the house and see how it changes your mood, your outlook and even the atmosphere of your home!

 

19. Stop Complaining

 

Are you guilty of complaining? Philippians 2:14 reminds us to “Do everything without complaining and arguing.”

Trust me, I know how satisfying it can be to complain about slow drivers, annoying people at work, opinionated people on Facebook, and grocery cashiers who put raw meat in with raw vegetables (seriously people!), but in this case, it really is best to just bite your tongue.

 

20. Do Random Acts of Kindness

 

This is a fun one — and it’s actually really easy to do if you’re willing to get creative! Choose a set number to do every week or month, and get your kids involved if you can. It will be well worth it!

Here are a few ideas to get you started thinking:

 

So, what Christian New Year’s Resolutions are you making this year? Tell me in the comments below! 

 

 

And if you still need Christian New Year’s Resolution ideas…

New Years Resolutions PinPinThis free printable guide will walk you step-by-step through the process of figuring out exactly what resolution YOU need to make this year for best results.

Plus, it contains 50 ideas to help you brainstorm even further (if one of the 20 Christian New Year’s Resolutions above isn’t the perfect fit).

I’d be happy to send it your way — just let me know where to send your copy!

Brittany Ann

Brittany Ann is an author, speaker, and founder of EquippingGodlyWomen.com, a popular Christian-living website dedicated to helping women be “all in” in faith and family.

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  1. I would like to comment on your article here Looking for Christian New Year’s Resolution Ideas?

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  2. You forgot the foundation – the prerequisite for this list that 99% Christians miss. Abide in Christ. If we do any of these on your list in our own strength, we’re simply legalists. Abide, abide, abide. The rest will follow. Let Him lead, guide, direct, and live His life through you. THE resolution to live by! Thanks and God bless!

  3. My resolution is to choose JOY every day. I’m in the midst of life changes (recent retirement) in a new town, so I am purposing to be joyful and have the right attitude. To help with this, I am reading “Lord Change My Attitude Before it’s Too Late” by James McDonald and meeting with a couple of close friends to discuss the study questions each week.

      1. Thanks Ma’am for your favourable reply. Please can I get the e-book of the book?

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