How are you keeping up with your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions? Resolutions are formed during the downtime of the December holidays, and once things are swinging into motion again, it’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose that spark of motivation you previously had. According to U.S. News, 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. Resolutions formed around your faith should be pursued year-round. Whether you are resolving to pray more, read more scripture, or overall become a better disciple of Jesus, here is a list of simple things you can do to ensure you stick to your plans and stay fully committed to bettering yourself and your faith!
Create a prayer schedule
A busy work schedule is extremely exhausting, and it can be hard to make time for extracurricular interests outside of work unless it is a part of your schedule. If you use a planner of any sort, plan ahead, figure out when you can squeeze in quiet prayer time, and stick to it. Make no excuses. Making prayer time mandatory for yourself will allow you to set aside time with God without feeling like you are rushed or unable to take this time away from your other obligations.
Keep a prayer journal
After you commit to a schedule, push yourself a little bit further! Make the most of your prayer experience by creating a prayer journal and staying in touch with it. There are several ways you could go about this; journaling is a personal experience! Maybe you want to write your own prayers in this journal, and take the journal out during prayer time. Another option is to use the journal to reflect after praying. Many times after we pray, we simply get up and proceed with our day, as if we are pretending we didn’t just speak with God. Reflecting on the time you spent is a nice way to make the experience more meaningful. Prayer can even be a confusing time, and writing is a surefire way to clear your mind and extinguish any existing disputes.
Buy a rosary
Or, if you have one, place it somewhere in your home where you will see it often and be reminded to pray! This would be great for someone who may not particularly plan things in advance. It is easy to lose sight of the importance of praying, but a physical reminder placed in your home can help you self-improve.
Form a prayer group or bible study
The encouragement of friends can go a long way no matter what you are trying to accomplish. Maybe you are trying to connect with the Bible more, and in this case, doing so with friends is a fun way to go about it! Reading with others will also allow you to learn more by discussing difficult topics, or sharing how you feel about certain passages.
These are four helpful tips to assist you in your faith journey. Immerse yourself in whatever will work best for you. Don’t let your resolutions fall into the 80% that fail this February!