From Latricia Chisholm (as featured on the April 5 prayer line).
God has given us a new year! It is a time for new beginnings and making of resolutions. It is also a time to evaluate and ask God to show us perhaps what resolutions He would like us to make from His point of view. I came across some resolutions that I wanted to share with you that I plan to put into my living pattern.
I DO SOLEMNLY RESOLVE to embrace my current season of life and will maximize my time in it. I will resist the urge to hurry through or circumvent any portion of my journey but will live with a spirit of contentment.
I WILL CHAMPION God’s model for (wo)manhood in my culture. I will teach it to my daughters and encourage its support by my son (so he will know what to look for in a wife and how to treat her by God’s design)
I WILL ACCEPT and celebrate my uniqueness, and will esteem and encourage the distinctions I admire in others.
I WILL LIVE as a (wo)man answerable to God and faithfully committed to His Word
I WILL SEEK to devote the best of myself, my time, and my talents to the primary roles the Lord has entrusted to me in this phase of my life.
I WILL BE a (wo)man who is quick to listen and slow to speak. I will care about the concerns of others and esteem them more highly than myself.
I WILL FORGIVE those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
I WILL NOT TOLERATE evil influences even in the most justifiable form, in myself or my home, but will embrace and encourage a life of purity.
I WILL PURSUE justice, love mercy, and extend compassion toward others.
I WILL BE FAITHFUL to God and honor him in my conduct and conversation in order to bring glory to the name of the Lord.
I WILL DEMONSTRATE to my children (and my grandchildren) how to love God with all their hearts, minds, and strength, and will train them to respect authority and live responsibly.
I WILL CULTIVATE a peaceful home where everyone can sense God’s presence not only through acts of love and service but also through the pleasant and grateful attitude with which I live.
I FULLY RESOLVE to make today’s decisions with tomorrow’s impact in mind. I will consider my current choice in light of those who will come after me.
I COMMIT TO BE A (WO)MAN OF PRAYER this year. To make the time to be in his Word, meditate, pray and listen for God’s voice.