Most People Make This New Year’s Resolution . . .

A Packed Gym Reflects New Year’s Resolutions

When my husband and I went to the gym during the first weeks of January, people were crowded onto every treadmill and in most of the weightlifting areas (picture the airport right before Christmas). Predictably, two weeks earlier, at the end of December, that same gym had been deserted. New Year’s resolutions will keep most of those new members coming to the gym for at least a month or two,  and, for the brave and determined, maybe longer.

I Made Some Resolutions, Too

  • Read for pleasure 30 minutes every day.
  • Wake up earlier to be more productive, especially on days that I write.
  • Cook more meals and eat less carbs.
  • Work out 3-4 times / week.

These goals aren’t too different from my goals in 2017, but as Anne Shirley, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables heroine said, “Tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes in it.” A new year feels the same, fresh, with no mistakes in it.  So, I’m trying to apply more perseverance to those goals this month and establish better personal habits.

 Spiritual Resolutions for a New Year

Most people resolve to grow closer to God each new year. This month, a news outlet published an article about spiritual goals that people set for a new year. One pastor remarked that “. . . the No. 1 resolution I’ve heard regarding faith is that I want to read through the Bible in the new year.”

One year ago, The Barna Group found that 60% of the people they surveyed wanted to read the Bible more in 2017. However, when they asked why Bible reading decreased in the previous year, the number one reason responders gave was “too busy with life’s responsibilities (job, family, etc.).” “Bible Reading in 2017: A New Year’s Resolution”

That’s where most of us find ourselves–busy. Even if we possess the desire for more of God, life demands our time and attention.

I Write & Speak to Encourage Busy Women

I’m creating content, here on the blog and on Facebook at “The Rooted Life,” that’s designed for busy women. My first book, Led, is written in a daily devotional style but packed with plenty of truth about listening to and following the Good Shepherd, Jesus.




Here’s what one working mom said about Led:

“Being a busy mom of 2 kids and pregnant with a third while working full time, I got a great devotional that didn’t take too much time as often I did them in my car before going into work or in my office before others arrived. It helped guide me through an area of my life where I really needed God.” -Beth, Tennessee

Led was the first book in my series Bible Studies to Go: Fast Food for Busy Women. My second book, Surrendered, will be available this spring.

Join the conversation. What resolutions did you make for 2018?






Daily, the power of stories amazes me–moves me, shapes me–an ordinary wife, mom, teacher, writer, Jesus-follower.


Gloria Randle

I notice going to the gym after New Years is crowded. I mention to my husband to wait 4-6 weeks and it won’t be so crowded.


Jayne Walters

Gloria, that is smart thinking!


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