New Years Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions by Jennifer Beckstrand

I am one of those people who makes New Year’s resolutions every year. My resolutions come in the form of goals—things I want to improve upon in the coming year, things I want to accomplish, and the type of person I want to become. I’m not perfect in completing my goals, but I try to do a little better and be a little better today than I was yesterday.

This year, I chose some of my favorite Amish proverbs to set my goals around.

Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing whom to thank.

I have so many blessings that they are nearly impossible to count, but sometimes I get so busy that I fail to notice them all. This year, I am going to be more grateful. I’m going to express gratitude more often than I ask for something. I am going to keep a record of the times when I see God’s hand in my life.

Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.

Adopt the pace of nature

I’m a world champion juggler—not of balls, but of tasks. I usually have nine or ten projects going on at a time and I tend to get a little stressed out. This year I’m going to try to slow down and be patient with myself and patient with others. God does not seem to be in a rush. All things are made beautiful in His time.

Kindness, when given away, keeps coming back.


In this world of cellphones, Netflix, and video games, we tend to ignore each other. We tend to see other people, especially strangers, as nuisances or obstacles to overcome. When spending time with a friend becomes an inconvenience or an irritation, we’ve lost sight of what’s really important. This year, I am going to try even harder to be a little kinder to the checker at Walmart, the boy who hands me my fries at Chick-fil-A, the postal worker who takes my package. There is almost nothing more powerful than kindness. I’m going to tap into that power more this year.

You can’t stumble when you are on your knees.

Knees Proverb

This year I want to pray more and worry less (always easier said than done). I am going to put my troubles and concerns in God’s hands and try to tap into the joy He has in store for those who put their trust in Him. This is especially hard to do when trials knock us over and cause us to lose our bearings. I know in whom I have trusted. I will put my faith in Him.

No one is a failure who keeps trying, so if you mess up on your resolutions in January, there’s always February. Never give up!

What about you? Did you make resolutions?

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2 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions by Jennifer Beckstrand

  1. Hi, Jennifer!

    I don’t make resolutions, but I love your goals. A breath of fresh air!

    A few years ago, I kept a “gratitude journal.” Every morning I wrote down three things I was thankful for…and it was life changing. I should do that again!

    Thanks for the great post!

    1. Jan, I have heard so much about keeping a gratitude journal. I know I need to start! A friend gave me a gratitude journal for my birthday, and I wrote a few things in it and got sidetracked. I heard something in church that I think might help me. The teacher encouraged us to look for the hand of God daily in our lives. I think that goes along nicely with the gratitude journal.

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