Just think if you tried to tackle one of those houses all by yourself. Wouldn’t it be easy to give up before you ever did enough work to see a huge difference?
That’s what it’s like with some New Year’s goals. If you’ve been practicing that behavior all your life, you may not see a lot of improvement in a couple of weeks.
Try not to get discouraged if that’s how you’re feeling. Trust in God that His truth will set you free and then keep going to Him for help. Here’s a schedule you can use for the week if you’d like.
Week 2 Plan
Monday: Read Monday’s post. Have you been telling yourself any of those things? If so, use the Scriptures in the post to write a couple of Scripture prayers in your journal or spend some time meditating on them. What does the verse mean in relation to your goal?
Tuesday: Prayers of thanksgiving are great ways to renew your mind. Read Philippians 4:6 and pray a prayer of thanksgiving with your goal in mind. Click here for ideas on what you can thank God for.
Wednesday: Do the Bible study I’ll be posting with your goal in mind.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: The best way to change is to renew your mind every time the situation comes up. This weekend I’d like you to try an experiment. Renew your mind every time you feel the stress associated with your goal – even if it’s just a little stress.
For example: if your goal is to be thankful, renew your mind every time you’re not thankful. If your goal is to depend on God, renew your mind every time you start to worry. If your goal is to control what you eat, then every time you feel like eating outside your boundaries.
Experiment with different renewing of the mind techniques to see what works best for you. Do that for three days and see what happens.