New Year’s links


Rob at ivman has a great list of “New Year’s resolutions you can keep,” such as, “Procrastinate more. Starting tomorrow” and “Don’t jump off a cliff just because everyone else did.” If you need some attainable goals…or just want a good chuckle…check them out.

Gretchen at Lifenut posted 100 irresolutions that she listed last year along with her end-of-the-year progress report. It was quite funny — I might try that. It might be easier to come up with things I won’t do!!

A couple of years ago I posted New Year’s Resolutions for your dog (My favorite: “I will no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener.”) and a list of New Year’s wishes that someone had e-mailed me (May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs and your stocks not fall; and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise,” etc.)

Here are some New Year’s quotes, a hymn by John Newton titled “The Year We Have Now Passed Through,” and another hymn by Frances Ridley Havergal titled “Another Year Is Dawning.”

Last year, for some reason, I was facing the New Year with anxiety and wrote about God’s help for that in “The year to come.”

At the end of last year I began a study based on different statements in the Bible beginning with “I will…,” which I though a sort of resolution: “I will trust in thee,” “ I will declare thy name,” “ I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy,” “I will confess my transgressions,” and others. That led to a post called “Biblical Resolutions.” I see there I only got through Genesis to the Psalms at the time: I’ll have to look up my notes and see if I ever finished looking through the rest of the Bible for those “I will” statements. That study was a blessing to me, with much food for thought.

My friend Susan at By Grace posted several days ago about making goals instead of resolutions and examining every area of our lives to see what we need to work on. I am hoping to do that in time for Laurel Wreath’s New Year’s Meditation Carnival, where she invites us to post our hopes, dreams, desires, and goals for the New Year (and she’s even rewarding one participant and $25 gift certificate from That would be a great way to start the year!


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5 thoughts on “New Year’s links

  1. I’m suddenly finding MYself back where I was 2 years ago… and not liking it! As a matter of fact, I refuse to BE there! I feel like I have lost most of the progress I made… and I really need to refind my HOPE in Him… I’m struggling right now… I really am.

  2. I really like your post on Biblical Resolutions (I remember reading it last year and it is my reference point) and it is still one of my fav posts today. Thanks, Barbara! And a blessed new year to you and your family!

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