We are nearly finished with the first month of a new year.

As we rang in 2019 just a few weeks ago, many of us made New Year’s resolutions. We resolved this year to lose weight, exercise more, save more money, spend more time with family, etc.

I personally made a resolution to become more organized.

I love to paper craft (scrapbook and card making). My craft room (which doubles as my daughter’s bedroom when she’s home from college) has become too much to handle!

I once read a quote that I can identify with: “Buying scrapbook supplies and actually scrapbooking are two separate hobbies.” That’s me!

My husband says that I need to join “Scrapbookers Anonymous” to deal with my problem. Well, one month into this new year, I’m off to a good start.

I’ve done my research, formulated a plan and begun to implement my strategy. I am determined to become an organized crafter, and I’m excited to see what all I can accomplish this year.

What have you resolved to do this year?

Perhaps top on our list should be the resolve to please God in every aspect of our life .

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 ESV)

First, we need to do our research. Stop and quietly listen to what God is saying to you today. Spend some quality time with Him. What areas of your life are cluttered by the things of this world, leaving no room for Him?

Next, formulate a plan. What skills, resources, money, talents and qualifications do you have? Jesus says, “Bring them here to me!”

Finally, implement His strategy. Let God organize your life as you follow in Jesus’ footsteps.

When we resolve to put God first in this new year, we will find God’s promises will abound. For God does not break His resolutions!

Susan Rodgers is a major with The Salvation Army in Florence.