Well, we’re nearly half way through January and we thought we’d check how your New Year’s Resolutions are coming along…or not?

If you missed it, check out Adele’s gym-face from last week - we’re sure this is a familiar look for many of us about now! Perhaps you’re also committed to getting healthier this year, or reading your bible more, or volunteering more (you can always volunteer at Summer Madness) - whatever your resolutions are we want to encourage you to persevere!

We’ve all heard the research that it takes 21 days to make something a habit but most people give up on their resolutions before the end of January. So with that in mind we wanted to remind you that perseverance is a key biblical principle.

The Bible encourages us to persevere in all aspects of life: our faith, our work, our health etc. And the practice of perseverance produces rewards. Clearly reading your bible more and eating healthier will benefit you and those around you.

And we also wanted to say that it’s never too late to make some resolutions.

Here’s our top 5 resolutions for 2016

1. Get creative with God – we all know that we need to read the bible, pray and show love, but these activities should be life giving not soul sapping! Figure out the ways you best hear and see God and make them regular patterns in your life.

2. Don’t neglect your physical and emotional needs – it is important that we look after ourselves. Eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and develop good relationships. Remember your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, look after it!

3. Set goals for 2016 – grab a piece of paper and scribble down some dreams you’d like to see become reality before December 31st. You’re far more likely to achieve some, if not all of these, when you’ve done this. (Remember 2016 is a leap year so you’ve an extra day to make it happen!)

4. Do something that scares you – stepping outside our comfort zones isn’t easy, but as Christians the Holy Spirit enables us. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and discipline.” As we step out, our dependence on God grows, and that is always good.

5. Summer Madness 2016 – we are really excited about this year’s festival and would love you to be a part of it! Check out how you can book tickets or volunteer with us here.

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