Make Peace Your Goal for 2016

0 comments Posted on January 7, 2016

Cheri Cowellby Cheri Cowell

Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or simply set new goals as the calendar flips over, here is an acrostic using the word P.E.A.C.E. to help you set new spiritual goals for 2016.

P: Make a list of the people in your life with whom peace would be a welcome change. Then determine to pray blessings on them every day in 2016 and watch how God answers those prayers.

E: God works from the empty and fill principle, meaning He can’t fill what is already filled. So identify the things that fill your time, energy, and resources with empty calories and determine to ’empty’ them so God can fill that space with His priorities.

PeaceA: Thanksgiving is not simply a date on the calendar; it is a biblical practice that produces peace. Begin a gratitude journal, and when less-than-peaceful thoughts fill your heart and mind, add to your journal and watch that bad attitude change to one of gratitude and peace.

C: “What would Jesus do?” is not just a question in a marketing slogan, it is a way of living. Is the way you take care of your home, drive your car, interact with co-workers, talk with neighbors, or even watch television Christ-like? What changes do you need to make?

E: Exercise is hard work and sticking to it is even harder. To stick to your goal of prolonged spiritual exercise, why not visit your Christian bookstore and pick out a devotional book, a new study Bible, or a Bible study guide? I promise peace will be your reward.

Cheri Cowell is the author of 365 Devotions for Peace (Zondervan), and Parables and Word Pictures Bible study (AMG). You can learn more about Cheri at her website , Twitter or Facebook.

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