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By Zuber HodgePublished 6 days ago 24 min read


Sometimes, you might wonder if the teachings and lessons of the Bible have

meaning in your life today. You might also wonder if you have time a better

relationship with yourself, others and with God. This is actually the most

perfect time for you to consider empowering your spirituality by starting to

live a life with God always in your heart and mind. Always consider the kind

of relationship that you have with Him and with the people around you.

Never make promises that you cannot keep. You can look honestly at your

past, and you can forgive yourself. You can choose to become pitchers or

batters. You can also break those vicious cycles, and most importantly, you

can make decisions to move into a more meaningful, deeper relationship

with God. He will guide you in every step of the way. Just always remember

Him, and always think of Him each time you make decisions in your life,

and you will see how He can bring significant changes in your life.

Chapter 1:

Spiritual Resolutions Basics


With regards to resolutions, particularly failed resolutions, most people get

caught up in the past mistakes and failures so much that they spiritually

paralyze themselves. You have to keep in mind that you are human and you

can always make mistake.

Remember that it is not your mistake that defines you, and those mistakes

do not have to define your future, but they can always help you focus your

future. To improve your spirituality does not mean being pious; just a few

changes in your life can bring significant effects to your life that can help

you towards your goal of empowering your spirituality.

The following can help you have an in-depth understanding on how you can enhance your spirituality:

The Basics

As you ponder every new year, and you think about the changes that you

would like to see in your life, it might be best if you get your priorities

straight. Consider your priorities this year.

You might want to quit smoking, exercise more or lose weight. You might

want to eliminate your unhealthy relationships, or start developing a

stronger relationship with your partner, friends or family. Whatever you

want, remember that your greatest priority should always be to develop

stronger relationships with God.

One of the most important things that you need to remember is to forgive

yourself of your past. Loving yourself actually mean having the ability to

forgive yourself of the past mistakes that you have committed, and then, by

placing your priority on loving ourselves and God, you can start relying on

Him for your guidance.

When you start placing your priorities on getting closer to Him, and once

you seek first God’s kingdom, He will always guide you. Perhaps, it is only

the best “resolution” that you should make – to strengthen your

relationship with God and seek His kingdom.

This is the best time for you to make a special commitment to spend time

thinking about Him and always consider God in every choice that you make

and every action that you do. Spend time with God in prayer as well as

meditation each day.

Spend some time reading the scriptures and allowing His Words guide you,

and through God’s guidance, set realistic goals. Moreover, you need to bear

in mind that starting a spiritual resolution is not all about reading the

scriptures; it is also about considering Him in every decision and choice

that you make.

Use your better judgment and your wisdom in choosing. When faced in a

decision to do good or the otherwise, always think about how your

relationship with God will be affected in every decision that you make.

When you commit mistakes, never allow yourself to get bogged down,

especially when you stumble. Always maintain the right attitude. Rather

than thinking that you are the worst batter, just think of yourself as you’re

the best pitcher. You also do not have to do things alone. This is the reason

behind your community of faith. You will always have a source of strength

to support each other.

Chapter 2:

Be Good To Yourself


“Be gentle first with yourself if you wish to be gentle with others.” – Lama


Sometimes, people are very cruel and unforgiving to themselves. Imagine

you made a huge mistake on a particular project at work, creating another

burden for your co-workers and yourself, or you might accidentally said

dumb on a first date or an important meeting. How would you really react?

You have to keep in mind that being good to yourself does not need to

include a calendar full of spa treatments for yourself. It just means treating

yourself the way you treat a good friend.


Many people would react in such situations by chastising themselves for

their mistakes. In such case, you are figuratively beating yourself up. In just

a small dose, self-criticism can actually be very helpful because it motivates

people to take more responsibility of all their actions, and it encourages

them to further improve themselves. However, excessive self-criticism can

be self-defeating and debilitating.

The Road to Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is really important. It means treating one’s self with

understanding and kindness once you commit a mistake, or go through a

complex situation, just the way you treat others you care about.

This is quite that same with self-esteem in some way, but it is not about the

way you are judging yourself, but the way you are treating yourself.

Therefore, whether you are thinking that you are a great individual, or a

not-so-great one in a certain moment, you can have compassion for

yourself. For instance, you might say that it is fine to make a mistake; you

will just try harder the next time.

There are lots of different approaches towards building self-compassion,

and one of which is being able to shift your perspective. Indeed, it is quite

easier for us to give compassion to others than it is for us to give it to

ourselves. In such case, it might be better if we start treating yourself better.

You can pretend that a person you care about is in your shoes. Think about

the things that you would say to them. You might actually say something

kinder and better than what you would be saying to yourself. Variations of

these exercises involve adopting a new perspective.

You also need to remember that one of the most important prerequisites for

self-compassion is having the belief that you, just like any other human

beings, always deserve to be treated with love and compassion. Building

self-compassion can also help you protect yourself from those destructive


Perhaps, one of the primary keys for you to be constantly good to yourself is

to always believe in yourself and have more faith in your capabilities. Do

not be too hard in yourself and learn to acknowledge your achievements.

Through this, you will see the significant changes that will happen in your


Chapter 3:

Keep Up With Prayer


God provides us with a lot of tools to survive, but none can really compare

to the ability of communicating with Him in prayer. Prayer is actually not

just your most valuable tools; it can likewise be your most exceptional asset.

In this life of trials and difficulties, it is quite hard for people to remain

unshakeable. Things are becoming tougher, and without a particular source

of strength, you may not be able to survive in this life. Because God loves all

His children, He equips people with a valuable tool that they can use to

become stronger individuals – Prayer.

Prayer is one of key ways for you to communicate with Him and approach

Him. It is an important vehicle for a daily conversation with God. The

significance of daily communication with God through prayer can’t be

overestimated. Now, for you to fully understand its value, you have to take a

closer look at its real essence, and the importance of keeping up with


The Importance of Keeping Up with Prayer

Prayer provides people with the opportunity to share all aspects in life with

the Heavenly Father. Life’s circumstances always change on a daily basis,

and the future is yet to unfold. As a matter of fact, things can always go

from good to worse in just a very short period of time. God wants people to

bring their problems and concerns to Him, and He wants them to become

closer to Him all the time.

With every blessing that you receive in this life, prayer provides you with an

opportunity to express your gratitude for all the things in this life that He

gives. Of course, you must constantly give thanks to God for everything He

provides. You pray to acknowledge all the blessings and abundance that you

have because of Him.

All people commit mistake each day, and they all sin every day, whether

they are aware of it or not. You are not perfect but God wants you to

recognize your sins and repent, and you can only achieve this through

prayer. This offers the platform for you to confess your sins and repent.

Through prayer, you give yourself a perfect chance to unleash the burden

that you carry in your hearts.

Prayer is also an act of obedience ad worship. In Thessalonians 5:16-18, you

can identify the importance of praying on a daily basis. “Be joyful always

and pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of

God for you in Christ Jesus.” It is the will of the Lord for all His children to

give thanks and pray to Him. This is an act of obedience and worship that

brings great joy to God. He loves to see all His children following His


A lot of people know that there is a supreme being who is in control of

things and of their lives, and through prayer, they acknowledge this reality.

God is supreme and nothing really happens without Him knowing about it.

Every day, you need to learn to acknowledge His right place in your life.

Praying is actually something that all people should want to do every day.

Through prayer, you also express your love towards Him.

If you want to achieve something, prayer is also one of the best tools that

you can use to achieve what your heart’s desires. However, people

sometimes feel that God doesn’t answer all their prayers. You need to keep

in mind that God knows everything, and He knows what you want even

before you ask for it. All He wants you to do is to be faithful in Him.

If you have been asking the same thing, and it seems that God is not

answering your prayers or not granting what you want, He wants you to

learn something. God actually answers your prayers in three ways – Yes, No

and Wait.

He would answer “Yes” if He knows that it is appropriate for you, “No” if it

will bring no good for you and “Wait” because there is right time for

everything. He also wants you to establish your faith in Him. You also need

to be patient. He loves all His children and He knows exactly what they

want even before they ask it. God knows what is best for us; all you have to

do is to have faith in Him.

Chapter 4:

Set Aside Time Every Week To Study Teachings


Oftentimes, people feel that things are becoming even worse and more

complicated. They pray daily but it seems that God is not answering their

prayers. In such case, it is important for you to assess your life. What is

lacking? What are the things that you need to change and do?

If you want to enrich your spirituality, praying is not really enough; it is

also highly important to study God’s teachings through reading the

scriptures. Setting aside time every week to study God’s teachings will bring

changes into your life, especially if you put what you have learnt into


However, the problem with many people is that they lack time due to their

busy schedule. But if you really want to improve your life, you can always

find time. To help you manage your time and understand more of His

teachings, there are some valuable things you need to keep in mind.

Planning Daily Scripture Reading

Oftentimes, people find it hard to have time for scripture reading, but if you

have enough willingness to study the word of God, no schedule is hectic,

and no person is busy.

You need to dedicate time to study His teachings. Always set aside a

particular amount of time at least each week to study the scriptures. If you

are serious about understanding the scriptures and deepening your

knowledge about God’s word, then you also have to be very serious about

studying it.

God wants His children to study His words, so He is helping us to study all

His words; all we need to do is to turn to Him and always ask Him in

prayer. Keep in mind that the Word of God and Prayer always go hand in

hand. These are both important when studying.

When you start studying His words, you need to have a purpose. What do

you want to learn? What principle would you want to further your

knowledge? Always pray for help in choosing a purpose and you will see

how meaning your scripture study will be.

You may take down notes as you study the scriptures. This can help you

more to fully understand the meaning of the things you have found.

Studying his teachings also involves great effort and faith, so you need to

understand these things, and you will see how your life has changed.

Chapter 5:

Set Aside Time To Meditate


If you are seeking joy, vibrant health, positive relationships, fulfillment in

your life and calmness, you can obtain these things through the power of


This provides innumerable benefits for your spirit, mind and body. Setting

aside time meditate brings several benefits aside from such things, and they

are wished to be unveiled through digging deeper into this chapter.

Unveiling the Power of Meditation

Meditation is a truly valuable tool that helps people foster physical health,

combat stress, become more peaceful, feel happier, can help them sleep

better and it can help you improve your life.

However, on a deeper sense, meditation is an important doorway into the

unknown. This can help you to get a sense of the whole mystery of your

identities and who you really are.

When you set aside time to mediate, you are also helping yourself towards

achieving the ultimate goal of meditation, which is enlightenment. It is the

realization of your mind’s true nature. Through drawing deeper into your

consciousness and directing your mind, you can discover reality, and by

cultivating such practice, you can start developing a positive approach to

your lives.

Meditation is really important to your minds. Throughout the day, your

minds are filled with different thoughts. When you start setting aside time

to meditate, you are focusing your attention at your soul’s seat, and then

you start to quite your mind.

Through regular meditation, you are developing a sustained concentration.

Such increase in concentration joined with reduced tension and stress,

improved relationships and renewed energy can help you obtain success in

your activities.

Meditation is a spiritual experience that empowers your soul, and enables

you to rise into different dimensions of higher consciousness. By focusing

your attentions within, you are actually able to experience those inner

realms and you connect with God, thereby fulfilling the real purpose of your


What is within each of us is actually a divine spirit. The process of accessing

such inner spirit, wisdom and intelligence is known as meditation. You can

empower your spirituality by setting aside time to meditate.

Chapter 6:

Learn To Listen To Your Inner Voice


You can establish great wisdom by spending some time every day in

grateful communion and learning how to listen to your inner voice.

There is no any better way of establishing a fulfilling life than through

mastering an art off being in tune with your most inspired self – your inner

voice. Such voice serves as your guide in this complex life. Through learning

how to listen to it, you will know the great changes that it can bring into

your life.

Every individual has an inner voice; all you have to do is to learn listening

to it to be able to be led by it. If you continue to listen to it, you can start

living a life that is true and fulfilling. To help you stay in tune with your

inner voice, there are some valuable things you need to bear in mind;

Listening to Your Inner Voice

You have an inner voice, and it is not a critical parent, an addictive

personality or a compulsive spender within your head. It comes from the

part of who you are that can help you to your real life expression. It does

not shout; it actually speaks and communicates with you from a point of

silence within you.

Since it’s a subtle voice, you need to be still and calm to be able to hear it. If

your mind if filled with worry, extraneous thoughts, longing, resentment,

stress, grief or fear, you will never hear this voice.

It actually takes some practice to be able to listen to this voice. It is not easy

to hear the desires of your heart. Sometimes, your passion will come as a

serendipitous event or a whisper than will remind you of what is important

and the things that can make you happy.

This is quite the same to what’s meant by trusting or listening to your inner

voice. Learn to recognize your inner voice and you can do this by being in a

state of calmness and quietness. You need to clear your thoughts with those

unnecessary things that serve as barrier to listening to it.

One of the greatest secrets of staying in tune with your inner voice and

understanding its messages is actually having a heart that is filled with love

and gratitude. Open your heart, open it with great gratitude, and you will

see that your inner voice will even become louder and clearer. What it

wants will be brought into your mind with ease

Chapter 7:

Change Your Mindset About Being Positive


Your way of thinking has significant effects in your life today and to the

days to come. If you focus your mindset into the positive things in your life,

you will also have a happier life than you could ever think of.

Changing your state of mind about being positive can also bring affirmative

changes in your life. This will enable you to improve your current situation.

It will give you hope that a better tomorrow awaits you. Shifting your

mindset into optimism will enable you to view a brighter side of life no

matter how tough or complicated life may be.

If you continue to have a positive mindset, you can create a more positive

life. However, with the difficult situations that people are experiencing, it

becomes quite hard for them to think about the positive side of this life; but

each of us need to think that there are ways to improve your life, and one of

which is to learn to be positive and change our way of thinking.

Changing your Mindset

With the challenges and difficulties that most people experience in life, it is

quite harder to avoid having negative feelings and thoughts in this life. It is

not easy to shift your mind into positivity is things around you are

becoming even more difficult and tougher. However, you have to realize

that if you want to end your sufferings, you need to make an action, and it

starts with the way you think about life.

There are many positive exercises that you can actually do to develop your

positive mental attitude, and it first begins with what you think. If you

always think that “you cannot”, then you are trying to convince that it is

indeed true. Think positive and use words of affirmations towards yourself

and towards life.

You need to push out all the negative feelings that you have in you. Don’t let

those negative feelings like doubt, anxiety, fear, and the likes to overwhelm

you. Always focus on the positive side of life. You need to bear in mind that

in every difficult situation, there is always something better you can get.

Learn to recognize those things. Always think about the positive things in


Another thing that you can do is to use words that induce strength, power

and success. Fill your mind with words that will make you stronger and feel

happier. Changing your mindset about being positive can help you

experience a more fulfilling and promising life you always want. Be positive

and you will also attract great things in your life.

Chapter 8:

Get A Grateful Mindset


When you learn to develop a gratitude mindset, it will become nearly

impossible for you to experience emptiness, sadness and frustration. The

whole universe is energy and energy is an everlasting power. Thereby, what

you want come from energy.

To ensure that you will obtain the positive things in life, you also need to

develop a grateful mindset.

Developing your Grateful Mindset

Life is full of uncertainties, and when things don’t go your way, it becomes

more difficult to focus on the positive side of life. However, if you want to

improve your life, and ensure a positive future ahead of you, you need to

change now. Get a grateful state of mind and constantly develop it.

When you’re genuinely grateful for an event, a situation, a person or a

thing, you are sending a great state of energy into the universe and then,

the universe will respond to it. If you continue to develop a grateful mindset

and look at the brighter side of life, the universe will also bring positive

changes in your life.

To develop your grateful mindset, you need to shift your focus from those

things that you don’t have, or you lack in life towards those abundance that

you obtain. Always be appreciative and be thankful to even the smallest

blessings that you receive. Be grateful about life and to all the trials that you

receive everyday that make you strong. Learn to recognize the best things

that are happening in your life rather than focusing on the otherwise.

When you develop a grateful mindset, you will positive changes in your life.

You will also feel that no matter how hard life can be or how tougher your

problems are, you still live a happier life. Keep in mind that your happiness

does not depend on others; it always depends on you. How you think about

life today will manifest in the future. Always be thankful for what you have,

and focus on the great things life offers you.

Chapter 9:

Use Affirmations To Stay On Course


“Affirmations are like seed planted in soil. Poor soil, poor growth. Rich

soil, abundant growth. The more you choose to think thoughts that make

you feel good, the quicker the affirmations work.”

~ Louise L. Hay

What you continually think and speak about life will manifest in the kind of

life that you have. If you believe and think that you can do something, then

you can, so you need to be careful with your thoughts.

Motivational affirmations can help you get and just get going no matter

how difficult your situations may be. Words of affirmations are greatly

powerful that you might think. It is your belief system and your attitude

that can develop your life and will make your become successful.

If you want to stay on the course and continue to live the kind of life that

you want, you need to use the power of affirmations. All people have power

to change their course of life, and using affirmations, you can bring

significant changes into your lives.

The Power of Affirmations

You can achieve your dreams and obtain what your heart desires only if you

believe that you can do so. Affirmations are actually statements you say to

yourself or you say aloud. You are affirming to yourself that whatever things

you want will come to pass.

Affirmations work because whatever you repeat to yourself will greatly

influence your thoughts, and whatever it is that you focus your mind on,

you will attract, thereby obtaining what your heart desires.

When using affirmation, you have to ensure that you affirmations are

positive statements. Use such statements to reflect the things you want to

happen or goals you want to achieve.

You have to keep in mind that your life is actually outer manifestations of

your inner beliefs and thoughts. Affirmations are easy and simple yet very

powerful. A lot of professional businesspeople have used them in order to

run their business effectively. Many artists have also used them to become

more creative and to be able to come up with great ideas. You too can get

benefit from its power in every area of your life.

Focused affirmations serve as perfect ways for you to start your every day

and live the kind of life you want. When you experience pain, feel stress,

tension or just any type of anxiety, affirmations can always make you feel

great. The power to control your life is within you. You are responsible for

the kind of life you have.

Affirmations are greatly powerful, and they have power to shape your life

and potentially to establish a life of peace and happiness.

Keep in mind that it’s only your thoughts that can prevent from fulfilling

your goals and such thoughts can always be altered. This is a valuable

process that will change not only the way you view life, but also the overall

quality of your life.

Chapter 10:

The Benefits Of Your Spiritual Resolution


Spiritual resolutions bring positive changes in your life. You may not know

it but by establishing spiritual resolutions, you are helping yourself to

improve your life and develop your spirituality.

In this complex and wicked world, it is quite hard to think about your

spirituality. Most of the time, people are too busy with their lives and they

forget the most valuable aspect of their existence. This is now the most

perfect time for them to take a break, pause, and assess their lives.

Developing your spirituality through spiritual resolutions can help you

bring peace and happiness to your life. To help you fully understand the

changes that this can offer you, the following are the benefits of spiritual

resolution to one’s life.

The Importance of Spiritual Resolution

When making a list of resolutions, many people mostly forget one

important aspect – their spirituality. You need to bear in mind that

spiritual resolution can become an important asset in helping you fulfill

your goals, or cope with a lot of things within your life you want to be


This is the best moment for you to make valuable spiritual commitments

that can help you improve your life, relationship with your family, friends,

partner, and your relationship with God. When you begin to make spiritual

resolutions, you can experience a happier life.

People also tend to forget all the worries in life, and they establish the belief

that no matter how tough situations may be, better things in their life

always outweigh the sufferings that they experience.

When you start creating a spiritual resolution, you also begin to experience

a life of peace and constant bliss. You can appreciate the beauty of life and

you tend to always look at the brighter side of everything.

Your spiritual resolution will help you to believe that there will always be

better tomorrow than today, and this will help you to always move forward

with faith in God. Spend time understanding God’s teachings and never

cease praying until you find an answer to your prayers. Create a life of faith

and love.

Life is never perfect but if you start establishing a spiritual resolution, you

can experience a more meaningful and blissful life. Move forward with



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