Tips for a Successful Year

The American Psychological Association (APA) says New Year’s resolutions can create anxiety if left unaccomplished. They recommend starting small and asking for support. The Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas offers these tips to support consumers on their journey to a happier, healthier 2020:

  • Get fit with the right gym. There can be many benefits to working out at a public gym: classes, equipment, accountability and more.
    • 1. However, choose the place that’s right for you.
    • Know your fitness goals and set priorities so you can determine where to start. Always take a tour of facilities and read the contract closely to determine how much a membership costs each month. You can also check the gym’s business profile on
  • Watch for free trial scams. Like quitting smoking or losing weight, this can be a slow process.
    • You may even feel like you aren’t making much progress, so turning to “miracle” products may begin to seem like a good idea. Be careful when taking products for your health and should consult with your doctor first.
    • Second, products using big claims and celebrity endorsements may be attempting to lure you into a free trial scam. This is when a company claims it’ll send you a sample of its product for free, you just need to give your credit card information to pay shipping and handling. Later, you find a charge for the full cost of the product.
    • If this is the direction you decide to go when working on your new year, always read the terms and conditions carefully before placing your order and use your credit card for extra protection.
  • Care for your mental health, too. This extends beyond your physical health. emphasizes the importance of social connection when caring for your mental health. Take time this year to connect with old friends and meet new ones too.

Dad’s New Years Resolution

When I called my parents to wish them a happy New Year, my dad answered the phone. “Well, Dad, what’s your New Year’s resolution?” I asked him.
“To make your mother as happy as I can all year,” he answered proudly.
Then mom got on, and I said, “What’s your resolution, Mom?” “To see that your dad keeps his New Year’s resolution.”

(SOURCE: Citation: Jeanette Case, Erie, PA, Readers Digest.)

Happy New Year

jeremiah-29_11It’s a time to start over… a time for a new beginnings A time to reflect a bit on the mistakes of the past and look forward to improving the future. At KSWP and KAVX, 2012 saw major milestones reached. Over four thousand six hundred people sought ministry through prayer.

16% of those prayer needs were for finances. The ministry also the need of $100,000 in December. At the end of business on Monday, were only $9,000.00 from reaching that need! We’ll give you a final update as soon as all the mail postmarked before midnight on the 31 is processed.

At the same time the PrayerWorks Prayer team was praying for you! You know, the New Year is the perfect opportunity for a new start, if you need it. Below you fill find some words of encouragement from our Father God’s word. Again Happy New Year!

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

John 3:16 ESV – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Isaiah 43:19 ESV – Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV – “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Save $$ or Time

timeandmoneyYour Money:
As you evaluate your finances there are a few year-end tips that could have you saving come tax time. If you delay any income until the New Year, you also delay the tax, thus giving you more disposable funds. Home upgrades can save on energy, utility bills, and can qualify as a tax credit. You can update all her records, making sure any changes are intact, such as the birth of a baby. If you’re a homeowner and if you can afford it, paying your mortgage ahead a month or two will allow an extra deduction.

Do you like it when:
• Your cats stay off the Christmas tree
• Your latte is the perfect sipping temperature
• Your car is warmed up before driving to work

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What One Word Describes Your New Year so far

Good Friends Question of the day: What is the ONE WORD you want to use to define your new year?

Gary Thomas in his book “Every Body Matters” talks about the proper perspective regarding getting in shape.

  • He says “our bodies are supposed to be ‘instruments’ not ‘ornaments.’”
  • If you’re resolution is to get in shape, perhaps your motivation shouldn’t be because you want to look better, but because you want to be able to serve God better.

Maybe you could use this one: “Stewardship”

  • Being a good steward of the body God gave you.
  • Being a good steward of the gifts He’s given you.
  • Of the time He’s given you.
  • Of the resources He’s given you.
  • Stewardship sums it all up.