Rules to Live By

green background with some leaves. In front is an easel with the words, "Rules to live by."
by Beeda Speis for Peace In The Stillness blog

I read through all (or at least most) of my New Years’ posts from 2013 to 2020 and I think the one from 2013, A New Year’s Revolution, is what I want to strive for this year and every year (slightly modified from my original list). Here are my “Rules to Live By.”

Do what makes Jesus happy, what He wants me to do.
Then, do what makes others happy.
Then, do what makes me happy. (Jesus Others Yourself = J.O.Y.)
Share Jesus with others.
Relax. Meditate and pray.
Read and study the Bible.
Share. Be transparent.
Encourage and inspire.
Reach out.
Pray some more.
Only eat if I’m hungry.
Stop eating when I’m full.
The couch and laptop are not bodily parts, so make an effort to break away from them once in a while.
Go for a walk.
Take care of tasks as they come up instead of adding to the never-ending “to do” list.
Just “be”; live in the moment. Quit reliving the past and worrying about/planning the future.
Forgive. Let go.
Pray some more.
Try new things.
Say what I feel. Don’t keep things bottled up.
Serve and help others.
Be kind.
Count my blessings.

What are your rules to live by? Share them in the comments.

Bible Verse of the Day

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.
Jeremiah 29:11


Please join me this week in praying for new beginnings. Let’s pray for wisdom and direction. Ask God for guidance. Pray that any resolutions, themes, or words that we come up with for the new year are for God’s glory and part of His plan for our lives. Let’s also pray for those who are hurting. So many people have lost loved ones recently. Pray also for those who are hurting physically, who are battling illness and disease; may God heal them in the new year.

Side note

The things I talk about on the Home page of my website are starting to unfold. God continues to reveal things to me one at a time so I don’t get overwhelmed. Stay tuned for what’s in store in 2022.

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