This year, start small.

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest impact. Rather than set a major goal that fizzles out by the end of January, commit to small things. Like . . . switching from half & half to low-fat milk in your coffee. Or cleaning out one kitchen drawer each day. Just one! Or take the stairs at work instead of the elevator. Over time, minor changes add up. And they can make a big difference!

Over the next few weeks, Tuesday’s Give Me the Simple Life feature will share some minor, positive changes that have made a big difference . . . to me, and to others, too. Here’s the first simple step you can make in your life.

15 Minutes in your Favorite Chair

Feeling frazzled? Claim 15 minutes for yourself each day, a quiet place where you can be alone. Use part of that time to read your Bible or favorite devotional. Then sit and listen. You’ll be amazed how therapeutic, energizing, and restorative that time will become.

Here’s how I do it: I’m reading John Stott’s Through the Bible, Through the Year (Baker) along with the suggested Bible text for each day.

How about you? Do you have a “start small” change to suggest? I’m always on the look out for ideas to improve my home keeping, eat healthfully, get more exercise, whittle down my to-do list, grow spiritually, and connect with others. Or what goal do you want help achieving? Share your suggestions in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Amish Values for Your Family!

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