By Kelly Wise Valdes

There is just something magical about the start of a new year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start. But, we all know that nothing mystical occurs at midnight on December 31. New Year’s resolutions for many people include the desire to quit smoking, to manage money more wisely and to spend more time with family. The most common resolution is to lose weight, exercise and adapt a healthy lifestyle. As Christians, we should also make faith-based resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day and to attend church more regularly. A simple way to begin the New Year for your spiritual fitness would be a daily devotional. A few minutes every morning to start off the day can make a difference – a real difference. Below are a few examples of the many daily devotionals available to assist you in this resolution and can be found online at or

Pearls of Great Price: 366 Daily Devotional Readings Peace
By: Joni Eareckson Tada

If you or someone you love could use a word of encouragement, find it here every day of the year. Each entry opens with a passage of Scripture followed by a reflection from Joni. She then calls upon you to respond and offers a prayer designed to lead you closer to Christ. Discover at a deeper level the “help and hope” that can be found only in Christ.

Commanding Your Morning Daily Devotional: Unleash God’s Power in Your Life Every Day of the Year
By: Cindy Trimm

Gain victory over the details of your daily life through spoken words that activate God’s power. Equipping you to take charge of your day, this devotional shares a year’s worth of practical teachings, inspiring Scripture and dynamic declarations that will help you stand strong in God.

Power Thoughts Devotional: 365 Daily Inspirations for Winning the Battle of the Mind
By: Joyce Meyer

Plagued by negativity and self-doubt? This daily devotional will help you re-train your brain. Based on the best-selling book Power Thoughts, this book will help you achieve success by getting your mind to work for you and lead you to experience the freedom of a positive life.

Your Best Life Begins Each Morning: Devotions to Start Every New Day of the Year
By: Joel Osteen

When the alarm clock sounds, do you greet the dawn with a grimace or a smile? Even if burdens weigh you down, Osteen’s 365-day devotional will help you start your day with an uplifting tone. Choose to face each morning with faith and expectancy for a prescription for positive living.

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.