Any of these would be super helpful to anyone wanting to reflect on the year just past, or to consider how they want 2020 to look.
This year I decided to do something different and use A New Year’s Perspective from Denise Cunningham. There are ten questions and so far I have answered five of them. I'll put my answers in a different color and font.
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What hindered my spiritual growth last year? What moved it forward?
I think the only thing that may have hindered my spiritual growth (although I must add that it didn't feel hindered at all)was that I didn't memorize as much Scripture and I didn't memorize as consistently as I have sometimes done. That said, however, I definitely did see spiritual growth last year. I just wonder if I would have seen more if I'd memorized more faithfully.
As far as what moved my spiritual growth forward, one big thing was that my husband and I have been discipling a couple who seriously want to grow in their walk with God. That has encouraged us so much! Attending a couples' retreat and, for me, a ladies' retreat, helped also, as did seeking to apply what I was learning. Also, the more time I spent in the Bible, the more I grew. 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 What did God teach me last year?
One of the main things He taught me was that in spite of my tiredness, sometimes verging on exhaustion, He would give me the energy needed for ministry as I looked to Him. Whether it was hospitality, teaching, or cleaning the church, the necessary strength and energy were there as needed. I felt I learned more fully than ever that God's commands are His enablements.
I also felt that I learned in a deeper way that we can trust God no matter how a situation may look. He is always good, He always has a purpose in what He allows to touch our lives, and He is always in control. Another thing He taught me (and gave me a burden for, in the process) is that not all believers understand these rich, yet basic truths about God. 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 What did I see God do in answer to my prayers last year? Many, many things. Too many to specifically list them all. I think I saw answered prayer the most in simple, everyday matters as I definitely saw God answer many of my prayers for wisdom, and prayers asking Him to help me grow and change in many areas of life. 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 To whom did I give my life the most? Does this need to change? First and foremost, I give my life to God. My husband and family come next, then others. I invested myself in my Sunday School class, the ladies who read my blogs, and those we are discipling. I think that there's a pretty good balance in this area, and that probably nothing needs to change. 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 What activities did I participate in that I need to repeat this year? Discipling younger believers, showing hospitality, teaching Sunday School, cleaning the church, family activities, daily walks with a friend.
Which activities should I consider removing from my schedule? Hmmm ... good question. I do think I will take Instagram off the schedule until afternoon each day. I don't really know of anything else I should consider removing, but I trust that God will show me if there is something that should go.
So there are some of my thoughts as I reflect on 2019. What about you?
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.