Yesterday was the beginning of a new year. We closed out the year 2019, which was not only the ending of a year, but it was the closing of one decade and the beginning of another decade. Celebrating with parties, fireworks, family and friends is a way to say "out with the old" and "in with the new"! A new year brings hope that anything is possible and as we enter into a new decade, there is so much expectation. You may have dreams, goals, hopes and desires stirring in your heart as to what this next decade will bring. 2020 speaks to vision. In the natural, we all want 20/20 vision. Let’s seek the Lord for greater wisdom and understanding to have 20/20 vision by the Spirit.
Before jumping into the new year’s goals and plans, I believe it is beneficial to take some time and carve out sacred space to evaluate the previous year, 2019. Reflect over the events, relationships, circumstances, obstacles, goals, etc of this year.
Reflection gives the brain an opportunity to pause, sort through experiences, consider possible interpretations and create meaning. I have created 10 questions to help you reflect. Your responses to these questions may give you insight for 2020. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead you as you reflect and remember 2019.
1) What goal(s) did you accomplish this year and how did that feel?
2) Was there a goal(s) you set that you didn't accomplish? What got in the way of that goal--obstacles/unrealistic/life circumstances/timing/etc.?
3) Were there any big changes in your life this year? How have you adjusted to the change(s)? What adjustments need to yet be made?
4) What are 1-3 highlights from this year?
5) In what area(s) of your life did you see growth this year?
6) Were there any losses this year? How have you processed your heart in the loss? Where are you in the process?
7) As you look back over this year, what would be 3-6 words to describe 2018?
8) Were there any promises or prophetic words spoken over you this year? How are you stewarding those? Have you seen any fulfillment or partial fulfillment?
9) What people stand out in your life this year? How did they impact you? Is there anything you could do to thank them or let them know how they impacted you?
10) Take a journey from January through December (use your photos, calendar, and/or journal). Write out as many statements of gratitude you can record (30-100 thankful statements). Gratitude is important: It keeps you continually aware that the Lord is close by and it motivates you to look for God's purpose in your circumstances. Thanksgiving reminds you of your continual dependence upon God. It energizes and strengthens your faith! A grateful heart is a weapon of warfare reminding you how powerful God is! It invites God's glory and His Presence to fill your life and situation.