By contributing writer Victoria from Creative Home Keeper.
The week between Christmas and the New Year is one of my favorites. There is a gentleness about it after the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.
It’s a time of rest, fellowship, and family but most of all it’s a time of reflection and planning.
The planner in me loves looking ahead to a new year by setting goals, setting up my planner and making a reading list. Spending time reviewing and updating my priorities and mission statement helps me understand my calling and purpose.
This last week of the year not only helps me plan for the new year but it also helps me to end the year well.
Before I sit down and start planning for a fresh start, I spend some time thinking, reflecting and praying over the previous year.
Looking back helps to look ahead.
When we spend some time going back over the year and reflecting on what we did well and what we want to work on, it helps with planning out goals and ideas for the next year.
Setting aside a few hours over the last week of the year is important to me. With my Bible, journal and planner in hand, I can take some time and think through a few reflective questions. I use these questions as a guide and to help me remember.
I would encourage you to set aside some time towards the end of the year to get away, reflect and pray. Take your Bible, your journal or a notebook. Ask God to open your heart and mind as you answer some of these questions.
You could also invite your husband to join you, especially as you think through your home, marriage and family.
30 Questions to Reflect Over to End the Year Well
- Did I love my family well?
- Did I love others well?
- How did I use my talents and gifts to serve my family and others?
- What is one thing I did really well?
- What is something I know I need to work on?
- Did my priorities align with how I spent my time?
- Did I make my time with the Lord a priority?
- How can I better improve the quality of my devotional time?
- What prayer requests were answered this year?
- Have I acknowledged those answered prayers and thanked God?
- What prayer requests still need to be prayed through?
- Did I practice the discipline of daily gratitude? If yes, how did that impact my faith and attitude?
- What were some notable blessings, gifts or memories from the year?
- What books impacted my spiritual growth this year? What were the truths and lessons I wanted to remember?
- What books impacted my home this year? (marriage, motherhood, home keeping, etc.) What were the lessons I wanted to incorporate into my home?
- What goals did I set that I achieved?
- What goals didn’t get completed this year? Why?
- What did we do this year to grow and strengthen our marriage?
- What acts of love, respect, service and kindness did I show to my husband?
- What is an area in our marriage do you need to focus on this coming year to continue growing closer together?
- As a family, how did we grow in faith together?
- How would I describe my attitude towards motherhood this year?
- What are the lessons my children learned and what milestones did they reach?
- How where we challenged as a family?
- What acts of love, respect, service and kindness did I show to my children?
- How would I describe my relationships with extended family and friends?
- What acts of hospitality did I participate in?
- How did I show God’s love and grace to those in my community?
- How can I better love those around me and show hospitality in the coming year?
- How would I best describe this year?
It should be noted that there aren’t any wrong answers and you shouldn’t feel guilty if you feel like you failed. You didn’t.
Instead ask God to lead you as you set plans and goals for the coming year. Most of the time when we fail to achieve certain goals it’s because we tried to do them alone.
God should be the cornerstone to our lives.
With these responses written in your journal, use these as a base to start your planning of the New Year. Building on what you did well and what you want to improve on, create goals that align with your priorities. Pray to God for guidance as you start to make plans. Include Him in the process.
How do you like to end the year well? What other reflective questions do you think through?
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