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Two Questions To Shape the New Year

2019, Here We Come!!

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There are a ton of questions we could ask ourselves as we approach a new year.  Some of the old standard questions are still excellent ones, but I’ve been pondering just two in the last couple of weeks.  Ready?

  1. What do I wish I had done more of in 2018?
  2. What do I wish I had done less of in 2018?

I think those two simple questions will really encompass all those other goals, needs, and relationships we want to make better this coming year.  It covers the priorities and the people we love,  as well as the habits and idols we need to rid from our lives.

When I asked myself those two questions, here’s what pierced my heart ~

What do I wish I had done more of in 2018?

  • Prayer
  • Scripture memory
  • Reading of books
  • Writing of my own book
  • Exercise
  • Connection with family
  • Discipling

What do I wish I had done less of in 2018?

  • Worry – The prayer could have taken care of that!
  • Screen time – Phones are needed and a blessing, but some days it feels like an appendage.  This is hard because I blog and do videos for You Tube, but it’s something I really want to get a handle on this year!

Both lists have other bullets, but these are the crucial ones, ones I’m taking to the Lord in prayer as I begin a new year.  One prayer I repeat over and over is,

Lord, I want my life to count for You.

I believe if I do more of what’s right and less of what’s keeping me idle, my life can count for Christ.

Oh that I may say like Paul, For me to live is Christ… Philippians 1:21

So, how would you answer those two questions?  Perhaps they can guide you as you ponder how the Lord would want you to live this next year as He grants us the breath to do so.  James 4:15

Refresh yourself in this new year!

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5 thoughts on “Two Questions To Shape the New Year

  1. Hi Denise Thank you for taking the time to write your blog. You are a great encouragement. I’m still using my prayer journal that you shared last year and I am thankful for it. I was wondering what kind of day planner do you like using? I saw the one in the picture and didn’t know if that was your planner or just a photo. Thank you and Happy New Years!


    1. Hi Kathy, I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying your prayer journal! Today I took out my old requests, saved some of the special pages with answers to prayer, and then replaced it with a fresh, new print out! I can’t wait to see what God will do this next year!
      For my planner, I’ve been using just a random one from the Dollar Spot at Target. But this year I’m excited that I got a Happy Planner when they were $10 on Black Friday! I’m already loving the space it’s giving me! I may do a post about it in the near future because I’m finding it really helpful! Happy New Year!!


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