How to Reflect and Refocus for the New Year – ETB #144

As we come to the end of another year, this is the perfect time to think about the year behind you and what you did or did not accomplish. Maybe you’re wearily thinking that something has to change for 2023. Maybe you’re looking forward in anticipation for this new year. Either way, I want to share with you some ideas for how to reflect and refocus for the new year during these finals days of this year.

How to Reflect and Refocus for the New Year - ETB #144

As you wrap up your Christmas celebrations, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is a great time each year to reflect and refocus on your goals in various areas:

  • General life
  • Spiritual
  • Relational
  • and more!

Why Journal?

I’ve shared in the past that I’m a faithful journaler. I have found that when I journal and write things down, it helps me keep life in perspective. It allows me to pray over things in my life and give thanks when I see God at work in my life. It shows me where I need to make a change in my heart over time. I have a habit of journaling every day. Some days it is very short and other days my entries are more in depth.

Review and Reflect

During this transitional time, I like to go back and read my journal entries from the previous year. I reflect on what I wrote and look for patterns. I see God’s faithfulness. I gain perspective. I’m able to thank Him for what He did, including the hard things.

Refocus for the New Year

After I review and reflect, I begin a new journal for the new year. I start by writing about the blessings and faithfulness of God in the previous year. I write my hopes for the coming year. This helps me refocus for the coming new year. I write hopes and goals for things like:

  • My husband and our marriage
  • Each of my children and their lives, relationships, and struggles
  • My self-care and personal goals
  • My business and ministry related goals

Your Turn!

I encourage you to grab a journal or a notebook. First, list all of the blessings that God has given you this year. Include the simplest things to the biggest provisions. Include the good, the bad, and the hard. Then list your goals and hopes for the coming year, both large and small.

May this journaling be a reminder of God’s faithfulness in the coming year!

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How to Reflect and Refocus for the New Year - ETB #144