2 Questions to Ask in the New Year

24 January 2018

My best friend and who is now a youth leader in the church I grew up in told me about this exercise that they have the youth do in January. They hand out papers with these questions on them and give them time to fill them out. I'm 100% stealing the youth pastor's questionnaire because it's not just for high schoolers--it's challenging to me, too.


This idea of looking back at what God has done is also in the Old Testament. With Joshua as their leader, the Israelites saw God make a dry pathway for them through a river on their way to their ideal land.
And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ Joshua 4:21-22

Besides looking back at what God has done, I also want to be looking forward to what He'll do this year; it'll give me a focused list of things to pray for.

Here are the 2 questions I'm reflecting on at the start of this new year: 

1. What are 5 things God did last year?
  • Safe pregnancy and delivery of Emma
  • Kept my small group from church together when our leader + 40% of the group moved away
  • Got my friend into law school (where she is crushing it, of course)
  • Reminded me how desperately I need him, as I am struggling to adjust to having 2 kids
  • Hmm...

2. What are 5 thing you hope He'll do this year?
  • Help me represent Jesus well to friends
  • Give Devin and I a way to serve together (with 2 kids this could be tricky...)
  • Guide my friends in their current & future relationships (gotta keep it vague because this is the interwebs)
  • Help me deepen my faith through reading the Bible consistently (a.k.a. d a i l y ). You can read more about how I'm going to do this here. Join me by sharing about what God's doing in your life with #nourishingfaith
  • Hmm...I'll keep thinking 😉
Is it just me or is 10 things hard to come up with?! If you're looking for more faith-related reflections, check out these 3 growth-related questions to ask yourself 
What did God do in your life last year? 

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