For most of my life, I grew up attending a New Year’s Eve church service.
It was a combination of great fellowship and food, and the last hour was dedicated to prayer. There was something very special about ending the old year and beginning the new one from the posture of prayer. Honestly, it made quite an impression, and I still cherish those memories and moments.
I crafted a spiritual inventory process that I still utilize as my prayer focus for the last hour of the old year and the beginning of the new year. I have shared this with my extended family and the churches I have served.
The process I have crafted is built around three (3) movements that I hope will enable and empower us to be all He wants us to be.
▪ Evaluate spiritual progress over the last year – we want to make a discerning list of where we have grown, struggled, or failed. The aim is to see measurable spiritual progress. Therefore, we must be sincere about our successes and shortcomings.
▪ Establish a list of significant priorities that have been revealed or fulfilled – we want to think carefully about lessons that have been learned, wisdom that has been revealed, and promises that have been fulfilled. The aim here is to steward well all that has been given, show appreciation for all that has been accomplished, and shape our spiritual journey with sincerity and authenticity.
▪ Embrace the strategic position that will be required to make the desired changes – all that has been done in this process is intended to give us a proper perspective of who we have become, where we want to go, and how to have the possibility to walk with God into new places and to serve Him at new levels. Define what that means to you.
In a great revival moment in America, it was stated that “if you want what you have always had, then keep doing all that you have always done. But if you want more, then change something.”
More is yours! This is the potential that is ours to embrace.
2022 is nearly gone … 2023 will soon be ours to embrace, so let’s plan to be all in from the very first day until the last.
Seriously, make both of these things happen! They will make a difference!
– Terry & Ruthanne –
May the LORD bless you and keep you
May the LORD cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you
May the LORD lift up His countenance toward you and give you peace