We’re in that awkward space now. It’s the time between Christmas and New Years when life feels a bit…nebulous. We hold that tension between releasing the past and reaching toward the future. There were formidable spiritual storms and battles in 2020. We were prepared from some, and cut down by others. Praise God, there was some AMAZING growth, too! Knowing what we do now, how do we ensure that we are rooted and ready for the new year?
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.” Psalm 1:3
As women of faith on the spiritual battlefield, our best strategy is to be firmly rooted in the Word and well-watered by the Holy Spirit, because this is our ultimate source of power and safety. How do we know where to focus our attention?
Be an excellent fruit inspector.
As you reflect on the past 12 months, what kind of Spiritual fruit did you see in your life? Personally, I started out with a lot of fear, worry, and lack of self-control, just to name a few. 2020 was a year of reconstruction for me and my family…and I’m SO grateful. Although this was the hardest year I can recall, it also produced a bounty of good, lasting spiritual fruit.
“…I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” John 15:16
Make a plan for new growth.
Just as a root-bound house plant needs to be re-potted in order to continue to thrive, so are we designed to expand into God’s purpose for our lives. I’m a project manager at heart, so I love to use this simple method of checking in with myself each year (you can also do this monthly and weekly).
- What do you want to start? What’s missing that you know you need to add to your life? Perhaps it’s more margin in your schedule – more time for self-care and relationships? What about connecting to a battle buddy brigade? Where do you need support? Who can you ask for help?
- What do you want to stop? What’s not working or holding you back? Do you need to stop numbing yourself with scrolling, shopping, eating, gossip? What about isolating? Have you withdrawn and kept yourself from connecting with people who lift you up? Are you comparing? Are there toxic people in your social circle? What do you need to say NO to, for the sake of your best yes?
- What do you want to continue? What’s working well? To be strong in the Lord, we need to pour in God’s word and prayer, stir up with connection and accountability, and pour out by serving others…from the overflow. What habits and practices have been working for you, that you want to continue and nurture?