Evaluating 2009

It can be hard to find a quiet time to sit and reflect over the past year. So let me assist you in doing that right now where you are at. Feel free to get out a pen and paper and write your answers when you have a minute but for now – let’s mentally evaluate 2009 and make some plans.

1. Your Walk with God – How was your walk with God this past year?
Did you talk and listen to him each day in Bible reading and prayer?
How can you improve your walk with God in 2010?
Suggestion: Ponder your schedule and then write down a set time for a quiet time each day. Mine is 6:30am every morning. For some tips read where, when and why to have a quiet time.

2. Your Marriage – What is one word you’d use to describe your marriage in 2009? Easy, frustrating, growing, romantic, hard, strong, amazing.
What is one thing you know your husband wishes you’d change in your life?
Suggestion: Write down the steps you can take to change that area in your life. Ie. being more organized, cooking healthier, being more flexible, being more respectful. Watch this video on becoming the woman of your husband’s dreams.

3. Children – What was a high point and a low point for each of your children in 2009?
What is one thing that each of your children need from you in 2010?
Suggestion: Write down the steps you can take toward giving your children what they need. Ie. manners training, reading to them more, one on one time, my undivided attention, memorizing God’s word together. Read this post on how to get your children to listen to you.

4. Health – What healthy habits did I maintain in 2009?
What unhealthy habits did I create in 2009 that I need to change going into 2010?
Suggestion: Write down some goals for 2010 in this area. Write out a plan for how you will reach them. Start a Fitness Notebook.
5. Ministry – What were ways that I used my talents for God in 2009?

Pray about what God would have you do in 2010.
Suggestion: Surrender your life to God. Be willing to be used for his purposes – remember that each season of life brings different priorities and opportunities. Pray over this.
Do not be discouraged by this reflective time. We can all beat ourselves up over our failures OR we can determine to pray and ask God to give us the grace and strength to do the right things.
My life verse is Galatians 6:9 and I think it’s appropriate here as we evaluate 2009. It says “Do not grow weary in doing good, for in due season you will reap a harvest IF you do not give up.”
In 2010, do not grow weary, do not give up!
Walk with the King!


  1. I love this Courtney! I read through it, but also am really going to sit and answer each question on paper so I can give it some thought. Thanks so much for this.

  2. I like this way of reflacting on the past year and setting new goals for the new year!I am defiantely going to take time to do it when I have some quiet time this week.

  3. So important to take time for this during this "transition week." It's easy to rush out of one year and into the next, but the reflection on where we've been can make all the difference in where we are going.

  4. Loved it!

    I too am enjoying this Purposes & Goals with Extravagant Grace. Never done that before but so happy to start now!

    Have a wonderfully blessed week!

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