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Ending The Year Well

New Year’s resolutions and a celebration of a new beginning fill every January 1st. A fresh new year with no mistakes yet holds mystery and refreshment. Sometimes a feeling of relief of having made it.

In the US fireworks, and shouts mark the new year. In Haiti, people fire celebratory gunshots, and pumpkin soup boils in every pot. 

In looking forward to January 1st, I tend to skip over December 31st. I have been learning that the ending of a season and a year is cause for pause. The year should close with a Selah. This year I have walked through many new things, good and hard. There are lessons that I don’t want to hurry past. I want to remember what the Lord has taught me. I have been tested, pruned, and changed. 

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced. 

1 Chronicles 16:11-12

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.  

Psalm 103:2

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. 

Psalm 143:5 

Instead of hurrying on to tomorrow, I want to slow down and relish with gratefulness today. Not to say I won’t write down my hopes for 2022 or set goals. I think this is a healthy thing to do. But, first, it is December 31st, and I want to end this year well. 

Here are some questions I am asking myself, and I hope you will ask yourself as well as we pause to reflect. (Tip: I am writing these out in my journal.)

  1. What was the most challenging trial of the year? And what lesson did I learn through it? Do I see the nearness of Christ in that time now looking back?
  2. What has been the most influential scripture verse, passage, or book of the Bible this year in my life? 
  3. Since last January, who has God brought into my life? Or which relationship has He deepened? 
  4. Which day was the very best day and why? 
  5. Which character quality do I feel I grew in the most, and which did I fail to display most days? 
  6. How would I have reacted differently to temporary afflictions that seemed they would never end looking back from the other side of them? 
  7. What are the five things I am most thankful for in the year? 
  8. How did my marriage grow my understanding of Christ’s relationship with the church? How would I currently rate our reflection of this spiritual reality? 

Let’s not neglect to reflect on the past year before we plan for the new. Let’s lay a foundation to build an even more productive 12 months. 

Let’s not be a people with high hopes in January that dwindle in February. Happy end of the year! May God draw us all closer to Himself in 2022. 

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, “This man began to build and was not able to finish?” 

Luke 14:28-30

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Hi! I’m Rachel. Through a series of God orchestrated events I ended up in Haiti, in 2017.  Through years of serving with a ministry there I came to love the country and its people. I met Nelson and we got married in 2020. It was the best decision of my life! 


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