Treasure, Toss, and Tweak
I heard this phrase earlier this month as a guideline for year-end review of our lives. I am carrying this phrase into this week as I review what worked, what gave life, what drained life, and what do I want to carry forward into 2022. I also listen for a word, image, and/or verse to guide me ahead.
I have shared some year-end rituals and questions on previous blog posts and invite you to revisit those words for some inspiration.
I encourage you too to take the time to listen to your soul, linger with God, and savor time with family and friends. Be intentional about pausing and paying attention to what is stirring within you, calling your name, summoning, and welcoming you onward.
I Am the New Year
I am the New Year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.
I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.
All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination.
All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.
All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have-these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.
I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
– Author Unknown
- What do/did you treasure?
- What needs a little tweaking in your life?
- What needs tossed and no longer life-giving for you?
Thank you for reading my words each week and I relish our connection and sharing. May God bless your New Year with wisdom, wonder and a bit of whimsey!
Lisa notes says
I treasure the people who have surrounded me with love this year. I need to tweak my schedule to better reflect my priorities of these people. I should toss some of the clutter both from physical spaces and spiritual spaces. Love these questions, Jean. Happy New Year!
You picked the perfect treasure! Aren’t these a great framework for reflection and easy to remember too. Happy New Year, Lisa!
Linda Stoll says
Oh there’s a whole lot of wisdom in those three T words, Jean. I’ll be checking out your links to other new year’s resources. It’s just too easy to jump right into the next year without considering the impact of the one we’re leaving and discovering what God’s inviting us to.
I hope your Christmas was delightfully sweet and that the new year will be filled with the presence of the Lord. I look forward to heading there with you, friend.
Those three words are guiding me as I reflect on the past year and prayerfully consider 2022. May your 2022 be full of blessings and joy!
Linda Stoll says
Happy New Year, Jean. I’m so excited to featuring you on today’s post!
wow thank you Linda. I love what you wrote on that blog post too. Great way to focus onto the new year before us! Happy New Year
Nancy Ruegg says
Those last words got me to thinking: “Behold, I make all things new.” I wonder what new things God might have for me in 2022? New avenues of ministry to others? New opportunities? New lessons to learn? New depths of intimacy with my Heavenly Father to experience? The possibilities are endless! And so I pray, O God, may I be attuned to you so whatever you want to make new in my life, I will be ready and willing! Thank you, Jean, for always inspiring us. A blessed 2022 to you, my friend!
Those last words happen to be our synods verse of the year for 2022. I am hoping will open our hearts and eyes to new things too. Love how you took that verse and created questions to reflect upon, Thank you!. Blessed 2022 to you too
Martha J Orlando says
These are great questions to ask ourselves as the year draws to a close, Jean. Like Pat said, I want to continue to put God first in any and all decisions I make in the year to come. No word for the year yet, but I’m trusting that the Lord will reveal it to me soon.
There are so many great year end questions. I am with you with putting God first. That word will appear when it is the right time, I am sure!!! I think one year I didn’t really settle on a word until well into the following year but it was worth the wait.
Pat Forsman says
I treasure Gods presence and patience…without all else is a moot point..
Thank you jean
I certainly agree. Start with God first and the rest will fall into place