Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
~ Ephesians 5:15-16
I love turning the calendar and starting fresh for the new year. Making lists and planning goals are tasks I look forward to with much joy.
A resource that crossed my path several years ago is a book by Carolyn Mahaney called Shopping for Time. This challenged me in the area of spiritual goals for the new year. I realized if I didn't plan and spend time in prayer of how I was going to grow spiritually not much growth would take place. For several years now I have spent time planning areas of my spiritual life that I would like to see growth in.
The reminder Carolyn gives is when you are planning your priorities for the new year is that they come from God's Word and not cultural or personal preferences. As Christian women our priorities will look similar even though we may use different categories.
I take time with each priority I have listed below in prayer. I used Carolyn's list as in the book since they fit this season of my life. My list from the previous year is something I use to review and see areas where there has been growth, decline or I need to make adjustments. Below are examples of what my list and categories look like.
Care for my physical health
and so train the young women to love their husbands and children