Spiritual Growth and Encouragement for Christian Women

Wiping the Slate Clean

  • 2011 1 Jan
Wiping the Slate Clean

Another year has gone by.  Another year is starting.  Our children are another year older (as are we, but we won't go there today.)

There's something about January that always makes me want to wipe the slate clean.  I want to clean out my closets - physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually.  I want to take stock.  I want to see what's accumulated - what I want to get rid of and never have to deal with again, and what I want to remember and reminisce about and be grateful for.

Here are some thoughts on how you can do just that in each area of your life.


  • Think about what you eat and don't eat on a daily basis, then decide now to make one small change this month.
  • Think about what kinds of exercise you currently get and what you really enjoy doing.  Think about how you can incorporate more enjoyable exercise into your life.
  • Go through your clothing and donate all you no longer wear.
  • With your kids, go through their toys and donate all they no longer use.

Emotionally: Ask yourself the following questions in a journal:

  • What was the biggest contributor to your personal growth?
  • What was the biggest blunder you committed?
  • What caused your greatest sadness?
  • What was your greatest joy?
  • How do you feel you handled and expressed your emotions this year?  Any changes you need to make?


  • Who were the most stimulating people in your life (and why)?
  • What were your most significant family moments?
  • What one intentional act can you do to specifically build into each member of your family this year?
  • Who brings joy to you life when you are with them?  Plan to spend more time with them.
  • Who depletes you when you are with them?  Can you spend a bit less time with them this year?
  • Is there someone who needs more of you in their lives?  Find ways to give of yourself.


  • What was your most meaningful spiritual experience?
  • What ways do you best experience the presence of God?  Make sure you're making space in your life for those activities.
  • How can you incorporate more gratitude, worship, time in God's word and conversational prayer into your daily life?

My hope is not that you feel overwhelmed by this list, but that God will guide you to a handful of questions that will stir your heart wherever you are at this season in your life, so that He can draw you closer to Him.

Happy 2011, ladies.  May God fill your heart, mind and home with His peace this year.

(c) Elisabeth K. Corcoran, 2011

Elisabeth is the author of He Is Just That Into You: Stories of a Faithful God who Pursues, Engages, and Has No Fear of Commitment (WinePress), In Search of Calm: Renewal for a Mother's Heart (Xulon), and Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom's Weary Soul (Kregel).  All of her books can be purchased on Amazon or through her website.

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