Intentionally Spiritual

Intentionally Spiritual

I think the most common New Year’s resolution I made while growing up, besides “Lose those extra pounds”, was “Read my Bible more consistently”. But a few years ago I stopped making that resolution.  It wasn’t because I read my Bible 365 days a year without fail. It obviously wasn’t because I didn’t see a need to read my Bible consistently.

Rather, I replaced “Read my Bible more consistently” with a thorough spiritual evaluation.

You see, we can read the Bible 365 days a year without fail, but if we don’t apply what we read, it is of little value. Just as in school – knowledge without application is useless. One is not hired based on knowledge, but ability and capability – the capability and experience of applying their knowledge.

The first thing I do is to make sure I am gaining knowledge of God’s Word with a solid accountability structure in place.

For the past 3 1/2 years I have participated in Good Morning Girls’ studies. Their studies are simple, solid, and the accountability structure is solid. Not only that, they are adaptable to every walk of life. You can spend as much time as you have doing these studies. I have found them particularly helpful at this stage of my life with little babies, teething, and very little sleep.

But, in addition to gaining knowledge of God’s Word, I know I must do something with what I know! I can’t allow my mind to become a Dead Sea of information about God, without really building a relationship with God and really knowing God!

Thus, each year I evaluate my spiritual life. I ask myself some tough questions and then map out a set of goals that will help me grow and go forward spiritually.

You see, no Christian just stands still. Life moves forward, and if you’re not moving forward, you are moving backward. There is no such thing as a static Christian!

Here are the questions I am asking myself this year

Becoming Intentionally Spiritual in 2014

1. How consistent am I in the Word?
2. How consistent am I in prayer?
3. How consistent am I in memorizing and  meditating?
4. How consistent am I in giving (tithes, offerings, money, and things)?
5. Rate my prayer life on a scale of 1-10.
6 . Have I allowed a person, activity or thing to come between God and me and my time with Him?
7. Have I completed the last thing God has told me to do?
8. Did I meet last year’s goals?
9. What are 3 areas where I need to grow stronger? Of those 3, which is the most urgent?
10. Set 3 goals that will help me grow stronger in that area.

Would you like to print this list? Here is where you can download a free printable version of that list!

Spiritual Evaluation Questions

Don’t forget these other two great printables as well!

Personal Inventory Checklist

Personal Evaluation Questions


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Rosilind Jukic 137 posts

Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her Bosnian hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles, good coffee and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. Her passion for writing led her to author her best-selling book "The Missional Handbook. At A Little R & R she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. You can also find her at Missional Call where she shares her passion for local and global missions. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.

16 Comments

  • Sarah Levels (12 months ago) Reply

    I like this, very good writing about Good Morning Girls (one of my favourite summer studies to use)! :-)

  • Jenni Mullinix (12 months ago) Reply

    Great list of questions to reflect on as we begin the new year!

  • Jenifer (12 months ago) Reply

    Two years ago my One Word for the year was intentional. I want to live on purpose with a purpose.

    Thank you for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! God bless!

  • Angela (12 months ago) Reply

    Thanks for the encouragement. We always need to be refocused on what our priorities are! You blog graphics look beautiful!

    • in reply to Angela #2
      Rosilind Jukic (11 months ago) Reply

      Yes we do - I need to refocus quite regularly. I'm easily distracted.

  • Mary (12 months ago) Reply

    What a great evaluation of one's spiritual walk. I'll be printing one of these out. Thank you!

  • Nancy Kay Grace (12 months ago) Reply

    My word for 2013 was "intentional." I learned a lot from being intentional about reading the Word, serving the Lord, prayer, and finishing a manuscript. The printable is great! Be blessed as you intentionally seek Him.

    • in reply to Nancy Kay Grace #2
      Rosilind Jukic (11 months ago) Reply

      That is a great word, Nancy! I think we do so much unintentionally - imagine how much more we would do if we would be more focused on what is most important.

    • in reply to Nancy Kay Grace #2
      Rosilind Jukic (11 months ago) Reply

      That is a great word, Nancy! I think we do so much unintentionally – imagine how much more we would do if we would be more focused on what is most important.

  • Mel Caldicott (11 months ago) Reply

    It's such a useful tool to step back, evaluate and pray into how we are doing.
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

    • in reply to Mel Caldicott #2
      Rosilind Jukic (11 months ago) Reply

      Yes, we really do need to evaluate on a regular basis and allow God to adjust where need be.

  • Thanks so much for sharing them with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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