Every new year I start by making resolutions. You probably do too. Seems like it is always the same and by February I have broken most of them. This year I have a new approach.
Last year, I wrote and self-published my novel As Angels Sing. With it I experienced what life as an author would be. I love writing and I wish I had started earlier, but I know that this book and the others I am working on really come from my faith journey. When I sit down to write I feel inspired by the spirit within.
Everyone has a story to share. Our lives are a story. But I wonder how many people are trying to do life alone without faith? I look back at my life and see periods where God wasn’t the center of my life. Those were the times life was the hardest. I was always striving to achieve and perform for other people. Life was busy but I really wasn’t happy. I ended up as a single mom and my life was empty until I went back to my faith.
When life gets out of control most people turn to God. I was no exception. But he brought me peace during the most difficult of times.
My teaching career and my family were truly gifts from God. Now writing has been something he has put on my heart. I want to leave a written legacy of my journey so others can learn from it.
The new year is the perfect time for anyone, young or old to invite God to be the center of life. Instead of trying to do life alone, do it with God. Being a Christian doesn’t mean life will be easy, but it does mean you will not be alone.
When I attended the ACFW (American Christian Writers) conference in September, I took a workshop on CHAOS. My life has been like that at times. The presenter (Allen Arnold) wrote a book called the story of With. It may be hard for some people to understand because it is an allegory, but the premise has changed my thinking. What if each day you asked God to do the day with you instead of just listing all your needs?
Our church is doing something called My One Word. I chose the word with because the main character in my book had Proverbs 3: 5-6¹ as her life verse:
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]
Most of my life has followed that verse not noticing that one word – with. Life doesn’t always make sense. That is why we need to do life with God. The journey so far has taken me places I never thought I would or even could go. He is very creative.
So what dreams are you dreaming? What resolutions do you want to keep? What are you having difficulty with? He is ready to help with your career, your family, your marriage or just your soul. It’s not about doing things for him, it’s about doing life with him.
Don’t face this New Year alone. Open the only book that has been a best seller for over 2,000 years – the Bible. Begin doing life with God. Open your heart to him. He’s waiting. He loves you and will never let you down!
The journey so far has taken me places I never thought I would or even could go. He is very creative.
My wish for you this year is that you will use this approach for life and find much happiness and fulfillment this year.♥♥♥
¹Bible Gateway, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs 3%3A5-6.