For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Friday, December 28, 2012

My New Year's Goal

Proverbs 16:2-3
All a person’s ways seem pure to them,

    but motives are weighed by the Lord.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.

I never count on being awake late on New Year’s Eve. Some years my husband and I watch the ball drop with Dick Clark (for many years) or Ryan Seacrest and some years we fall sound asleep long before midnight chimes. While many folks make resolutions, I’ve learned from experience that I might as well write them down then run them through the washer, because I’ll either lose them or simply not do them. But, I do set at least one realistic goal.

Last year for Christmas my sister-in-law gave me a journal where you answer a question everyday and repeat the process for a span of five years. I looked at my January 1 entry from this year and found that I had set the goal of finishing my novel. I did finish the rough draft. So this year I’d like to edit it to fit into the Christian romance genre.

I know that God is with me as I challenge myself to complete the task he put before me. You see, I know that God called me to write. He gave me the story and he wants me to finish. With every step, he’s provided people and resources that I need to complete the story. I’m excited that he’s set this before me, but sometimes I’m a bit fearful that I will fail. But I am reassured by the words in Proverbs. I’ve committed the writing to God and I seek his help. He knows my motives and he sees my heart. I thank God for his constant assurance. Do you have a resolution or goal for the New Year that you want to talk over with God?

Happy New Year!


  1. Haven't set my goals for 2013 yet, Penny, but I'm praying that you will get your novel edited and ready for submissions this year. It's a great goal.

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  2. Thanks, Jan. I appreciate the prayer. I hope you reach the goals you set. Prayers for God's insight into what he wants you to accomplish.