I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebration.
But now it’s back to reality.
Back to school and back to work.
Back to life and back to (new) routines.
The twinkling lights are turning off one-by-one. The tree decorations are being removed and stored for another year. Stockings and ceramic villages are taken down and tucked away. Nativity scenes are lovingly wrapped and securely stowed. And furniture is going back to its original location…everything is going back to ‘normal.’How do you feel about that? Happy? Sad? Empty? Lost? Wistful? Apprehensive? Enthusiastic?
Or are you looking ahead, motivated to master 2018?
I’ve spent a lot of time in prayer preparing for this new year. I’ve sought God’s guidance in where He’s leading me, confessed my fears, and submitted to His will. Today, I feel a bold confidence as I step out in faith to continue this journey, tomorrow could be a different story, but I’m choosing to trust Him for today and focus on one day at a time.
In my last blog post, I announced New Things For the New Year. These include:
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In my newsletters, I’ll share my victories and challenges, give progress reports, and share specific prayer requests. I promise to be honest and open. This is a scary for me, but I believe God wants me to bring you along on this adventure. Not just to keep me accountable, but to keep me vulnerable. I also have an inkling He may be calling you out of your comfort zone to fulfill His calling for you. And maybe my unfolding story will encourage you to step out in faith, or maybe your story will encourage me.
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Last year was the first year this conference was available, and I was excitedanxious nervous to be in attendance. It was my very first writer’s conference, and I had no idea what to expect. But I jumped in with two feet and learned a lot—about the industry, about what it is to be a writer, and what it takes to publish.
This year, I’m looking to build on that knowledge and all the other knowledge I’ve gleaned since then. There’s a tremendous amount of work to do between then and now, but I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about it!
This is a Christian writer’s and speaker’s conference put on by Proverbs 31 Ministries. I feel like God is calling me to start speaking, which is why I am hoping to attend this conference this year—to get the tools, to learn the skills, and to give the rest to God.
However, for the first time this year, they’re hosting two different conferences! And that’s all I know! They’ve sent out teasers, but nothing more. Oh, my curiosity is buzzing!
Last spring I spent a week alone in a cabin in northern Minnesota for some intensive writing time. It was incredible! I honestly don’t have words to tell you how life-changing that week was. I’m planning to do it again in March. Please pray for that week.
You can read my story here so I won’t rewrite it now. But as God continues to lead me to publish Bible studies and devotionals, it has become clear I can’t do it on my own. I need your help.
The winner will be announced Friday evening!