Where did the year go?
It seems the older I get the faster the year seems to go by. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that we celebrated Independence Day, and a few days before that Valentine’s Day?
And here it is hours away from 2017.
For the last few years, I have kept the “words” that God has given me for the year.
In 2015, it was CONFIDENCE. The corresponding verse: Heb. 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” God wanted me to have confidence in HIM, to trust Him for my writing future. I had two books release, both novellas.
In 2016, my word was CONSISTENT. My verse: Col. 3:17, “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” God wanted me to be solid in what I’d set out to do and to do it consistently.
While I can say I tried to do these, I can also say that I failed in both, to some extent.
Writers…well, we’re an insecure lot (most of us). Nearly every book invokes the feelings of insecurity and phrases like, I’m not a good writer, This is garbage, or I should just quit. I know I’m not alone in this. I’ve read it numerous times in fellow authors’ posts, either here or on their blogs.
And this year has been anything but consistent. Life got in the way, and I let it. However, before my set back, I published three novellas and two novels. Not bad for a single year. (You can see all of my published books here.)
For 2017, I don’t have a single word. God gave me two.
I wasn’t even praying about it. Of course, that seems to be the way lately. BUT He hadn’t dropped a verse into my heart, so I went looking. I searched for DREAM. Nope, none of those verses. I looked up various verses for thirty or more minutes. Then I searched great things.
At first, I found Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” But it didn’t seem quite right, though it’s still an excellent verse.
Then I searched future. A very familiar verse popped up. Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” (NLT)
But does it fit? *shrug* Until God shows me another, this is the one I will use. :)
I still struggle though. What does it mean to DREAM BIG?
I’ve considered it over the last few weeks. (God dropped the bomb into my heart in late November/early December.) And this is what I’ve decided:
I will publish eight (8) books in 2017.
- 4 novellas of unknown content–none started
- 4 novels
- 2 contemporary (both in progress at the moment)
- 2 historical (both completed, but need editing)
Can it be done?
God doesn’t call us to do something He has not equipped us to do. So, I’m going to say YES.
Of course, the call to DREAM BIG has no guidelines, nothing specific to dream big about, so I choose to believe it is not exclusive to my writing. I have to pray more about what He wants from the rest of my life, though I’ve thought of a few things I’d love to see happen in 2017.
BUT I’m saying YES to God. I’m going on the ride of my life to an unknown destination, but I trust my driver, and wherever He takes me will be better than anywhere I’ve ever been. I’m excited. I’m scared, but excited.
Will you say YES to God when He calls you to do that which seems impossible?
Noah did when he built the ark. Moses did when he faced Pharaoh and then led the people from Egypt. Mary did when she said Yes to carrying the Son of God. There are so many examples of people—normal, insecure, seemingly unworthy people—who said YES to God.
Will you be one of them?
‘Cuz I’d like to believe I can be one of them—a normal, insecure, seemingly unworthy person chosen by God to do something that will bring glory to His name. Even if that thing is just this post, reminding you that, “Each time He said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor. 12:9-10)
Father, I pray for each person reading this. You know their names, their lives, their gifts and talents. Show them ways to use what You have given them for Your GLORY. May we always point others to you with our words and actions. Amen.
May your new year be full of love, laughter, peace, and BIG DREAMS.