Phew! Love them though we do, it’s always nice when the holidays are over and we can stop and breathe again!
Right now, my biggest task is to find peace and a rhythm in my life. I’ve had a mad rush getting a new book done over Christmas and New Year, plus added complications with my husband and mother-in-law that have me praying overtime.
The Lord is leading me to seek a more balanced way to do my life. He has a plan for me, even down to the smallest detail, and I want to seek His will in all things.
After wrestling with Him for so much of last year, kicking and screaming against His plan for me, I know that only when I live His way will I find joy and peace.
Each January for the past few years, I’ve done a process of prayerfully seeking one word to set my intention for the year, instead of doing New Year’s Resolutions. Each time, God has powerfully used that word through the year to teach me the biggest lessons He wants me to learn. LOL, even if by March I’ve forgotten what my word was!
The lessons may not be the ones I expected, or even wanted to learn, but there’re always what I most deeply need. Thankfully He has a higher plan and purpose than I can see.
Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Psalm 37:7
My word for 2016 is surrender.
Deeper surrender to God, and to my husband. Giving Jesus total Lordship over my life, and not using my husband’s health problems as an excuse to hold back from giving him headship of our household.
I trust in God, and He wants me to trust in Him even more. He wants me to learn that when I follow His guidance, all will be well. He’s asking me to stop making big plans and getting too attached to them. Instead, He wants me to take things day by day, trusting in Him and listening for His whispers telling me the way.
He’ll be there every step of the way, helping me to live my word for the year, surrender.
I’d love for you to share your one word for the year too, in the comments!
As always happens with me, the heroine of my current story is learning the same lesson! She too needs to surrender to God’s plan for her life, which goes against all she believes about herself.
I do believe the biggest reason I’ve been blocked and unable to finish a story for much of last year was because I refused to learn what God asked me to, so neither could my characters. Once I stopped struggling, listened to God’s guiding, and obeyed, whoomp, this story came!
I have one ebook copy of my novella A Lesson in Love, due to release on January 15th, to give away to a randomly chosen reader who comments on this post by Sunday 10th January 2016. I hope you’ll enjoy Sarah and Fraser’s story.
Love can make life complicated! Sports teachers Fraser Maclean and Sarah Browne have worked together all year, but when working on a garden project for their church brings them together outside of school, everything changes. Can they learn God’s lessons in love, or will secrets and fear keep them apart?