Hello! I’m Autumn Macarthur, a new member of the Inspy Romance blog, and it’s my first time here, so I need to introduce myself. I’m an Australian author of sweet Christian romances. With my lovely English husband, plus four rescue cats and a guinea pig, we squeeze in a tiny house north of London that is juuuuuust big enough to hold all of us! I love God, chocolate, writing, and chatting with other authors and readers, so I look forward to getting to know you.
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
If you do, you’re not alone! On the other hand, if you don’t, you’re not alone either! Maybe you’re a doer, like Heather Gray, who doesn’t wait until New year to start changing things that need to be changed. Or maybe, like me, you got tired of year after year making very similar resolutions then feeling a failure for breaking them. Or is that just me who does that? I found some interesting statistics about New Year’s Resolutions:
- 62% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions
- People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions
- Yet only 8% of people feel they achieve their resolutions
The reasons for that could be explained by some other statistics. By the end of the first week of January, 25% of people have already given up on trying to keep their resolutions. 36% will have given up by the end of January. Less than half will still be working on their resolutions by June! That was certainly me. Year after year after year, I started off with good intentions and high hopes, and almost always crashed. Mainly because I was trying to do them under my own power. God wasn’t in the picture. New Year 2014, I did things a bit differently. I had good reason to. 2013 was a big year. I quit my Day Job, to work from home. I surrendered my life to God, again, after way too many prodigal years in the wilderness. I committed to writing for Him. I wanted the core of my life to be God and His love and His will. But I still was trying to do it under my own steam, with lists of goals and resolutions and good intentions. So when my husband told me something he’d read about the idea to prayerfully choose one word and let that be my guide for the year, instead of setting a zillion pointless resolutions, it sounded good to me! Debbie Macomber wrote, in her lovely book One Perfect Word:
God continues to tell us, “Be still…” In this barrage of wordiness, what does stillness look like? Maybe it means we take it a step further and explore just one word for a whole year.
For 2014, the one word God gave me was “Renewal”. That word didn’t just change my life, it changed my stories too. For my characters, needing so much to allow love into their lives, renewal and going deeper with God became what they needed to before they could discover their Happy Ever Afters. For 2015, God has given me the word “Enough”.
Such a powerful and restful word! Not just enough in material terms, stopping always wanting more instead of trusting that He will provide for me and my household. It’s also enough, in trusting that His Grace is sufficient for me.
But the Lord said, “My grace is all you need. Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by my power.” I Cor 12: 9 ERV
I’ve sought to change my life and achieve things using my own strength, but that’s not how it works. It’s as tiring and pointless as trying to fly by flapping my arms really hard!
His grace is all we need.
We don’t need to work harder or do more or be more. We can step off that treadmill. All we need to do is to rest in Him and trust in Him. That is enough. Knowing that is a wonderful blessing. Enough. And seeing how that word turns up in my stories this year will be a wonderful adventure with God! Have any of you made any New Year’s Resolutions, or chosen one word for 2015? Feel free to share your one word or any resolutions that mean a lot to you in the comments. I’ll be praying for you! And all comments go in the draw to win a mobi (Kindle) ebook of three sweet Christian romances set in London, the Love in Store set of Books 1,2, & 3.