Happy New Year! Can you believe 2016 is finished? I have to say, it’s one year I’ll be happy to say goodbye to. It started off with heartache for me in the loss of my precious brother, but I’m keeping memories of him alive and praising God that Murray is no longer suffering. He’s whole again.
The rest of the year had some wonderful highlights. A baby was born. Sweet McKinley Hope Marie. My niece was married. I did well in some writing contests. 2016 held some glorious moments too.
2017As we start a new year, I’m wondering . . . do you make New Year’s resolutions? I have to be honest. I’ve never really been one to other than to be a better Christian. One who is more Christ-like. But, isn’t that what being a Christian is all about? Every day. Yes.
Instead, I like to think of a word to focus in on all year round. It seems to be the thing to do instead of resolutions. I also like to set goals. Specifically writing goals. Write more, read more, etc.
I started focusing on one word a year in 2014. Here are my words for the past:
2014 – REFOCUS
2015 – SURRENDER
2016 – BELIEVE and POSSIBLE
This year I’ve chosen the following word. Drumroll please . . .
TRUST
Total confidence in Him
Reliance on Him
(waiting) Upon His perfect plan
Surrender to His will
Together making it happen!
In 2017, I want to put my complete TRUST in Him and wait upon His perfect plan. That will be tough. I’ve been waiting. You know my dream is for my book to be published. I’m waiting for that dream to happen and at times I feel like giving up (after each rejection), but I keep pressing on because He has a plan and I’m trusting that it’s better than anything I can ever dream of!
What will 2017 bring? I have no idea. Am I scared? You betcha. But I’m putting my trust in Him.
Will you do the same with me? Yes, it will be hard at times, but together we can do it.
Here’s to 2017!
Proverbs 3:5&6 (VOICE)
Place your TRUST in the Eternal; rely on Him completely;
    never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.
Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish,
    and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.
Do you have a word for 2017? If so, would you share it with me? I’d love to hear about it.
Jesus, Only Jesus
My brother would blast this song during his journey. He loved it, so I’m playing it here in memory of him. Turn it up and listen to the words. I stand amazed in Him. Do you as we start 2017?

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