If we don’t know where we want to be in a year, five years: how do we know which plans to make, which paths to start down?
I’ve done that in my writing. I used to start writing and go down a path that comes to a dead end. I had no plan, plot for my story. I wrote myself into a hole, with no way out and then I’d have to delete and begin again. I had more stories without endings than I could count. I needed a plan, a goal.
Now I use a modified version of writing “by-seat-of –the-pants”. This means that I have an idea for a beginning, an end, and several scenes in the middle, but I don’t have everything planned out. As I write, it’s as if I’m watching a movie in my head and just writing what I see. The characters say and do what they want; it’s their story, not mine.
Goals are important, because they help us get started on the right path.
So today, I’ve been thinking about my goals for 2015. Here are my ideas so far:
1. Finish editing the Tirwine by the January 15.
2. Submit it to a professional editor by January 31.
3. Publish the Tirwine by the end of April.
4. Complete rough draft of the second book by spring.
5. Finish rough draft of a different series by the end of the year.
It seems strange, but I feel comfortable with my goals for next year.
Do you have goals for next year? If you do, please share, I would love to hear them.
I had my lists, yes lists, written. All the things I needed to accomplish before my surgery on the 12th of December. As you can imagine, on the 11th I still had several items to mark off. Decorating, baking cookies, make the candies, and wrapping the gifts, all jumped off the lists at me. "What about me? I need to be done and scratched off. I'm very important, you have to do me!"
I literally pulled my hair. There weren't enough hours left to finish everything. I rushed around, stressed, tripping over my own feet.
Now a week after my surgery and a week before Christmas, several of those items are still screaming at me as I sit chair-bound.
I did the only thing I could do. I prayed.
God is always faithful, honest. He said what I needed to hear. "What is Christmas really all about?" I sighed and pulled out my erasure and dismissed several of those loud and unnecessary joy thieves.
Now my husband is decorating the house. Then he will bake the cookies, but not the candies that were demanding my time and attention.
Many "important" items will NOT be done this and possibly next year. What a good time to set-up new and better priorities.
The old lists are gone and I wrote a new one based on the important things—the true reason for the season, family and friends.
Soon our family will be here and we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
My joy returned as soon as I tore up those pesky lists!
What about you? What takes your joy during the Christmas season?
It isn’t, “If we’ll ever be disappointed” but when. Disappointment is part of life. But, what should we do with it? Ignore it? Bad-mouth the event or the person that caused it, even if it’s ourselves?
I enjoy hiking with my family. I like to play with my grand kids, go to car and motorcycle shows. Ride motorcycles again. I enjoying boating and snorkeling. I want to go to the grocery store without being in pain.
I’m facing disappointment right now. A couple of years ago, I suffered two unrelated injuries to both feet; tearing a ligament, fracturing bones.
But, what do I do with my disappointment?
I prayed, and God reminded me that only He can release me! His shoulders are broad and strong.
He wants us to trust Him enough to give Him our disappointments, hurts, frustrations, fears, anger, even our disappointment. He already knows what we are feeling, so why not give it to Him? He will either remove our burden or help us during our struggle. However, no matter which one He chooses, He will always be with us, HELPING us through it!
This Friday I’m having surgery on my right foot. The Dr. will screw bones together that didn’t stay fused after the first surgery. He will also replace the joint in my big toe to remove arthritis pain. Then prayerfully, next spring I will have surgery on my left foot to remove arthritic joints.
I’m praying that next August I will be hiking in Colorado with my family!
What disappointments are you facing?
The last couple of weeks I’ve learned the true meaning of friendship.
My feet, due to injuries and arthritis, are getting worse. After my surgery, I’ll be unable to do anything that requires much standing or walking. Several people have jumped in and offered to help.
They’ve volunteered to do my shopping and errands. One said she would clean the house, another friend, the laundry.
This got me to thinking. What do I do when someone needs help? Am I as willing or giving of myself? When was the last time I cleaned someone’s house? Drove a friend to an appointment or shopping? Helped someone financially?
When was the last time I gave money, time, or effort to the point that it was a hardship on me?
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to share God’s love. What better way to show His love than by doing something for another person? Many people struggle this time of the year. It might be financially, grief, depression, loneliness, or any countless reasons.
Let’s step out, and boldly demonstrate God’s love by DOING!
Please share your ideas in the Comments section, of how you help others. Let’s make a list of ways to bless others this Christmas season.
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