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Getting Focused in 2019

Happy New Year!

Does anyone else feel like 2018 went by fast?

January 15th of last year I began working on my first full-length historical fiction novel. At the beginning of 2018, I never would have thought that I would write a 96,000 word manuscript in less than a year. Or that I would finally go to a writers conference where I would have three requests from agents/editors to see my book.

I’m making this first month of 2019 a time of getting focused. The first order of business is beginning a Bible reading program. Here’s the one I’m doing, though at a slower pace.

I try to live by this rule: before I write or edit I have to get the Word in first. Truly, my day is more peaceful and more productive when I begin it right.

We can make our own goals for the year, and should. I certainly am. But I am saying to God, “Not my will but Yours be done.” And I’m praying Ephesians 3:20 over it.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.
Ephesians 3:20 NASB

Last year I wrote “the end”. But it’s really the beginning. I’m excited for a new year full of renewed purpose and focus, full of joy and peace.

I earned this badge from ACFW for writing a full manuscript in 2018.

No matter what our own goals are for this year, let’s remember that His plans are greater. Proverbs 29:18 says that ‘without vision, people perish’. Plans and goals are important. Submitted to God, those plans and goals are even better. I’m okay with interruptions and even some goals removed and replaced with new ones at God’s prompting.

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33 NASB

One of my own goals is to finish editing my book and start querying agents. I have a timeline in mind, and it’s a bit ambitious. So it’s time to get focused. Prayers appreciated.

However, it can wait one more week. Christmas break is still in effect, and I plan to enjoy my family to the fullest before school and work begins again for them.

Happy New Year! I pray God’s peace and joy will fill your hearts every day of it.

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