Well, here we are. In 2014. Xoe made sure I put up the new calendar at the first possible moment yesterday, the old one tucked away. Another year to fade into the annals of history. (And I do love history...)
2013 was a busy, crazy year. It had some major disappointments and some major successes. We moved. Rowyn started kindergarten. WhiteFire put out a record number of books and contracted an equally huge number for 2014. I as an author had releases every 6 months, plus two free novellas. Yep. Busy.
But do you know what moments stick out most to me? Realizing how brave my beautiful little girl was in the face of a broken elbow. Hearing a group of ladies in Massachusetts open their hearts to me after reading A Stray Drop of Blood, showing me anew how God can use those words we put to page for His amazing purposes. Taking a walk with my family one evening and realizing that God was preparing us for some big changes...and then knowing, the moment those changes pummeled me, that yeah, He had it in His hand all along, and He has me there too.
It was a year of uncontained giggles from my kids, of a few storms of tears. It was a year of the bittersweet...and a year to trust.
And I think that'll be even more true of 2014. When I prayed for a word for this new year, that was the first one that sprang to mind, though I'm not totally sure it was His voice--I was so tired yesterday, I can't be sure of much, LOL. But it feels right today, so we'll see if I get any clearer direction, or if that's it.
Sometimes that can be a scary command. If God is telling me to trust Him, then it might mean some questionable situations are on the horizon, ones where I'd be tempted to doubt. Or maybe it means new opportunities are coming. Or...or...or... ;-)
I can't really know that. But I can be sure that, just as in the year past, He'll lead me through it. That no matter my feelings on one day or another, He'll be steady. That no matter how something might look to my human eyes, He knows what I need to travel His path.
I used to make resolutions as a kid, the kind that were actual achievable goals. I remember the year that Finish my book was on the top of my list--and I achieved it, at age 13. I want to set some goals this year too, but more the kind to help me spiritually, so that no matter what else comes up, I'll be ready.
1. Spend more time in prayer
2. Be more patient with the kiddos
3. Make a smile my first reaction
4. Serve--and serve happily, be it my family or strangers
What goals are you setting for the new year? Or what word has the Lord whispered to guide you through 2014?