Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thoughtful About . . . Trusting, This New Year

I know, I know, I'm a day late. ;-) But since that free novella went live yesterday, I had to feature it on the 1st. So I'll get thoughtful today on the day designated for it instead.

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?


  1. Trust is one of those words I've been really feeling the need to work on, too. ;) There was a great message about it at church last Sunday and I've been totally blessed by it this week...
    As far as goals... I'm a goal-lover, so lots and lots of them :)

    1. I've heard a couple people echo this one--must be a biggie for many of us!

  2. My word this year is "content." Hard one for me - cuz it's not in my nature. But I've already seen changes in my attitude!

    Goals include 12 picture book drafts in 2014, writing or editing a picture book at least five days a week, and learning about picture book writing. Have a blessed day - and YEAR :)

  3. Happy new year to you and yours, Roseanna! I really enjoy you sharing your thoughts on your blog. Thank you for writing so faithfully! I have a couple of projects that I want to finish and a couple of dreams. Most of all ... I hope and pray that, for all of us, 2014 is a beautiful year of blessing and grace.

    1. Aw, thanks, Elisabeth. =) Best of luck on those projects--and the dreams, too. =)