Like most people, I am full of good intentions regarding the various aspects of my life. Professionally, for example, I have lots of ideas about how to better market and promote my work, but I only have the time and mental energy to incorporate one at a time (if that). For starters, I recently committed to posting on my blog every Friday (seriously, once a week, even I can handle that, right?) Apparently not. For several weeks I posted faithfully and then, well, life.
I became swamped with editing projects for other authors, rounds of edits on my next novel (I’m allowed a shameless plug on my own blog, aren’t I? If so, Vigilant, Book One of The Night Guardian Series, release June 2019!), kids, husband, Christmas shopping, family health issues, finances, and on and on. So the last three weeks I have failed to deliver on my promise to myself and to you. Thankfully, it is the start of a brand new year, always a good time for renewing vows and promises and following up on those good intentions, at least for a few months (or weeks). So I will attempt to get back into that routine, starting this week. As a next step, I hope to launch a newsletter early in 2019 (stay tuned for more on that).
Good intentions in other areas of my life are not always (ever?) sustained either. Spiritually, I need more quiet time in the Word, feeding my soul and growing deeper in my walk with God. Having just come through the Christmas season, when I was reminded at every turn of God’s love for the world and his plan to reconcile us to him through the birth, life, and death of Christ, I now desire to re-commit myself to being more intentional in reading the Word daily and to “praying without ceasing” as the Apostle Paul admonished believers to do.
Physically, the usual – eating better, exercising more. When I do this I feel so much better and have so much more energy I ask myself why I would ever not live like this. And then I slide so easily back into bad habits. A reflection of how things go in other aspects of my life as well.
My word for 2019, however, is Grace. As I strive to show more grace to others, I will also attempt to show it more often to myself. Forgetting what is behind, I will try always to focus on striving towards the goal before me. Life happens. My old, sinful nature wars constantly with my desire to grow closer to God and to be disciplined in all other areas of my life. But one of my favourite passages in the Bible is Psalm 103. Verse 13 says, “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.”
I am grateful every day that I love and serve a God who remembers that I am dust, that I want to but so often fail to keep my commitments, to live a disciplined life, and to follow through with my good intentions. A holy God who over and over again extends grace to his broken children. That is a God I can commit to serving and honouring with all my heart, every day of the year.
So Happy New Year to you all. May 2019 be a year filled with hope, joy, and peace. And may we all extend to others, and to ourselves, the grace we ourselves have been shown by our good God.
Press on, my friends.