May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Did you make any resolutions for 2014? If so, how are they progressing? Are you sticking with them, or have you already joined ranks with those who backslide before the month of January is out?
Personally, I haven't made a New Year's resolution for the last decade. Why? Because I was never successful in keeping them as I planned. Looking back, I can see that some of my resolutions were either too ambitious, or were about things which didn't speak to my passion. Neither is cut out to go the long haul.
The worst part about failing to keep them for me, though, was those pangs of guilt and pains of failure. I'd beat myself up about my lack of determination until I was emotionally black and blue.
Not worth it . . .
But, this year, I've made a resolution of sorts. It's based on a goal I'd seen several fellow bloggers/writers set for themselves. When I simply could not get this idea out of my mind, I decided to give it a whirl.
What is this goal? To write 500 words a day. Does that sound intimidating? Unreasonable? I don't think so. Then again, I'm used to writing and it is my passion. On top of that, I needed a prod, or, better yet, a swift kick in the backside, to get moving on my next novel series, Adventures in the Glade. What I consider to be the first book of this new trilogy is completed and has undergone a first go-round edit. It is the second book which begs attention now; attention I allowed to wander far to long before recommitting myself to this work.
So, the goal of 500 words a day is helping. Really helping! But, am I going to knock myself up side of the head if I miss a day? Nope! It's inevitable that unexpected situations will arise and days will be missed. When that happens, what will I do? Strive to reach 1,000 words the following day!
The best part about the goal, however, is not just the amount of words on the page. It's what I feel strongest when I am creating: God's presence. I find God in so many things, but I feel Him holding me close when I write. I am assured that He is guiding the words of my mouth and that they are pleasing in His sight. There is nothing better than that.
Nothing . . .
When and where do you most intensely feel God's presence?
Prayer: We that You, Father, for those blessed times when we so intensely feel Your presence. Thank You for the creative gifts You have bestowed upon us. May we always use them to Your honor and glory. Amen.
(The number of words in this post counting the ones here? Five hundred!)