"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

12/27/10

Of Goals and Themes: 2011

I'm over at the Internet Cafe' this week, at the family counter, talking about goals, and how to set them with your kids. Check out Goal Setting: It Can Be A Family Affair--it IS that time of the year, isn't it?


And SPEAKING of goals, I'm currently working on putting mine together for 2011. Watch for them in a post on January 1 (and if you check out my cafe' post, just know I WILL be following my own advice!).

But I wanted to give you maybe a HINT of what I might be thinking--cuz I just (as in within the past day) figured out what my theme verse will be for this year.

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Those of you who have been following this blog for a while (or who just peeked at my sidebar ::roll::) probably realize that my theme verse for 2010 was Philippians 4:13, reminding me that I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. And my mascot, if you will, was my dear, muscly friend who I named Gideon. Whenever I looked over at him, I laughed, and remembered that despite the fact that I am definitely not a muscular lady, God gives me the strength to do what His will for me is--if only I will step out and do it.


But I had a bit of a problem this year, you see. I spent a bit too much time choosing what I wanted to work on and not enough remembering what I was SUPPOSED to be focusing on.

My main issue, you see, was balance. And it was my house, in all honesty, that was missing out. And probably my family to some extent. And likely some other projects or opportunities to bless others that I wasn't listening for because I spent too much time "sucked into" what I thought I was supposed to be doing.

Yes - I'm a writer (and proofreader) -- and I feel called to do both these things. But first, I am a child of the King, a wife to my husband, a mother to my children, and a keeper of my home. And I need to be sure my focus reflects that.

So, without further ado, my theme verse for 2011 will be:
Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. 1 Corinthians 7:17 NIV (emphasis mine)
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 And my mascot? These lovely flowers, which will remind me (hopefully!) that I must, as they say, bloom where I am planted--and take special note of exactly what that means in EACH area of my life.

So, there you go. Why don't you hop over to my cafe post and see what you think, then head back here a bit later in the week to see how I put those goal-making tips to good use?

Are you thinking ahead to 2011? Any thoughts/plans/goals?

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence

2 comments:

  1. I think it a most worthy anchor verse for the year, friend. I'll be posting mine on the 1st as well. I, too, want to bloom in all situations that come my way. It's a good... godly way to live!

    peace~elaine

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  2. great post...and your theme for 2010 has been what's pushed me forward so many times in my life...just saying it helps. Your theme for 2011...great. Happy New Year...praying it's filled with His absolute best.

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