Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Castle in the Air


I saw a quote by Henry David Thoreau last week on Facebook. It was a sentence from Walden that read,
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”[1]
That’s what I’m trying to do this year, build foundations for my castle in the air.

Many of my writer friends have a word for the year. I actually have two words, “fear not.” Did you know there are at least 63 instances of that phrase in the Bible (KJV)? And in almost every reference, it's used as an encouragement when someone was about to see God in action. (That’s exciting in some ways, but in others it gives me even more reason to be afraid. Ack!)

Resources for Change
I’ve made some changes to my daily routine. In addition to my daily Bible reading, I’m also reading some new blogs and books on the craft of writing and leadership. Money is a little tight this year due a major surgery and some hospital stays last year, but I found some resources that are very helpful (and most are free).
  • Michael Hyatt – Intentional Leadership. In addition to great articles for writers and ministry leaders, he offers a free book called, Creating Your Personal Life Plan, which offers some great advice on how to setting priorities and meeting goals.
  • Goins, Writer: On Writing, Ideas and Making a Difference. Jeff Goins has great ideas and advice for writers, bloggers and those in ministry positions. His last couple of posts has been on living a goal-less life. (He emphasizes actually making changes  to your life rather than setting goals.) You can download his book, The Writer’s Manifesto, after joining his weekly newsletter list and getting his great posts delivered right to your email box. 
  • I’m also reading Your 100 Day Prayer by John I. Snyder. It’s a great devotional written to guide the reader through a 100-day period of prayer during a crisis. It offers practical tips, supporting Scripture and guided prayer ideas. (I got it free through BookSneeze - an arm of Thomas Nelson that offers books in exchange for honest reviews by bloggers. My review of this book will be very positive.)
  • I’m also doing a personal Verse of the Day and a Thought of the Day. Each day I pray for God to lead me to a verse, quote or thought to help me keep my mind on Him and my writing. They may come from the resources above, my daily Bible reading or even from social media like Facebook or Twitter. I note these on my calendar because you’d be surprised how much comfort I get when I review these.
  • Last of all, I count You as my resource – a very important one. Knowing that I’m responsible for offering quality content to a group of writers keeps me on my toes and makes me accountable. Thank you for reading our blog and thank you so much for your prayers and support.
A Biblical Promise
As I continue on my writing journey, I know there will be more obstacles ahead. I know there will be struggles as I try to finish my novel on time. But I also know that the Lord has told me to, “Fear not.” I have to hold onto the promise that:

“Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23, (NIV)

I'd love to know: do you have a word of the year? What are you doing this year to help meet your resolutions?  - Angie


[1] Henry David Thoreau. BrainyQuote.com, Xplore Inc, 2012. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henrydavid105332.html, accessed January 7, 2012. 

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the practical tips, Angie. I'll check out those website. Thanks even more for the reminder to fear not. One of my favorite biblical themes--very applicable for writers.

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  2. My word for the year is "hope." After talking and writing about hope in blog articles and my novel manuscripts, I realized that "I" need to embrace that word for the coming year. I need to keep my hope alive for those things I believe God will bring to pass, and I want to encourage others to have hope for their own futures.

    My "life verse" is Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

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  3. You're so welcome, O! "Fear not" seems to be a common theme this year - every time I turn around I see it. I even found a ring with Fear Not engraved on it.

    So glad to have your encouraging comments. :)

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  4. Dawn, that's a great word. It's hard to keep holding that hope up - especially when you're waiting in your day-to-day life, isn't it? And, you do encourage others daily - in your writing, your posts and here on this blog.

    I love that verse. God is in control!

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