Tuesday, January 8, 2019

New Year, New Directions by Angela Arndt

Standing at a Crossroads
Well, the first full week of the New Year is over. Did you make any resolutions this year? How many are bent? Any broken? Or are you still reeling from all the hits you took last year and can't even think about resolutions? (Honey, I know the feeling.)

Last Year's Problems
Last year, did you have to really lean into God’s love? We all know that sickness, financial losses, work problems are hard on your overall health, but did you know happy times like weddings and celebrations can cause exhaustion, too? Psychologists have developed an instrument to measure the amount of stress you feel. The Perceived Stress Scale (the link goes to a modified version) measures the ugly, the bad and yes, even the amount of good stress in your life (if there is such a thing as "good stress").

A New Direction for 2019
You probably don't need a tool to tell you that you're stressed.  If you look online, you’ll find about a million ways to reduce stress and we all know that all the knowledge in the world is on the Interest, right?

No. Nope. No way

Don't trust your problems with people you don't know. If you're looking for a way to make 2019 a better year, here are a few suggestions.

What the Bible Says

Here’s a great place to start:

1. Be consistent in living a godly life. Titus 2, Romans 12:2
2. Set godly priorities. Hebrews 13:5, Proverbs 16:3
3. Read your Bible. Joshua 1:8, Romans 10:17
4. Pray constantly. (Yes, all the time.) 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Romans 12:12
5. Exercise. (I know it’s a dirty word, but you’ve got to do it.) 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Proverbs 31:17
6. Laugh every day. Proverbs 17:22, Psalm 118:24, Proverbs 31:25
7. Spend time with your true friends. Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 13:20

Speaking of New Directions

Speaking of true friends, the hostesses and regular contributors of Seriously Write are genuine friends. I’ve been so blessed by them, their encouragement, and their prayers. That’s why it’s so hard to say goodbye to you all. This is my very last post for Seriously Write as a hostess. I’ve decided to take a little bit of my own advice and step back, cut back on a few things, focus more on others.

Whatever positive step you decide to make, I pray that this year will be a better year than last.

Hugs, y’all!

Angela (Angie) Arndt


Seriously, folks ...
If you're experiencing other symptoms like depression, anxiety or panic attacks, it may be time to talk to a professional. Ask your pastor, doctor, or even your friends for recommendations. There are also apps to connect you to therapists if you're overwhelmed. If you can't connect with one, try another. Don't live this year in pain. Make 2019 the year you do something positive to help you feel better about your life.


About the Author
Angela Arndt


Angela Arndt writes women’s fiction with a thread of romance, telling stories of strong, independent women in difficult situations set in small Southern towns. Her biggest hope is that she will encourage her readers to overcome their own “back roads” and find joy in the Lord again.  Represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary Agency, Angela has a Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina and continues learning the craft of writing fiction through the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Novel Academy. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, weekly on Joy on the Back Roads, and quarterly on Learn How To Write A Novel.

20 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear that you're leaving Seriously Write, Angie, but huge thanks for contributing so many great posts! Wishing you peace and good health in 2019, my friend. xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much, Dora! It's be a labor of love. I've met so many good friends and gotten closer to those I already knew. Seriously Write has been a huge blessing to me. Thank you so much for your wishes. xoxo

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  2. We are SO going to miss you here, Angie! You're always encouraging and ready to help. Wishing you the best, my friend, including a less stressful life!

    Welcome, Mary Felkins!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sandy! And you're always an encouragement to me. You don't know how much (or maybe you do) I appreciate your wishes for less stress! Hugs and love! I'll still "see" you out here.

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  3. We are going to miss you. May God richly bless your downsizing!

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    1. Hey, Kevin! You snuck in here! I'll miss all of you, too. But it's not like I'm going away. I'll be here. And yes, that's my prayer, too. Thank you for all the encouragement you've offered through your posts!

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  4. I will miss you, Angie! I love reading your posts. Thank you SO much for all the wonderful advice. May God bless you this coming year as you seek His face for the next part of your journey with Him. Hugs and much love, my friend.

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    1. Hey, Gail! Oh, how much your comments have encouraged me! You're so welcome and thank YOU! I pray for God's guidance and inspiration as, yes, as I seek His face and seek to tell the stories He's put on my heart. And I pray the same for you, sweet friend. May He bless you as you have blessed me and others. Hugs and love!!

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  5. I think we first connected over Seriously Write (via Twitter, but I think this blog was probably the subject of our first messages) so it's sad to see you stepping down, but I know the time for moves like that comes, and I trust God has WONDERFUL things in store for you.

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    1. Emily, I'm so glad we connected because that's how I discovered your blog and I've enjoyed it so much! But I'm also so thankful to count you as a friend, too. God has been so good to me! Hugs and love!!

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  6. Dear Angie! We are going to miss you here, sweet friend. You've been such a blessing to the team and to our readers! I know your moving on is an act of obedience and wisdom, and I pray God richly blesses you for it! Hugs!

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    1. And I'm going to miss being a part of the team. I've been blessed by you all. I'm so glad you asked me to join the team, I wouldn't have missed the experience for anything! Here's one thing: I won't miss having you as a dear friend because you will always be one!

      Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of Seriously Write and I know that Mary will be a blessing to you all. (She's already blessed me!) Hugs!!

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  7. Oh, dear friend, I write this with tears in my eyes, knowing that today is your last "official" day with SW. You have given your heart and soul to this blog and our team. You are going to be so missed!

    Yet, I'm so proud of you for knowing when the time was right to step away and having the courage to say "no" to some things that you have loved.

    You are a sweet friend, and I'm so glad that our friendship is not bound by SW, but goes way beyond.

    Hugs!

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    1. Don't you dare cry! If you do, I'll start, too! It's been a labor of love to work with y'all. I wouldn't change a thing. It was a hard decision, made with lots of prayer. And I guess it does take a kind of courage to step away from something you love. I'll miss you, too! I'm so glad we're friends and prayer partners. We'll keep in touch!

      Hugs and love!!

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  8. Angie, you seem like a very wise lady. May the Lord guide and bless you in whatever path you take. And may your spirit be refreshed and renewed in this new year.
    God bless you, Patti Jo

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    1. Wise? Oh, I'm not at all sure about that, but I am very blessed. Thank you so much. That's my prayer every day, Patti Jo.

      Big hugs and may God bless you, too!

      Angie

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  9. Angie, replying to this post breaks my heart. I miss you already. Seeing the woman walking away is heartbreaking- even if she is going in a new direction. lol

    You taught me so many things during the course of our time together on Seriously Write. I’m not sure I would have survived without your help.

    The thing I appreciate most about you is your sweet spirit, friendship, and willingness to stand in the gap and pray. Tears are threatening to fall my friend. I’m so thankful we will forever be friends.

    Love you!

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    1. Oh, my sweet Terri,
      Don't worry about a thing. I may not be hosting, but I'll still read be here, praying for each of you.
      I'm so thrilled that my time here has been helpful! And yes, you would have been fine without me. You're a very intelligent, sweet, and thoughtful friend and I'm so blessed to know you, too.
      I'll tell you like I told Dawn, if you start crying, then I will too and we'll both be in trouble! :) I'm so thankful that we'll be forever friends, too and I count you among my true friends.

      Hugs and love, sweet friend!!

      Angie

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  10. Angie I always look forward to your Seriously Write post. But I truly understand the need to take a break. You’ve been doing this how many years? You are an amazing friend not only to me but so many others. I knew you before I was on Facebook or probably before Facebook existed. May you have more time for working on your book, time with family and all your fur friends. Love you!

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    1. Daphne, my dear one!

      You are so sweet! I had to check, but I started posting in June or July of 2011, so about seven-and-a-half years ago. We pray for each other, cover for each other. I don't know which came first, but I'm glad we're friends. You're a great encourager and listener. Thank you for understanding and your well wishes and prayers. I'll need them all!

      Hugs and love,

      Angie

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