Tuesday, January 7, 2020

A Word to the Hurting on Resolutions by Emily Conrad

Numbers 2020 on wooden background


A new year has begun, but perhaps this start doesn’t feel fresh to you.

Perhaps you’ve experienced a loss or faced a difficult life event. Or maybe, a string of both has you knotted up.

Or rather than hardships, you’ve simply taken on something new. You’ve moved. You’ve started a new job. Perhaps gotten married or had a child. Your priorities have shifted, and you’re still not quite sure how to fit everything in.

Or maybe it's nothing so striking. Battle-weariness can creep up slowly, too, so we might not notice our exhaustion so much until we're presented with the extra challenge of tackling something new, like making a resolution.

The calendar marches on, and everyone talks about fresh starts and resolutions, but the thought of trying to better yourself or launch your writing to new levels could bring tears to your eyes.

Calendar showing month of January

On the one hand, I’m imagining what it’s like to feel that way at the start of a new year.

On the other, 2019 held some notable trials for me and my family.

Too overwhelmed by other circumstances, I couldn’t write for weeks. A manuscript I meant to finish took a couple of extra months (thankfully, I'm under only self-imposed deadlines). Blogging became difficult. My reading life changed, too.

God’s timing is not man’s timing. His word tells us there’s a time for everything, but God is certainly not bound by our calendar.

There's a time to pursue things even in the difficult, knowing our God goes before us. In those cases, celebrating New Year's with a resolution might help launch us into exactly what God has for us.

We are to number our days and make the most of them. Writing is an important part of that, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking the next milestone is everything.

God is everything.

And sometimes, our Shepherd leads us to rest beside quiet waters, where we can heal from loss, trauma, transition, and all that effort.

Sheep in pasture by water

If this new year finds you in the midst of difficult circumstances and you “can’t even,” the most important thing you can do is dig deeper into Christ.

Let the Good Shepherd lead you through the valley, and rest in the assurance that He will restore you and lift you up in His good time. A green pasture is before you. Quiet waters. The Good Shepherd will care for both you and the abilities He's given you. Stay by His side, and you can't go wrong.

In fact, even if you do feel up to setting goals, the most important resolution a Christian writer can make, the one we can strive for no matter what 2019 held or 2020 brings, is to grow ever closer to Jesus.

We are to number our days and make the most of them. #Writing is an important part of that, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking the next milestone is everything. via @emilyrconrad #resolutions #Christianwriter #seriouslywrite

If this #NewYear finds you in the midst of difficult circumstances and you “can’t even,” the most important thing you can do is dig deeper into Christ. @emilyrconrad #writing #resolutions #seriouslywrite

The most important resolution a Christian writer can make, the one we can strive for no matter what 2019 held or 2020 brings, is to grow ever closer to #Jesus. @emilyrconrad #seriouslywrite #NewYear #writing

Photo credits
2020 photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash
January calendar photo by Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash

Sheep photo by Millie Olsen on Unsplash


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Emily Conrad headshotEmily Conrad writes Christian romance and a blog to encourage women of faith. Her debut novel, Justice, released from Pelican Book Group in 2018. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two rescue dogs. She loves Jesus and enjoys road trips to the mountains, crafting stories, and drinking coffee. (It’s no coincidence Justice is set mostly in a coffee shop!) She offers free short stories on her website and loves to connect with readers on social media.

www.emilyconradauthor.com
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10 comments:

  1. Perfect for my season of life right now. Thank you!

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    1. I'm so grateful that it came at a good time! <3

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  2. Emily, you always touch my heart. Just reading this caused me to flinch, remembering the difficulties of last year in life and in my writing. I quietly slipped into this year unsure of what life will bring. No plans. No expectations. Just holding and depending on a faithful God and His perfect timing. Thank you for sharing. 💗

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    1. "Depending on a faithful God and His perfect timing"--the perfect way to go into a new year! So grateful this post resonated with you and that you've joined the conversation with this wonderful encouragement for all of us!

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  3. At the start of a new year, a new decade, it's refreshing to remember this...

    Let the Good Shepherd lead you through the valley, and rest in the assurance that He will restore you and lift you up in His good time. A green pasture is before you. Quiet waters. The Good Shepherd will care for both you and the abilities He's given you. Stay by His side, and you can't go wrong.

    Thanks for this wonderfully inspiring post!

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    1. So glad you found it inspiring, Mary! Thanks for reading!

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  4. Wonderful post, Emily!
    I'm sorry you had a rough 2019, and I pray this new year is filled with blessings for you.

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    1. 2019 wasn't without its good moments, too! Thank you for the prayers. May 2020 also be filled with blessings for you!

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