A new year is upon us. Chatter of resolutions and goals echo in conversation, sermons, and on social media.
Have you chimed in? Have you made your list? Posted your plans?
Does the thought of 2019 and the clean slate before you cause you to feel pumped…or in a slump? Inspired…or just tired? Motivated…or debilitated?
If you find yourself on the left side of the ellipses, your invigoration probably propelled you to jot those goals into a brand spanking new journal or planner, perhaps even posting them ever so creatively on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
If you’re in the latter category, thoughts of facing that blank page, of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys), daring to breathe life into dreams…and the risk of setting yourself up for failure seems daunting and pointless.
In either place, you are not alone. There are others in the boat with you!
First of all, Emmanuel…God With Us, has come! Seek Him first. Allow Him to be the prompter of your plans. Let Him be all that He intends to be in your life. Helper. Encourager. Prince of Peace. Comforter. Equipper. Guide. Whether you’ve jumped on the resolution bandwagon or you’re straining along behind, seek Him first. (Matthew 6:33) Then all the things will be added.
Secondly, pursue your tribe…your sojourners. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 reminds us that “two are better than one”. We need each other! As the tide of our year ebbs and flows, what a blessing to have fellow passengers cheering us on! Taking turns with us in the pumping and the slumping, the inspired and the tired, the motivated and the debilitated. We’re stronger together!
Here at Write2Ignite Conference, we want to wish you a blessed new year! We desire to join with you on your writing journey…inspiring you, encouraging you, challenging you, and equipping you as you seek to follow God’s plan! It is our prayer that you will see His faithfulness as you take each step of faith!
How can we cheer you on today?
Kristi Butler is passionate about her faith in Jesus Christ, her family (including husband, daughters/sons-in-law, and grandchildren), and educating children. As a writer, she continues to pursue “putting pen to paper” and sharing the adventures of Gracie and Grover Groundhog. Two of her books, Groundhog Day in Amazing Grace Acres and Christmas in Amazing Grace Acres, have been illustrated by Samantha S. Bell and published by Guardian Angel Publishing. Samantha’has also illustrated Kristi’s first nonfiction rhyming alphabet book, G Is for Groundhog! They’re also collaborating on Gracie and Grover Go to the Beach. Please visit Kristi’s site for all things groundhog: http://amazinggraceacres.blogspot.com/
3 thoughts on “Kristi Butler’s 2019 Questions: Inspired or Just Tired?”
Thank you for this inspiring post! Wishing you a healthy, peace filled, and creative 2019!
WISHING YOU A PROACTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE NEW YEAR!
Hey Kristi, great post! I always ask God for a verse or a word for the new year. I thought 2019’s verse might encourage someone:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV