I said a few weeks ago that one of my goals for 2021 was to blog once a week and that it would probably be on Monday. But Monday has come and gone a few weeks in a row now, so I guess Wednesday it is.
Can you believe it’s the end of JANUARY already. To be sure, it didn’t feel like it here in Alabama the other day. It hit 70* F. I opened the windows and turned off the heat. It was a little humid (like 90%), but for fresh air, I’ll accept the humidity.
Actually, I think I’d prefer the sunset. I didn’t sleep well last night and could use a nap. Zzz–>
I did something yesterday I haven’t done in a while. I wrote.
Two of my goals this year are book related. I’d like to publish two books (finishing previously started novel(la)s). I’d also like to take my backlist (already published books) and make them all available in print.
It’s a lofty goal since I have struggled (MAJORLY) with writing for the last four years. I’ve published books, but it hasn’t been as easy as it was before. Getting words on paper has always taken work, but, for some reason, now it takes more discipline. I used to love to sit and pound out my stories. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen. Now I struggle to get anything down. Story doesn’t come easy.
Neither does reading, amazingly. I think I read 150’ish books last year. That might seem like a lot, but, for ME, it is LESS than half of what I read in 2020. I stopped counting at 300 sometime in September or October. We’re most of the way through January, and I’ve only read ten books. That’s even less than last year, if I continue at this pace. It’s a little disheartening.
And honestly, it has nothing to do with the current climate of the US. I sometimes worry about all that is going on around me, but for the most part, I let it be. I can’t do anything about the laws, the virus, or the President’s choices. I can only control my little world, and even then, it’s not really in my control. I just have to trust God to do what He’s going to do and tell me if I need to do something from where I stand.
Recently, I’ve been reading a devotion about the sin of withholding. I’d never thought of it before, but it’s plainly in the Word. James 4:17 says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
When I don’t speak to the lady in the aisle at the store or don’t give to the homeless person on the corner when the Lord prompts me to, then to me it is sin. It’s not always the right thing to do. I don’t have to speak to every person in the store nor do I have to give to every person standing on the corner with a sign (I’m convinced some of them are con artists), but when GOD tells me to, but I don’t, then I have sinned.
Anyway, it’s been an eye-opening thought.
Stay tuned. Next month is my birthday month, and I have a great surprise for my readers. I’ll announce it next week, so stay tuned.