Happy New Year!
I hope you all are recovered from the holidays and are back being productive in your writing careers.
I’m starting a new category on the blog this year. I’ve been planning it for a while and it’s finally time. In trying to work on all aspects of my life to achieve balance, writing and sharing my journey has always been beneficial to me and I hope it is to you as well.
This Spiritual section of Confused and Terrified Writer is going to be different, obviously, than the rest. I want to be clear and straightforward about that from the outset.
I’m a Christ-follower. The spiritual section of this blog is going to be about my journey through my work and personal life with Jesus.
If you’re not interested, I get that. This will not be for everyone but my walk with Jesus is not separate from my work life so I see no reason not to talk about it here and hopefully it will help and support someone along the way.
Feel free to skip this if it isn’t your cup of tea. There is going to be plenty of other writerly stuff here for you to take advantage of.
So with that said, we move forward…
This year I’ve chosen a word to focus on in my walk with the Lord. Actually, it’s two words because I’ve decided to keep the word from last year.
2017 was not the greatest year for me personally or professionally but I do feel like I grew in leaps and bounds spiritually.
I spent the year focused on the word “faith”.
Trust me how much I needed that word last year. Both personally and professionally my life was like a crazy upside down roller coaster through Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride ending with the huge drop on the Jurassic Park ride where you’re almost eaten by a T-Rex and then you get hit in the face with a wall of water.
Yup, staying focused on that word was a really good idea. Thank you, Lord, for making sure I got it.
I’m not done with the word faith by any means. I’ve discovered that I will never be done with that word. That being said I’ve also chosen a new word to go with it.
I want to have joy in everything not just the good parts of life.
Now I’m not a particularly negative person but I’m also not known to be especially joyful. More snarky, sarcastic and attitude-y while still usually seeing the positive side of things. But I want more. I want to be the person Jesus wants me to be.
I’m studying Philippians at the moment but the verse that stood out to me while deciding which word I was going to focus on was this:
“Count it all joy my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
James 1:2-4 ESV
So I’ve worked on having faith during trials. I have not accomplished perfection in this or any other area yet but I know for a fact that I was not counting the trials last year “all joy”.
As a matter a fact I think I was more of a whiny complaining three-year-old throwing temper tantrums at times. I’m not a fan when things don’t go my way.
Of course, I snapped back quicker than in the past because I stayed focused on faith. I knew the Lord had a plan for me but still, joy was not exactly a big part of the faith work I was doing.
I read that verse a few times last year and thought “Seriously?”
Having joy when things get tough is going to be a battle for me. I’m more of a pull into myself and get grumpy until I work it all out in my head kind of girl. Walking out in faith was hard last year but being joyful when something goes wrong is going to be tougher I think.
So I’m going to attempt to “count it all joy” this year. Have faith, trust the Lord with everything and be joyful.
I will share with you how this goes, what I’m studying, and how the Lord is working in these weekly Tuesday Truth posts.
What about you? What kind of work are you doing in your spiritual life this year? What changes would you like to make? I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to private message me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can always find me as Elena Dillon.
Have a blessed and productive day,