Showing posts with label #goals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #goals. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Christian Writer's Goal

 We will accomplish little unless we set goals. At the beginning of the year, the beginning of a month, the beginning of a week, all are great goal setting times. Today, we will focus on goals for writing, but the same criteria works whatever you do.

 
Success requires goal setting
A shot will be way off target unless we know where to aim. If a sailor shoots a torpedo at the enemy but doesn’t set coordinates, the weapon might return to start. We can’t measure our progress if we don’t know which way we’re to travel.


A goal motivates us,
guides us,
and inspires accomplishment.

 
What is the criteria for a God-ordained goal?

Isn't that what Christian writers should be aiming for? 

 

 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.

                               Psalm 127:2

 

 

After the Israelis return from captivity in Babylon, Nehemiah set out to build a wall around Jerusalem. Enemies jeered and vandalized. Nehemiah set guards over the work even while they built. Working to follow God’s instructions, the Israelis built the wall to God’s glory despite all opposition.
 
 
A wide receiver is the goal of the quaterback

 

 
Writers face rejection, loneliness, deadlines, and balancing family, promotion, and writing. No one said it would be easy. We need a goal. But, if we're Christians, not just any goal; a God-ordained goal.

 

 

To please God with our writing, we should ask these questions.

 

Is what I write pleasing to God?

Do I spend enough time or too much time on writing?

Do my written or spoken words lift others up?

Do I do or say anything that offends?

 

 

Apply these same principles to any activity or career? Remember, if God doesn’t build the house, we labor in vain. If we work just for money or fame, without bringing glory for the Lord, it won’t last.

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

God's Word For Today's Needs

I offer new posts every Wednesday and Saturday on this Writing with God's Hope blog. Often, the articles are devotions from God's inspiration.

Notice the icon to the left for the Putting on the New blog. This one was created by author, Cherie Burbach and features a different author's devotion for each day of the month. On the second of each month, I post a devotion.
Near Red River, NM


Last week, for the first time, I joined a group of writers that post a weekly devotion on a Facebook site, titled, I Can Hear the Sound of Rain. I agreed to post on this site each Saturday.

With these three opportunities, this week featured three God-inspired devotions from my hand to you, all in the same week. If you missed one or more of them, Here's the titles and the links.

GOALS http://www.janetkbrown.com/2016/01/goals.html

In The Arms of God http://puttingonthenew.com/2016/01/02/in-the-arms-of-god/

Love is a Verb   https://www.facebook.com/I-Can-Hear-the-Sound-of-Rain-1647832958799057/?fref=nf&pnref=story
On the Facebook site, there are many devotions, so to find mine, you'll need to scroll down several posts until you find the picture of my book, "Worth Her Weight" for my devotion, but there are several good ones along the way.


God bless your new year. May you find the devotion you need.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

GOALS

Don't you just love new beginnings?
 
 
In His wisdom, God ordained new beginnings for us all.
 
 
From condemnation, through Jesus, comes salvation. We become new creations with a transformed view of the world, ourselves, and others.
 
 
A spring bouquet I received.
Through the cold winter with brown grass, leafless tress, and little color, I spot a green sprout in our front flower bed; a jonquil, and I know it's nearly spring with new life soon to ignite the cold, dark earth.
 
 
The day I buried my mother, my heart was heavy. My then ten month old granddaughter climbed into my lap. I clung to her like a life raft, feeling the joy of a  young start to life.
 
 
Today, no matter what happened in 2015, we have a new beginning, a new year, and hopefully new goals.
 
 
As you determine your goals for 2016, I wish to point out three requirements for a good goal.
 
 
1. A goal should be specific.
 
No: I will lose weight this year.
Yes: I will lose 20 lbs. by March 15, 2016.
 
No: I will write a book this year.
Yes: I will write, edit, and submit one book by July 1, 2016.
 
No: I will pray more this year.
Yes: I will sit in my blue chair and have quiet time with the Lord every day before I begin the day's activities.
 
2. A goal should be written.
 
It's not enough to have your goal in your mind, but write it down. Involving your senses plants the goal firmly in your subconscious. Writing it down uses touch, sight, and hearing if you put your note on your bathroom mirror and read it every day.
 
3. A goal should be forgivable.
 
If you set a goal to lose 20 lbs by March 15, and you only lose 15, praise God for the 15 and forgive yourself for not being perfect.
 
If it takes until Sept. 1 to get your book ready, be thankful.
 
If you pray early five days a week this year, forgive yourself for skipping two days.
 
I leave you with an excerpt, an acrostic, from the December 31 devotion of Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
 
     Decide if you’re ready to submit to God
     Read this daily devotion book in the new year and everything else that will help, especially the Bible
     Energize through leaving off sugars and fats that drain your vitality.
     Admit your powerlessness and Ask God to take over your life.
     Mentor others as you receive your day-by-day healing.
 
 
Set goals for 2016.
Follow these 3 rules.
Have a wonderful new year.
God bless all my viewers. I appreciate you.