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Okay, let’s be honest here. I have a feeling you’re like me…and this past year you had some great ideas. Some really great ideas. God ideas. Ideas that you knew you were supposed to share with others through writing and speaking. Your intentions were good.

And yet–for whatever reason–they’re still just ideas. Ideas sitting in your computer…in your journal…or maybe even just in your head.

I know, because I had them, too.

I had some great ideas at the end of 2011. I knew what path I was going to take in 2012: I was going to finish a new non-fiction book, get started on a new novel (you know, the one that’s still just in my head), and get my writing and speaking life better organized.

And then life took over. Again.

All three of our elderly parents were sick several times during the year and two were in the hospital. Doctor visits, medical tests, home health visits and unanswered questions filled our days through much of 2012.

Business glitches, computer issues, lost appointment calendars, and the unexpected needs of others took the hours I had planned for working.

Needless to say, I didn’t reach my goals. At first I fought with a sense of failure, the whispers of negativity filling my mind.

But this week I read some words Paul said about this very thing in his letter to the Corinthians:

So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it.
2 Corinthians 8:10-11 (The Message)


I don’t know about you, but that speaks volumes to me. I can’t let those good intentions grow stale! I know that with God’s help, I have what it takes to finish what He’s given me to do. I just need to make sure my heart’s in the right place and then get to it!

Could that message also be for you?

So what are we waiting for?

Grace and peace,


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