By Brenda B Taylor
I am republishing this post from last year, because my New Year’s resolutions for 2017 are the same as the those for 2016.
1. Seek the Lord’s perfect will for my life.
2. Be content in the life He gives me and live it to the best of my ability.
3. Serve Him by serving others.
4. Spread the light of God’s Word to a dark world through ministry and writing.
6. Send Bibles and literature to pastors in the United States and overseas.
5. Write two historical fiction books.
6. Publish two ebooks.
But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it for the full price. I will not take what is yours and give it to the Lord. I will not present burnt offerings that have cost me nothing!” (1 Chronicles 21:24)
Today I am taking a break from working on an inspirational historical novel I plan to publish as an ebook. A resolution for the new year is to get two novels into the ebook market. This has been a journey and one I would never venture to take without the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Learning to write historical fiction is a journey within itself. So many factors and variables must be considered in plotting, characterization, point of view, grammar and punctuation to name a few. And then the story must be historically accurate, so extensive research is necessary.
I ask myself the same question each day. “Is all this worth the time and effort?” A still small voice answers deep within my spirit, “Yes. I have a message for you to tell. Your work is an offering to me and you should give me nothing that does not cost you something.”
What are you giving to the Lord? Is your offering costing you something? He commands we give Him our best without spot or blemish. I cannot do less than I am doing. I must give Him my all.
His Unfailing Presence (author unknown)
Another year I enter, its history unknown; Oh, how my feet would tremble to tread its paths alone! But I have heard God’s whisper. I know I shall be blest, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
What will the New Year bring me? I may not, must not know. Will it be love and rapture, or loneliness and woe? Hush! Hush! I hear His whisper. I surely shall be blest. “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”