When life heaves wild events my way and feels more like a violent meteor storm than the placid existence for which I long, I run to the fortress of the Lord. I have set my face like flint and intend to pursue the Lord and His plans for me, my family and my writing for this new year. I'm regrouping with prayer, rest, time in God's presence, and a Holy Ghost determination to fulfill His plans for me this year. Particularly in the area of writing.
On the practical side, this means rising early to get in three hours of writing - before home schooling, chores, errands, and commitments impede coherent thought. I'm not an early riser by nature, so it's a sacrifice that costs.
On the spiritual side, this means dwelling in the secret place of the Almighty, listening carefully for the voice of God in an effort to be a good steward of the gifts He has given. It means taking step after step in faith, going through the doors which He alone is able to open. It means trusting Him, leaning on Him and walking with Him - every minute of every day.
How about YOU? What goals do you have for writing (or life) this year? What obstacles are you facing - and how do you deal with them?