Happy New Year!
Like many writers, I am thinking about my writing vision for 2018.
Before I venture down that road, I want to briefly reflect on what 2017 meant for me as a poet, blogger, and follower of Christ. I thought about how to summarize my writing journey and Philippians 4:19 (ESV) came to my mind:
“And my God shall supply every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
I have come to realize that there were moments in my writing journey 2017 in which God supplied my needs as a poet, blogger, and follower of Christ. I highlight three moments from 2017 in the following sections.
First, I reflect on my opportunity to attend a Christian writers conference in February 2017. As I shared in my April 29 post, I suffered a severe cold that threatened to rob my participation in the conference. Through the power of prayer and my decision to persist, I received healing and restoration. Not only was I able to attend the workshops and networking opportunities but the conference inspired me to launch this blog. I testify that if you need healing, restoration, and inspiration as a writer, God will provide.
Second, I recall how June 2017 represented a turning point for me a poet. I discovered that God was developing a style of poetry in me that was new for me. I was becoming aware of how God orchestrates timing for the process of writing in my life. To this point, God had me revisit a piece I began writing in January 2017 called, Be opened! I realized I needed to be open to the process. I testify that God supplied not only the inspiration I needed but also the perfect timing for me to share this piece.
Lastly, I recall how the world was struck by an onslaught of hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters in September 2017. As a follower of Christ, I believe that God stirs up a need for us to show compassion during times of tribulation. My September 13 post featured my poem, Nothing shall separate us from the love of God! I testify that God supplied me with a message of comfort and encouraged me to share it with the world.
In summary, I acknowledge that God was with me for every step my writing journey in 2017. He richly supplied my mind, body, and spirit, and, in turn, I believe I grew as a poet, blogger, and Christian. I expect with joy that I will continue to grow in these areas in 2018. Knowing that He supplies me, I can now envision a path of blessings and opportunities to become a widely published poet in 2018. More to come soon!
I encourage you to trust that God will supply all your needs as you write in 2018! Please share your vision for your writing life by following me on Twitter.