Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Did You Celebrate 2012 by Diana Flegal

As the New Year gains speed, I am still writing, organizing and reviewing my many lists. I have a to-do list with submissions to submit, manuscripts to complete, and critiques for the first upcoming conference of the year, a list of personal and professional goals for 2013, a list of books I want to read, a list of friends I want to keep in touch with and visit this year and my prayer list. (Seems so many of my friends are experiencing various serious difficulties).

Today I was tempted to go back to bed, wake later and start over. Instead I stopped and spent time reviewing my goals from last year along with notes from the books I used in my devotional reading each day. I celebrated and circled the things accomplished then highlighted the items to transfer onto this years column, thankful to God for helping me get done what I did.Have you taken the time to celebrate your 2012 victories? I encourage you to do so.

Amongst my notes were many quotes and questions that encouraged, stretched and inspired me. I would like to share a few with you.

Embrace failure- Think bigger...Feel the pain of failure and use it to move forward.
Why Things Don't Get Done Danny Iny Firepole marketing

The proof of desire is pursuit. Passion pursues. Passion is tenacious, determined and focused. It is your personal responsibility to pursue. The proud withdraw. The humble reach.
Mike Murdock 7 Overlooked Keys to Goal Setting

In what specific way has God demonstrated His love to you recently? What does the certainty of His love mean to me?
Seeking Christ: A Christian Woman's Guide to Personal Wholeness.  Kay Marshall Strom

The storm was a common example and symbol of chaos and distress....a very useful picture of human life at the mercy of forces beyond our control. The intent here is not just the fact that God has control of nature and the elements but that God has everything in his hands and brings us to our desired haven even by means of the storm. Every storm is God's storm. 
Day 70 He Stills the Storm Your 100 Day Prayer/ John I. Snyder

Basic Principle: Create a container for a task, time and space within which you want to take the steps to effect your change. You decide what you want to accomplish and how much time you will spend on it. You set the timer and you do not get up from your desk until the timer goes off. 
It Takes an Egg Timer: A Guide to Creating Time for Your Life   Joanne Tombrakos

How did it get so late so soon?
Dr. Suess

Work as 'art' and having a product to 'ship'
Seth Grodin

There is time for work and a time for love. There is no other time.
Coco Chanel

Stop trying to control anyone else, the world and your circumstances. The only one you are meant to control is you. You have no idea how effective we can be in others lives if we can practice self control.
Joyce Meyer

Please share a favorite quote or note of encouragement that will bless our readers and help them move into the new year they are facing.

And Happy Happy New Year you all!




Sandra Ardoin said...

I really like the idea of the egg timer. I set it for a certain amount of time (15-30 minutes), put in my earplugs (so I can't hear it ticking away), and write. I'm an edit-as-I-go person, but find I get in a greater word count with this method. Afterward, I get up and move around for a while.

Audrey said...

One of my favorite quotes...

If the only prayer you say your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
Meister Eckhart

I love this quote, because it is so simple...and so true. When we are busy saying thank you, we don't seem to have the desire to complain. Thanks for sharing your wonderful quotes!

Linda Glaz said...

Love, love, love Joyce Meyer's quote. Isn't that true, and still, we spend our lives trying to change everyone around us. GULP, I am soooo guilty! Oh well, So much to be learned in the new year, I'll just add what I learned this year while shedding pounds and learning to "change myself."
YOUR MIND GIVES OUT LONG BEFORE YOUR BODY DOES. In one words, get your mind under control when it starts whining at you, and know you can still go on, your body doesn't mind at all.