Author/Editor Mishael Austin Witty – Hope & healing in the face of "real life" struggles

Word Wednesday: Resolution

It’s January 1, 2014, so you know what that means, right? Resolution time! Have you made your resolutions yet? I know I have. Have you broken any of them already? I haven’t…yet. Here’s hoping I don’t! ;-)

I’ll talk about my own resolutions in a bit, but first I want to examine this word – “resolution”. There are a lot of different definitions of this word, with a lot of different connotations, but what really stands out in this context of what everybody does for the “new year” is this one: the act of making a definite and serious decision to do something.

For years, I resisted the idea of the resolution completely. I wasn’t going to commit myself to anything, let alone something I knew I would never be able to keep up with, but this year, something changed. I really began to wonder if, in fact, my lack of willingness to commit to change was holding me back in some way. Why shouldn’t I commit to improving one (or more) aspects of my life?

So…This year, I did it. I made some actual resolutions. Here they are:

  1. Read one new book every week. I don’t care what book it is—how long or short. I just need to finish it…a new one, every week. To attempt to accomplish this, I am going to set aside the hour of 9 PM to 10 PM (and maybe on to 11 PM, if I can stay awake that long) just for reading. No TV. No Internet. No screaming kids (hopefully). Just me and a book. And I’m hoping my husband will get on board with this. In the recent past, when I’ve opened up a book, that’s the exact time he wants to sit down and have a meaningful conversation with me. And, since he’s my husband, I do feel like I need to talk to him…so the book always gets put down.
  2. Read the Bible—the ENTIRE Bible—in 2014. I’ve been a Christian for decades (almost three), and I STILL have not read the Bible in its entirety. I’ve read several parts of the Bible many times, but there are some books I’m sure that I’ve never read at all, and I know I never finished reading the book of Isaiah. I started it, but never finished. To do this, I’m embarking on a crazy journey through the Bible using Professor Grant Horner’s 10-List Bible Reading System. So, if I complete this goal successfully, I will have read some parts of the Bible several times, in addition to reading the entire Bible once through.
  3. Making this blog more active…and by this, I mean posting at least twice per week. This is going to be really difficult for me to do. I think, in order to do this, I’m going to have to write a few blog posts on Sundays and schedule them to be posted throughout the week. Every Sunday, I’m going to have to work on my blog…when I’m not at church, that is.
  4. To publish two new books this year. This sounds crazy, but I know it’s completely doable for me. Sundays are going to be blog days, but Saturdays are going to be writing days. Mondays through Fridays are generally reserved for editing and taking care of the children while hubby is at work.

And I will have one new short story published this year, anyway—my story, PROTECTING ZOE, which is part of Kathi Macias’s 12 Days of Christmas series, published by Helping Hands Press. The release date is January 31, 2014, and I still have some ARCs available. If you’re interested, all you have to do is fill out this Google doc form.

It’s hard for me to believe—this girl who avoided resolutions like the plague—but I have actually made more than one for this year. Here’s hoping I can stick to them! Image

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2 responses

  1. I’m still thinking of resolutions. Maybe I should resolve to make resolutions before the year is over. ;-) And congratulations on Protecting Zoe. It kept me interested and filled with emotion all the way through, even using my phone to read it from my Dropbox. It seemed very real like something you could have gone through yourself based on the way you wrote it as if you had a real understanding of it all.

    January 2, 2014 at 12:35 am

    • Thanks, Crystal. I’m so glad you enjoyed it…and that’s exactly what I was going for – something real. It’s not something I’ve ever gone through myself, but I prayed and asked God to give me a better understanding (my friend Fran prayed too – this her more her story than mine), and this is what God blessed me with. I pray that it touches other people’s hearts and minds in the same way it touched yours – and mine, the whole time I was writing it!

      January 2, 2014 at 4:19 am

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