A blank canvas can either inspire or terrify. And a new year can do the same. As I look ahead to the 365 days before me, I am hopeful, partly because I know God goes with me.
As I read yesterday, the words, GO FORTH, popped off the page in Isaiah. It’s as if the Lord was saying, “You know what I have called you to do, so just do it.”
As I GO FORTH into 2015, I am building on my word, intentional from 2014. There are things I need to do:
Continue working on my book
Continue to make exercise and good diet a priority
And, learn new skills that will enhance my ministry presence.
Last year I took on Power Point—and presented a workshop called, Avoiding Burnout in Ministry (and life). I remember feeling like I couldn’t do it. I thought I would trip over slides and clickers, taking away from my message. But, instead I found a useful tool that enhances that type of seminar, providing visual learners with a vehicle for learning.
I also presented the first session of my Intro to Blogging Class using this tool with great success.
The New Year presents some new challenges. I am revamping my website and blog and have identified some new skills I need to learn so I can move forward:
Using Mail Chimp to build my mailing list
Formatting E-books using Word
Transferring to my domain name at JeanneDoyon.com (I could use prayer for this because I need to figure out how to change it in Blogger and I am afraid to mess it up.)
The learning curve is steep sometimes. And, too often I procrastinate because I don’t want blow anything up—the old adage, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. But, this is more about growth than fixing, so I’m moving forward.
So, I’m still praying about my focus for 2015—in a word. It may be GO. And, I am willing. But this last week of 2014 I’ve been sick. Thankfully the germs waited until my family all left for their homes before they invaded. But the first day of the New Year feels a bit foggy as I wait for my head to clear and begin to feel normal again.
Back to the blank canvas—and hope. I am ready to take on whatever open doors are presented to me. I look forward to the opportunities to stretch and grow. I want to GO FORTH and watch God work, offering Him glory and praise.
I’m ready to shake off the procrastination that can hold me hostage. After all, I have no idea what the rest of my days might hold—so I want to make use of the time He gives me now.
I also want to pursue going on a short term mission trip. I’ve talked about it for years but it’s been just that—talk. I will never know what door might open unless I knock, so I will take the next step and start seeking opportunities to GO FORTH. I trust He will open the door of opportunity He has ordained as I take the first step to seek it.
Go Forth and Allow God to Paint His Story on your Blank Canvas.
What do you see? Do you have hopes? Be sure to join the conversation…
Go Forth and Allow God to Paint His Story on your Blank Canvas (Click to Tweet)
I’m ready to shake off the procrastination that can hold me hostage (Click to Tweet)
A blank canvas can either inspire or terrify (Click to Tweet)
Images courtesy of www.morguefile.com