I’m ready to move forward in this new year. Middle of last year, I wasn’t sure I could. 2015 brought too much loss, too little good health, too much indecision, and not enough order.
I bet many of you could say the same. It’s nice to have a fresh start, choose a new road, take a decided leap, or just leave the past behind. I think January was invented so we could have a marker, a reset, a deadline for change.
I’m taking a new road this year – but strangely it’s one I started to take last year. I turned back. I still don’t know if it was a decision thrust upon me or if I just chickened out.
It doesn’t matter, because God turns all things into good if we let Him.
I will publish my first novel this year. I tremble just typing the words. Sure, I’m committed now, but what if things go wrong again? What if I chicken out? What if someone whose opinion I value says it’s not good?
Again, it doesn’t matter, because God turns all things into good if we let Him.
This story is important, even if I haven’t told it excellently. It’s relevant for what our world is going through these days. But I think it’s good, and I must put one foot in front of the other and follow the road I know I was meant to travel. I don’t want to come to the end of this year and realize I turned back again.
My publication target date is end of March. I hope you will watch for more news about it – I’ll let you know as things move along.
It’s a new road for me and I hope to follow it to the end.
What road are you contemplating? Will you take the first step? What is standing in your way?
Diane Samson says
That is wonderful Jan! I love your boldness and it’s contagious. I want to hear more. Blessings!
Jan Cline says
Diane, I can always count on you for a boost of confidence and support! We’ll have to have coffee and I’ll tell you all about it. Blessings!
Laurie Klein says
Jan, I am cheering you on. Thank you for braving a new genre and seeing the story through, not only to its ending, but its beginnings as it takes up residence in future readers’ hearts and imaginations. I resonate with your trembling! My book just came out and now I must see it off into the world. Scary! And . . . exciting to see what God will do, for you, for me, for our readers . . . Here’s to the leap, knowing God is our safety net!
Jan Cline says
Laurie, thanks so much. It’s a good feeling to know we are coming to terms with our gifting and callings. I know His words will resonate with readers and bless them. It’s a fun and scary time. Keep me posted on your success and I’ll do the same!