Eight hours and seventeen minutes into a new year. So far, so good. I haven’t had a fight with anyone, haven’t lost my temper, haven’t gossiped, haven’t lied and haven’t broken any of my New Year resolutions. Mind you, I am the only one awake in the house – well, apart from the dog and she loves me without reservation.
While it’s quiet; and still reasonably cool (today’s going to be 39 degrees Celsius) I thought it would be the ideal opportunity to spend some time with the Lord, and rededicated myself to Him along with whatever talents He has given me. I can’t sing or play a musical instrument, but that’s okay, because His word tells me to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” (Psalm 98:4 KJV)
I’m not an evangelist and I can’t preach – okay again because the Bible says, “He gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,” (Ephesians 4:11 NIV)
I’m not too bad at cooking, so if you pop in a dinner time, I’ll cook you a fairly decent meal and you won’t even have to wash the dishes afterwards.
My raised garden bed and I became good friends after I finally lost my black thumb and this year managed to grow, cucumbers, beans, zucchinis and some decent cherry tomatoes that just kept growing and growing until they were the size of a small orange. Thank you Father for free vegetables!
My stick figures are barely recognisable, so I’m no Michael Angelo.
As a left-hander, I find some things beyond my ability to learn – or perhaps the person teaching only has the ability to teach a right-hander –like the calligraphy teacher who gave up on me after ten minutes. But even as a left-hander there is one thing that takes no effort at all. It’s the one thing I love doing; the one thing I have always loved doing from the time I could string two sentences together and that is writing.
I’m a word smith – a creator of tall tales and true – and this year I will continue to write and use the gift the Lord has given me. So as this year ticks over to the ninth hour, I surrender myself and my writing to the One who sits on the throne and is worthy of all glory, honour and praise. The One of Whom Isaiah said, “This is what the LORD says— He who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland’.”
So to all my writing friends – those I already know, and those I’ve yet to meet – may the Lord bless and guide you in 2013 and may you write thousands of words for His glory.
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