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"The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty." – Proverbs 21:5
Goals are good! As the verse above tells us, making plans – Godly plans – leads to abundance. Proverbs 29:18 also tells us where there is no vision, people perish. Visions and goals keep us on track and give us something to strive for. As Christians, of course, we look to heaven – our ultimate goal. But God wants us to prosper here on earth. And goals help us to keep our focus, set our minds on worthwhile things, and hopefully grow spiritually in the process.
As we move ahead into a brand new year, meditate on which direction you sense God is leading you, and set a few good goals for yourself, in relation to your family, your faith, and your writing. Then work at achieving those goals. Become a better you…the man or woman God created you to be…in 2012.
Be sure to read the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the end of this newsletter to see some of the goals our fellow FaithWriters have set for the upcoming year.
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AND THE WINNER IS…
Last month, we mentioned that due to an overwhelming number of entries in the Page Turner contest, we needed to postpone the announcement of the winner(s). If you've been following the FaithWriters blog, or are active on the message boards, you probably already know the names of the winners. But, if not, read on!
Once again, competition was fierce. The quality of the entries received was outstanding, and choosing a winner was not easy!
We'll start with the two runners up. These two FaithWriters members receive an award plaque, the offer of half-price critiquing of their completed winning manuscript, and free registration to the 2012 FaithWriters U.S.A. or FaithWriters Down Under conference. The two runners up are…
SYDNEY AVEY for her entry, The Sheepwalker and ANN GROVER for her entry, Prairie.
And now on to the grand prize winner. This member receives a HUGE prize package, including $800 cash, free editing of their entire winning manuscript, Free publicity and marketing of their book for 12 months following publication, a special award plaque, consideration for publication of winning manuscript by new Christian publisher, Breath of Fresh Air Press (publisher of the new line of FaithWriters' books); and free conference registration for either the 2012 US FaithWriters' Conference or 2012 FaithWriters' Down Under Conference (terms and conditions apply).
Told you it was huge!
And the winner is…
DEE YODER for her entry The Powerful Odor or Mendacity!
Congratulations, Dee! Enjoy the title of 2012 Page Turner Champion!
The Page Turner is an exclusive contest for Platinum 500 members. Information about the 2012 Page Turner (which will focus on non-fiction), will be posted in January. Watch the contest page for further details - http://www.faithwriters.com/page-turner.php
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OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Last month, members were asked this question:
WHAT GOAL(S) ARE YOU SETTING FOR YOURSELF IN 2012?
While I wish we could post all of the answers that poured in, space doesn't allow. I encourage you to add your goals to our FACEBOOK PAGE (http://www.facebook.com/FaithWriters)
In the meantime, here are just a few of the many 2012 goals being set by FaithWriters members:
"To slow down and simplify my life so I can write much more often and with a greater quality. Life goes far too fast these days, robbing people of not only time with our friends and family, but also with our passions." – Vicki J. Grech
"My goal is to find an agent for my body of work "Life is a Garden Party," of gardening observations with spiritual applications in rhyme, as well as my children's books teaching the alphabet with good manners or animal facts in rhyme." – Judy Janowski
"I'm working on a "forgiveness list", asking the Lord to help me root out any past resentments I may have held over the years, then writing down the names of those I haven't forgiven. I'll be praying for these people until I feel love and forgiveness for every one of them." - Dolores Stohler
"My main goals for next year are to take the very challenging National Interpreter Certification performance exam in March, to get my YA novel, Reaching Sky, accepted by a publisher and to have my suspense novel, Voices of the Dark, ready to start sending out proposals." – Amy Michelle Wiley
"During 2011, I successfully fought breast cancer, and officially retired from my outside work. In 2012, my goal is to realize my dreams of becoming a proficient and published children's author and independent historian." – Dr. Wilma Johnson
"My goal is to become a better writer of short stories and get published." - Sonny Dinger
Next month's Question:
DO YOU READ ROMANCE NOVELS? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Send your brief (and creative) response to FaithWriters.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep your answers to 1-2 sentences. Check back next month to see if your answer was selected to appear.
THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING FAITHWRITERS IN 2011! PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYING FOR A SUCCESSFUL 2012!