1020_0807e Hey, friends!

It’s time to usher in a brand new year. Now, I know you’re expecting me to jump into a nice little story about making a new resolution to help you become the person you’ve always wanted to be. Sorry, not happening.

Instead, I want you to take a minute to celebrate who God created you to be — who He saw before you were created in your mother’s womb. The potential He sees today, in the midst of your failures, trials, and shortcomings. Search for what God sees in you, underneath all the influences of this world.

That’s who you really are, and who God is using to share His story of hope, grace and love.

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CAN BlogHappy 1st Monday of the week (and year) from Dianne Neal Matthews! In the past, I’ve felt inspired by Karen Whiting and others who shared how they ask God to give them “theme” or mission verses at the beginning of each new year. So a few days ago, I decided to follow their example. A Scripture passage rushed into my thoughts before I even finished the prayer. When I returned home last night from a holiday visit with my parents, I sensed God confirming His choice for my 2010 theme verse. I discovered that Kathi Macias used the same passage in her excellent weekly devotional last Thursday.

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Karen Whiting

Karen Whiting

Aloha from Karen, the CAN treasurer,

Only a few days to Christmas and the end of another year. As you contemplate the miracle of God becoming flesh, God incarnate, it’s also a time to believe in your dreams and know that with God all things are possible.

I end the year with two unexpected book contracts although some I’d hoped for have not come through. God has such a greater plan that I have. Take time as the year end’s to thank God for the gifts he has given you this year and the writing opportunities. Then pray for the coming year. I always ask God for a verse to guide me in the New Year. This past year the verse focused on making the most of every opportunity and I did that. God used opportunities to open new doors. I’m excited to pray and discover what verse He will give me for 2010.

I hope that all of you will be blessed in the coming year with opportunities to write and share God’s love through words/

Karen Whitingwww.karenhwhiting.com

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Happy December 21 from Jeanette. Today I spent a chunk of my writing day on a project that felt like homework. Usually I enjoy the type of assignment involved but this just wasn’t clicking. On top of that, my head was foggy from a cold, both sons are off school, and four days before Christmas all I want to do is bake and watch movies. Can you relate? Then maybe you’ll benefit from how I dealt with it.

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JeanneBeach3vvvvsmJeanne Dennis here. Since June, I’ve been a member of the CAN Board. Even though you haven't heard from me personally for several months, I post the CAN book releases on this blog every Tuesday and help keep the CAN website up to date. 

During this holy season, I wanted to touch base with you again and express what’s in my heart. We live in a time of personal, political, and financial uncertainty. Countless people now struggle with poor health or finances; suffer the loss of loved ones, jobs, or homes; or deal with other crises. Pain and loss often feel more acute during this traditional time of joy, hope, and peace.

People need our words as writers and speakers now more than ever. So even if the paragraph above describes our lives, let’s make this Christmastime a season of trust – trust in the One who knows all things perfectly, does all things well, and makes all things beautiful in His time.

 

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