Share this:
Cec with Chris Maxwell
In December, Cec had a great time reconnecting with Chris Maxwell, a protégé from the '90s. Despite suffering from a brain injury, encephalitis, and epilepsy, he's published eight books and is ghostwriting now as well. 
Cec with Yvonne Ortega at Atlanta Botanical Center
Cec also reconnected with writing friend and protégé Yvonne Ortega, when she was in Atlanta for interviews. They enjoyed the beautiful displays at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and had a little snowman fun. 
Snowman Cec at Atlanta Botanical Center
For a long time, I made projections and plans on what I wanted to have done by the end of the year. There were too many variables. So I stopped, rather than focus on my failures and telling myself I’d do better in the new year.
“I’m not into making resolutions for the new year,” I told the other six men in our study group. “Instead, I plan to celebrate what I’ve accomplished in my life.
“Each January, I start my new journal by skimming the old one,” I said, “and smile as I remember the good things I did. Doing that helps me appreciate God’s guidance and blessings—and I realize my life has been more fruitful than I thought.”
“It would be a short party for me,” Matt said. “I’ve never done anything.”
“You’re underestimating yourself.” Fred turned to Matt. “You’ve achieved a number of things. You’re the go-to guy when anyone needs electrical or mechanical help. You pick up an elderly couple and take them to church every week. You volunteer at the local food pantry. Once you told me that your company awarded you as the employee of the month an amazing 14 times in 20 years.” Fred went on down a list.
“Things anyone could do,” Matt mumbled.
“That’s not the point. You did them,” Gene said. “Last winter, you came over in the freezing cold to help me get my car started.”
Matt had assumed accomplishments meant life-changing achievements. “It can be anything important to you,” I pointed out. “Something you chose to do and finished. Rejoice in that.”
Before long the other men began sharing small-but-meaningful achievements.  
“Hey, isn’t this better than setting unrealistic goals for the new year?” one of them asked.
Yes, I think it’s far better.
I've accomplished many good things. I encourage myself by remembering them.
The Twila Zone:
Words from My Assistant, Twila Belk
I'm celebrating the discovery that the "Look Inside" feature has been activated at Amazon for my upcoming book, The Power to Be, and it's now available for pre-order. If you'd like to take a peek and read a chapter or two, click on the artwork to the left or on the link above. 
I'm also delighted that BroadStreet Publishing will release an imitation leather edition of my one-year devotional book, Raindrops from Heaven: Gentle Reminders of God's Power, Presence, and Purpose, on February 1.
With my husband's increasing health needs, I've had to give up a lot of things over the last few months, and I'm trying to adjust to a lot of changes and unknowns. Life isn't always easy, but God has proven himself faithful again and again. As we move forward into 2018, I'm blessed by the many sweet surprises God has sent our way, and I'm especially thankful that he has given me the power to be still, grateful, strong, and courageous, even in the midst of challenging times. 
Cec writes a lot of aphorisms, or what we call Murphey's Maxims. Below are a couple of them that are appropriate for the start of a new year.
Today is a new day. Today I can be different. To make change permanent, I'll focus on small steps that lead to a larger goal.
Gotta Tell Somebody, Inc. | 5672 Appleton Road | Bettendorf, IA 52722

powered by emma

Subscribe to our email list.