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A New Hope

As I look to 2013, I can’t help but feel hope. Every year on January 1st, I feel this way. What’s going to happen? What new thing am I going to experience? What surprise is waiting for me this year?

2012 held a lot of surprises for me and my family. Dan found a job as lead pastor at Riverpoint Church, which we are so very thankful for. That led to a big move from Indiana to Kansas. Huge transition for our family.

At the same time my first book released, Daughter of Light. I have been blessed with emails and notes from readers who not only enjoyed the book, but share how the story touched their hearts as well. As an author, it is that kind of response that keeps me writing.

Lastly, my youngest daughter had surgery. Not something I was expecting when looking at 2012, but we are grateful we were in a place where we could provide that for her. She is recovering well, and breathing better at night (which to this mommy is the sweetest sound).

So what will 2013 hold? I will be releasing another book (and hopefully not during a move this time lol). Son of Truth will be releasing April 1st, 2013 and will continue the story of Rowen Mar and Caleb Tala.

We also look forward to settling down in our new home in Kansas and getting to know our new friends more.

And hopefully a family trip this summer.

I’m generally a pessimist (I think it’s the calculating part of me that always points out everything that could happen). But January 1st is the one day that all I see is hope: a fresh new year filled with possibilities. Anything can happen.

And if the previous years have taught me anything, it’s that even if the worst possible things happen (like job or house loss, or even death), God is still God and He is still here, even in the darkest times. Knowing that gives me hope for the future.

What about you? How was 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?


It was interesting to read my blog entry for January 1st, 2011 (here). Had I known what 2011 held, I would have given it back and probably asked for a better year. I saw death and I saw job loss. I faced days full of darkness and pain. I cried more this year than all the years before combined. 2011 was the darkest year so far in my life.

But the light of hope still shone, even when I could not see it. God provided for my family. He was patient with me as I wrestled with all the darkness both inside me and out. He brought friends that stood by us and helped us.

God never let go of me.

I now stand on the brink of 2012. What is this year going to bring? I know a couple things already. It will bring the fruition of 8 years of writing: my first book. It will bring the much-anticipated birth for a friend of mine. It will bring change as Dan and I move on with our lives to the next ministry God takes us to.

But those are only hazy glimpses. In the end, we do not know the future. And I’m glad. I would worry way too much ;). Instead, I know the one who holds the future. And I’m learning to trust in Him.