2013 SSMT 1 – Starting the New Year Well


“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3

Well, here I am again staring at a new canvas. What will 2013 paint for us? God holds the paintbrush, and He is faithful.

Frankly, I’m a bit intimidated to start again here. I am taking on a lot of new things, and I am pretty sure I won’t be very good at all of it, but that is my struggle right now in several areas. Performance anxiety haunts me in several aspects of my life, and I’m tired. I’m tired of it keeping me from trying. I’m tired of caring too much what others think, and mostly, I’m kidding myself that it’s a secret that I’m not good at something in the first place. Hard to believe I’m in my fifties and haven’t figured that out yet, I know.

Anxiety is pride in its painted up form. It looks less innocuous when it’s called anxiety, more like a sickness than a sin. It’s what happens when I take the paintbrush and try to paint on my life canvas, instead of, like the verse says above, committing my work to Him, and letting Him plant firmly the brush in His Hands to unveil the next part of the picture.

I’m committing to 24 verses of memory work this year with the Living Proof Blog. Establishing my plan in His Word is the goal. No themes. Not a lot of order. Just showing up and waiting on Him twice a month. Simple and real. Would you like to join me on this journey? Join 5,000 other Siestas on this resolution for the new year here.


11 thoughts on “2013 SSMT 1 – Starting the New Year Well

  1. I missed reading your blog too. Something you do very well, when you do it!! Can you send me the link to the Living Proof blog. I want to work on the scripture memorization too. Happy New Year.

    • Karen! So good to hear from you. I was thinking of you earlier today when Helen stopped by, and our wonderful year in the Word chronologically. Hope all is well with you and you are well. Much blessing in the coming year!

  2. It was so good seeing you the other day! I have decided to join the band wagon and memorize scripture, too!! Happy New Year!!
    Paula K.

  3. I am so happy you have decided to write on your blog again! As you know, I’ve missed you around here! I hope to grow closer to God and you this year while memorizing Scripture together!

  4. I was so excited to see your post in my wordpress reader.
    I am praying for you.
    I feel the same as I sit here in the new year. I do feel afraid to fail. But I also know that His love for me remains
    unchanged no matter my performance.
    I also know that to not even stand in the arena is to miss what He has for me and that would be a bummer.

    Bless you Annette and Happy New Year!


    • Hello, Helen! So good to hear from you again. I just rediscovered your blog and am putting it in my reader so I don’t lose touch again. Much blessing in your New Year! May we glorify Him.

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