Jan 15




Another year! Another chance to set goals and achieve them.

Any of you who have spent any time here at CarolPetersonAuthor.com know that I’m big on setting goals, For me, setting goals, reviewing them regularly and working on them turtle fashion—slow and steady—is the only way I can accomplish what I want to accomplish. It is the best way I know to achieve my dreams.

If you need help setting goals, head here to understand how to create effective goals. If you want examples of how I personally review my goals quarterly, go here or here to see what I did last year.

This year I have once again set writing goals to help me focus on writing commitments to others and book writing projects I’ve committed to completing. My goals also include health improvement goals, personal relationship goals, and spiritual growth goals.

In past years I have shared my very specific writing goals here to encourage you to do the same. This year I’m just letting you know that the goals are set and I am working toward accomplishing them.

As I reach those goals over the year, I’ll then share them with you. I do this to continue to encourage you to set your own goals without bogging you down with too many details about “how I.”


WHAT ABOUT YOU: Have you set health goals you want to work toward this year? Do you have interpersonal goals you want to address? Do you have spiritual goals you’d like to focus on? Do you have a dream you could accomplish if you only settled into beginning to work toward it?

What is holding you back?



Jan 08


Manna meme

During the last few weeks I’ve been pondering and praying about what one word I should focus on during 2018 to help me understand lessons God might want to teach me this year. Here are a few of the words I’ve been considering:

  • Comfort

  • Spirit

  • Wait

  • Noble

  • Victory

  • Grace

  • Humility

  • Generosity

  • Glory

  • Gifts

  • Mercy

  • Expectation

Aren’t those nice words? Lovely to the ears; soft to the heart. I could be happy with any one of them.

So which word did God end up placing on my heart to focus on this year? Manna.

Huh? Is that an actual word?

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you
with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you
that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes
from the mouth of the Lord
(Deuteronomy 8:2-5).

As I head into 2018, I will keep my mind and heart open for lessons God will teach me, related to the word manna. It definitely feels like an extension of last year’s word temple—relating to feeding my physical body healthy foods and feeding my soul nourishment from God’s Word.

But as in all things related to Him, I will continue the prayer which I shared with you last week:

Lord, help me live with excited expectation for what you have planned. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you have a focus word? Share it with us here.

Jan 01




As we begin a brand new, never before lived in year, this is my prayer—both for me and for you:

Lord, help me live with excited expectation for what you have planned. Amen.

God bless you, dear reader, as you live for Him. Happy New Year!

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