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Farewell, 2017!: Reflections, Goals, and a Preview

Hello, everyone—

The year 2017 was a special one to me. Some parts of it seemed like every other year, yet the majority of what God had placed in front of me was different…especially in the field of my writing, growing more dear to my heart with the passing of each day. Because of that, I am delighted to reflect on what has past, celebrate the future, and reveal what Defy Augury has in store this month for you.

Reflections on 2017

Earlier I mentioned that my writing life changed, but what I neglected to say was that it changed for the better. Reaching to touch others’ souls with ideas and love is something I’ve been privileged to do more effectively this past year, especially with these accomplishments:

  • Joining and actively participating in YWW If you couldn’t tell before, I’ll say it clearly now: I love the Young Writers Workshop, an organization dedicated to helping Christian teens sharpen their wordcrafting skills for the glory of God. Much of what you learn in the group cannot be found in school. Through YWW, I took my first steps in increasing consistency, developing a platform, and blossoming forth as a serious writer.
  • Starting a blog One of the best things I’ve done. Goodness! When I see people come up to me and say, “That was the perfect word for the perfect time” or “I could tell the Holy Spirit was speaking through you in that piece you wrote the other day,” my soul leaps for joy. I love ministering to God’s people and am looking forward to what my Heavenly Father has in store for the gift He has deemed as fit to bestow on me.

Goals for 2018

The unpredictable and awesome power of God as manifested in 2017 makes me eager to do my best in the year we are now living in. Here are my writing goals for 2018:

  • Completing the first draft of my next novella One thing I did not mention in my reflections was that I recently began another novella. It’s a pure labor of love about my two favorite Shakespeare characters; I’m writing it mainly to exercise my imagination and fiction muscles while I write nonfiction for Defy Augury.
  • Reaching 100 subscribers I do not say this to be selfish. I would simply love to see others being touched by the words God has given me. If it’ll happen, it’ll happen in its time; if it does not, it’s all in God’s will; if it happens now, so be it. The readiness is all.
  • Guest-posting on other blogs I’d love to share my thoughts with another audience every once in a while, and guest posts are the perfect way to do this! It’s really a win-win situation; one side gets a break, the other side gains the honor of being able to touch another person’s soul.

Preview of January 2018:

To celebrate the new year, I’ve also decided to give my readers a preview of what I will write at the beginning of every month. It’ll be subject to change, but I also hope that it will give you something to look forward to. Here’s what I will be writing about for the month of January:

  • “If God Was Never Man”—A poem helping us understand what the world would be like without the incarnation of God.
  • “Solomon’s Prayer”—A four-part series discussing Second Chronicles 6:12-42.
  • “Literary Wisdom: To Kill a Mockingbird”—A two-parter deliberating on key thoughts from the twentieth-century’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and what the Bible has to say about them.
  • “Literary Wisdom: Ecclesiastes”—A mini “Literary Wisdom” post on the most crucial passages from Solomon’s famous sermon.

As you step into the new year, build resolution lists, and hope for the best, think on what the Lord has done in 2017. If you think on His mercies, His goodness, and the trials He has used for the better, you’ll be surprised at how much love He has bestowed on us—and how undeserving we are of it. Happy New Year!

“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!'” ~Lamentations 3:22-24, NKJV


~Sarah Merly

January 2, 2018

Isaiah 53