#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Happy New Year!

Today is a day for looking back–and looking forward, here in Linda-world, at least.

I accomplished two things in 2012 that really please me–1) I listened to the entire Bible, day by day, at DailyAudioBible.com.  And I’m eager to start all over again tomorrow.  :)  2) I completed an art journal  (I use the word ‘completed’ loosely, because art journals are never really finished), and I can see real progress from when I began the enterprise to now.  I’ve decided to retire this journal now and move on–I’m doing single pages on 12×12 watercolor paper, using all sorts of different paints and supplies, and so far I have four–guess you could say I started 2013 a little early.  When I have enough pages, I will bind them into a single volume.  I seem to be on a portrait kick, since I’m trying to learn to draw faces.  Practice, practice, practice!

My goals for 2013 include, #1, Becoming closer to God, #2, Getting my health and weight under control.  #3 Writing more books!!!

I’m working on #1 in the usual ways–prayer and reading devotionals, as well as other spiritual guidebooks.  As I’ve mentioned, I’m very taken with the books of John Eldredge in particular–for me, they’ve been life-changing.  (Not preaching here, just telling you what’s going on with me personally.)  For #2–remember last year’s infamous D.I.E.T.?–I’ve changed tactics.  I’m following the Food Lovers’ Plan, which is more doable and much more flexible than eating pre-packaged food.  I’m only on the second day, so no big news to report, but there’s a certain joy in knowing you’ve taken a few steps in the right direction.  I usually skip the introductory part of a program like this–measuring and taking before pictures and all that stuff.  This time, I’m crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s.  (And was it ever sobering to look at those ‘befores’, since there won’t be any ‘afters’ for a while.)  This reminds me of my bulbs, out there in the flowerbeds and pots, buried deep in cold dirt and covered in a layer of December snow.  Within them, though, the glorious colors and fragrances of next spring and summer are already in process, working their God-given magic, moment by moment.  Hopefully, something similar is happening within my body, mind and spirit as I ‘plant’ new attitudes and beliefs, nurture them, and wait patiently (insofar as an ADD person is capable of patience) for the harvest.

Thank you for sharing the trail with me, partners.

May God bless you and yours, today and throughout the coming new year, with happiness, health and prosperity.




25 comments to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Norma Stanforth
      · December 31st, 2012 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    It is so good when you get the Bible read through and you feel so close to God. Taking care of your health is very important, because you don’t want to be in the shape that i am in, with my bones are so bad and with my other health problems, they told me before long i would be in a nursing home to stay.So i am doing everything i can to stay out. I pray that you are able to write a lot of books. i love reading your books. You and very one else take care, have a blessed and healthy New Year, and God bless you all.
    Norma Stanforth :-P

  2. Juanita Rice
      · December 31st, 2012 at 3:41 pm · Link

    And a HAPPY HEW YEAR right back at you and yours, Linda!!! :)

  3. Shirley Wetmore
      · December 31st, 2012 at 3:44 pm · Link

    Happy New Years Linda. Hope you have a safe and happy New year. And may you be able to succeed in doing all the thing you want to in this new year. Thank you for all your hard work for our enjoyment, as I really enjoy your books. Keep them coming.

  4. Hilda
      · December 31st, 2012 at 4:22 pm · Link

    Happy New Year to you and yours, Linda! And may the Lord grant you strength and inspiration for your future books! And to my fellow avid readers/fans, happy new year and happy reading! I’m looking forward to Big Sky River, but unfortunately, at the moment, I can’t put my hands on it. It’s here somewhere…among all the remnants of Christmas, houseguests, wrapping paper, non-put-away clothes, you know, the usual things a busy life leaves behind. To Gloria and Sam also a very happy new year. As I sit here in western Washington, I see that Sam will be the first of “us” to welcome in the new year. Cheers!

    • Juanita Rice
        · December 31st, 2012 at 6:11 pm · Link

      Hilda, I wanted to call friends in the UK, but forgot to ask them if they will be up until midnight! Maybe tomorrow.
      They are almost to the end of 2012 and we have over 8 hours to go. Hubby and I will be spending it with out grown children and a grandchild or two. Will these days of over eating never end?! :>)

      Will you be partying up there on the hill? ;)

      Happy New Year!

      • Hilda
          · December 31st, 2012 at 7:26 pm · Link

        No, I’m not going to be partying. But it’s okay, I had my years of partying. I’ll try to stay up until midnight, though. I wish you a happy new year and enjoy the party with your kids!! I’m also working on eating my way through all the leftovers. My parents went through the hunger winter in Holland in WWII — NOTHING gets tossed if it’s still edible. God is good!!

    • Gloria
        · December 31st, 2012 at 10:20 pm · Link

      Thank you, Hilda!!! A Happy New Year to you and yours!!!

      And, to you Sam, you’ve already passed the New Year and working on it as we speak. Well, maybe not working, but sleeping, since it is 3:19 AM your time, but…Happy New Year!!!

      And, Linda, Happy New Years to you and all of the fellow bloggers.

      May we all have a Good & Godly, and Happy & Healthy and Properous Year in 2013!!!!

  5. Linda Pegher
      · December 31st, 2012 at 4:46 pm · Link

    May you accomplish all of your goals in 2013 enjoy the success. :roll:

  6. Ellen Weaver
      · December 31st, 2012 at 4:48 pm · Link

    God’s blessings to you in 2013 and always!

  7. sam
      · December 31st, 2012 at 6:21 pm · Link

    Linda, A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, Gloria, Hilda, Juanita and all my fellow bloggers :) I hope 2013 will bring you all health and happiness.

    • Juanita Rice
        · December 31st, 2012 at 6:41 pm · Link

      You have fifteen minutes, Sam!! Get out the noise makers! :>)

    • Gloria
        · December 31st, 2012 at 11:32 pm · Link

      Thank you, Sam!!!

      See note above. :-P

  8. Sal
      · December 31st, 2012 at 6:27 pm · Link

    You never cease to encourage and amaze me. I love you so very much. Let’s add #4, spend more time with Sal :)

  9. Lois Rotella
      · December 31st, 2012 at 7:21 pm · Link

    Have a Happy, Healthy, prosperous New Year to you and the family including the animals. I don’t make resolutions but I try and make a goal for myself. I think of it as improving myself.

  10. Debbie Koziel
      · December 31st, 2012 at 7:36 pm · Link

    Happy New Year to you too! Looking forward to reading your books you will have out this year!

  11. Anne Little
      · December 31st, 2012 at 10:07 pm · Link

    Happy New Year Linda and to Everyone here. I hope all of your dreams and goals come to pass. I am looking forward to future stories from you. :-P

  12. Susie
      · December 31st, 2012 at 11:08 pm · Link

    Beautifully written email today, Linda. Looking forward to more of your great books in 2013, and wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, Horsey New Year! Bless you all.

  13. Darlene Uhlenkott
      · January 1st, 2013 at 12:04 am · Link

    Becoming closer to God and getting my health & weight under control are also important goals for me in 2013. I’ll pray for you!

  14. Kathie
      · January 1st, 2013 at 4:32 am · Link

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Wishing you all the best for the coming year. You touch so many lives and we love you for it. Many Blessings to you and yours in 2013!!! :) :) :)

  15. Hilda
      · January 1st, 2013 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Linda, on this first morning of 2013, I wanted to thank you again for the hours and hours of great reading! Your thoughts and stories in your blog are something I look forward to every day, and on the days you don’t blog I’m truly disappointed, but all I need to do is re-read a past blog. It’s kind of a touchstone, and I have a feeling I’m not the only one who sees it that way! It’s a gorgeous sunny day in King County, WA. I hope you are having tolerable weather over the mountains there. Cheers to a fun and successful 2013! Hilda
    P.S. I felt a twinge when I read Sal’s blog to you. My sister is fixin’ to move to Tucson from the Seattle area, and although I’m very happy for her, I will MISS her something fierce!

  16. Teresa
      · January 1st, 2013 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Thanks for the last book “Big Sky River” read in two days. I am probably one of your biggest fans. Or is it safer to say I am a serious cowboy fan. Boone Taylor was a treat. Thank you. Keep them coming. The only problem with your books is I read them too fast, since I can’t put them down. Best Wishes for a great New Year. Teresa R. Shirley, NY :-P

  17. Norma Stanforth
      · January 1st, 2013 at 4:57 pm · Link

    Happy New Year, Linda L Miller, Juanita, Shirley, Hilda, Gloria, Linda Pegher, Ellen, Sam, Sal, Lois, Debbie, Anne, Susie, Darlene, Kathie, Teresa, hope you all have a great 2013. God bless you all
    Norma Stanforth :-P

    • Hilda
        · January 1st, 2013 at 6:37 pm · Link

      Dear Norma,
      Thank you! And the same to you! I’ve decided to do NO housework today and am deeply involved in Big Sky River. I’m going to go back to it now but wanted tosay Happy New Year and a wonderful 2013 to you and all Linda’s blogging buddies!!

    • Gloria
        · January 1st, 2013 at 6:40 pm · Link

      Thank you, Norma. I pray your new year is a Blessed one, and for all of us.

      And, to Linda Pegher, when you said…May you accomplish all of your goals in 2013…I took that for mine. The goal I’d like to accomplish is to make my old house livable, and move into it, but if thieves keep stealing everything from it, I’m not going to have anything to fix it with. I was robbed, AGAIN, a week, or so ago, for the 16th time in 12 years.

      So, if Linda and all her Bloggers would remember me and my dream in their prayers, with God’s help, I might make it. I’m going to strive for it.


  18. Shari Grant
      · January 1st, 2013 at 6:43 pm · Link

    Happy New Year to you, too, Janet. I am looking forward to more books but sincerely have enjoyed the characters I have met from your imagination in 2012. Right now, I really like and admire Slade Barlow and am happy for Boone and his sons. But wow! I wish I could find a Hutch Carmody in my life. He is my new ideal guy. I read Slade’s story, then when the second book came out I read Hutch’s story and reread Slade’s. Now that Boone and Tara’s story is out, I read it then went back and reread Slade and Joslyn’s story and Hutch and Kendra’s story. I like the continuity and the fact that each story keeps us connected to the people we meet in the previous ones. Thank you for that. I’m ready for the next book.

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