On Tuesday, August 13th, at approximately 12:17 PM, I typed the final word in Ellie’s Window; glory! Two years, 32 chapters, 94,000 words, and a cast of characters I love and two I’ve hated. It’s been a wild ride through the generations of the Hamilton’s, St. Clare’s, and Mondary’s. I have visited with them in their homes, work places and trips to and from Bower’s Beach. They have spoken to me in the night, in the morning, in the shower (a little creepy), in the car, and even during a sermon or two (seriously, some people just never stop talking). But they have entrusted me with the privilege of telling their story and there are no words to match my gratitude.
And now all that’s left is the final Ahhhh – finding a publisher.
Finishing is just as valuable an accomplishment as starting. Finishing is the ah of our work. It humbles us, delights us, and prepares us to do it again. And when we do, we can begin with greater sense of confidence, vision, purpose, and faith.
The scriptures are of full of finishing’s. So as you press on to the goal, whatever that goal may be, I hope these words will cheer you on to your FINISH LINE!
God looked on all He had done and said, It is good. Genesis 1:31
Noah completed the Ark. Genesis 6
Moses finished the Book of the Law. Deuteronomy 31:24
Moses finished the Tabernacle .Numbers 7:1
Solomon built the temple and completed it. 1 Kings 6:14 NIV
So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. Nehemiah 6:15-16 NIV
When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed. Daniel 12:7 NIV
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34-35 NIV
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 NIV
He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 NIV
Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 2 Corinthians 8:11-1 NIV
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4-5 NIV
Now let’s go and start a new thing, whatever that thing may be, so we can cheer each other on to finishing!
Because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, cheers us on, and celebrates the finish line…for His glory!