7 Scriptures for Christian Creatives to Cherish in 2018 & Beyond

Wow, where did 2017 go?

Last time, I checked it was August and school was just beginning!

My oh my, I can barely believe it myself, but if you are anything like me then you are well into New Year nesting mode. “New Year Nesting” is what entrepreneurs do when a New Year approaches - kind of like the nesting phase that happens when a woman is pregnant – out with the old in with the new, decluttering, planning, organizing, preparing, rearranging, stocking up and then repeating the process (literally until December 31st)!

Preparation and organization are essential for any entrepreneur and even more so when you are a wife and mom like myself. As I approach checking off the last things on my New Year’s to-do list, I look back in awe with a grateful heart for all that God has allowed me to accomplish this year, it has been an adventure for sure. Some weeks I got so much accomplished and other weeks I struggled to remember if I did anything at all! Some days I felt like I could move mountains, while other days it was tough to speak by faith. But in it all I am reminded of God’s promises and every one of them are sure, it is up to us as His daughters to believe and remain faithful to what He has called us to do even when we can’t see how it will all come together.

Here are 7 scriptures, I am holding near and dear in 2018 and beyond…

1. 1 Chronicles 28:20

… “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly.

After King David gave his son Solomon instructions on how to build the Lord’s temple, he did not neglect to encourage him to be strong and courageous. This exhortation shows up many times in scripture, but I really love the way it is said here. Not only did David say be strong and courageous, but he also said DO THE WORK! That part is important because as we go forth to fulfill our purposes we must not neglect to do the work. It may be tedious at times and other times you may feel you just want to move on to something else, but lay aside fear and discouragement and choose to DO THE WORK because God has chosen you to do so. Look what the end of this scripture says – the LORD, will see to it that what He has called you to do is finished correctly! Now that is a promise to shout about! 

2. Matthew 25:30

To those who use well what they are given, even more, will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.

You may not think you can afford to switch blog hosts or publish your book. You may even feel like others are better off because they have more financial resources than you do to get what they need to get done. You may even feel like you are lagging behind everyone around you, but I have a question for you, have you used all your resources to the best of your ability? If you have then don’t despair because God has given you the vision and I am a strong believer that if He gave it to you then He has already made provision for it. If you haven’t then go to our Father and ask Him how you can use what He has already given to you, well.

3. Proverbs 21:5

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

I couldn’t have said it better myself! Don’t just rush into collaborations or “sweet” deals because it seems like a quicker way to get to where you want to be. Take the time to plan and learn your craft. If God has given you the vision, then surely there is no need to be hasty because there is an appointed time for everything. Plan with God (#letsplanwithGod) and then go forward.

4. Colossians 3:23

Work willingly at whatever you do as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

We’ve all heard this scripture a thousand times, but are you applying it well when it comes to being a good steward of your daily tasks – your blog? how about time management? And your company upkeep? In 2018, let us be mindful of doing all our work as unto the Lord. I can guarantee complaining, sulking, double mindedness and procrastinating will have to flee.

5. Mark 9:23-24

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”

Are you kidding me, of course, God can do it – BUT do you believe He can do it for you? Maybe you are looking around and seeing others and wondering – God, what about, me? No more of this in 2018. What you believe matters a lot to God, nothing is impossible for Him, but because of your unbelief, many things may be held up. Don’t hold your self back, believe the promises God has made to you and when you fall short, don’t feel bad, just pray, “Lord, help my unbelief!”

6. Deuteronomy 8:5

Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the LORD your God disciplines you for your own good.

Oh, how we all would love to skip this scripture, but . . . we can’t so let’s take it in love. Most things in life we face will be solely for disciplining us. Discipline is good, though it never feels that way, I am learning (slowly, but surely) that if we embrace God’s discipline knowing that He is a good Father who only wants what is best for His children then we won’t break under His training, but we’ll bloom in every season! 

7. Proverbs 24:27

Do your planning and prepare your fields for building your house.

Many of us plan, but run into an issue when it comes to preparing. They sound similar but are very different- making a plan is a decision to do something while preparing is to make ready. This year, I spent my time making ready what I believe God is calling me to do and I am so grateful I did because I was able to execute more that way. So, in 2018 and beyond get comfortable with making ready those things that you are believing God for.

I pray these scriptures will encourage you through the ups, downs, pauses, and detours of entrepreneurship and I pray they will remind you that God’s will for us is so much better than our own. May 2018 be the year promises you’ve been praying for are manifested and God’s will for you is made clearer than ever before in Jesus name.

Let me know which scriptures are you clinging to in 2018?

1 comment

  1. Oh, wow! What a great compilation of verses to spur you on to doing more for the LORD! I want to write them all down now...just a minute while I get my notebook. <3