The New Year is only a few days away, and none of us knows for certain what it holds. Some of us have plans that appear to be coming to fruition. Some have dreaded events that seem to be approaching quickly. Whatever you’re facing, let me remind you what my friend, Marin, told me. “We can trust an unknown future to a known God!”

Happy New Year, everyone!


In this moment
The options are clear.
The culture calls me in one direction.
Your Word calls in another.
I have one country on my passport,
Another in my blood.
Here, in the middle,
Where I have no control of the levers,
Give me faith to see the end.
Remind me
That though I’m rooted here for now,
My heart is elsewhere.
Help me believe
The true value Your Word gives
To the things around me.
You’ve promised Your ultimate victory.
You’ve given me the convictions.
Give me courage.

marcia-headshot-225x300As a child, Marcia Gunnett Woodard was an avid reader, often disappearing into a book for days at a time. By her late teen years she realized that she wanted to be able to use words to weave a spell that drew the reader into the story, like her favorite authors did. Since then, she has enjoyed trying her hand at a variety of writing forms, including fiction, poetry, and theatre scripts.
Although she still lives less than 100 miles from her birthplace, she has traveled internationally and has shared her thoughts with groups as near as a local university and as far away as Vladimir, Russia.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys camping, traveling, sewing, playing word games, and surrounding herself with family (her husband and their children and grandchildren) and friends (both real and imaginary).
Marcia firmly believes in the power of story. Since learning that the words parable and parabola have the same origins, she considers her writing and speaking to be a catapults, using the parabolic arc of story to launch projectiles of truth into walled-off hearts and barricaded minds.
Connect with Marcia online:
Twitter: @MarGunWoo