Until the Work is Finished

Being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:6

I think it’s safe to say that in my life, I have always had difficulty finishing what I start. Even now as I sit here, there is a load of clothes in desperate need of folding, not to mention the bathroom cabinet that I tore apart…not literally. But, in an attempt to purge all that isn’t needed, I’m now left with the aftermath of deciding how to organize the surviving items of said purge! I think the problem may be in the details…or should I say the discipline of the details…

Right now, I’m working on a book… and you guessed it! I’m having some difficulty carrying out some required work for this project. You see, there has been a bit of a decline of my initial surge of emotions that caused my leap of faith into this feat to begin with. Anyone who has written a book with the intent of pitching it to a publisher knows about the…book proposal. Having always had a knack for writing, I was always successful t turning out a great paper WITHOUT having to do the dreaded outline. But not THIS time; this proposal is like a giant outline to me. (this is a little more involved than just writing a paper!) It’s the monster under the bed that wants to eat me if I dare get too close! So, the only thing that makes sense.. is to RUN!!! Run for your life!!….now back to reality; and the reality is this.

It’s too late to turn back now. I have too much invested, so, I will keep plodding along until it’s done. (with some much need prodding from my writing coach I might add) But in all of this, here is what I’m reminded of.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.ย ย  Philippians 1:6

God knows that lasting change isn’t something we can carry out in our own strength. And guess what? He doesn’t find the “discipline of the details” to be such the daunting task that I do ๐Ÿ™‚ So here are a couple of things to remember:

  1. It is His work, as I surrender fully to Him, to make me more and more like Jesus…and all the detail work that requires!
  2. He has too much invested in me to run away! Romans 5:8 says that “God shows and clearly proves His love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He died for us! I call that a major investment! He is in this thing with us until the very end. His word says that He will never leave us or forsake us.

So even during the times when I feel like I’ve failed and I’ve missed the mark and I want to give up, I can take comfort in knowing that He is finishing what He started in me and HE never gives up!


About tracihaney

Traci is a wife and mother with a strong desire to see the family become all that God intended it to be. She has been married for 28 years to her husband Kevin since she was 18. They have two adult children, daughter and a son as well as a daughter in law and new granddaughter. Traci understands how blessed she is because she also knows the pain and emotional baggage of growing up in a very dysfunctional home and the toll that it takes on a person. Having experienced healing from those past hurts, she desires to help others heal in their own areas of hurt so they can live life to their fullest potential as they impact their families and communities as well. Because of her heart for parenting, she, along with her husband have led parenting small groups for the past five years at Milestone Church in Keller, TX which is their home church. They have recently become Small Group coaches, pouring into other leaders to help them to become more successful as they minister to the needs of their own groups. She has led women's small groups and has been involved in the single mom's ministry of Milestone Church as a blog contributor and speaker. Currently, she is in the process of writing a book on the subject of parenting and bringing up children who will continue as Christ followers even after they leave the home. With a strong desire to see people thrive in all areas of their lives, she writes this blog to offer encouragement, hope and sometimes, humor, for others. View all posts by tracihaney

3 responses to “Until the Work is Finished

  • Misty

    I’m with you on the proposal/outline. I never outlined anything that I wrote, so a proposal is difficult, but the query has been the hardest for me. I love what you’ve written, and I know God’s hand is on your journey. He’s told me to “wait” for a couple of months, and maybe that’s what you’re struggling with your motivation as well. Maybe it’s a time to just wait and let him work a little. Whatever the plan is, I’m praying for you and your amazing journey! I can’t wait to read your book once it’s published!

  • Misty shaw

    I’m so happy that you are doing this. You are such an inspiration to me and I’m extremely thankful that Kendyl met Jade and through that, I met you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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