Happy New Year 2018!

It’s difficult to overstate the value and enjoyment I have experienced from being part of the global WordPress blogging community in 2017. I have made lots of new friends, improved my writing skills, given my blog a complete overhaul, written more posts than ever before, and seen my follower count grow healthily. I thank God for these blessings and would also like to thank you SO much for making 2017 an awesome year.

Here are a few highlights.

My most-viewed post of 2017
What is the Holy Spirit?

My most-liked post of 2017
Christian Love

My most popular book review of 2017
‘Happier’ by Tal Ben-Shahar

My favourite post of 2017
A New Dimension

A big change for me this year was that I started making music again. I launched the T.E.N. Project with the goal of writing and recording 10 songs over 10 months. So far I’m on course having released three songs since the project began in October (I’m currently working on song four).

In 2017 I continued to write about my beliefs, and for the first time wrote a comprehensive essay outlining the struggle I have with Christianity. It took me several weeks to write, and it has led to many in-depth discussions about the nature of God and key Christian doctrines that I struggle to accept and believe.

It was a generally peaceful year, although I blogged about the problems I’ve been having with my neighbour, and was immensely grateful for your prayer support and encouragement which meant so much to me and helped me through a difficult time. Things have improved a lot in respect to that situation, and I thank the Lord that things haven’t been so much worse.

I’m looking forward to the new year and have a few resolutions:

1) Write a new blog post at least once a week
2) Read for an hour each day
3) Complete my music project
4) Focus on building deeper friendships
5) Strive to be humble
6) Truly love my neighbour as myself
7) Fast every Sunday
8) Spend quality time in prayer every Sunday
9) Subscribe to a Science journal
10) Manage my finances well

Above all I realise I will only get through 2018 with the favour and blessing of God, so I will pray to Him each day and continue to seek His will and His guidance in every area of my life.

And finally, thank you to everyone who entered my Christmas competition! It’s time to announce the winners…


  1. Happy 2018, Steven! Your friendship has truly been a blogging blessing this year! I so admire your goals for 2018. It has truly been an amazing year for you, and I believe that 2018 will bring many more successes for you! Looking forward to more of your T.E.N. project posts! God bless you big time!

    1. Ahhh, thank you so much Lynn! Your friendship has been a wonderful blessing this year. I really appreciate all the comments you’ve left, and the time you’ve taken to read my posts. You have been such an encouragement. I pray the Lord will bless you abundantly in 2018! May you have success and joy in every area of your life. I’m excited to see what you do creatively in the new year. Keep in touch! πŸ™‚

  2. It’s so wonderful to hear about your year and how you have grown. I think your honesty is admirable about what you struggle with because some people would keep it to themselves. Instead, you’ve allowed amazing discussions to take place on your blog and that’s awesome. πŸ™‚ I wish you a wonderful new year full of blessings, assurance, and guidance.

    1. Aw, thank you so much! I’m grateful for your kind words πŸ™‚ You’ve been a good friend this year and I’ve really appreciated your frankness in discussions. You’re brave and determined to grow in godly wisdom and knowledge, for which you have my utmost respect! Hopefully we’ll keep in touch in 2018 – I wish you a truly fantastic year!

      1. Thank you so much as well! Your words mean a lot to me πŸ™‚ I love discussions, and seriously being open on your posts, hearing your perspective, and then continuing the discussion has really pushed me to keep discussing. I’ve found that God has shown me how to work on speaking clearly and gently. It’s so important we all feel heard, and I strive to make sure I can do that to the best of my ability. Admittedly, this past year especially, I’ve struggled with a lot of fear, so to be told I’m brave, means quite a lot to me. Thank you. πŸ™‚

        1. Awesome! I think ‘clearly and gently’ is definitely what I strive for in discussions, and I hope God will help me to improve on that and the way I communicate in general in 2018. My word for 2018 is ‘humility’ and I hope to get better at understanding where people are coming from, especially when I feel challenged or threatened in some way. It’s great to be part of the WordPress community as we can all learn from each other. I’ve learned a lot this year. Thanks, T.R.!

          1. Humility is a word I’ve held close, especially since 2014 when I realized my bitterness from a past toxic church experience had gotten to me. God continues to teach me a lot and having your heart focused on Him, πŸ™‚ , He will keep guiding you.

  3. Steven, I am glad to have met you and to have gotten to know you some, too. I appreciate many of the things you have shared on your blog and with me on my blog. I like your honesty. And, I like your uniqueness. That is one of the special things about you. You often make me smile, too, and that is nice! I appreciate how you have opened your blog and your heart to other bloggers, too, by allowing them to share their blogs on your site. That was very generous and thoughtful of you. I do hope for you to know Jesus Christ in a special way this year, and that you would find perfect peace in him. Thanks for being a good friend. Your friend in Christ – Sue Love

    1. Hello Sue! Thank you so much for your kind words. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you, too. You are possibly the most prolific Christian blogger I’ve ever come across – it’s wonderful that you come up with so many thoughtful (and helpful) posts each week! Like I’ve said before, it’s quite a legacy you’re going to leave for Christians in the future. I can only apologise that I don’t have the time/patience to read every one of your posts! I wish you a joyful and productive 2018 and will look forward to keeping in touch. God bless you!

      1. Steven, Thank you so much! You do my heart good!! πŸ™‚ You have a gift with words, for sure. I really appreciate you, and thank God for you!

        As you know, I give God all the glory for everything he does in me and through me. He is my inspiration, my counsel, my guide. He leads me to what he wants me to write, and how often, too, for he is not bound by rules set down by man on the appropriate number of posts or even the appropriate (socially acceptable) topics, either. So, I just write what he gives me, and I leave it to him to use these however he has planned, for his purposes, and for his glory.

        Thank you for your kind expressions towards me and for your thoughtful remarks. They are most appreciated. Sue

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