On Finishing Well (or just trusting God)

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I’ve always longed for a Happy Ending.

Not a Happy Meal, but you know, that end that all little girls dream about in their deepest places. The places that get pressed down, shushed and forgotten.

I’ve settled most of my life for glorious beginnings. And I’ve had quite a few.

The fact is, it’s the finishing well, these days, I long for. Am longing for but suspecting I am incapable of…ultimately.

See, I know I’m not a good finisher. I’m the girl with the pie in the sky ideas, that fall from heaven, and I run, excited down the field sharing it all. But in the end, I drop the ball. Or I get so scared I will, that I pass it once the pressure comes.

No, I’m not a good finisher.

But, God knows this…and oddly enough, it comforts me to know that He loves this wild-eyed, excitable chick right through to my child-like heart.

He loves me.

I know it, I wish I could fathom it completely, I really do. I mean it’s what I am here for. To bask in His abundant love…and then just lather it all over others.

My confidence is in Him;

Because this flesh, right here. I know it full well.

I’ve got nothin’ in me that will get me through the muck. Nothin’ at all.

But, I’ve got a God that won’t leave me in the muck.

I’m putting it all down on Him.

Because any chance at all of me finishing well, well, that’s all Him.

I’m trusting that.

I’m trusting Him.



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. ~Philippians 1:6




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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at dawn.paoletta@gmail.com

16 thoughts on “On Finishing Well (or just trusting God)

  1. I love it. You’re right… He loves us. I was just discussing this with a friend tonight – His love for believers; His love for those He is chasing who He knows will believe; and also His love for those He knows reflect His image but will never believe. It’s unfathomable.

    With regards to finishing well, I agree and am glad it’s not all on our shoulders! 🙂

    “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6


  2. Dawn, I could just give you a big hug right now! That’s how I feel right now – I’ve got nothing – and I’m like you – I’ve got the pie in the sky dreams – and finishing is so terribly hard. God knew that – He gave me my husband – who helps make those dreams work out – I so needed right now – these last few weeks – to remember how God sees me – and this, oh, I so needed this!


    1. I am hugging you right back! And my hubby, is a gift too. Unless I’m mad at him…lol. JK. God is so good, and I wish I could just rest more in Hi love, peace, grace and perfection, so I just would overflow more of all that too everyone around me. I’m a WIP. Happy weekend.


  3. Amen! That’s the perfect verse to share… God is the one who finishes well – in us – and it is not of our own making. What amazing grace.


  4. Oh man, yes! Beautiful words that spoke straight to the heart. I am so grateful He goes before us into the muck of life and brings us through.


  5. This is so me Dawn! Of course, it was the “just trusting God” in the title that made me read it right away 🙂 I too have glorious beginnings, which I think is why I describe myself as a “visionary”. I see big picture things, but get bogged down in details which makes it so tough to finish well. But I was just reading 1 Cor. 12-27 yesterday about the parts of the body. God surrounds me with people whose gifts compliment mine and together…together we finish well, each encouraging the other through those rough parts to keep our eyes on a “God who won’t leave me (us) in the muck.” Thanks for being part of that body who reminds me we are human, but in Him I can finish well 🙂


  6. I love that you “finish” your writings with this..”Because any chance at all of me finishing well, well, that’s all Him.

    I’m trusting that.

    I’m trusting Him.”
    THAT is in fact what He wants us to do all the way until the finish line.


  7. Oh girl… from one who has battled a lack of follow through to another… I get this and here’s the secret… just do it! (Start – and finish – that canvas, my friend!) Just do it because He has called you to it and He will give you grace… Oh – and sometimes – when we think we have quit… or dropped the ball or fill-in-the-blank, it’s really that He has passed it on for someone else to work on. We move in seasons and as you said, in any of our ‘finishing well’ moments… it’s all Him! Love you girl! (Now go paint something!) ❤


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