Today’s thoughts were on a few different things pondering the blog posts read today. My thoughts reflect on the daily process no matter what comes your way. One blog post read is about the spiritual warfare believers face and how it comes head on when we are walking in obedience. Check out the post by clicking the spiritual warfare link above . Seems like things are going just fine and you have exuberance for your obedience. Of course, the enemy is not pleased and all of sudden you feel like the dart board in a game of throw the darts. The key is to keep moving forward. God does have your back. You can read about this in the story of Elijah (I Kings 19).
I would say this has been an enriching experience. The key takeaway is that you learn at your own pace. The assignments are great! They are challenging and force you out of your comfort zone. Although there are bloggers who have been at this quite some time, there is always room to improve and move forward in your blogging journey as they have shown. While the key takeaway is learning at your own pace, I must say that the second takeaway, for me, was getting involved in the blogging community. There is such rich material out there and people who want to share their journey of living, laughing, crying, healing and creativity.
One of the best things that I received is the acceptance. I can write my own story. I don’t have to compare myself to others and I get to read some amazing stories from the other bloggers as well as engage. I have learned so much and saw photos that were brilliant. The support from the staff and other writers has been phenomenal. I have been writing a while but was never involved in a community like this. I have found quite a few bloggers to follow and have received quite a few followers myself. My commitment to writing this year started off with bang. Blogging 101 helped to reinforce the commitment and while my writing is far from over, this has been a great foundation.
I still have a couple of assignments to finish. The learning is based on your time. Having a job and other life events occurring, it was challenging but I accepted. The assignments to finish involve tweaking my site and that, to me, is a continuous process. As I grow in this blogging journey, I must say that I do appreciate immensely this stop on my way.
My comfort today in the Lord is so much stronger. It has been an interesting January. The commitment to writing has been mentioned. A narrower focus, concentrating on my gift and being consistent or faithful has kept me appreciating all that He does for me. Faithfulness is an interesting word because it automatically lends itself to the subject of faith. However, it is not just about faith in God but also about faith in the things you do.
Faithfulness is defined by such terms as
strict or thorough in the performance of duty; true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc; steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant
reliable, trusted, or believed
adhering or true to fact, a standard
full of faith; believing (By the way this is listed as an obsolete definition. I tend to believe there is nothing obsolete about faithfulness.)
In looking at the above definition, it is definitely necessary to build this character trait. In noticing the difference and changes in myself after committing to a particular thing, I can look back and see that when I was all over the place, I was in a chaotic place. There is definitely something to be said for faithfulness. Keep reading on God’s faithfulness…!
Today’s post is kind of short for me but to the point. “This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
Today, recognition blesses my soul and that keeping my commitment to the present, the now is wrapped up in this Scripture. I believe that I am truly living now because I have surrendered my gift of writing to Him. Embracing and using this gift to share with others has been a rewarding and eye-opening journey of self-discovery. There’s more, keep reading!
Writing has always been a part of my life. I love words and wanted to do something with them. I have found myself in several fields that did not give me the reward I receive when I write. The older I get, the more I find that being true to oneself is key. What does that mean for many of us? Some people might not understand who they truly are.
As a Christian, I do believe that God gives each individual a purpose and gifts each person with a way to fulfill that purpose. Many of us spend years chasing circles because we either don’t understand or are not willing to listen to advice being given. Generally, young people tend to want to experience everything believing that things change with every generation. I think age has more to do with this perspective – idealistic, enthusiastic, and invincible. Some things change, everything doesn’t.
Well into mid-life, I find that I have come full circle. Even though I need work to pay the bills, I am content with writing. My heartfelt wish in writing is to share understanding about life and traveling life’s journey. Maybe someone reading what I write will be inspired and have that moment of clarity to fulfill what God has in store for them.
When I consider what type of writer I am, I believe my words cause readers to feel. The emotion a reader feels can be used to propel them further into realizing their dreams. While feelings are certainly fleeting, it is important to take what that feeling offers and move forward. For instance, anger has propelled into motion some of the greatest causes for freedom and liberty.
Anger is only one emotion, but used correctly can change a course of events to impact lives for the better. My point is this. As we move forward in our journeys, look to make an impact. Quit circling. I have never believed that I have to experience everything in my life to receive understanding. (I do not have to get burned just to believe the fire is hot.) Understand where you are headed and where you want to go. God is not slack concerning His purpose for your life and when you need additional clarity, He’ll give it to you. It may be in an actual experience, in reading, in listening, in seeing or just plain silence.
NKJV – Proverbs 2:2 – “So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding.”
I thought about this post yesterday when driving to pick my daughter up from work. Gratitude and appreciation fill my heart today as God continues to prove His faithfulness and love. Writing is a passion of mine and He has opened the door. Of course, it is His gift to me. The Word of God says that your gift will make room for you. You may be asking how this is related to the subject. When things are chaotic, and you really can’t figure out what direction to take, it’s time to stop, take inventory, and proceed with knowledge and wisdom. The knowledge of truth and wisdom comes from God.
Well, a few weeks ago I attended a service that talked about being aligned with God. This Pastor spoke about receiving strange instruction from God. In his review of the Scriptures, he brought to our attention several instances that showed when the children of God called upon Him in challenging situations, He gave strange instruction. I preface with this because many times when we finally get to that place when we are aligned with God, He has given us strange instruction. It’s not the typical “what I would do in this situation” instruction. It’s what He wants us to do in the situation. Strange instruction may seem just that to onlookers but being in alignment with God is more important that making sure someone understands exactly what’s going on. Many times, we don’t even understand every element of what God is doing.
As I write, and praise God for new paid writing assignments, it has taken me quite a bit of time to be rightly aligned with God. I’ve tried doing my own thing for so long and trying to figure it out, I kept missing the mark. God didn’t withhold blessings but the fulness and richness of His blessing was amiss. I don’t say this lightly and don’t want it to be construed in the wrong way. But, if you evaluate situations that have occurred in your lifetime, check and see which of those had the fullness and richness of God’s blessing. We walk this journey sometimes accepting that we will just get by, and that God will give us enough strength for the next step or carry us sometimes. And, then, there are those times that His richness and fullness brings tears to the eyes because you cannot get this from anyone but Him, your Creator. He fills your heart with His love for you when you realize that He knows the most intimate details about you and fills the needs of those details. Today I praise God! Praise Him with me.
This week has been a balancing act. Completing homework assignments; working part time in retail; making sure that I pick up my younger daughter from school and take her to school; certainly make sure I have babysitting arrangements for the time I have her when I’m at work; accepting a new writing assignment; taking my 18 year-old to work; or, picking up her friend to babysit; getting my 14 year-old to the gym; and, get to sleep in between is a balancing act. Oh, I forgot about dinner, laundry, cleaning…The challenge is interesting, can be taxing, but certainly leaves no room for boredom. My point is that I still want to show gratitude for this life God has blessed me with. God’s blessing of mercy and grace is surely a reason to be grateful. Even when I cannot come up with the answers to the balancing act, God’s mercy seems to emerge larger than life and I find myself thanking Him because He saw my need and worked out the situation. I know that He is opening up doors that no one can close and closing doors no one can re-open. And, I thank God that He is the only one that can do that. God’s true justice and mercy is the source of this life for me. My challenges, trials, successes, and, what might even look like failures are all to His glory. This post is to glorify my Father in Heaven, proclaim Jesus as Lord and be eternally grateful for who He is and what He has done for me. I thank God for this day. “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV)
As I write today, and it has been a while since I added a post, I realize that change is imperative. I look forward to that and yet, have some anxiety. I am challenged today because for so many years I was trained to maintain the box. Get myself trained, get a job, keep a job. However, contrary to the plan to maintain, things don’t always work that way.
At 51, I have arrived at the new age and culture just like everyone else. Traditional jobs are not traditional anymore. Creativity is in the forefront and any resemblance of maintaining in this new culture says that you must allow your creativity to flow. That may be a challenge for some of us old-schoolers. However, challenges are allowed for our growth, to become all that God intended us to be. Graphic design and writing are my two fields of choice to express my creativity. This post is an outlet for that creativity and will be a commitment to express myself on a regular basis.
The job market is a challenge these days. As a single mom again, I have arrived at a place of understanding the challenges, but more than that realize that I have a creative spirit and I would like that spirit to shine bigger and brighter than ever before. The longer I live, the less time I have and having arrived at this place in my life, I want to maximize the time that I have. I thank God I’m still here, challenges and all. I appreciate the opportunity to allow God to do what He wants to do with me and will allow the creative spirit within me to flow.