Stare or Stairs

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Staring can get us in trouble or embarrass us. Sometimes we stare through things when others may think we are staring at them or something else. Sometimes we stare at people we find attractive or we do not like.

When you see something you like or want you can stare or you can take the stairs and go after it.  I know I have let my fear get in the way many times in my life and sometimes it was too late to get back what I lost.  Everyday the news reflects the loss of life and it saddens me.  We fight so hard to be right instead of being together and loving one another.

In each new day, I ask for strength, grace, and love, and to be able to hear, see, and feel the Lord as I walk the path he has chosen for me.  We strive to be Christ-like but we must remember we will never master it until we get to heaven.   God has great plans for me and my family.  It’s important to remember patience as I wait for my husband and in the process I learn more compassion to share in my ministry for other single parents longing to be closer to the one with the one.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

You Almighty Matter!

What we do, what we say, and how we treat others matters.  There are days when I feel unseen and unheard and that what I have to say doesn’t matter to others. As quickly as that comes in to my head; I dismiss it.  We all matter to God and when you live for him what you do to glorify him will matter to those he wants it to matter to.

When we make choices in life; we must be willing to handle what comes from those choices.  Even the greatest of intentions can cause harm.  With God he will take the bad and use it for the greater good.

Do You See Me

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We all have something to offer others but we do not always know right away what our purpose is in life.  Without purpose in our life we are lost.  We cling to what others tell us we should do or should be.  God gave you a special gift and it is something you are passionate about.  The goal is to use the gift of life and talent God has given you to glorify him by loving him and others.

What are you passionate about? Do you know your purpose? A great book to read is “A Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.

BOUNDARIES

BOUNDARIES

This is a great book to help you set boundaries in your life.  Many times in our life we end up stretching ourselves too thin because we don’t want to disappointment someone we love or someone who can help our career.

The knowledge that you can wisely apply from this book will help you find the balance you need for yourself and your family in a busy and challenging world.

In His Hands

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Romans 12:11
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor.
Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
Isaiah 55:11
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

There is a lot of pressure in this world to be the best of the best and often we put most of it on ourselves.   When we are passionate about things that we are good at we put so much pressure on winning and others who are living through you put pressure on you too.

As a writer I want to become one of the great writers that leave a legacy.  I have discovered, like me, many writers didn’t make a living off their writing they had a day time career that paid the bills.  Attorney/writer Scott Turow wrote his first few best sellers, on the train to and from work, Toni Morrison won a Pulitzer prize for her novels and she worked as an editor in Manhattan, Poet William Carlos Williams was a pediatrician; poet Wallace Stevens sold insurance.

In the nineteenth century, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote her great bestseller, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, between scrubbing floors, cooking, and raising her children, Nathaniel Hawthorne worked in the Salem Custom House and wrote “The Scarlett Letter” at night, and Lewis Carroll wrote “Alice in Wonderland” and he was a mathematician.

When I get overwhelmed and have doubts about how, when, and what I will write about I think of these people whom I discovered are just like me.

You are not born being great at something, you master it through surrendering your life to the Lord, and letting him guide you through your growth of using your gift for his Glory and through his glory you will shine.

In anything and everything you do surrender it the Lord, do your best, and let God do the rest.

References
Parallel Study Bible, NIV (1984). Zondervan.
Laurie E. Rozakis, Ph.D.  (1997) The   Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creative Writing (p.18). Alpha Books.

What it takes

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I am connected to the world by many social media sites that receive my WordPress posts.  This is a great way to connect with many people.  Although we may be connected or followed we don’t always see the results of business.  I was reading a spam email this morning about that very subject.  I do agree with what the gentleman was saying.   We have the tools but because the internet is flooded we cannot always live off our personal business.

What does it take to make your dreams a reality? To be 1 of the million authors that people stop and read.  I know from other Authors experiences it takes patience, perseverance, passion, and faith in God.

What do you do to make your business thrive? I would love feedback and ideas.

Unlock me

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Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus..

It’s a terrible feeling to feel trapped or locked in somewhere that you are unsure of; I know from experience.  In both relationship and career we find ourselves locked down in a situation where we try on our to find the solution.  Trying to solve a problem without God is the mistake that keeps us locked in; we are our worst lock to finding peace.

Jesus is the key to our salvation.  Only through Jesus can the lock that binds you be released.  This world is filled will happiness and sorrow.  We must seek God through the sorrow to find the happiness that he has for us.

As I write these very words I remember many things that I faced to get to this point. Alone without someone to love me is overwhelming at times.  I have little faith in the dating sites because it’s difficult to tell by a picture who that person is.  I ask God to unlock me from myself so that I do not block my true love from finding me through my fear.

Squeezed

From The Sunday Times

From The Sunday Times

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

What do you do when you feel squeezed? What can you do? What will you do?  God does not tell us play by play of what we will be doing or what we are supposed to be doing.  We are guided by his truth and with each day and each step we take we must focus on Jesus.  Focusing on Jesus is the only way we can be certain that we are doing what he wants us to do and being what he has meant for us to be.

I have my dreams and God knows the desires of my heart because he has put them there.  The desires of my heart have changed considerably over the past 3 years.  The love I have known and where God has lead me to; makes up a more perfect love in store for me.  The man I am meant to grow old with and adore does exist I just may not have met him yet.  God is working with him, as he is working with me, to make us more perfect for each other than we could ever imagine.

My career is God’s and his alone to command.  I have dreams of what I want to do but God will dictate what it is I will do.  I do not lean on my own understanding for I know nothing compared to God.