Rainy Autumn Mondays Unto the Lord

We were thankful for the rain Monday morning. The dry ground was thirsty! I was glad the girls got their pumpkins carved the evening before, just in time. We don’t celebrate Halloween as its roots are not even close to God-honoring, and in my conviction, I cannot celebrate it, but I did wait for the pumpkins to go on sale for the girls to do their own little decor since God himself made pumpkins.

I started the day off early by cooking my husband a power bowl style breakfast with turkey bacon and blueberries. Tossed some black beans in the eggs for extra energy.

My youngest got off to school, and of course not too far into the morning once the sun came up all the way, the dogs were ready to go back out.

Back to the couch for some study in the Word. My friend loves to nestle up to me. He has these bouts a few times a day. It’s not all calm, trust me. This is round one, haha.

Since finding out I have gallbladder issues, I am only supposed to eat turkey, fish or chicken. I bought some ground turkey, cooked it thoroughly, boiled my green beans in a couple teaspoons of chicken broth, then combined the two and set on a low simmer. Once the pasta was finished, I combined all three. It doesn’t look the most appealing, but it tasted amazing. *Edited to add, this dish is actually from Tuesday evening I believe. I’ve been cooking so much I lost track.*

About midday while the littles I watch were napping, I went out to snap more photos because the beauty of fall is a gift to me, and since my birthday happens to be on its first day, I felt the Lord who created me, couldn’t have chosen a better time.

The evening came and I wanted to catch the coziness of our quaint space which I thank God for. We are merely travelers passing through this world, but I am thankful He allowed us to move here into this little pocket in the woods which reminds me much of our Kentucky house but with the four rooms we had always desired. This is the first time the kids have ever had their own bedroom.

Bye sun.

When I think of the beauty of autumn it only gives me one more reason to add to the countless others to be thankful to Jesus. He thought to make such things which blows my mind; I was glad to capture. The detail of creation is just another reason I can’t see how people might think there is no God.

He is obviously an on-purpose Creator…an on-purpose all mighty God!

“Yet hear now, O Jacob My servant,
And Israel whom I have chosen.
2 Thus says the Lord who made you
And formed you from the womb, who will help you:
‚ÄėFear not, O Jacob My servant;
And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
And floods on the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring;
4 They will spring up among the grass
Like willows by the watercourses.’
5 One will say, ‚ÄėI am the Lord‚Äôs‚Äô;
Another will call himself by the name of Jacob;
Another will write with his hand, ‚ÄėThe Lord‚Äôs,‚Äô
And name himself by the name of Israel.

There Is No Other God

6 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel,
And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
‚ÄėI am the First and I am the Last;
Besides Me there is no God.
7 And who can proclaim as I do?
Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me,
Since I appointed the ancient people.
And the things that are coming and shall come,
Let them show these to them.
8 Do not fear, nor be afraid;
Have I not told you from that time, and declared it?
You are My witnesses.
Is there a God besides Me?
Indeed there is no other Rock;
I know not one.‚Äô ‚ÄĚ

Isaiah 44:1-8 NKJV

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When a blogger has more tools than they know what to do with.

More and Less Balance. Text on a sheet of paper.

Request accepted. I was in.  They let me into the group. Now I would have even more advice for the vocation I was in!

But I scrolled through and became overwhelmed with the amount of information before my eyes. Immediately, discouragement tried to set in as I felt ill-equipped to find the “starting line.”

Sometimes we don’t need to add more onto our pile, we just need wisdom for what we already have. – Tweet this

I took a deep breath and told myself to lighten up.

Clicking all the boxes away, I turned my head away from the screen to think.  Walking away was my best line of defense.

When all else fails, doing something else usually helps me to gain clarity.

Just two hours later, I saw a sign-up for writers wanting to know more about x, y, and z. ¬†I though to myself, “Well I’d better, or I might miss out if I don’t take the chance!

This is true, but after a few moments of contemplation about the previous overwhelm that came over me, and the current work load I had, I opted out this time.

More clicking off of boxes. ¬†Oh look, there’s the blinking cursor telling me to write. ¬†I should probably do that instead.

Just when you think you’ve unplugged and gone on a frontier adventure, your phone reminds you this is not so.

Yes, sometimes I put it under my pillow,¬†but sometimes I need it. And when I am on it, there’s lots of options. I am talking to the choir today, I know.

Those options tell us there’s a better way!

This time there was another new app available to help edit photos. But should I?

I already had a nice editor.  I knew how to work it. It was comfy in my hands. Should I try something new or stay where I was?

Each scenario is unique.  Sometimes we should stay, sometimes we should go.

And sometimes we don’t know if we should go until we put our foot forward.and.go. Maybe changes will need to be made later on. That’s okay. ¬†

One thing’s for sure, there are lots options everyday of our lives in the culture we are living in, in the USA.

This is just a small fraction of what can happen in one single day as I sit in front of my computer to work.  If you are a writer, you probably experience this too.

Joining social media groups are not bad, free offers and webinars are actually quite cool, and we all know a well made app can make a rugged task more smooth.

Have you taken inventory of your techy closet lately? – Tweet

If I see so much that I can’t focus on a few main things but instead get overwhelmed by the abundance of non-relevant, random things, I know full well it’s time for a deep cleaning.

It’s okay to cut it back. ¬†It’s okay to not be doing everything that everyone else is doing. Even if it’s a good thing. – Tweet

As I’ve said before, we are all different paces going different places. ¬†We can’t expect for everything that worked for ___ to work for us just like that.

And it’s not bad to try either! ¬†We can step out and try new things that may help us. And if they don’t we can say, “Well, that was nice but no thanks!”

So in everything we do, we can glorify God by having faith, working our best, and putting it all in His hands.  Even techy tools. Yes, even those.  Tweet

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I felt like He gave me a green light to go ahead a few weeks into this series. I wanted to prepare as I wrote my first e-book.  I wanted everything to be legit and look professional, so soon when you come here, it will be really different, but I hope it will be a benefit to you.  This is my desire.

If you desire to unfollow me or anything due to the changes, that is totally fine.  I understand!  I hope I can continue blessing you though, as you do me.

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When a blogger wants to stop writing all over the proverbial map.

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I have a confession to make: My mind is sometimes all over the place. Okay, mostly..all over the place.

This series you are reading? Yeah, I needed it. Bad.

My creative mind is like a cheetah on steroids some days, with new ideas and photographic visions. ¬†And I really want a rubber pencil. If they don’t exist, I think I’ll try and patent a design. I have a feeling they exist though…

That creative breakfast scramble, the poem about my mushy gushy marriage, the prayer for the hurting souls, a rant about education stereotypes, graphics of pine trees, OH -and a walk through the book of Ruth.

All over the map with topics, no certain direction. ¬†But my fate wasn’t sealed.

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After 4-5 years of trying my hand at blogging, I am finally discovering the benefit of narrowing down my writing focus.

But it’s so hard y’all. ¬†Life is abundant and full. What ever will I choose?

I still have a long way to go but am seeing that finding a writing voice is a process that only happens as I put pen to paper and actually.just.write.

Whether a woodworker or an executive, if you want to be good, you have to learn your craft.

– Jeff Goins, source

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How does a writer learn their craft?

A writer learns their craft by being teachable and by practice, practice, practice.

I told you before about my past failed business attempts, but I never mentioned the gold nugget I took from those failures.  It was this: Be willing to learn from others.

In recent days, my passion and pride would collide and then came the flop.

You don’t have to sell out to be willing to learn from another.

I personally appreciate passionate writers who share advice as if meeting at a coffee shop. This kind of help is a great blessing in my opinion.

I‚Äôd still be writing even if I wasn‚Äôt published, because writing isn‚Äôt just what I do ‚ÄĒ writing is who I am.

– Lisa Shearin, New York Times Best Selling Author, source

What should a writer’s goal be?

I will answer this by telling you what a writer’s goal shouldn’t be.

Don’t let making money, people pleasing, or desire to be known – be your goal. If these become your goal, you will not be living the abundant life God has called you to.

Anytime I find my flesh man  getting caught up in the rigmarole of these jumbled webs, I pull back for a pit stop. Taking a breather to refocus is essential here.

If I only worked for the money, I’d hate working. It’s not enough to sustain. The creative person just does their thing & money is a bonus.

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So, how do I narrow down my writing focus then?

There are different methods and they are not difficult to try, but it takes the discipline of “butt-in-chair” and the patience to observe over time.

This isn’t for everyone. This advice is more geared toward the overwhelmed blogger who is tired of too many thought bubbles when they sit down at the drawing board.

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A blogger’s best tip when dealing with overload.

It was forty-five minutes past midnight as the screen from the laptop kept my face lit up while I pounded out another thousand words onto the white page.

I just couldn’t stop. ¬†Once I had an idea in my head, I had to get it down or I’d forget. Only thing was, the next morning came too early with a side of grouchy momma.

Some of you may have guessed it was me in this story here: The workoholic writer. Holy Spirit had been speaking to me about this.

I knew change had to come, I just wasn’t sure where to start.

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I don’t resent hard work. And I don’t despise long hours at my laptop typing because it is something I am passionate about.

For me, writing allows me to share and serve from a cheerful place!

But what happens when there’s no self control or accountability?

You get a consumed momma.

I was listening to a Compel Training session in an interview with Kelly Minter¬†who¬†said, “…from the inspiration to the perspiration.”

She was referring to the hard disciplines that continue long after the calling.

Going from the lovey-dovey stage of a writing project to the hard part is okay with me, now I just a problem with stopping, hence the writing break.

I had to get back in sync with my Father.  This blog overload and a lack of boundaries in it caused me to spend less time with Him.

I wasn’t very organized but was on a roll, it was just something I had to learn the hard way I guess – that no ounce of anything good is worth my relationship with Father.

When a blogger-mom takes on too much at once.

At the rate I was going mixed with everything else I had going on at home, balls were dropping in all the wrong places.

First I had to admit this, then I prayed.  I was scared I might have to give up writing all together if God was still calling me to home school.

I didn’t want to quit another hobby-turned-work again! ¬†I have had a track record of this. ¬†Just research Teerific Tots¬ģ or Salutes N Sandals. ¬†Yes, you can giggle. I will hide my embarrassment¬†and go remind myself it was nice that I tried at all!

As I cried out to Father, which in that season I did a lot of crying out it seemed,…he helped me find a way to move forward with blogging without allowing other areas in my life to suffer.

I had to cut out excess in order make my writing goals manageable.

Not only my writing goals, but life!

Finding balance was going to be the key to the upkeeping.

This sort of reminded me of how my son learns.  If he sees too many math problems on the page all at once, he gets overwhelmed and wants to run.

Same concept here.

Just as I learned the load my son could handle at a time, I had to learn my own workload.

My best blogger tip found from my own personal experience is this: Cut out the excess to make room for what counts today.

Cutting back never feels like progress in the beginning. Just ask any writer who has had to go under the radar while working on an obscure project.

Less usually feels like less in today’s American culture, but I am going against the grain – to go God’s way, so He can grow me in this thing slayed with words.

Will you be open to cutting out excess in your life in order to make room for what matters in this current season?

It just might be the most fruitful pruning you’ve ever seen.


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What do focus, pace, rest and progress all have in common?

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I seriously annoy myself when I start on a writing project and find myself getting distracted with other writing-related things.

Sooner or later I become mentally fatigued.

When my eyes try to lock in on too much at once they become strained, my mind overwhelmed. Even as I write this, I have another tab pulled up on my screen.

I stopped writing for a short bit to pull back and get some perspective, only I became sidetracked with an article about market research.

Faster than you can say Italian soda, my mind was reeling and I began sucking in enough air to go the distance [of learning all about Market Research] in one giant sprint.

Overdoing it never worked for me, yet I couldn’t understand why I would have these bouts of energy where I felt super inspired, super ready to tackle anything and everything I needed to know.

How am I supposed to write about what God has laid on my heart when I am unfocused or focusing on the wrong thing?

The truth is, I don’t make the same kind of progress each time I sit down at my computer. ¬†It depends on what the goal is for that day. – Tweet

It took me a long time to figure this out, and that it’s okay to have a system that works for me, even if it’s not necessarily what the next guy is doing.

For a writer or a blogger who has a deadline, there very well may be a legitimate and healthy pressure to get things accomplished in a timely manner.

But what if you could steadily make progress from a place of rest rather than stress?

What if you could find a system that works for you rather than against you and actually propelled you forward more than any of the striving to get ahead ever did?

“Writing from rest is like moving forward on a fully charged battery.”

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Moms & overwhelmed bloggers,  do you need encouragement to keep moving forward with this thing you feel God is calling you to do for His glory?

I want to share what I have learned so far, what has helped me along in this journey of grace, writing, pace, rest, progress, goals, focuswriting and blogging.  I will be sharing from a place of personal experience rather than from a professional stance.

Why have I written this series?

To help you move forward in this writing calling by finding a system that works for you!

No person is exactly alike.  No situation is exactly alike.  Like many, I have learned by trial and error what is too much, not enough and just the right pace for me.

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So I pinned those tabs for later, bookmarked the other pages I didn’t want to lose, walked away and then came back to the blog post.

Refreshed and ready to formulate sentences from my thoughts and ideas, I was able to make progress.

There is no way I could have gotten back on track unless I reversed my wheels away from the wrong direction I was previously heading.

When you jump off the crazy train and focus on your “One Thing,” rest will nestle itself into your deepest parts, no matter what your circumstance may be.

So what do focus, pace, rest and progress all have in common?

Working in tandem, they all help to get you where you need to go.

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Do you need to lay your pen aside or shut the laptop for a moment?  Sometimes we make better progress when we stop and regroup. 

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A Tale of Transforming Taste Buds

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My four year old was feeling better, we got our dog back from the vet, school work was through and the evening knocked at my door.

Feeling like a young child inside because free time around here doesn’t happen as much I’d like, I went to my room to fish through the Netflix shows hoping to find something good so I could fold the laundry which was lamenting beneath its own weight.

After about 30 minutes of scrolling, my eyes hurt. I usually prefer British shows, Laura Ingalls types, or the other extreme would be super hero shows, but tonight I could not find anything to suit my fancy.

I’ve cut out a lot that makes me feel weird or heart-racey.¬†I enjoy The Fixer Upper and The Pioneer Woman but no new seasons yet. Sad face.

I got done folding and I turned to my computer.  Write.

The thought made me excited.  I ENJOY every chance I get to peck away at the keyboard and tell a story, or share a thought, or browse photos first and see what words come from the inspiration of the photo itself.

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I remembered it was Thursday and that meant #FiveMinuteFriday.  I sat down to check out the scene.

As I was pondering on what to write about, for the word prompt ENJOY, it occurred to me that I now think I rather ENJOY writing than watching things for entertainment.

So tonight I confess to you dear friend that my taste buds have changed.  I am 31 and I am finding it harder and harder to like the same things I used to.  But that is okay.

Here’s to ENJOYing the taste buds God gave me that are ever morphing in due season. Here’s to less dressy and more converses and slip-ons, more long tunics, skinny jeans and boots.

Here’s to patiently waiting on Joanna Gaines and Ree Drummod to share another slew of episodes, and writing in between -life not hinged on the next cool thing to come out, because I am blazing down this trail God set before me.

Maybe this is God’s way of preparing me for the next season in life. Who knows where it will take me? Life is an adventure you know…

Enjoy it!

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This was a timed, 5 minute free-write with Kate Motaung & the crew for #FiveMinuteFriday.  We write swooshingly quick with no edits and then hit publish.

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People & Prose

Finding My Voice

Remaining Authentic

-Taking Risks-

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(When my computer isn’t glitching that is hence the late post that keeps trying to go bye-bye.)

Last Monday I wrote about writing from the heart and the sort of fog that encumbered the atmosphere due to an unexpected event occurring.

That week was also filled with another type of stress which is something our family is working through together.

I had to choose to say no to guilt and shame for not being around the blogs, social media and the online studies as much.

I had to pull back to refocus and love on people in my life.

The recovering perfectionist inside wants to pick last week apart like my friend picks the toppings off of everyone’s pizza and taco salads.

I could have done so much more.

Man I totally dropped the ball. Again.

Blah, blah, blah. Says the negative self talk. All the while God knows the situation and that mulling over things doesn’t allow us to time travel and make changes like the Flash does in his speedy way.

Why do we women do this? No, wait -it’s a human thing. Not just a woman thing.

Thinking no matter what we do, it is never good enough.

My heart has been going out to the younger mamas lately.¬† I feel your pain.¬† I hear you. I am there too.¬† Stretched thin like the last bit of Betty Crocker¬ģ butter in the bottom crevices of the plastic container, spread desperately over a slice of bread.

Sometimes there are things that happen beyond our control and we have to use wisdom the best we know how to maneuver through the crazy.

Sometimes when our best doesn’t look that great in our opinions, we have to rest in knowing God will take our work that seems so ¬†little and make it much.

Maybe not today. Or tomorrow. But eventually.

And maybe the “much” won’t appear how we think either. That is ok. And life is about character and love more than it is about grandness in the world’s eyes.

Writing While in Process

Writing requires balance. Something I don’t have much of, though I am desiring of it and willing to learn. Am learning. S.l.o.w.ly.

I don’t want to keep being an all or nothing person, I don’t.¬†When¬†I am¬†in process, learning to fine tune¬†a writing technique, sorting out a schedule, fighting to be faithful in the present while also studying for the future¬†it can become interesting inside of my head and I am glad no one can see in there, except for God who isn’t freaked out by it of course.

Hard isn’t necessarily bad. We humans tend to think anything that hurts is bad.¬† At least I can know there is growth occurring from all the¬† pain right?

 

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Which Trail Do I Take?

Do I focus more on revealing the thriving side or do I should focus more on the mistakes and struggles from the raw places?  How much do I share right now and how much do I hold back and save for later?

No one person can answer this for someone else.

We all need to be real with ourselves and write from an honest place and it is each person’s preference how they go about doing it.

Here’s to finding our voices, remaining authentic and taking risks, fellow writers.

There’s a time to tweak and a time to tweet. A time to refuel and a time to push through. A time to learn from others and a time to take some things we’ve learned, put them on paper and let them fly.

Let God lead you, my friend.



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Today will you check out Kelly Baker’s blog?¬† She writes from a place of transparency, sharing how God is using seasons of her life for purpose and growth.¬† Thank you, Kelly for reaching out to me on social media and for linking up here.¬† You are a blessing indeed!



 

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