Friday, February 28, 2014

Good intentions

Writing, or any profession for that matter, doesn't just simply happen. It takes action. No amount of good intentions or wishful thinking creates results. It takes discipline, as well. As with homeschooling, it requires the discipline to say no to the multitude of items screaming for attention. It necessitates an ordering of priorities.

This week wasn't so much about good intentions, however. But it was all about prioritizing. It was a week of the usual, along with the uncommon. It was a week of sickness, a broken clothes dryer, and the plodding on of education in the mundane and in the future. The priority this week was not writing, sad to say.

I harbor no guilt over this, though, as I trust that the LORD has planned my week as He saw fit. Too often, I run about like a "Martha," entirely too worried and caught up in my own agenda, instead of sitting at His feet, listening to what He would say. (Luke 10)

He invites us to come. Too often I reply with, "I can't. I have too much to do." And yet he repeats the invitation to come. He tells us to seek Him first because, in so doing, the rest will follow. (Matt.6:33) How about you? Will you have good intentions or will you respond with action by sitting at His feet?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Blog favorites

I thought it would be fun to list a few of my favorite blogs. If I'm not writing, I can be found reading. Without further ado, here they are:

The Matt Walsh Blog - He's a terrific writer, a straight-shooter, and a deep thinker.

A Planting of the Lord - Kimberly Henderson, also a terrific writer, and a woman who speaks truth with gentleness.

Enjoying the Small Things - Blogger and photographer Kelle Hampton is fun, crafty, and gut-wrenchingly honest about the ordinary.

Octamom - Julie Carr, another wonderful writer, photographer, and mom of many. - This anonymous mom-of-many blogger has a sense of humor as large as her family!

Happy reading!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Only one life

I believe it is human nature to want to make a difference in this world, to feel as if we matter, and to have an impact on others. I also think we take for granted the number of our days and underestimate the power we have in changing lives. We fall for the lie that in order to make a difference in someone's life, we must do something big, something newsworthy, something that goes viral. Yet some of the smallest acts of kindness are done in secret without fanfare, without acknowledgement or recompense. Recently, I came across the story of one man who made a silent difference. He was only one man, but he knew that we each have only one life. He chose to use his life well.

Sir Nicholas George Winton


It's an amazing story, isn't it? What about you? How are you going to use your one life? That thing you choose to do? It doesn't have to be big. It doesn't have to be noticeable. It doesn't have to be a large number of people. It just has to be for the right reason. Only one life. What about it?