What’s your OneWord for 2015?
Everyone keeps asking that question. I hesitate responding, but under pressure I mutter, “Essential.”
Facing the impossible? Hopeless situations? Unreasonable expectations? Unattainable dreams?
I struggle with discouragement at times. So, I really want to be honest with you. And I need you to know that this pouring out of my life in words online for the world to see stretches me beyond my comfort zone.
Thinking of Daddy the day after Christmas …
I think of you when leaves turn brown;
falling gently to the damp, soft ground.
I think of you in the cool, evening breeze;
sitting quietly under the fall trees.
I think of you as squirrels scamper by,
and birds fly south in the autumn sky.
I think of you as crickets chirp at night;
I’m roasting marshmallows over the fire light.
I think of you almost every day–
your smile, your eyes, your loving way.
Can you believe it’s been so many years?
Traveled many miles, cried a million tears.
Do you think of me in that heavenly place?
I just can’t wait ’til I see your face!
© 2009 Karen Jordan All Rights Reserved
I’ve decided to unplug for awhile. I’m not sure what that will look like since I’ve never really done it. But I know that I need to place this blog and some other work activities on hold until further notice.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Num. 6:24-26 NIV)
I can’t believe Christmas is ONLY eight weeks away! I know–I haven’t even planned for Thanksgiving either.
When my friend, Mary Larmoyeux, asked me to plan a Countdown to Christmas workshop with her, I realized the holidays were slipping up on me again. So, I thought this would be a great way to get a jump-start on some of my holiday planning.
I think you will enjoy this fun-filled day of gathering ideas for the holidays. Yes, you might even discover a few ideas for Thanksgiving!
What will you glean from this workshop?
Be sure to register by Tuesday, November 4, so we can prepare a place for you at the workshop.
Hope to see you there! Here’s a link to for more information about this special holiday workshop.
How are you planning to Countdown to Christmas this year? Be sure to leave your comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
My legs quiver as I step onto the sidewalk in front of my home. How can I launch out for a walk feeling so weak?
I take a second step, determined to go forward with my plan to regain my health by exercising.
Obstacles. My motivation to exercise overpowers my temptation to stop. I gain strength in each additional step, as I begin my lesson in perseverance.
But it will not be an easy journey. There are obstacles to overcome and goals to reach. Can I make it?
Resistance. Exercise, like other worthwhile endeavors, demands strength and stamina. The first morning I attempt my new exercise program, everything within me resists it, like opposite poles of two magnets.
I would rather do just about anything other than exercise. So, on my first day out, I let temptation win. I stay home, and I feel guilty the rest of the day.
Failures. By the next morning, my previous day’s failure serves as my primary motivating force. So, I lace up my walking shoes, purchased just for this occasion, and jog slowly out of my garage. My first goal has been accomplished. And the next thing I know, I’m crossing the street facing the next block.
Intimidation. Okay, this is going to be a breeze, I think. But by the time I turn the corner, another fear presents itself, as if to try to stop me in my tracks. An all-male construction crew building a house nearby alarms me because of the recent crimes in my neighborhood. I’m fearful of walking in front of them. But I hold my breath and walk on. I move this obstacle out of the way, as I change my route and proceed in another direction.
Distractions. As I walk uphill, I become short of breath. When I slow down to breathe, a gray squirrel catches my attention. He’s busy burying an acorn in my neighbor’s yard. I watch him as I walk by. When I look up, I’m already at the end of the street, about to turn the corner to complete another block.
Goals. I continue to accomplish small goals as I walk. In a short while, I’ve gone far enough, and I decide to return to my home. My mind is cleared by the fresh air, but my body is affected by the exercise.
When I arrive home, I’m exhausted, but surprisingly refreshed. As I sit down for a cool glass of water before I shower, I recall the distance I’ve covered. I feel good about myself, and I’m grateful that I resisted the temptation to quit.
Strength. In 2 Corinthians 12:8, Paul tells us that the Lord’s “power is made perfect in weakness.”
I find that to be true as I confess my weaknesses to the Lord. Somehow, I find strength as I face my weaknesses each day.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak … those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength … they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Is. 40:29-31 NIV)
Where have your faced resistance in your life? How did you overcome it?
Do you struggle with choosing the things that matter most in your life? Are you wandering through your wilderness of chaos?
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my struggle with focus as a writer, and I invited others to consider my “40-Day Challenge: Telling the Stories That Matter Most” on the WordServe Water Cooler. Since I struggle with this problem in other areas of my life, I wanted to share my recent WordServe post on my personal blog.
In your busy life, how do you determine which things matter most?
A close examination of our priorities helps a lot. But often in the process of prioritizing, we realize that we’ve neglected some of our greatest concerns—like our health, marriage, children, or faith.
|Date:||November 7, 2014|
|Event:||Countdown to Christmas|
|Topic:||Workshop and Lunch|
|Sponsor:||StoryWriting Studio and Legacy Connection|
Arkansas Baptist State Convention
|Location:||10 Remington Drive
Little Rock, AR 72204
|Registration:||Click here to register.|