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Saturday, January 10, 2015


I read a quote today that preached volumes to me.

Life is for enjoying. It is not a race to see how much you can get done.                        Jill Clark

My new year began with a case of the flu and a new book releasing. I came down sick the day after Christmas. For nearly two weeks, I've had enough energy to fill a very small thimble.

As I begin to lift my head above the covers, my huge to-do list smacks me in the face and makes me want to curl back under my blankey.

When I read that quote, I thought, "yes," I will not run the race to see how much I can do, but that's hard. A new year affords a perfect time to prioritize and realign everything you're involved in. That's never more true than when you're back is against the wall with several projects at once.

Here's my words for January:

STRIVE - toward a decision to follow Christ in all things

STRETCH -toward God's excellence, not man's approval

SURRENDER - to God's will, not ours

SUCCEED in keeping communication lines open with God

I have one more word to think about especially if, like me, you're behind because of illness and holidays. Especially, if your work is stacking up higher than you can climb. Especially, if your to-do list is sticking out the front door.

What is your motivation for what you're about to do?
Most of the time, we don't make choices between good things and bad things. It's between important and more important.
Shall you be active in a group at church or donate time to your library?
Should you continue with one writing group or another?
Do you visit a friend for a couple hours or visit your mother-in-law which takes all day?
I think you get the idea?
First decide on your motivation, and the decision will be easier.

A quote from Hollow Victory by Tara Johnson asks this, "Why am I doing this? Is it because I really want to help out, or because I'm afraid they'll be mad at me if I don't."

Mere people-pleasing can be exhausting and ruinous to our attitudes.

 Seek God.
With a free flow of communication, we can start this new year

and Pampered

And, I don't know about you, but I'm needing a little pampering about now.