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It’s Ok

I haven’t written for awhile, not really sure why. Nothing bad has happened, nothing super amazing has happened, just the same day-in-day-out. Everyone goes through it, the hustle and bustle of family, work, activities, commitments, trying to keep up with everything at home while trying to feel good about myself. There are times it’s just chaotic!

I have been working on my book, not my first book but my other book, the piece that’s coming together nicely; the first book needs a lot of rework. It’s ok though, I’m good with letting it sit for awhile before tearing it apart to only make it better. My goal to write something everyday on my site thenextchapter.com has fallen by the wayside. I keep telling myself that it’s ok, if inspiration hits for my latest book then write… and write… and write!

I have found myself kind of blah about things, not overly enthusiastic but not negative either. Just going through the motions. I actually had a person tell me that I was negative just because I gave an honest answer. Hey, if you didn’t want to hear it then don’t tell me that you want my honest opinion. Oh, and they’re upset with me too because I disagreed with them, they’re trying to chop my head off. Oh my, I’m not always gong to agree with you nor you with me. It’d be an awful world if we all just said yes. It’s ok though, I did nothing wrong; they’re just upset that someone actually had guts to stand on their own.

I have been looking closely at the job boards again. Not that I’m leaving my current position anytime soon, heck who knows after disagreeing with a coworker, but I know that where I’m at now isn’t where I’ll be in the days to come. It’s ok though, my ultimate goal is to have my book published and that it’s a best seller. A book tour and promoting my work would be a dream come true, but in the meantime I’ll stay the course, continue my work and keep my out for the next opportunity.

I have been learning to say no. Really, it’s just something that I don’t like to tell people when they ask for my help. I get myself into scheduling crunches, deadline crunches, overload with personal commitment crunches… my work is always done, done well and I come through each and every time, but sometimes the stress is just too much to continue to handle. It’s ok though, I can say no and people don’t get mad, they just have to ask someone else.

James 1: 2-4: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

 

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You Reap What You Sow

We’ve all worked with that person, the one that always looks over everyone else’s shoulders, their concerned about others’ work and they’re always talking behind your back. They’re not happy with their life and chose to make the workplace their playground.

As an outsider looking in, I would never have dreamed that this one particular coworker would be this way; however, in time I learned. It started just a few months into working with this person, they would make comments about others in the workplace. I’m not one to talk poorly about another person as I don’t walk in their shoes. I was taken back by the comments but considered that possibly something was going on in their personal life affecting their emotions and judgement.

It wasn’t long before I figured out that this person isn’t happy with their life and will turn on others without reason. I was shocked to learn how my coworker had been speaking about me behind my back; no different than what they had been saying about others. It’s disappointing, and I shouldn’t have been surprised as we all know that people that have nothing good to say about others will target everyone and anyone.

I truly believe that a person who is good to others and works hard no matter what their profession will when the time is right enjoy the fruits of their labors. Those, like my coworker that chooses to spend their time being miserable will never enjoy the rewards.

Galatians 6:7-8: Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

 

Off-track?

Have you ever gotten off-track, without realizing what has taken place? How often have you found yourself starting… stopping… starting… stopping, and then without realization you’ve gone no where and accomplished nothing. With the distractions of social media, email, video chat and life… we find ourselves spinning with no end in sight.

Many times I think of how I need to continue my writing. My daily inspirational sight has gone unattended for months and I even moved my unfinished book to an online sight so that I can take a moment here and there to continue with that work too, even when I’m sitting at one of my children’s activities. For whatever reason, everything still sits.

Maybe I overthink my writing. That has crossed my mind. Instead of relaxing and letting the story flow, I find myself choosing the perfect words so that each sentence is just so. My downfall at times is being a perfectionist. It’s difficult for me to settle for less. After all, I truly am a good writer, but also wonder if the unknown of catching a break and being picked up by a publisher holds me back. Change is scary, something that I shouldn’t shy away from considering I’ve done well with throughout my professional career in public relations and marketing.

How to get back on track… to stay focused and not falter… that’s a good question that only I have the answer for.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Have You Ever Wondered

If it was easy, we’d never grow, we’d never discover ourselves, we’d never follow the path that He’s guiding us on. How do we make the choices of love, careers, friends, and even our lifestyle. Some people seem to be born with the golden spoon, everything they say or do, flawless, money to spend, money to burn, the home that is worth millions, and a life that has others green with envy.While others live paycheck to paycheck, always working hard for every penny, never knowing if they’ll have enough for groceries, never enough extra in the paycheck to purchase extra or even pay for the unexpected whether it’s health, vehicle or home related.

How does this happen, how is this determined? I’ll never forget the time I listened to two men tell their stories of how they tithe. It was very interesting to listen to the older man, who had worked hard all of his life to provide for his family. He and his wife lived a comfortable life, their children grown and on their own; however, what was interesting is that this man didn’t feel it was necessary to purchase lavish homes, clothes or vehicles, nor did his family take lavish trips. Instead, he talked about loading the family into the station wagon, how his wife would pack food into the picnic basket and off they would go to enjoy time together, as a family.

Now the younger man’s story was opposite, he was a man of wealth, someone who craved a lavish home, clothes, vehicles and trips; not so much quality family time. The younger man most definitely hadn’t seen hardship nor a lack of income, he even took a moment to share that his wife always told him “not to worry, we’re very well off”. His story of tithing was not one of sacrifice or going without, his one was of his needs are first, everything else comes after.

Most of the audience reacted the same, truly not knowing if the younger man even realized what he was saying. I found myself walking out of the building in silence, not sharing my thoughts with anyone as I could only pray that God shed some light on this man’s life.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have.

 

The Search

What should be a normal summer, it’s not. You’ve been given an unpaid vacation; one that you weren’t prepared for, one that you were thrown into. But how to keep things normal? There is nothing normal about this. Seriously, who yanks the carpet out from under another person without knowing a family is now in peril, that children’s lives have been turned upside down?

It’s difficult to not dwell on the actions of others that have sent your world spinning out of control; to focus on the task ahead is difficult, almost daunting. Now what? Where to start? Sure there are lots and lots of online postings from employers hiring. You’re diverse, quite the background, achievements and work experience; however, you know this will be a strike against you as someone with your skill level doesn’t find a job by accident, you have to know someone.

You put out feelers, make contact after contact with colleagues. You’re not used to asking for help and are worried at how this will be received. A few respond with keeping their ears open, how they’ll let you know if something crosses their desk, while others actively send you job postings they’ve learned of. It’s overwhelming, almost scary to think that you’ve shared with others what you’re going through.

Philippians 4:6-7:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Heavy Heart

Today I woke to hear that once again innocent people have been harmed. Without warning while going about their daily routine their lives were changed forever. My heart is heavy for those that lost their lives, those that were injured, and the families and friends that are affected by others actions. Exodus 20:13 You shall not murder.

It’s difficult to wrap my thoughts around the why, the who and the how. Why are there people in the world that spend their time thinking of ways to harm others, to show others that they’re tougher? Were these people bullied as children? Were their lives at home as children so miserable that they carry a grudge against the world, against people they’ve never met? Who are these people? What are they about and why is their only goal in life to harm others? How do they have so much time on their hands? How do they have so much power over others? Who has the time to sit around thinking of ways to show the world that they are bullies and will act without compassion or lack of respect for life.

Life is a gift, a gift from God. Our time on earth is precious and should not be wasted pursuing trivial or petty things. He is a loving God and what we do does matter to Him. He gave his only son for the lost, for sin, for us.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Why are they so difficult?

We all know that person, the one we find “difficult” in one way or another. Have you ever wondered why you’re the one that deals with that person? Whether they’re selfish, argumentative, condescending or just simply rude, somehow they know how to create chaos, and drama surrounds them. They drain a person and their actions become tiring.

Why are we the one that deals with that person?  Is He asking us to handle something, is this an exercise to learn something, but what? It’s easy to respond, and not in a kind manner.

1 Peter 3:9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.