Tag Archives: Inspiration

The Words

This morning as I ran with the cool winter air around me, I knew exactly what I was going to write about… as I finished my run the words were gone. Those words that formed so easily in my mind as I made my way across the trail were no more. When it’s dark and still outside, being alone with my thoughts gives way to the flow of ideas, the words come so easily even though my plan is to share with the world falls apart. This happens more often than not.

As my day moved forward, I found myself perplexed with trying to recall the amazing story that had formed in the early morning hours. Where did all of those words go? Lost as the overwhelming deadlines, commitments, tasks to complete had entered my day. Oh to be back on the peaceful trail with only my thoughts to occupy my thoughts.

The day will come soon enough when all won’t be lost…

Psalm 62:1-2 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Kind Words

What a surprise today, one of the sweetest ladies that walks by my office every day stopped in to say thank you. She just wanted to let me know that she watches and pays attention to what people are doing around here and I’ve really impressed her with the success of my projects in the one year that I’ve been here.

My mouth was hanging open, really, it was literally open as she spoke. Her words were unexpected and caught me off guard. I did regain my composure so my mouth wasn’t hanging open the whole time… ha, ha.

She’s an older lady, very smart and kind. I speak with her almost everyday. She always has a kind word for everyone, but she doesn’t hesitate to tell it like it is either. I truly enjoy talking with her.

Her kind words were something that I needed to hear. We all need to be told thank you and that we’re appreciated. There are two things I’ve always believed. God will put the right people in my life at the right time, and for the right reasons, and He will never give me more than I can handle.

It’s so easy to fall into the daily grind that we lose focus on how others perceive us. I’m thankful that my friend took time today to share her kind words with me.

James 1:17: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Now What?

Well, today was the day. At 6:43 a.m. my first Fitbit band bit the dust! It’s amusing, and I have to share in hopes that it will make you laugh too. I hold on to everything. No, I’m not a hoarder, I don’t think there is always a need to be buying. Eleven months ago I purchased a Fitbit because it’s just not enough to track my runs through my Nike+ running ap, I also need to keep track of the number of steps each beyond those from my morning run. Yep, pure craziness! The one thing I refused to purchase was an additional band.

About two months ago I noticed that one of the straps was loose, and as long as I re-positioned it, my Fitbit was still secure. I knew the inevitable would happen; I would be forced to purchase at least one new band. Ugh! Now I have to spend money. (I am laughing. As much as I hate spending money on frivolous things I genuinely enjoy Internet shopping or at least Internet browsing.)

So I was prepared for the fateful Fitbit band biting the dust day. I spent time perusing the Internet for a selection of fashionable bands, and oh my, I hit the Jackpot! Of course, the seller that was my demise was on Amazon as they have everything and at bargain prices, plus FREE SHIPPING!!!

As I neared the end of my run this morning, I could feel the band loosen, and this time there was no way to save it. The original black band has been sturdy and reliable after spending 11 months and nearly 900 miles on my wrist as we ran many streets and trails. I bid thee farewell as I don one of my new fashionable bands. Thank you old friend for seeing me through runs in the snow, wind and rain, and a few close calls with wildlife as well as sitting in blistering heat and dealing with being covered by dirt and agri-lime as we enjoyed every minute of travel ball this summer. What a GREAT run we had!

Psalm 16:11: You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Early Riser

Good morning my friends! Welcome to another beautiful day! Yes, I’m that crazy person that starts their day at 5 a.m. with a morning run… enjoying the morning as I watch everything wake for another busy day. It’s amazing how busy our lives are that we forget to enjoy God’s creation and gift to us.

Depending on my route and the number of miles I run, my morning is filled with headlights as people head to their job, birds waking as the sun begins to peak from its blissful sleep, wildlife of deer that cross my path, raccoons scurrying across the way and sometimes a skunk or two, a family of foxes that are out looking for their morning meal and the occasional biker or fellow runner getting a jump on their day too.

We’re given a fresh start each day, and how we approach each situation is up to us… no matter how trying it is or rewarding. Taking time for ourselves, whether it is early in the morning, a mid-day getaway or an evening of time alone, we all need to spend time with Him to recharge.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Off-track?

Have you ever gotten off-track, without realizing? How often have you found yourself starting, stopping, starting, stopping – and then without realizing you’ve gone nowhere 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 insight has gone unattended for months. I even moved my unfinished book to an online site 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 I’m a perfectionist. It’s difficult for me to settle for less.

At times I wonder if the unknown of catching a break and being picked up by a publisher holds me back. Change is scary, something 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.

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 were easy, we’d never grow, we’d never discover ourselves, we’d never follow the path that He’s guiding us down. 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 a want or even pay for the unexpected.

How does this happen? I’ll never forget the time I listened to two men tell their stories of how they tithe. It was fascinating 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 quite 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 tells him “not to worry, we’re very well off.” His story of tithing was not one of sacrifice or going without what he wants. His is one of his needs; first, everything else comes last.

Most of the audience reacted the same, honestly 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 typical summer, it’s not. When you’re forced to be on an unpaid vacation; one you couldn’t prepare for, one you didn’t ask for. But how to keep things sane? There is nothing ordinary about this. Seriously, who yanks the carpet out from under another person knowing a family is in peril, that children’s lives have 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. When you’re the one who typically helps others, asking for help is difficult. A few respond with keeping their ears open, while others actively send you job postings they’ve come across. It’s overwhelming, almost scary to think that you’ve shared with others your pain.

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.

The Actions of Others

How we react to the actions of others reflects who we are, correct? But it’s not easy to stand by and when others attack. Who wouldn’t jump in and rescue their friend when they require help? Are you the bad person for not backing down?

The other day I was reading a nicely written piece about our actions and doing what is right. One line that stayed with me was we should always take the right actions even when it’s difficult – if you talk the talk then walk the walk. We all come across those that test us and pray that our actions reflect who we are when dealing with a difficult situation.

At one of my children’s sporting events, a group of parents and grandparents of an opposing team displayed such poor behavior toward opposing teams, their fans, and others at the game, that their boldness led them to target a child. The child, who did not know these people, was being bullied while playing, and even though officials spoke with the adults that were misbehaving, in their eyes, they were doing nothing wrong.

Interestingly enough, the parents of the child that had become the focus of the poor behavior did something that made me take notice; they rose above all of the harsh words and walked away. I could only smile as this couple surrounded their child and calmly made their way to their vehicle even with the bullies on their heels.

I had the opportunity to commend the parents and their daughter on their actions as I was very impressed. As we talked about the incident, I learned that several officials attempted to diffuse the situation and that this isn’t the first time that particular group of adults had bullied a child and their team penalized due to their poor behavior. Even though the bullies weren’t going to give up, neither the parents nor their daughter responded to the taunting.

I was curious as to how they were able to keep their composer and not lash out. The mom’s response was simple, “what good would it have done to act as they did… what would that have taught our daughter.” If only more people would walk the walk.

2 Corinthians 5:20: Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.