simplicity

sunsetI’m speaking at our church’s women’s retreat in October.  I have never spoken at a women’s retreat – or really anywhere – and I’ve been doing a lot of praying and pondering about what God wants me to say.

The topic is simplicity and I’ve been asked to simply share what I have done in my life to simplify. It’s a funny question because I feel I am still very much on a quest to simplify more, but sometimes I’m not sure what that means. Get rid of stuff? Take more quiet walks around the block? Spend more time doing less?

There are so many ways to simply and I seem to be complicating how to go about simplifying…

But I am also getting a clearer picture of what God has for me. Not only what He wants me to share with the women, but also how he wants me to simplify. The image is becoming clearer, but I’m not there just yet. I do know that it starts with focusing simply on one thing and one things only…Jesus.  🙂

life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans

I know you’ve been missin’ me.  I’ve been missin’ you, too.

I’ve been living in transition-world for the past several months.  Ever since November when I left my beloved Hyperwear, I feel like I’ve been trying to figure out what to do next.  Not that I can’t think of a thing to do, rather there is SO MUCH to do, I can’t figure out where to start…

I have more free time than ever before and I always said that when I had free time, I would write.  Looks like someone has called my bluff.  I’m not sure why I’m not writing more…I’m just not…  I think I’m just lazy? Scared?  Too busy?  Preoccupied with too many other things? Yes, that’s the one. Preoccupied…lacking in discipline.

See, writers make it look easy.  You read a book or an article by someone whose writing you really like and they sound so eloquent and interesting.  The truth is (for me, at least) sometimes my first draft comes out eloquent and interesting.  Sometimes my thoughts translate into written words that others can read and then think, too.  Sometimes it all comes together easy-peasy.

Sometimes.

Don’t misunderstand.  It’s not that I haven’t been writing AT ALL.  I have written pages and pages and notebooks full of stuff I would never let anyone else read.  Sure, some of that seeds ideas that I do put out there for others, but much of it is ill-conceived drivel.  Guess I’m just working up to my 10,000 practice hours so I can become an expert…

So there you have it.  I’m not dead, just resting.  I hope you’ll be hearing from me more in the near future.  Maybe you can pray for me?  Maybe you can comment with some encouragement?  I really love encouragement…  I bet you do, too, so here’s a little from me to you ~ God did not send his Son into the world to condemn you, but to save you through Him!

Have a fabulous day!

for this moment

Do you ever think that sometimes you are on the verge of experiencing the very moment God has been preparing you for? Perhaps He has been teaching you and growing in you a skill or personality trait and you thought it was just another tool for your tool belt. Perhaps you have used it in various situations or failed to recognize that it was useful in that situation – that’s part of the learning process, too. Perhaps you’ve decided it is terribly useful in your job, marriage, friendships, but never really thought of applying it to every area of your life, or never saw the need to do so. Perhaps God is bringing you to a pivot point. Perhaps He’s been doing it for days, weeks, years, or a lifetime. But then, all of a sudden, you feel yourself on the edge of it – poised to use all that preparation for just this moment.

I feel that way today.

No fear. No anxiety. Just poised to see what will be asked of me next. Rushing wind in my face. Nothing but sky in front of me and only the old way behind me. Unsure of what will happen. Ignorant of what the outcome will be – or even what will be the next step of this journey. Can I refuse? Turn around? Back up from the edge? Sure. But that would be pointless – all that work for nothing.

I stood on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Grand Canyon once. It was winter and had been snowing all day. There was a break in clouds long enough for us to take a few pictures, so we did. Then, without warning, another snow storm kicked up. It was like what I would imagine a blizzard to be, but I’m from Texas, so I’m given to exaggeration and unfamiliarity with blizzards. Nevertheless, I gripped the handrails for one last look over the edge as that biting wind whipped around me. I’ll never forget the feeling, but all too quickly, it was over and we were rushing back to our car.

This time, I plan to let go and see where the Wind takes me.