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Quote of the Day – 3/23/16

“I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.” -John D. Rockefeller

I had to think hard about this one. I’ve only given myself 15 minutes to write it in because I realized how late it already is, and I need to do my duty in regards to my home and straighten up around here before my husband gets home from a long, hard day of work.

I’ve been so focused on trying to make a career of my calling to write that I’ve been letting everything else in my life slide, and that’s not acceptable. Yes, it’s important to put forth as much effort as you can into your calling, but not at the expense of the order of your home, the needs of your loved ones, or your own personal health needs. So, I’m making some changes. I got up this morning and got straight to work on a post I’m writing for Blog Mutt. I should have done this post first, done some cleaning, and then worked on my Blog Mutt post.

I need to restructure my priorities; that much is obvious. You’ll be glad to know that I am working on my health. I’m back on the 21 Day Fix diet and exercise program (or will be when my replacement DVDs arrive), but I’ve got my portion control food containers, and I’ve already dropped almost 2 pounds in 2 days just following the diet plan. I’m talking too much about myself, but I just thought I’d share that with you.

More to the point of this post, I want to encourage you to take a look at your priorities. Is your calling even on the list? If not, it should be, but don’t put it up on a pedestal so high that it precludes other important areas of your life. Seek balance and order both in your personal life and your pursuit of your calling.

I could use some prayers in that area, and I will pray for you as well.

God bless y’all!


Quote of the Day – 3/20/16

“The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will keep your soul. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in, from this time forward, and forever more.”
-Psalm 121:7-8

I know that heeding your calling can feel precarious sometimes. I often wonder “What if I fail? what if this isn’t what I’m supposed to be doing, after all?”

I promise you, if you weren’t supposed to be doing it, you wouldn’t feel called to do it. God would not five you a burning passion for something if He did not intend for it to benefit you and enrich your life.

God has a plan for you. God has a plan for your life. He’s calling you to do something to glorify Him. He has a reason for everything. Keep the faith and continue pursuing your calling.


Quote of the Day – 3/8/16

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Thomas Jefferson

There are not enough words for me to express the truth of this, especially when you’re pursuing your calling! All callings require some kind of work from you, but you feel so fulfilled when you’re doing it that the work charges you instead of draining you like work that you’re not called to do.

It is so worth it to take some time to figure out what your calling is! Take a minute. Think about it. What is your calling? Share it with me! I would love to know.

God Bless. Heed your calling.


Quote of the Day – 3/6/2016

“Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they?” -Matthew, 6:25-26

I believe that, for those of us seeking to heed our respective callings, this Biblical quote holds a very important message. When we are leading the kind of life God intended us to live, He will provide for us. I feel like this is absolutely true.

When you are pursuing your calling, you achieve a sense of fulfillment that can’t be had otherwise. If you’re fulfilling that calling, God will take care of the rest. I’m investing myself in my calling to write. I am constantly trying to learn and become better at what I do, and I want to share these things with y’all, too.

I want to encourage you to find your calling, and take whatever leap of faith you have to take to truly pursue it. I know it can seem scary, but I have absolute faith that the Lord will provide opportunities for you to succeed in your calling. Otherwise, why would He call you to do it?

 


Quote of the Day – 2/4/16

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill

How many times have you heard the mantra, “If you believe it, you can achieve it?” I could swear I’ve heard it about a million times. This begs the question of whether the phrase still holds any value, or whether it’s been overused. I’m willing to argue that the message is still valid, especially for those of us who feel we must pursue our respective callings.

Can you picture yourself making a life and a living pursuing this calling that you love? What is your calling? Do you know? If you do, say it out loud. Write it down. Embrace your calling. Prepare to live it.

If you’re not sure what your calling is, I can help you figure it out.
Have you felt it? If you’re anything like me, you’ll realize when you’re doing what you are called to do. You feel a glow down to the core of your soul when you’re actively heeding your calling. You feel driven to achieve that bright, humming rightness in your spirit that you only feel when you’re embracing your calling.  You can’t resist engaging in your calling, and your life feels richer and realer when you do. That’s a sign that you have found your calling, and are doing what you were always meant to do.

As a Christian, it is my belief that God calls certain people to serve and glorify him trough the things they enjoy doing.  He has given everyone special gifts, and your soul hums like a tuning fork when you follow your calling and use your gifts for His glory.

I have chosen to share a year’s worth of inspiring quotes–some Biblical and some not–and my thoughts about them as a fellow servant heeding her calling. I’m sharing my struggles and triumphs of pursuing my calling in writing with you in the hope that you will find them uplifting, inspiring, and that they will encourage you to heed your calling, too.
Have faith in God. Trust yourself. Heed your calling.


Quote of the Day – 3/3/2016

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” -Leonardo da Vinci

I realized recently that the scope of my Quote of the Day posts may be too narrow. I don’t just want to advise other struggling writers. I want to reach out to everyone who may be struggling with the journey that is pursuing their calling.

HEED YOUR CALLING

So, from here on in, I will be broadening the scope of my posts to include everyone who feels called to do something. I will still be relating my personal journey in pursuing my calling to serve God through my writing.

I believe that this quote holds a great amount of inspiration for those of us who feel called to serve God through the individual gifts He has given us. If you truly feel called to do something, never give up on it. You feel that call for a reason. Don’t let yourself be dissuaded from following your true calling.

I know it’s hard sometimes. I know that life can be exhausting. Trust me. I faltered yesterday and failed to write because substitute teaching is unimaginably exhausting. I talked over fifth graders, begging them to act right, for almost seven straight hours. I had no voice when I got home, and I had to lie down and sleep.

I should have made time to write because it’s my calling, but I faltered for a moment. I’m only human, and that happens sometimes. But, because writing is my calling, I’m back at it today. I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and I’m at my keyboard even though it’s 11:00 at night because I love this and it’s my calling.

I’m at my keyboard knocking out my daily blog post at 11:00 at night because I love this, and I’m hoping to reach other people who love something in their lives as much as I love writing. I’m hoping to encourage others who feel called to serve God through their talents to believe in themselves and go for it.

What do you feel called to do?


Quote of the Day – 2/28/16

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. -John 14:27

I don’t know all that much about peace, comparatively speaking. I’m prone to embracing chaos far too readily. I’m learning more about peace, though. I know that I feel restless and unfulfilled when I don’t heed my calling to write. Stagnant dissatisfaction sets in. However, when I follow my calling, I feel a sense of peace and advancement, even if what I’m doing is only benefiting me. I feel like everything is good and smooth and bright, like Bay La Launch on a still, warm day, when I heed my calling. When I make time to write, I feel like all is right in the world. I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing with my life, and I think that’s what peace is. Everything clicks. Everything feels right.

Look for the things in your life that make you feel that way. Look for that warm, calm hum that waits under the surface and only breaks through when you’re doing the things you’re called to do. I believe that God has a plan for everyone. I believe that God instills feelings of peace in us when we are doing what he’s calling us to do. I believe that when we follow our respective callings, God takes away trouble, turbulence, and fear from our hearts.

When you feel peace, take note of exactly what you’re doing because I guarantee you that it is directly linked to whatever your calling is. My calling is writing. What’s yours?

P.S. Have a blessed Sunday, y’all!


Quote of the Day – 2/21/16

“Sing praise to the LORD, you holy ones of His. Give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment. His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning. As for me, I said in my prosperity, ‘I shall never be moved.'” -Psalm 30:4-6 (www.dailybible.co)

You may have noticed that this is the first time my “Quote of the Day” has been a quotation from the Bible. In the past, I have been reluctant to intermingle my career as a writer with my personal faith. I feared that doing so might push some of my potential readers away. I have also had a lifelong struggle with my faith, which I will explain some other time. In any case, I am a Christian, and my faith is a surprisingly integral part of who I am. So, from now on, my “Quote of the Day” each Sunday will be a quote from the Bible, courtesy of the Daily Bible Inspirations app.

I do not claim to have any sort of divine insight regarding this passage, but I can tell you what it means to me, personally, as a writer and Christian. The message I get from this Biblical quote, in regards to my writing practice, is that I should not be easily discouraged. If I keep the faith and remain dedicated to my writing practice, God will bless me with the resolve and imagination I need to continue pursuing my calling as a writer.

I truly believe that if I prayerfully approach my calling as a writer, that God will lead me in the right direction. I believe that God will lead me and my work on the correct path, and open the right doors for me.

In the past, I have struggled with an obsession with what I perceive as fair, and that has often clashed with my faith. I have been fixated on fairness for as long as I can remember. My earliest memories involve me, fraught with indignant outrage over how unfair things often were, socially, at school. Both my grandmothers, women of incredible and unshakeable faith, told me the same thing over and over. “Life isn’t fair, but God is.” Whenever they told me that, it only succeeded in infuriating me even more because I didn’t have the capacity to understand what it meant.

It’s taken me almost 27 years to come to grips with both my faith and my desire to be treated fairly. It has taken me my entire life up until this point–years of lost, frustrated heartache–to finally understand what they meant. It has taken me almost 27 years to finally accept the fact that God knows better than I do what is best for my life. It has taken my whole life for me to finally understand that God’s plan and my plans may not always be one and the same. It has taken me the entirety of my life to understand that God knows better than I do what is best for me, and what path I need to follow to fulfill my life’s purpose.

I believe that’s what has made it so difficult for me to complete Frost in a timely manner. I didn’t want Frost to be Christian fiction because I was afraid it would limit me by excluding non-Christian readers. Frost began as an exploration of my personal struggles with the idea that “Life isn’t fair, but God is,” and that is the way I intend to finish it. If that means that Frost ends up being Christian fiction, then I’m going to stand by it. I feel called to share that struggle. I feel compelled to tell Frost the way it initially struck me.

I have faith that I am now telling the story as God intended me to tell it, and I sincerely hope that this story will still be an irresistibly fantastic adventure when I’m through telling it the way it was supposed to be told.

 


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