Shortcuts

This year I’m not making any New Year Resolutions.  No not me.  This year I’m calling it something different; “My Goals for 2018”.  Calling them something different doesn’t necessarily make it different, but that’s how I’m going to convince myself I won’t have any resolutions to break.

My first goal is to finish up the t-shirt quilt I have been working for my middle daughter from her college t-shirts.  She graduated from college in 2009 and asked me back then.  It took until last summer to start and my goal was to finish before the end of summer.  Nope, didn’t happen.  Now I will say that I’m somewhat of a crafty creative person, however, quilting is not a strong suit of mine.  Want to know why?  I’ll tell you; A Square is Square until it’s not a Square.

 

If you’ve haven’t quilted, this may not make sense to you.  On the other hand it could be the ramblings of my mind that confuses you.  My problem is, not one of the squares I cut out of those t-shirts are square and the corners do not meet up when I am placing them all together.  How did this happen? I know it is all because of shortcuts.  I didn’t take the time to make sure the lines were straight when cutting.  Those shortcuts are making the project difficult to complete.  I have to fix the mess the shortcuts made as I go.

Another goal for 2018 is to blog more often, update my site to make easier to customize, and make it more appealing, with well written content to reach more people.  Ha, easy right?!  Well currently I am wishing I hadn’t made any changes quite yet.  I’m not sure I will be able to import my first posts into this site and if I will lose all my followers since August or not.  Shortcuts are the culprit again.

While proofing what I have written so far I realize that this post is making me look lazy, not an attractive trait.  It’s not that I’m lazy, I’m just excited to get started and think a brief overview of the changes will be all I need and I can do anything.  Hmm, it has just dawned on me, shortcuts are not my problem here, pride is.  Ugh.  That’s an ugly word in this frame of reference.

How often does our pride make us know we are right, and cause an argument over some insignificant matter?  How often does our pride keep us from saying “I’m sorry”.   How often does our pride make us easily offended by some imagined, unintended, or intended slight?  A friend in my Bible study made a good point recently.  People are so easily offended.  So often these so-called offenses get blown out of proportion.  “How dare they look at me cross-eyed!”  “Why they didn’t even notice I was here.”  “Do they even know how hard I work, how busy, tired, sick…fill-in-the-blank…I am?”

Shortcuts and pride are a dangerous combination.  It’s easier to avoid a long hard conversation, than heal a wound and talk it out.  It’s easier to answer “I’m fine” when inside you are hurt, yearning, scared, lonely.  Shortcuts are only good for the drive home from work or to the mall.  Maybe another goal of mine for 2018 will be to eliminate some of the shortcuts to relationships in my life.  Stop trying to prove I’m right when in most instances, it doesn’t matter who is right.   Proverbs 16:18 First pride, then the crash-the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.

Before 2017 ends, let me say thank you for your kind words of encouragement this year.  Thank you for following my blog. I have been given this passion I want to share what God has shown me.  One last thing; may I take the liberty  to ask that if you’ve enjoyed by blog  please click like and follow me and share this post with your friends.

Happy New Year!

Eph 4: 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

What in the World?!

 I kept asking everyone their opinion of me writing a blog as if I needed them to confirm what God had already told me.

It started last spring, the idea of writing a blog.  Funny thing about that whole idea, I barely knew what a blog was or how in the world one went about writing one.  My husband and I had just married off one of our daughters and all of a sudden we had an empty nest.  I was still working, leading my small group Bible study and living life with my wonderful husband of 33 years. I just felt a calling to do something and it came to this, writing a blog.

I came upon a scripture, that I just knew God was using to confirm I was to start writing. Psalm 105: 1 reads: Thank God!  Pray to him by name!  Tell everyone you meet what he has done! (MSG) That’s it.  I’m just going to share what works for me.  Somethings will really crack me up and you won’t think is funny at all.  Sometimes, I’ll get mad and you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about.  It’s just about sharing my thoughts.  It’s about telling my story because my story really is the Good News of Jesus.  How He can save one young girl and give her a life full of promises and joy.  It’s about me taking the chance to tell anyone who would like to listen, that Jesus is for real and will make a difference if you let him.

I’ve had a slow start.  I kept asking everyone their opinion of me writing a blog as if I needed them to confirm what God had already told me.  Silly, how many times do I try to get a second opinion, when I’ve gotten confirmation from God is asking me to do?  Too many to count I’m sorry to admit.

This first post is rough, they may all be for some time.  I decided that’s okay as well.  I want to write and I want to get better, I better get started.  How do I edit the page?  I didn’t want to publish that yet! Good grief, I thought this would be easy.  Forgive me blogging experts for my naivety.  How do I add an image? Why didn’t I research more?

Do these doubts and struggles sound familiar?  It’s with anything new, we are drawn to do.  Do our fears keep us from trying? I would have to say before today, yes.  I held back, waiting for one more confirmation, one more assurance.  Not today.  This is nothing ground breaking, but it’s from my heart.  Direction from God.  I’m excited to see where He takes this!