Mediocrity is No Longer Acceptable

I’ve come to realize over the last few weeks that I have been dreaming too small and have settled into exactly that:  settling. God has so much more planned for my life and if I just believed that all things are possible through Him, then I will achieve them.

I have been blessed with certain talents that no one else in this world has.  I have certain gifts and it is up to me to use these for God’s purpose.

Part of my problem has been I’ve gotten caught up in believing only things I can see when I need to believe in things I can’t see.  Nothing is too big for God to achieve (this includes my measly dream of getting published).  I need to trust God for what I can’t see and for what God wants to do.  I must be a good steward of what I have in order to get more.  I need to ask God for the impossible because all things are possible through Him.

So, I’ve decided to make a list of what to ask God for.  This weekend I had determined to sell our third vehicle and get this place subletted.  Well, I sold the vehicle on Friday and yesterday I had one guy said he’d fill out the paperwork on Monday.  2 things on my list already accomplished.  I’ve decided to get out of my poverty frame of mind and believe I can do anything.

I had been struggling with how hopeless publishing was and wallowing in self-pity and only doggedly writing.  Well, I’ve decided my dream will come true since I have asked God for it.  I will believe my family has the money to go and do things and not get caught up in the mindset of “I’m broke, I can’t afford it, and No, I’ll wait.”  I can afford it because I believe God will provide for me–both my needs and my desires.

Other things on my list to ask God for:

A nice house in the location I want it with what I want it to contain.

A publishing deal.

God to work through me as I edit my newly-finished YA paranormal.

Faith in tithing.

Raise kids good.

A strong, healthy family.

Seek God First…

Everything else falls into place.

Jesus said, “Seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things [eat,drink, wear] will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

Remember God is with you.  You are not alone.  He’s there in your highs and in your lows.  He’s there always.

Do You Pause to Give God Credit?

How many times have you paused lately to give God credit for events in your life?

I know I try, especially on Sundays in church, but I’m bad at giving him credit for the little things:  like today for a perfect bike ride with my son where we saw frogs, pelicans, geese, birds, and squirrels–His creations all around us.

I’m bad at giving him credit for the big things too such as my new novel idea (I always say a prayer of thanks but continually giving him praise is hard for me) or for maybe getting us out of this apartment through a nice couple that may sublet from us or for my husband’s new job that is allowing us to go vacation for the first time in at least five years, for us to get our teeth cleaned, and for us to visit the doctor without worry of bills to come in the mail.

I’m reading Daniel in the Old Testament who continually gave God credit for everything despite being exiled in a foreign country his entire life (Babylon).  It’s amazing how far faith can get you.

I do know in my heart I will write the novel that will find the perfect literary agent and an audience as long as I keep following God’s word and his word in my life.

So I will endeavor to pause more to thank God for his little blessings (and his big ones) as I continue on my life’s journey.

Why Do People Take Offense if Religion is Mentioned?

I buy most of my books through Amazon just because you can’t beat the prices and the free shipping.  So, I’m looking at buying some parenting books and started reading the reviews on two best sellers.  Most were 5 stars with a few in the 2-3 star range.  Yet, when you read these reviews, their only complaint was how the author was too “preachy” about God.

The books are “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” and “Boys Should Be Boys” both by Meg Meeker.  She recommends taking your kids to church to help instill moral values in your daughters and your boys.  This is what the reviewers took offense to, saying they don’t need church to instill morals in their kids.  This may be true, but if you believe in any form of deity, worshiping him will help your kids.

Most religions, including Christianity, teach be good to your neighbors, treat others kindly, do the right thing, peace, love, etc.  This is the whole point of religion.  I don’t see how that could hurt a child in their formative lives.

I’m assuming these people have some aversion to religion or are atheists.  What is undeniable is how believing in a higher power that only wants good for your life and others is good for kids.  Having someone else care about their lives (like a grandmother or grandfather) is good to believe in.  Having someone who doesn’t judge your actions, who will forgive your sins, and loves you unconditionally (besides the parents) is healthy.

Don’t knock a book because it tells you to instill morals in your children through church.  It doesn’t say you can’t instill your values.  It says this will help you along the road to what will be a most likely difficult path of parenthood in these modern times.