Category Archives: Moving Forward

Journal Prompt – Week 20

This week journal prompt asks you to look at your life.

As children, we have dreams of what life will be like when we grow up.

Did life turn out as you dreamed?

What surprises you about your life?

Walking Blindly

I am in a couple of Toastmasters clubs. In one club there is a member who is blind. I am awe-struck whenever I see her.

This woman sees through hearing, and she ‘sees’ a lot. She picks up on things people do simply by listening and notices things those of us who are watching don’t necessarily see.

Over the weekend we were both attending a conference where I had an opportunity to see her in a larger public arena. I was most impressed seeing her walk through the halls and meeting room. I expected to see her holding tight to someone’s arm as she was led around. Not this woman. She did have guides, but these people walked a step or two away from her and made statements like ‘turn left here’, ‘there is a door to your right’, ‘the table is just ahead’.

She trusted these people and followed their lead. She walked independently and made her way through the large crowd. She placed her faith in the words of the other person.

For we walk by FAITH, not by SIGHT. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Nothing keeps this woman down. She holds out her stick to alert her to any obstacle and listens to her companion for direction. She hears the conversations of those walking the halls as well. And she moves with confidence. She doesn’t step hesitantly; she steps firmly and moves forward. She sees her next step by the words of the other person. When she moves, she focuses only on the next step. She stays in the moment.

How often to I stand, paralyzed with fear at the unknown even when I can see all around me. I wonder at what is beyond my view. I am concerned about the steps behind me. I stand, wondering, fearing what is seen and what is not seen.

Suzie is the ultimate image of what it means to ‘walk by faith’.

Watching her this weekend reminded me I need to close my mind’s eyes and open the eyes of my heart to walk where God’s Spirit leads me – one step at a time. I need to listen, to focus on now and take each step boldly.

What do you see on your path? How are you walking? Are you being led by faith, or by sight?

Journal Prompt – Week 19

My ‘verse of the year’ is Psalm 119:1. It reads “You are blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God.”

I can walk that road, but I get flustered when I find a road block on it. OK God, now what?

Do I find a detour?

Should I turn around and go back?

Perhaps I need to address the roadblock and do something with it.

I don’t know. Then I get flustered. I paralyze with uncertainty.

It is at times like this I need to STOP. I have to force myself to take some deep breaths.

The hard part is looking at that roadblock with a clear vision. Perhaps I can step over it, or around it. In order to see more clearly the roadblock, I must clear my mind. I must look to possibilities and options in the here and now. I often must give up my past misconceptions. I remind myself of the prize at the end of the path.

Once I get a clearer view of the roadblock and my options, I must act. Staring at it will not get me past the moment.

I encourage you this week to look at the roadblock keeping you from moving forward. How will you, how do you, address it?

There may be multiple roadblocks in your path. Which ONE will you face down? Once you have faced that one, look for another one. Face it.

What is beyond the roadblock in your path? Do you want to get to the other side. How will you do so?

I share some of my tactics, what do you do? If you wish, enter in the comments below.

Happy Birthday to ME

Countdown to 60 – 2 days to go

As we get older it is easy to look back and say ‘I should already know this’ or ‘I should have already done that’ or any other phrase discounting our personal successes.

It is important to remember, each step we take, each season of life, every day and every year is a lesson.

We need each of those to move toward the goal.

DON’T STOP!  Celebrate the successes along the way and keep moving forward. 

Though it seems too far away, and you wonder if you will arrive, the goal is still within reach. It may take more time to get there but get there you will.  Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare. 

Keep moving toward the goal. Quitting assures you will never get there.

Countdown to 60 – 3 days to go

I was watching some little girls getting ready to play house. One little girl caught my attention. She was assigning roles to each player, setting the scene of what they would be doing, and even telling everyone what they would say and do. She had their play time all scripted out.

Watching this, I had to laugh at myself. This is what I try to do every day with every aspect of my life. Like that little girl, I am very detail oriented. I like to know what is going to happen and when. I want to know what everyone is doing and how they are doing it. I want to know how everything comes together in the end. I want a script in my life.

I don’t like uncertainty. Uncertainty leads to chaos!

Yet, life is full of uncertainty. I like Bob Goff’s comment because it makes me stop for a moment to reflect back. It was in moments of uncertainty that we grow. It is in moments of chaos that we find our own peace. And when I look back, it is in those moments where I find a strength I did not know was there.

Life is uncertain. Embrace it. Write the title of that chapter later.

Countdown to 60 – 5 days to go

I always thought people by this age had it all together. Oh my, how wrong I was.

As I look back, I realize age is a number. Every day is an opportunity to learn more, to share more, to love more.

I am not who I was at 20, at 40, at 50. Each day God gives me another opportunity to become the person He is developing within me. Each day is another opportunity to glorify Him.

I have failed along the way, but He has never let me go; never given up on me.

The decade of my 60s is about to begin. What work will He accomplish through me? I look forward to finding out.

Countdown to 60 – 6 days to go

I am creative person. I like working a number of various crafts, particularly knitting and crochet. The creativity of that craft led me to create the Knit and Crochet Bible Study and publish 2 personal devotional journals as well as 2 group versions of those books.

I was intrigued when this quote came across in a recent google search. It truly describes ‘creativity’. When I work with any craft project there is a lot of experimentation. Will this work? what if I work it that direction instead? That doesn’t look right, how should I change it? Oops, let’s rip that out and try again.

I love the final description most – having fun. As a perfectionist I struggle with making something perfect. I was so embarrassed after giving a shawl with a row of crosses and cancer ribbons when I looked a picture I look of the shawl. It showed one cross made incorrectly. I had already given it to my friend. I looked it over and never saw the mistake, until I looked at the picture. The error was blaring – to me. I allowed that mistake (a significant part of creativity) to take away the experience of fun and joy I had in creating the shawl.

I have to remind myself there is no perfection in creativity. There is

  • inventing
  • experimenting
  • growing
  • taking risks
  • breaking rules
  • making mistakes
  • having fun

  • How do you express your creativity?

    Countdown to 60 – 7 days to go

    This phrase has become a favorite of mine; spoken by the lovable character, Yoda of Star Wars.

    When I hear someone say “I will try” I now hear “it’s not that important, I will play at it”.

    Either you will do it or you will not. Trying is not a commitment. Doing is a commitment.

    What are your goals? Will you try to reach them, or will you do what you need to reach them?

    Perspective makes a difference.

    Weekly Journal Prompt

    This week’s journal prompt is intended to bring a smile to your face and you dream and celebrate.

    Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. You are a Super Hero!