Lately, I have a question pacing back and forth in my head.
You know the kind. Constantly nagging at you. Annoying. You just can’t shake it.
Like “diner” smell on your clothes or 90’s R&B lyrics in your brain.
The question is this, “What’s the balance between praying and believing God for something vs. rolling up my sleeves and getting to work?”
Chris and I decide to go on a regular date night.
We pick Fridays.
Each Friday at 7pm we meet at the car.
I wear skinny jeans.
He wears plaid.
We exchange compliments and exactly 1 ½ kisses. You know what I mean.
While driving we listen to precisely 3 songs.
The same 3 songs we’ve listened to the previous 14 date nights.
We go to the same restaurant.
Sit in the same booth.
Order the same menu items.
Walk the same route.
Have the same conversation.
Repeat next Friday at 7pm
You know what that is? BORING.
Bordering on tragic. We’d basically be living #datenight Groundhog Day.
Fewer things connect me to the promise of new beginnings like getting a good whiff of freshly sharpened pencils.
Ahh, the school supply aisle. I don’t know what it is, but everytime I walk past, that aisle at Target i feel compelled to buy a new lunch pail and convince myself i NEED a striped notebook. (Although this planner does already occupy my heart.)
I am well aware that I have been out of school for **cough cough** years, but still, September, in all its perfectly-blank-notebook-glory, will ALWAYS feel more like a new beginning to me than January. Call it 15+ years of conditioning, (thanks education system) but Fall just seems like the ideal time to hit the “refresh” button.
by Chris Rea
Recently, I read an incredible blog post called, “Focus and Finish,” from Crystal Paine. Something powerful happens when you focus all of your energy on a single goal or vision. Many times we spread our focus out over several areas of life at once and never really achieve the results that we want. I totally understand that reasoning, BUT…
What if we could focus the majority of attention on one area?
What if we could create a vision for one thing, develop a plan to accomplish that vision, and then persevere to achieve that vision?
I am a huge fan of focusing on one thing at a time. Because honestly, it’s where I’ve seen the most results in my own life.
I am notorious for choosing the wrong paint color. And there is no better example of my notoriety than when we redid our kitchen and dining room 4 years ago. You know before we sold our home and 70% of our belongings 😀 but that’s another story.
There I sat.
In my mess of a reno kitchen.
Intimidated by tiny paint chips
What I THOUGHT was going to be the world’s most perfect wall color would’ve, in fact,
reminded any sane person of “1970’s appliance avocado.”
It was dark time.
I’m a firm believer that the people closest to us should receive the best version of us.
And because you’re an amazing human, I’m sure you agree.
But WHY is that concept so much easier in theory rather than practice? It’s easy to be charming to the Starbucks Barista you may never see again. Maintaining that same level of “love” and charisma for the people that live in your house however, is a different challenge entirely.
Recently, I overheard my mother-in-law explaining to my 7-year-old niece that once upon a time all of our phones were connected to the wall by cords. This information just about straightened her adorable brown ringlets.
You may have veiled memories of that ancient time.
You may recall a time before you could check the weather, order a pizza, contact someone in Taiwan, and have 7 black tank tops shipped to your door by Thursday all within 47 seconds from the palm of your hand.
I still, and I’m about to date myself here, remember the first time I used my friends “car phone.” It plugged into the cigarette lighter of her Ford Taurus.
We ordered Chinese Food.
We were very cool.