I am participating in a blog link up on the last Friday of each month where bloggers share four things from the month that fit into each of the following categories:
- Something Loved
- Something Said
- Something Learned
- Something Read
This has been a fun experience thus far! I am excited to continue to ponder these four things each month and see what I find! I’d love it if you’d join me and link up over at HeatherGerwing.com. You can also check out my Somethings from January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August.
My family was able to get away to the beach for a few days this month and it was heavenly! There’s just something about the beach that helps me completely unwind and relax. I think it’s a combination of no to-do list, the natural beauty, and a change of scenery. It might be one of my favorite places simply for the fact that I don’t feel a need to perform or achieve while I’m there.
Careful talking to yourself
Cause you just may be listening
I went to the Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite concert with my husband at the Tabernacle in Atlanta earlier in the month. One of the songs, “I’m In I’m Out and I’m Gone” had these lyrics and Ben sang the phrase multiple times in a row. It really stood out to me. As someone who is really good at noticing my flaws, I realize that I have a lot of internal negative talk about myself. I will believe what I tell myself regularly. I need to monitor my thoughts, filter them through the truth of who I am, discard anything that is harmful or untrue, and replace them with affirmations.
I have struggled a lot with the concept of growing a platform. Most of the people out in the publishing world say that a writer has to have a significant platform (a place where a lot of people are interacting with you and your content) to be considered by a publisher because they want someone who will sell a lot of books easily and quickly with minimal marketing work for the publisher (they don’t say it exactly like this, but it’s my take away).
I am really bad at self-promotion and finding ways to insert myself and my work in public places. In a podcast episode from Woven titled Calling (with a lot of good info for women that I would recommend checking out), the person being interviewed (Heather MacFadyen from God-Centered Mom podcast) reminded the listeners that David got in trouble with God for counting numbers (taking a census of his kingdom). She also reminded us that Jesus’s focus was always going smaller. He had his 12 disciples among all of his followers. He had his three closest friends among the 12. He often ministered to individuals. He wasn’t focused on getting his name out far and wide. He was focused on doing the work God called him to do, whatever that looked like, and however far that spread. I hadn’t really considered Jesus’ ministry and how mine would probably reflect that. I am good at one-on-one. I should focus on my strengths and trust God for outcomes (which may never be a big platform).
I had the privilege of receiving an early copy of It’s Okay Not to Be Okay by Sheila Walsh. This book was fantastic! It encouraged me that I don’t have to have it all together and that it is in my small offerings and weaknesses that God can work best. Below are some of my favorite quotes from the book to encourage you to pick up your own copy.
It’s okay not to be okay because we’re not home yet. It’s okay not to be enough because God doesn’t ask us to be.
We’re called to show up! It’ll never be about us getting anything perfect, but when we are present God can do what only He can do.
Fear and the questions that give it fuel hold us back from stepping out in faith and living the life we long for. I think we’re afraid we’ll get it wrong, be misunderstood or rejected, or fail. The reality is, all of those things are possible, but they don’t have to stop us.
We believe that if we’re going to take a step out, we have to be sure that whatever we’re attempting will be successful…I believe we’re asked to step out in faith and leave the results to God.
We’ll never have enough to fulfill all the demands made on us, but that’s okay. We’re not supposed to have enough. We’re supposed to bring what we have, our clearly not enough, to Jesus and ask Him to meet us where we are.
The way we move forward isn’t with a giant leap, it’s one step at a time. We want the leap, we want everything to change in big ways that are recognizable and significant, but lasting progress doesn’t usually happen that way. Not only that, when we wait for the big leap we can miss the progress that takes place little by little every single day with each simple step.
When you realize that you don’t have it all together you can give others that freedom too. Understanding that Christ is the hero of our stories allows us to be human.
What are some of your highlights from September?