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A Prayer For Purpose, Passion, and Courage

I’ve been praying a simple prayer for a few weeks now. Maybe you could use it too.

It’s a prayer for God to shine a light so bright on my purpose that I can’t deny it. That it becomes my passion. A prayer for the courage to let go of other stuff that gets in the way, even if it’s something I like to do.


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The reason for the prayer

Maybe you can relate to this. I love to do too many things!
In fact, I love so many things that life has to offer that I end up with a long to-do list and an even longer project wish list!

You know what that does to you?

It makes you craaaa-zee!. That’s what it does. And you might start googling silly things like what should I do today?

That’s when this prayer came to be.

I needed the courage to let things go, even if it meant things I LOVE to do.

I had to have the courage to give it ALL to God.

Not just the things that are easy to give up and take breaks from, but all of it, including the stuff I love. (gulp)

The Rest of It

Give me the courage to let go of other stuff that gets in the way, even if it’s something I like to do.


It’s hard to walk away from the things you enjoy doing. But sometimes you might walk away and find your way again. That’s what happened with The Quilted Bungalow. (It’s a journey of discovery.)

I pray you’ll also discover your purpose. That God will shine a light so brightly on your path that it becomes a passion that allows you to have the courage to let go of the less important stuff of life

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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How Long Lord? From Despair to Hope

There are days when writing is frustrating. I start wondering if I’m on the right path. And start asking How long will it be before I know for sure?

So when I read Psalm 13 this morning, It spoke to me.

The Psalmist (David) begins with all these questions.

How Long Lord? How Long?

I can relate because I’ve been asking that a lot lately.

For instance, when I contemplate life and the future . And then there are the times when I wonder what the heck I’m doing and does it even matter. Sometimes the wait feels never-ending.


psalm 13. How Long Lord?

When I read Psalm 13 this morning, It spoke to me, with its words of hope.


Sometimes I feel like I’m not going in the right direction, have you ever been there?

You start wrestling with all the pros and cons, the choices you have, and the next thing you know? You don’t know which way to turn.

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts?

Psalm 13:2 (NIV)

How long lord?

Fortunately, the story doesn’t end there. David doesn’t just throw in the towel and give up all hope.

He prays. Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes…

Psalm 13:3. (NKJV)

He is praying for wisdom and understanding.

The psalm ends with confidence and hope in the Lord

But I trust in your unfailing love…I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.

Psalm 13: 5-6 (NIV)

God’s got it covered.

No matter what’s going on in your life right now, whether it’s a simple thing, like trying to write a blog post or the tough stuff of life, God’s got it covered.

I look back through my life and can see, through thick and thin, through good times and bad, our needs have always been met.


Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

Feeling Trapped? I Was​.

“If you insist on holding on, you’ll feel trapped. All you need to do is, let go and you’ll be free”.

I found that notation while reading through my journals.

At the time, I was trying to decide whether I should keep my online shop on Etsy or move to another platform.

I made up a BS story that was keeping me trapped

“Etsy is the reason my shop is a failure, but it is all I can afford”.

Woe is me! Poor Del.

Life is too short and beautiful to live it feeling trapped

The Choice Is Yours

I had the choice to do something about it if I wanted. I could have taken a chance to move the shop elsewhere to see where it might have taken me.

But I was terrified of doing that. If I moved my shop off of Etsy and it still failed, who could I blame? No one but me. I would have had to accept that it was MY FAULT, not Etsy’s. Not anyone’s.

Trapped. It Became My Identity.

I was blaming my failure on Etsy. I complained about it. But I didn’t DO anything about it.

Poor me. I’m so busy and blah blah blah – cue the violins.

Let’s get real here.

It was my fault. My heart and soul was never fully committed.

I never invested 100% in that venture.

Any adventure, journey, hobby, or career, takes dedication and hard work.

Is it time to make a change?

God opened my eyes to my truth.

It wasn’t in me to give 100% to the shop – no matter where it was planted. I decided to have the courage to let go and take a step in a different direction.

If you ‘re feeling trapped and struggling along, You might want to ask yourself how committed you are to what you’re doing. It might be time to change direction.

There’s nothing wrong with taking a step in a different direction or taking a simple break.

If you’re feeling trapped, it might be time to free yourself.


God does have a plan.

Proverbs 3:6

He might be trying to nudge you in a different direction.

Maybe it’s time for a break, a change of routine, or take a step in a different direction.


Life is too short and beautiful to live it feeling trapped.

Life is Beautiiful

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

The Old Journals, Read ’em, Toss ’em, Enjoy ’em.

I’ve mentioned that I journal, a Lot. On average, I go through one notebook a month.

If I didn’t go through them from time to time and toss them out, my children would be cursing me when I’m no longer here on earth! We don’t want that.

Old Journal bittersweet

Going through old journals can be bittersweet.

But, you have to take it all with a grain of salt. Keep in mind that you not in the same place you were when you wrote those entries.


Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  (James 1:17 ESV)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17 ESV)

I found one entry with a bucket list of projects we wanted to do for our new house and things I wanted to buy.

Do you ever have those moments when you feel like you aren’t moving forward? You might even think God hasn’t been there for you.

When I read the entry with our bucket list of projects, I was surprised at how much we’ve already done, and how Good God has been to us!

Although I do toss my journals, for the sake of my kids’ future sanity, I’m happy I happened upon this one.

It showed me the goodness of God that I can trust today and every day.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)

So yes, read them. Laugh, Cry, and Discover. And then save your kids a headache and throw them out.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

Who Told You that? The Lies We Believe. And Shouldn’t.

Who told you that you couldn’t (fill in the blank) ?

I was in the pit of darkness when those words woke me up. Who told you that you couldn’t write?
I was wide awake at 2 AM.

It was running through my head. Who did tell me that?

And the answer was as clear as day. No one. Ever.

But, let me set the stage and bring you back to my 6th-grade class.

The teacher, we’ll call her Mrs. Emm, had us pass our writing assignment around the room, to be read out loud. Eleven or twelve passes later, she decided that was enough to give the writer anonymity. She must have forgotten eleven and twelve-year-old kids could count! And of course, we all did.

Much to my dismay, my paper was read.

Unfortunately, it didn’t impress Mrs. Emm. In fact, she abruptly stopped the reader and asked who wrote it. Please keep in mind that my classmates were already privy to the fact that I was the writer.

So much for anonymity!

Mrs. Emm continued to critique the paper and my creativity. In front of the class. I’m sure you can understand that public humiliation at any age is difficult to bear. But as an 11-year-old? I was mortified!

Any past encouragement for my writing ability was crushed.

WHO TOLD YOU THOSE LIES?

I was wide awake at 2 AM pondering that question.

Did anyone ever say I couldn’t write?

Looking back a zillion years later

I have no idea if I went astray on that assignment.

Mrs. Emm was in the wrong to correct me in front of the class, but she never said I couldn’t write.

That lie was created by Satan. And I didn’t know any better. So I believed it.

And I’ve been believing that lie and blaming Mrs. Emm ever since.

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Now Back to that question I heard at 2AM.

Who told you that you couldn’t write?

I believe God asked that question, not because he didn’t already know the answer.

But I needed to work it out.

  • I need to forgive Mrs. Emm. (I have).
  • And I am a writer in progress.
  • I need to own that and believe it with confidence.

If doubts are stopping you from doing what you believe is God’s Will and purpose for your life. I’d like to encourage you to move forward.

Take a step towards that goal

P.S. I’m also thankful to God for waking me from that dark dream!


More reading about Satans Lies

Four Lies Satan Speaks in The Darkness (Unlocking the Bible)

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele