Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Choose Love!

Hi Friends!

I have a story that I'd like to tell you...a true story...and it happened today.

Lately, I have had so much on my mind.  I have a job where a lot of transition is happening at the moment, I'm working a couple of events at the same time on the side, my family just sold our house, I have to choose to follow them to another state or set out on my own, and my health has not been well to top it off.  Needless to say, I've prayed more this week than usual.  But on the other hand, I've ashamedly felt the stress despite praying about it all.

You see...Though I may be praying about it, I'm still trying to control it my way...the way I know how.  I've been working non-stop, sleeping little, and making more lists than I can count.  I know that God's Hand is in it all that I'm involved in and they are God-ordained missions, but I never fully surrendered it all to Him.  You know that whole "taking time to breathe" thing I talked about in my last post?  Yeah....Hasn't been as I say, not as I do, please....

Then today happened...I read an article written by Gloria Copeland this morning called, "4 Habits of Prospering Christians".  It really kick started me and got me to thinking. How worried am I?  How anxious am I?  Did I see God as my source?  And was I in expectance of miracles?  This was only the beginning of my change of mind.  But I didn't think on this long enough, my day got switched up on me again, and I was back to worrying about how I was going to get everything I needed to get done done. 

So I'm driving and I'm translation: I'm worrying...  But while I'm in transit to pick up my brother, my radio turns on randomly playing music that I have on my phone via Bluetooth.  It just happens to select "Martha and Mary"  from the Album "Speak Out" by All of Us.  The very fist line is, "Martha, she might have got a lot done, but,  Mary, she chose love."  And I just broke.  Sometimes, I get so wrapped up into what needs to get done, that I forget to choose love, to choose peace, to choose Him!  I turn into a Martha focused on tasks, and forget to be a Mary and bask in the love He has for us!  I lose focus on why I do what I do and keep my eyes on the what I do. 

I'm not saying that forgetting tasks is what needed to happen, but my focus needed to change.  Instead of feeling stress and anxiety, I needed to choose to surrender to Love!  Well, guess what!  God is LOVE!  And He is infinitely wise, so He knows exactly how I can get everything done and is willing to guide me if I let Him!  Just reading Psalms 32:8 tells me this:
"I will instruct you in the way you shall go:  I will guide you with my eye."

He is incredibly strong, and I don't have to rely on my own energy or abilities either!  All I have to do is actively choose Love each and every day, and He will give me all the assistance I need! 

So tonight, I am going to sleep in peace, not worrying, but choosing love.  The encouragement in doing this all in itself brings me energy for tomorrow.   

Happy pilgrimming, Friends!


P.S. Speak Out by All of Us is an amazing album by the way! It ministers to my soul every time I turn it on.  It was recorded by a group of insanely talented students from Morningstar University just this year!  You can find it on iTunes!  If you don't buy the album, at least download "Martha and Mary" 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Taking Time to Breathe

Dear Friends,

I've been learning a lesson over the past couple months.... I am so extremely far from having it mastered but I'm doing better...well at least I'm trying to do better.  And I thought I would share with you just a little bit, because, honestly I'd love your feedback of suggestions. 

So one of the things I've realized lately is there are moments in life where you just know that your schedule is slam packed.  However, you don't always feel the impact because it's what you are used to!  Being busy is just what you's who you are!  In fact if you take time off you might not even know what to do with yourself. 

There's a beauty in being busy.  Time feels it has a higher value!  Literally every second is seen as a resource to invest in the mission of your choice. It makes your life feel purposeful and important.'re probably NEVER ever.  But, you know, one little detail that I leave out is...

Taking time to breathe...This is literally one of my biggest struggles.  Fitting in pleasure is just hard when you're constantly thinking of all of the things that need to be done!  Plus, you probably really enjoy most of the work you fill your life with.  But stepping back and allowing yourself to unwind is actually one of the most important tasks you can give yourself.  And I mean's that vital! 

If you aren't taking a step back, you're eventually going to run out of steam, crash, lose your focus, and impede forward momentum in general.  Then where are you left?  Losing productivity is never the plan, but if you don't give yourself time to rest, your body will naturally do it for you...through shutting down.  Because none of us can keep up full throttle 24/7.  You need to time to refresh yourself  in order to continue doing what you love!  So take a break occasionally to renew you physically, refresh your prospective, and to let your mind rest. 

If you are like me, actually write it down on your to do list.  Otherwise...It won't happen
You know... 
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Email goals report
  • Write meeting agenda
  • Vacuum
  • Laundry
  • Clean Bathroom
  • Write a blog post
  • COFFEE BREAK (or go for a walk, call a friend.  Just do whatever helps you to UNWIND)

And, again if you're at all like me, go as far as to write into your schedule to take a day off. 
  • Take a hike
  • Climb a mountain
  • Have a picnic
Taking time to breathe is a task I am going to be giving myself.  I want to achieve this balance in life, because I want to be the most effective person I can be. 
So hears to productivity, guys!
Happy Pilgrimming!

P.S.  If anyone has any tips on what has helped you or any comments in general, I'd love to hear from you!  Just  shoot me a comment below!  

Monday, April 6, 2015

NEWS FLASH: Creighton Hill Cover Reveal

Dear friends,

I post entirely too seldom, but when I do it's because I have something super special to share with all of you.  Today, that is the cover reveal of my dear friend, Morgan Elizabeth Huneke's third novel, Creighton Hill!!! 


About the Book
“No one can mysteriously disappear leaving no trace. It isn’t realistic.”
“You’re right, Emily,” her grandfather said thoughtfully. “It isn’t realistic. However, a good many things happen in this world that are not realistic, things supernatural.”

Emily, Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna have grown up on their grandfather’s tales of ancestors who mysteriously disappeared from Creighton Hill, the plantation home that has been in their family for centuries. When Grampa’s death forces them to move into Creighton Hill, the truth about the supposed disappearances is the first thing on their minds. Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna’s, that is. As for Emily, why must they keep at their supernatural hogwash?

Could it be that their family really does just have an unusual history of early deaths? Most people seem to think so. But Grampa’s research has uncovered something different.

When mysterious writing matching descriptions found in ancient accounts begins appearing to the children, they know something’s up. They must find out what really happened to their ancestors, and work together to discover the reason behind the mysterious writings.

Creighton Hill is the first book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

Release Date
Creighton Hill, Time Captives book 1, will release on June 8th, 2015. Stay tuned on Morgan’s blog and Facebook page for more information and sneak peeks.

About the Author:

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Be sure to add Creighton Hill to Good Reads!  You can do this by using the handy little button below!

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That's all for now, friends!
Happy Pilgrimming!