Monday, February 4, 2013

Adjustment and Accountability

My last post was Sunday, January 13, 2013 – exactly 3 Sundays prior to today. 4 days after I posted, my new husband and I were finally able to end our short stint of living apart and officially merge households. And you haven’t seen as much as a comma from me since then, right? Right! So much for my goal of filling my 2013 calendar with at least one post a week.

It’s not like I don’t have stuff to talk about, stories to tell or just things to say, you know? I do. I always do. Ask my husband; he’ll tell you. Lately, however, I’ve spent more time talking, telling, or saying all those things in my head (and, maybe, in a journal) but not to you. Please forgive me.

Adjustment.

Life is sprinkled with seasons of adjustment, and needless to say the early days of marriage is one of those seasons. In addition to trying to figure out how to maintain my quirky eating habits, how to still get to bed at a decent hour and how to share a bathroom with a man (now, THAT’s a hard one), I’ve also been struggling to find a new writing rhythm that flows with the current of this new season in life.

Accountability.

In a season like this It certainly helps a lot to have people around you who will hold you accountable to the work they know you must do.

“You didn’t do your blog this week…” 7 little words one of my girlfriends very casually slipped into the end of an email to me.

“Do I look like a piece of paper to you,” my husband questioned as I favored sneaking kisses to the evening writing session I was supposed to have. That was one day last week. I did finally relocate to another room to try to write, but unfortunately nothing materialized from my efforts. Oh well. At least I tried, right? I’m so thankful to know there are some who have my back, though. Because of them, there was no way I was going to miss another week.

So here I am today – thinking about adjustments and accountability. So may I ask a favor of you? As I continue trying to adjust to this beautiful new season, may I ask you to hold me accountable. In the far right corner of the top tool bar is a contact option. Feel free to send me a gentle nudge or two (or TEN) every now and then if you sense I may be slipping. Every little bit helps, right?

Is there something new going on in your world that’s causing you to have to adjust? What’s falling by the wayside in the meantime? Who is (are) your accountability partner(s)? I’d love to hear about it.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Be Encouraged

Hello, my friends! Happy Tuesday!

I tried desperately to create something meaningful for the letter E. Words like everything and energy and names like Eve and Esther were tossed about in my mind like raffle tickets in an over-sized drum. The spinning in my head only served to make me a bit discouraged and probably a little dizzy, too.

Then I heard the phrase “be encouraged”. Those two words are the title to an old gospel song I used to love. After all these years, hearing the song still gives me a warm fuzzy feeling and a melodic assurance that God is in control. Let me tell you, I need both of those these days. It may be a long shot, but I’m guessing that if I need to be encouraged someone else out there may need to be encouraged, as well.

So instead of stressing over the fact that I can’t spring forth witty words and fancy phrases today, I’m going to go with what seemed to come to mind naturally.

Be encouraged today, my friends. See you tomorrow.

Completely me,

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My Daily Devotion

I woke up around 7am, this morning, and began my normal time of devotion.  My daily devotion time normally includes God’s word, my journal, and prayer – not necessarily in that order.  Actually, what I enjoy most is the fact that either of these three items may spill out differently on any given day.

For example, this morning appeared fairly routine at first.  I started off in my journal, then I moved to read a chapter in Proverbs.  I try to read the chapter that corresponds with the date, so today I read chapter 12.  I completed the chapter and was about to read it again when I heard,  “Monica, write down the promises, the truths from this chapter in Proverbs.”  Hmm…  Ok, why not!

I was so encouraged as I wrote that I immediately knew I must share them with you:

v. 2:  A good man obtains favor of the Lord.

v. 3:  The root of righteousness shall not be moved.

v. 4:  A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband.

v. 6:  The mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

v. 7:  The house of the righteous shall stand.

v. 11:  He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread.

v. 12:  The root of righteous yields fruit.

v. 13:  The just come out of trouble.

v. 14:  The recompense of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.

v. 19:  The lip of truth shall be established forever.

v. 21:  There shall no evil happen to the just.

V.22:  They that deal truly are the Lord’s delight.

v. 24:  The hand of the diligent shall bear rule.

v. 25:  A good word makes a man’s heart glad.

v.28 (the chapter’s last verse and quite a culmination, I might add):  In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

These words were like an energy drink for me this morning, and I hope they encourage you just as much!

P.S.  Make sure you share any promises of  Proverbs Chapter 12 that I may have overlooked. 😉