No Shave November

Welcome.

I’m really glad you’re here.

A few weeks ago I decided that November is the perfect time to take a much needed break from social media. “No Media November” works for me more than “No Shave November” don’t you think?

I’ll use the extra time to count my blessings, refresh this space, and focus on a big writing project.

Stacy with camera

God is at work in me and I want my life and this space to reflect what I’m learning in my walk with Him. I know you have the desire to be successful in all that you do and live a life that pleases God so there will be some minor rearranging and editing here that I hope will be helpful to you.

God’s standard of success is obedience to His Word. Every area of life must conform to His standard if we are to be successful. My desire is be obedient to Him in my marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, health and fitness, finances, and spiritual life. Like Paul, I don’t always do the things I want to do; and the things I don’t want to do are often the very things I do. (Romans 7:19-20) But I press on.

My focused goal here is three-fold:
• to honestly share my struggles as I seek to live life God’s way
• to shine a light on God’s unwavering faithfulness
• to equip you with the tools you need to stay the course and finish well.

PERFECT TIMING
I plan to have those changes ready by December 1. In the meantime, I hope you’ll visit often. I’ve certainly missed connecting with you on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram so today would be the perfect time to leave a comment! Share a struggle, a testimony of God’s faithfulness, or a renewed commitment to walk with God. I’d like to know I’m not alone here.

Speaking of the perfect time…one last thing before I go.

For years I waited for the perfect time to write a book. In my 20’s and 30’s I was busy with school and family and work. The perfect time never came. Or so I thought. Now in my very late 40’s the perfect time has yet to materialize but I’m going for it. All those words scribbled on napkins and receipts and journal pages have been organized and outlined. Chapters are taking shape and the book proposal is being fleshed out. There’s been laughing, crying, binge eating, and lots of praying. Deadlines are looming. Perfectionism is banging on the door, but I’m not letting her in. My heart and mind are set on Him.

What are you waiting for?

The perfect husband or wife? The perfect season of parenting? The perfect job? The perfect church? The perfect house? The perfect time of life?

The perfect time to obey God is now.

Right where you are.

Love and serve the husband or wife and children you’ve been given. Work hard at your job. Get involved in the church where you’re attending. Practice hospitality in the home where you live.

Obey God right where you are right now.

We can be all that God desires for us to be because it is Him doing the work in us. Paul knew the struggle well as we read in Romans 7. But he also knew the goal and kept his eye on the prize.

Focused on the Goal
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.
Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.
But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him. (Philippians 3:12-21. MSG)

READY, SET, GO
That’s your cue to start. Begin again right where you are and finish this day, this year, this life walking with God. I’ll be right here with you.

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