Chapters by Jannyce

Daily Thoughts of Introspection, Prayer and Praise

Taking the First Step

New to blogging and new tocropped-Barnes.jpg Word Press, I am taking the first step and writing something. With so many things in life that we want to achieve, try or do, it all boils down to the same thing: We need to take the first step no matter what it is. Whether it is cleaning out the garage (also on my list this week), mowing the lawn, laundry, cleaning the house, working out, losing 20 pounds, reconciling a relationship, or making dinner, we have to get up and get going and take a step toward it.

In church today our teaching pastor showed us a video clip of a turtle he came upon during his morning jog the past week.Big turtle isolated Stock Photo The turtle was crossing the road. While it appeared the video was in slow motion, it was not – that was just how slow the turtle moved! (I am guessing that turtles are incredibly patient creatures.) It was painful to watch, and even a bit annoying. The video clip was fairly short, showing only a few steps of the turtle’s journey, but the pastor noted, as annoying as it was to watch and as slow as the turtle moved, the turtle did make it to the other side – eventually! He just put one foot (do turtles even have feet?) ahead of the other and albeit slow, he made it across! That sermon resulted in my getting a TON of things on my to do list done today. It is great to be able to scratch some things off my list. The cool thing too, is that once I got the first thing on my list done, I got pumped up to get yet another thing done, then another, and so on. I was, as they say, “on a roll!”  I hope to make this a habit — at least until I get this “to do” list shortened up!

Some tasks or goals take a long time and, unfortunately, there are no short cuts if it is to be done right. Others are fairly short. So I think it is good to have a mix of both short and long term goals in one’s life so we can feel little successes to boost our confidence along the way while we continue to work toward the longer term goals.

I have been writing a book, or trying to, for several years about my colorful and at times tragic life story, how God was there the whole time getting me through the tough times, the lessons He taught me, my journey to Christ and how my life has been transformed. The journey has been often joyful, but also at times painful, grueling, and even tedious when I revisit some painful memories and struggle to articulate myself in a way that both gives the reader something tangible to take away and also gives God the glory.

In my research on becoming an author and a good writer, it was emphasized how writing a blog can sharpen one’s writing skills and keep the thoughts and ideas flowing. I could use some of that. These blog posts will be my short-term writing goals that I can aim to meet weekly, sometimes daily, as I work on my manuscript. The direction and focus of my writing have changed several times over the years as I continue to evolve both as a person and spiritually (especially in the last five years since my husband died) and finally surrendered my life wholly to Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct my path. My life has changed so much in the past few years and continues to as the Lord renews my mind, body and spirit. I’m excited to see where He takes me next!

I feel like the time to bring this nearly two-decade-long project to completion is upon me. They say a goal without a goal date is just a desire, so I needed to put an end date on paper. So my first goal is to have the first draft of my book complete by the summer of 2017 and get it to an editor. I think I finally feel up for the challenge, especially since I now have super powers.

Yep! I have the Holy Spirit dwelling within me stronger than ever before, and that is the kind of power that can move mountains! I have faith that with the help of the Holy Spirit the testimony of my life story will be written in a format that may both inspire and bring hope to the reader, God willing. I believe this because “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13) and “I am a temple in which God dwells” (1 Cor. 3:16).

So, like the patient turtle, today I take the first step, albeit a baby one, and publish my first blog post. I welcome your feedback. It is a little scary, but I am “feeling the fear and doing it anyway” because that, my friend is how it is done. I pray that with the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, combined with my own experience and life’s lessons, I will have something worthwhile to say along the way to keep you at the very least entertained. May God bless and keep you.

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