Saying No and Other Shocking Things

Monday, November 15, 2010

Recently, I said no to a great opportunity. Like many women, I am not good at saying no, and I certainly do not like to turn down opportunities. But I came to a cross roads with myself, and had to be real about my limits: hours in the day, dedication to current obligations, and family responsibilities. So, I said no, and thankfully the recipient of my choice was gracious and kind.

Still, walking away was difficult and even painful for me. I felt momentary regret. Then, growth. This is what it feels like to take the road less traveled. This is what it feels like to know my priorities, and stick to them. This feels . . . good.

And so, in the name of shaking things up a bit, I'm rearranging things here. I want to keep Wednesday's Word, but I'm moving it to Friday. Now, that Word can set the tone for the weekend and provide a jumping off point for further personal study.

On Wednesdays, I will participate in Works For Me Wednesdays, a blog carnival with the purpose of sharing what works. What works for you? What makes your life easier? It could be anything - a product, a philosophy, a person. (Or something that does not start with a P.) For example, how do you get stains out? How do you get ahead at work? How do you cook a healthy meal, or better yet, can you tell us where kids eat free? On Wednesdays, I will join the car-nee-val and write about what works for me. I hope you will share what works for you, as I am totally looking for advice.

My prayer is that these changes will make A Work in Progress grow, not necessarily in a number of readers type of way, but in a this is what it feels like to know my priorities, and stick to them kind of way. My priority, by the way, is that this work will progress. That through this blog I can inspire you, and you can inspire me, to embrace, love, and enjoy where God has placed you and me. My ultimate goal is to live as if we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Sometimes I need to be reminded of that. And if it sounds familiar, look over there - - - - - - - - - - - - >

Sooooo, thanks for bearing with me, and thanks for the inspiration. Thanks for reading, writing, thinking and sharing. THANK YOU!

And, stay tuned :)

Giving Day 14 - Over the weekend, I thought a lot about homelessness. Here are two organizations in my community, working on the front lines. Check them out: Crisis Ministries and Jaiden's Place.

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