January 29, 2010

Fat Friday & Focus


I gained another 1.4 pounds. I know that's not much, but these little pesky pounds are adding up. As I left Weight Watchers last night, I told my friend that I just can't keep paying to gain weight. I've got to focus harder on the goal. I've got to keep my sights on prize and take steady steps to achieve it. Sure, it will be slow going, but anything worth pursuing takes time.

So it is with writing. Writing is definitely not a quick and easy road. Writing takes a lot of time and a lot of sweat. From what I hear, also a lot of tears. It takes a lot of focus. Sure we get distracted, but we have to keep our eyes on the prize of publication and take those steps to reach that goal.

I'm reading a non-fiction book that talked about risk. Reaching our potential for God is all about risk. It takes a great amount of faith to be all that God has intended us to be. Peter risked much when he stepped out of the boat to walk on water to Jesus. Sure, he took his eyes off Jesus and promptly sunk, but you know what? HE WALKED ON WATER! He was able to see and know that with God all things are possible. He knew without a doubt God could enable him for any purpose God called him to.

If we are called to write, if writing is a God given passion within us, then we can rest assured that He will enable us to write for His purpose. So dream big. Write with passion. Learn all you can. Get those words down on paper. Sure, we may falter. Sure, we may loose our focus at times. But each word we write is a step on the faith journey.

Let your journey be filled with joy, knowing that you risk much in stepping out in faith to reach your God-given potential.

Happy writing this weekend! (or happy editing, as editing is what I will be doing!)


22 comments:

  1. So true! Writing is most definitely not the quick and easy road. And neither is losing weight! Neither is anything worth ddoing, actually.

    I need to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I used to be SO healthy. Working out. Fruits and vegetables. Sometime over the past year, that's slipped away. I told hubby I need an action plan. :)

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  2. Very apt analogy! It does require a lot of faith. What a beautiful post! Isn't it so nice to have Peter's example?!

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  3. I don't think writing and easy road belong in the same sentence :)

    Congrats on the weight loss!

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  4. That was so encouraging. Thank you. I need it. I will be redrafting my dreaded synopsis this weekend. I need it for a comp. Ahhhhh!

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  5. That's exactly what I needed, a little encouraging!!! Thanks!

    Happy Editing!!! I will be focusing on writing!

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  6. What a great comparison! Enjoy your editing today! :-)

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  7. Without faith it is impossible to please God.

    Everytime I recall that scripture I press on a little harder, because I do believe that God has called me to writing. So all that's left is putting my faith into action.

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  8. Thanks for the inspiring words.
    I am trying to finish my first draft so I hope to finish this week--we will see:)

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  9. WHat a wonderful, encouraging post! Thank you. :-)
    And I hope you lose those pounds!

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  10. Happy editing! You can do this, Sherrinda!

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  11. Thanks for the encouragement. You're very inspiring.

    Good luck with your editing.

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  12. Sherrinda, cyber hugs on waging the war with weight loss. I spent two years taking off twenty pounds that had crept on when I hit 40. Not fun! I'm 50 now, and there are these pesky five pounds that love to come back for a visit. :-s

    I promise to be a better friend and not tempt you with tasty treats, even if you do like them. :)

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  13. Sorry about the weight gain. Keep your eye on the prize. Eye on the prize. So true in writing as well.

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  14. Hi Sherrinda -

    Sorry you gained this week. Maybe if you do some extra exercise this week it will help.

    Writing takes a lot of patience.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  15. What an inspirational post! Thank you! And good luck with WW. A friend of mine kept getting in trouble because she didn't stick to it by the book...just the principle theme. She lost more weight than she was supposed to. She finally quit and used the technique her own way...and lost 50 lbs in 3 months. *sigh*

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  16. Thanks for reminding me that my gift of writing is from and for the Lord and it takes faith to continue on the journey!

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  17. I've been thinking about getting that book 'Fear' by Max Lucado? Is that his name? Well, anyway, sometimes I think I have a fear of my own writing ability and it prevents me from doing my best. That, and I always tend to focus on writing to publish instead of writing for God, and I'm SURE the latter is more important than any other motive for writing. Just things I need to work on. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  18. Losses and gains, that's par for the course in much of life, and writing too. I really appreciated your take on Peter, Sherrinda. I think so often I have just thought about him sinking into the water, taking his eyes of Christ, I haven't thought much about him taking the risk and then resuming to walk on when he got his focus back. Thanks for the perspective that I needed to be reminded of.

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  19. If it makes you feel better, I'm gaining weight too.

    Wait, that might not have my desired effect...

    Anyway, ***HUGS*** I TOTALLY know what you mean! And very good analogy to writing too:-)

    Happy Happy EDITING! (Hey, you can blame your eating on editing... I always eat more while I'm editing, and less while I'm writing.

    Editing, I'm looking for a way out. Writing, if I'm doing well at it, I forget to stop and eat:-)

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  20. When it all comes down to it, nothing is easy. It may be simple (in that everything is about choice) but that does not make it easy.

    Not only did Peter walk on water, but Jesus was there to lift him up once he started to sink. Put action behind your passion and know with confidence that Christ is there to lift you up!

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  21. Well written post! Very true and to the point. xoxo

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  22. I love the weigh you tie in a bodily goal with a mental/emotional goal (is THAT what writing is?)

    Sigh. I am health nut and almost go too far with all my little systems. You can blame my best friend, who did it to me. But I never get on a scale just listen to what my clothes say.

    Love your blog, girl.
    Patti

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