Post a Day, Post a Week?

WordPress is starting a post a day/post a week challenge for 2011. I want to do this, I really do. It will be fun. I doubt my ability to write anything worth posting on a regular basis, but maybe that is only part of the reason for jumping in. Some of this will be about developing regularity and commitment, discipline and perseverance. What can you lose?

Here is the sample post and challenge from WordPress:

Title: I’m Posting every day in 2011!

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day / once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

<Your Name Here>

Sound like fun? Are you up for it? What is holding you back?

For me there is some fear associated with this. What will I write about? Who will read it? Will it stink out loud? Likely some of it will, but at the end of 2011 we will all look back with a sense of accomplishment. We’ll see growth and development in our skills. We’ll have a new community of readers and writers.

Will I make a post a day, or even a week? Likely not. There are already some weeks ahead that are tightly scheduled and won’t allow the luxury of an unintimidated keyboard. But somewhere between 52 posts (if you post once a week) and 365 posts (if you post once a day) is what I’ll shoot for. That leaves some wiggle room. That is something I can do!

From where I sit, the positives outweigh the negatives.

So, as morning light gains a foothold over the snow draped mountains, I’ll look forward to the coming year of posts. What’s the worst that will happen? I won’t make a post a day, maybe not even a post a week, but I’ll end the year having written more than the year before, and that will have made it all worthwhile.

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Multitude Monday: Working Here?

Sometimes changes in life follow the annual shifts in the seasons. This year that is proving to be the case. For almost three years I’ve had time to recoup from some major life changes. As a result, I’ve moved to a beautiful and inspiring place. Time has been filled doing volunteer work for several organizations, making new friends, traveling to Central Asia, and being available to encourage my adult children.

I’ve had time to rest and rekindle.

But the autumn shift this year has also brought a new job. With it comes an opportunity to speak into young lives and bring home a pay check. If you haven’t caught my enthusiasm yet, check out these photographs of Glen Eyrie, the conference center owned and operated by the Navigators. Nestled in it’s own secluded valley, it was originally the private home of General Palmer, founder of Colorado Springs.

Some of the regular residents rambling the acreage include a herd of big horn sheep, several rafters of turkeys (yes, I had to look that up), deer, and bear. As a conference center it is a place where people from all over the world come to learn and grow in their faith.

It is a peaceful place, one of my favorite spots on earth.

And they are going to pay me to work here!

So, on this Multitude Monday, I begin my list with thanks for His gracious provision:

A new job

His perfect timing

A new season

A lingering summer

The first signs of approaching fall

The yellow in the treetops

The antelope grazing across the road, the herd grown this year to an even dozen

Sunflowers blooming across the fields

The moon dancing across the sky

Fields tanning across the hills as summer grows to a close

The grasses whispering as they fade

A chill in the evenings and a sweater to warm in

Candle light, warmth for the eyes and the heart

God’s purpose, manifest

God’s love and strength

~”And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Philippians 4:19-20







Made Perfect in Weakness…

But thou art making me, I thank Thee, sire.

What Thou hast done and doest Thou knows’t well.

And I will help thee; gently in Thy fire

I will lie burning; on Thy potter’s wheel

I will whirl patient, though my brain should reel.

Thy grace shall be enough the grief to quell,

And growing strength perfect through weakness dire.


George MacDonald, Diary of An Old Soul, October 2.


But [the Lord] said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Cor. 12:9











Great Gratefulness

“What a beautiful thing, God, to give thanks, to sing an anthem to You, the High God!

To announce your love each daybreak, sing your faithful presence all through the night.”

Ps. 92:1-2, The Message

The list is long this week, rocketed forward by weeks of travel to visit beautiful people in wondrous places.

Spring coming, marked by wet snow                                

Meadowlarks singing

Early morning sunlight, red reflecting off lowering clouds

Old friends new again

Visits from around the world

Sons camping on couches

New homes

Vibrant color on walls

Leaves shadowed by early morning sun

Fireplaces warming the chill

Faces tired from smiling

Opportunities taken

Airplanes

Cell phones

E-mail, all ways to stay connected to those we love

Poppies for miles, blooming for the joy of it

Quiet words in the midst of celebration

Good tired, full up with rejoicing

Tromping through fields

Wind, cleaning sky, bringing rain

Listening to lapping water

Out loud laughter

Reflection, interior and otherwise

New leaves

Fresh greens of Spring

Deep Westminster chime

Talents developed, skill shining

Color, and eyes and heart to appreciate it

“Hallelujah! I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got…

God’s works are so great, worth a lifetime of study–endless enjoyment!

His generosity never gives out, His miracles are His memorial

This God of Grace, this God of Love.”
Ps. 111 The Message

God’s Promise of Spring

Colorado’s March weather shifts between wet snows and steadily warming days of sunshine.

Geese pass through, robins arrive in their wake, and green appears at the margin of road and sidewalk. Icicles patter good-bye and flowers replace their captured light. Gray days give way to the approaching season.

I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness and press into His promise of Spring in our hearts and circumstances.

Hope stirs below the horizon.

His light strengthens,

tips over the rim of the morning

And I rise up to sing.

The moon keeps track of the seasons,

the sun is in charge of each day.

Oh, let me sing to God all my life long,

sing hymns to my God as long as I live!

Ps. 104:19, 33  The Message

Multitude Monday

This Lenten season is a time to focus our internal search. It is a time to seek again what God has said about our calling. How should we go about our lives “while it is still day?” What are the things in us that need crucifixion? What attitudes should we nourish while we work at the daily chores of life?

What should we let fall away?

On this Multitude Monday we stop to be thankful, stoop to be raptured by His grace.

The beginning of a new week, a fresh month of transition

The gift of time

Light, filling air and sky, flooding through the glass

Cell phones, bringing news from far away

Friends to share life with

Sons and daughters and things to learn from them

New recipes and food to make them

Growth through the hard places

Writing friends, shared words

Fresh snow, crystalline light

Spring coming

Clocks ticking, reminder to seize the day

Heaven

Hope

Him