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June 27, 2017

Just wondering…

I love to travel (what time do we leave?) and I wonder about a lot of things (now, how…?). That’s why I love the quote by J.R.R. Tolkien, “All those who wander are not lost.” These short posts will focus on wanderings, wonderings and the wonderful truths the Lord reveals during both.

I recently attended a Christian writer’s conference (see: Explosive Transformation). After it had ended, I drove five hours to stay overnight with relatives. It provided a nice break in travel with the blessing of a visit, albeit a brief one. The drive gave me lots of time to think and to pray.

I’ve often wondered how people such as Rush Limbaugh, Todd Starnes, and MLB play-by-play announcers, e.g. have time for anything other than their career tasks. These folks permeate the airwaves up to three hours at a time, but the preparation must take hours and hours.

Sitting down to write for four or more hours is one thing, but at my formative stage as an author, I am spending hours on social media/website planning/branding/newsletters/blog posts, etc. I was concerned about how writing and all it entails can turn into busyness. All of the above is important and speaks volumes to the agents and publishers I’d like to associate with, but if I don’t keep God at the center, my busyness will turn to the disobedience of distraction.

As I settled into my comfy guest bed at Uncle Bob’s, I prayed.
Lord, how can I do this and still have my precious time with You? How can I avoid the busyness of all of this and yet remain kingdom-minded?

I love it when the Lord answers a prayer immediately. The Holy Spirit brought a favorite passage to mind, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV)

God’s Word tells me to do my work with all my heart. Here’s the key, it’s for the Lord. And what will I attain? A reward! All because I am serving the Lord Jesus.

I get it, Lord.

I’ve always loved this passage, and even though I thought I fully understood it, it became even more relevant for me as God showed me its application. Working hard is not a bad thing as long as I am working hard for Him, not for me.

He gave me quite the release with that passage. And just to keep me on my toes, I felt He added, “Hang on, dear child; here we go.” Oh, my, what a ride.

 

To ponder:

How can you consciously honor God while doing today’s tasks?

I’d love to hear how God spoke to you through this. Comments are more than welcome.

  1. I absolutely love your friendly, candid voice and the truths you shared. I look forward to future posts.

  2. Congratulations on your new site, Lisa! I enjoyed your post. The verse made me think of an insight I once heard about it. That “heartily” can mean “out of your soul.” We serve God well by writing, blogging, and even using Facebook “out of our souls.” We can use every tool He gives us to further His kingdom. I am glad to know you now on this writing journey. God bless you and your writing ministry!

  3. Admiring the hard work you put into your website and detailed information you offer. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed material. Fantastic read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  4. Lisa was an angel sent by God who sat next to me on a five hour flight. She is a remarkable person
    who I admire. Faith is a gift from God and she is truly blessed by him. I am sure she will continue to go
    far with her writing.

  5. I reread this post and pondered your question about how we can “consciously honor God while doing today’s tasks.” Today, I’m turning a corner…from too much busyness to intentionally setting priorities after asking God to show me His priorities for each day. I will play praise music and worship Him as I work and pray for those He places on my heart. “Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; for I trust in You; teach me the way in which I should walk; for to You I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8 NASV

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