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Share: The Burdens and the Joys

The theme of cultivate, my One Word for this year, is woven throughout the days of writing this month. I am focusing on several areas of life that have been my focus for cultivating this year. I am not doing things perfectly, but I am learning as I go and would love to share some of it with you.

Prompts provided by Five Minute Fridays are my springboard for each days writing. You can see the complete listing and links to the posts I have written so far on my 2017 Write 31 Days landing page. 

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To share one’s life with someone else is an exciting and scary journey.  Dealing with the in’s and out’s of your own life at times can seem much, but when you share life with some else, to a degree you take on the in’s and out’s of their life as well. This can be overwhelming.

shareSo often in our communities, we look at sharing in light of sharing the burdens of those around us. We are to help, encourage, pray, and serve. These are all true – but these good things are simply one side of sharing. To share with another also means we celebrate, enjoy, and join the fun of their life. To see the fulfillment of prayers prayed, the joy of a burden lifted, and the privilege of being able to aid our fellow life travelers are also part of sharing life.

True, taking on the share of life means time and energy spent for another. This is time and energy away from yourself and your immediate world. But, is that not what life is? giving of ourselves for the good and benefit of those around us? Maybe this is my abundance mentality showing through, the idea that we have enough of what we really need and we are to live looking to aid and benefit those around us. Does this mean we give to our own detriment – at times maybe, though I would argue this ought not to be the norm. And I am definitely not promoting the idea of caring so much for others that we neglect ourselves and those closest to us. But neither are we to care so much for ourselves, that we fail to look up and see how we can share with those around us, those outside of the walls of our immediate life.

Take the time to know your way, do the things that enable to you walk in that purpose, and remember to share in the lives around you. Yes, there will be some extra burdens. Yet, remember, the joys are multiplied as well!

This post is a part of the Write 31 Days Challenge for 2017. Each October writers around the world, take up the challenge to write and share their writing each day for the month of October. The theme for my writing this year is Cultivate. Following the prompts provided by the Five Minute Friday community, my goal is to write and post each day. Check out my 2017 Write 31 Days landing page for a list of all the prompts I’ll be following and links to each days post. 

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Hold

The theme of cultivate, my One Word for this year, is woven throughout the days of writing this month. I am focusing on several areas of life that have been my focus for cultivating this year. I am not doing things perfectly, but I am learning as I go and would love to share some of it with you.

Prompts provided by Five Minute Fridays are my springboard for each days writing. You can see the complete listing and links to the posts I have written so far on my 2017 Write 31 Days landing page. 

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I hold you in my heart.

It might seem clique. Or strange. Those I may have not meet in real life are so important to me – really? But it is very true. As I write I think of you and pray that the words which come will be exactly what you are needing.

I hold you in my heart.

And I hold out to you that which has been an encouragement and blessing to me. There are so many resources available to us today. If you are a learner, you already know how vast the information at our fingertips. Each Saturday, I seek to share some of the resources I have found.  I hold out to you some of the reading and tools that have been helpful for me as I cultivate different areas of life. You may need what I have discovered. Like lepers in Elijah’s day who discovered a deserted camp full of provisions, I share. They choose to share the news of their discovery with the fortified city near them. Knowing they could be rejected because of their disease, but also knowing the people needed to know the bounty that was so close and available.

As I have sought to cultivate my health life – spiritually, physically, emotionally,  and mentally; here are some resources that have been beneficial to me.

Books:

Websites:

  • Well-Grounded Life, this is Lisa Byrne’s site. Her newsletter is always encouraging and beneficial as I seek to remember to care for my physical well-being amidst all the others things.
  • Keeper of the Home, a good starting point resource site with articles and recipes for a variety of things with an orientation to natural living. If you are looking for a food specific resource Kitchen Stewardship is a good starting point.

Miscellaneous:

  • a physical therapist (as I went through therapy for extreme headaches, the skill and knowledge I learned from those I worked with has been amazingly beneficial)

I know there are more, but these are what I am thinking of now. I’ll update anything that I think of, and each Saturday, I”ll share more resources and what I have read recently.

This post is a part of the Write 31 Days Challenge for 2017. Each October writers around the world, take up the challenge to write and share their writing each day for the month of October. The theme for my writing this year is Cultivate. Following the prompts provided by the Five Minute Friday community, my goal is to write and post each day. Check out my 2017 Write 31 Days landing page for a list of all the prompts I’ll be following and links to each days post. 

If you would like to receive an email each day I post or subscribe to my seasonal newsletter, let me know your email here. 

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Create

The theme of cultivate, my One Word for this year, is woven throughout the days of writing this month. I am focusing on several areas of life that have been my focus for cultivating this year. I am not doing things perfectly, but I am learning as I go and would love to share some of it with you.

Prompts provided by Five Minute Fridays are my springboard for each days writing. You can see the complete listing and links to the posts I have written so far on my 2017 Write 31 Days landing page. 

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To create – not in the way God created when He took nothing and made our world – rather, to be able to take what is around us and make it something good – beautiful, useful, joyful. This is the idea of creation that is applicable to us, by us.

In the cultivation of plants and crops are we not participating in creation with God as He waters the earth and through natures’ natural cycles brings out life from the seeds which are planted.

createEach day, the everyday mundane ins and outs – wash rinse, dry and repeats of life – we are tending to the cultivation of a life – our lives, the lives of those in our care. May we not get stuck in thinking the everydays are insignificant. Rather may we have cultivation vision to see how the everydays are a part of participating with God in the work He is doing. The creation of people and lives, He can use for His glory.

This post is a part of the Write 31 Days Challenge for 2017. Each October writers around the world, take up the challenge to write and share their writing each day for the month of October. The theme for my writing this year is Cultivate. Following the prompts provided by the Five Minute Friday community, my goal is to write and post each day. Check out my 2017 Write 31 Days landing page for a list of all the prompts I’ll be following and links to each days post. 

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Story

The theme of cultivate, my One Word for this year, is woven throughout the days of writing this month. I am focusing on several areas of life that have been my focus for cultivating this year. I am not doing things perfectly, but I am learning as I go and would love to share some of it with you.

Prompts provided by Five Minute Fridays are my springboard for each days writing. You can see the complete listing and links to the posts I have written so far on my 2017 Write 31 Days landing page. 

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Let me tell you a story.

The writing here is my story, but it is for you my reader! I have lived not a long or extremely exciting life, yet I have learned as I have lived. If I can, by sharing what I have learned, help you or encourage you – that is what I desire. Living a life full of faith and purpose – that is what I am seeking to do, and in writing, I seek to encourage others to do so as well.

True I love to tell others about what I am learning, I appreciate being appreciated – I want to be recognized for what I share. But really, I desire to help you. So what story can I share? What part of my journey helps those who read? Where does the story begin?

For me, it began in the months after my second daughter was born with a google search for home organization. I was overwhelmed by caring for two under two years of age, maintaining a home, and trying to figure out where I stood in this still new to me world of marriage and motherhood.

I found ladies who wrote to encourage others like me to find meaning and purpose in their daily lives of caring for littles and housework. And I found they loved God and were in all they were doing seeking to know Him more, serve Him, and encouraging others to do the same. That is what I needed!

storyKnowing that every situation we encounter is unique to us, and yet others have lived life for thousands of years ahead of us, and have figured out how to do it and do it well. I stand to say, though your specific details are unique to you, the dealings of your life are common to us all. In that commonness, we have hope that we are not alone. Parts of our stories have been lived before, we each stand in our own space and way with the ability to provide guidance, encouragement, and support for each other when needed.

May you, stand in your story. Whatever it may be, live it. I will stand in my story and live what is before me. And in the living, let us share what we are learning – reaching out to others who need what you have to say. And in the saying, may you will be blessed and encouraged!

This post is a part of the Write 31 Days Challenge for 2017. Each October writers around the world, take up the challenge to write and share their writing each day for the month of October. The theme for my writing this year is Cultivate. Following the prompts provided by the Five Minute Friday community, my goal is to write and post each day. Check out my 2017 Write 31 Days landing page for a list of all the prompts I’ll be following and links to each days post. 

If you would like to receive an email each day I post or subscribe to my seasonal newsletter, let me know your email here. 

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Trust

The theme of cultivate, my One Word for this year, is woven throughout the days of writing this month. I am focusing on several areas of life that have been my focus for cultivating this year. I am not doing things perfectly, but I am learning as I go and would love to share some of it with you.

Prompts provided by Five Minute Fridays are my springboard for each days writing. You can see the complete listing and links to the posts I have written so far on my 2017 Write 31 Days landing page. 

Trust

To trust someone with your health, your well-being is an unnerving and scary position. I am very much of an “I’ll figure it out on my own” type personality, so admitting I want help, or even need help, is a very big thing for me to do.

Over the last several years, as I have struggled with health challenges that have limited me in activity and functioning capacity, I have been humbled and I have grown as I have learned to trust and been assured I can trust others.

Are there areas of life you are needing to trust to someone other than yourself? God. A spouse. A friend.

trustEven as I have searched for answers in my pursuit of better health, I am confronted with how much one needs to trust those you would turn to for advice. A doctor, a book or article, a diet plan, a physical therapist – these are just some of the different places you can look for advice and help as you seek solutions to whatever health challenge you have. How very careful we should be about our sources of information. Be prayful, be discerning, but don’t allow that caution to paralyze you. Use your brain as you seek advice and learn about solutions to whatever it may be you are facing, but move. Don’t allow your fear of trusting someone or the never-ending options available to paralyze you.

Move forward – don’t allow information overload to overwhelm you. Move, trusting as you do, the path will be made clear. God does and will direct you. He’ll stop you when necessary, and open doors when you are to move forward. The resources you need will be available when you need them.

Move to cultivate – that area you are thinking of now – move in it – trusting God does walk with you.

This post is a part of the Write 31 Days Challenge for 2017. Each October writers around the world, take up the challenge to write and share their writing each day for the month of October. The theme for my writing this year is Cultivate. Following the prompts provided by the Five Minute Friday community, my goal is to write and post each day. Check out my 2017 Write 31 Days landing page for a list of all the prompts I’ll be following and links to each days post. 

If you would like to receive an email each day I post or subscribe to my seasonal newsletter, let me know your email here.