Monday, August 20, 2018
Calendars and Question Marks
By Barbara M. Britton
Happy birthday Stitches Thru Time! Thank you for encouraging readers and writers for five years, or 1,826 days.
Do you have your 2019 calendar yet? I haven’t purchased one, but a freebie came in the mail the other day. I was so excited. Now, I could clean out all the appointment cards and notes stuffed inside my current calendar. Even this morning, I was planning where I would be in the spring and checking where the dates fell in the week.
I guess it’s beneficial to be a planner, but as I scheduled my life nine months in advance, I realized only God truly knows my schedule.
Proverbs 27:1 reminds us:
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”
Every day is a gift from God. I know this all too well as a breast cancer survivor. If you wake up in the morning and your feet hit the floor, say a prayer of thanks to God. When I speak about the chaos of my cancer, I speak to the blessing of a new day. Oncology wards bring you face to face with the reality that tomorrow is not a guarantee.
Okay, we’re celebrating here, so I don’t want to get too heavy. What can we do to celebrate life? Praise God and thank him for each new day.
Live on God’s schedule and take the detours He places in our lives. We can be a light to people God puts in our path. A smile. Kind words. Patience. All of these may seem small, but they can make a difference in someone’s life.
If you’re a Christian writer, stay in the game. Write out of a passion for your story and a passion to influence this world for Christ.
Make time for prayer, worship, Bible reading, Bible study, mentoring, and encouraging others. These can get left off a busy calendar and we need to fill our spiritual tanks, so we can zoom into the next week.
When your freebie calendar comes in the mail, remember God is the true organizer of our days. Don’t forget to pencil some time in for Him and leave time for some spiritual detours. You never know what activities God has planned for you in 2019.
How do you keep your focus on God when your calendar looks like doodle art?
Barbara M. Britton lives in Wisconsin and writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barbara brings little-known Bible characters to light in her Tribes of Israel series. She is a member of RWA, WisRWA, SCBWI and ACFW. Find out more about Barb and her books at www.barbarambritton.com.
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