the waiting place

thewaitingplace

if you’ve been keeping up with my journey you know how last year i quit my full time job as a teacher to focus fully on grad school and writing.

some days i am like, “wow, i am really doing this!” and then some days i am like, “wow, i am doing a terrible job at this!”

…and sometimes you wait!

it’s been an adjustment but i feel like i am in a waiting period in my life. one of my favorite books is “oh, the places you’ll go!” by dr. suess, for a kid book it has some really deep stuff in there. dr. suess writes about what he calls the waiting place.

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

everyday i know my future depends on how i handle this time in my life. i know one day i will get to where the boom bands play, but for now the things that make up my life today (the good and the bad) will be the things that allow for me to enjoy the boom bands and more importantly sustain the blessing. this whole experience so far of sort of going off the grid, leaving the norm/the expected, has been freeing. and i feel really blessed that i was crazy enough to just take the leap.

don’t go back to egypt

and to be honest with you guys, i have been focusing more on grad school than actually writing and publishing. a couple weeks ago i was feeling a little down about that, i feel like my hustle game hasn’t been strong on the writing and publishing front (i’ve only published a handful of books since last fall). in my state of negative thinking, i was like maybe i should just go back to teaching next year. and then i go check my book sales and there is this huge order on one of my books. so i was like, “okay, God, i won’t go back to egypt.” why do we always try to go back to what God has delivered us from? a lack of perspective can get you into trouble. DON’T GO BACK TO EGYPT. right now i need to keep my priorities on what is pressing…and that is school! when the time is right i can focus fully on writing and publishing.

with grad school i am starting to see the finish line. i wish i was enjoying it more, though. it’s been more of an experience of checking it off my list than a learning experience. yeah, i am learning stuff but i just want to be done. at wgu you can accelerate things, and so that’s my plan! i am going to pick up the pace…i just finished one class in one week. i promised myself i would get my masters a long time ago and so i am keeping my promise to myself. everyone is invited to my graduation party this summer! so not joking, come party with me in dallas.

being a dreamer and go-getter is tiring, especially when the benefits of your efforts are not immediate. but i can hear God saying, “wait…wait for it…” and so that’s what i am going to do, keep my head down focused on my work, keep laying foundation, and in the process keep developing as a person. and soon i’ll be out of the waiting place.

my next big project that i will be working on is 365devotions.com. GET ON THE LIST if you are interested in being part of this project by writing a devotional for an upcoming book. i am looking to collaborate with 365 people. if everyone on my personal blog list signed up that would totally make my day!!!

i have also added some resources to my resource page, and i’ll be adding more in the upcoming weeks. if you’re already on my list and you want the remake your life in 7 days resource that’s listed just hit the reply button on any of my emails and let me know. it’s a stress free 7 day challenge that will hopefully shift your thinking and ultimately your life. it’s a very non-threatening challenge.

i pray many blessings for you

i pray that if you are in a waiting place that your strength is renewed and that the process of waiting enhances your ability to fully receive what is to come. don’t lose perspective. God’s promises are true.

healed

by his stripes we are healed isaiah 53:5

The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
on him, on him.

– Isaiah 53:2-6 The Message (MSG)

14 things for february 14 (2015 edition)

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a few weeks ago i started thinking about this post…my annual 14 for 14 post that’s all about love. or things related to love!

here is my list for this year! 

1. heart in pacific ocean rock

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this past week i was in san francisco and witnessed the pacific ocean for the first time! look at the heart in the rock! how awesome is that! this is at lands end in california.

here is a video of it that i filmed on my iphone!

click here to view more pictures and videos from my san francisco trip on tumblr.

2. wild hearts can’t be broken 

wildhearts

i had the vhs version of this 1991 disney movie and of course that became obsolete so i bought the dvd version recently. LOVE this movie. forget 50 shades this weekend and rent this instead.

3. a langston hughes poem

Harlem Night Song

Come,
Let us roam the night together
Singing.

I love you.

..continue reading

4. jane austen 

jane austen has provided unrealistic expectations for women everywhere for years, but gotta love her! the world can never seem to get enough jane austen products and spinoffs!

found this at the dollar store.
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5. candy hearts by tofer brown

click here to view on youtube

6. alex and sierra 

if you wish to fall in love fall in love with this singing couple!

click here to view on youtube

7. romantic sappy movies might be in jeopardy…

this is heartbreaking! the author of the notebook, nicholas sparks, has recently gotten a divorce. not for sure what this means for the future of his sappy love stories!

8. waffle house 

if you have ever wondered exactly what is ghetto fabulous here is a prime example for you.

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waffle house will be offering candle light dinners for valentines. what what!

9. unmade homemade cards

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i bought all the supplies to make valentine’s day cards for my friends, but at this point it’s the thought that counts! right?

10. friday the 13th was yesterday 

but who even really notices such a thing when everyone has their sights on the 14th? 

here is a little history on friday the 13th. 

11. because He first loved us!

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thank you God!!!

(image via faithwords)

12. my book #love

i have a quote book that’s all about love, but don’t buy this book for someone unless you REALLY are in love with them. otherwise, it will get awkward real fast.

#love_Cover_for_Kindle

available from amazon.com and b&n.

13. my dear – kina grannis (official music video / my wedding video)

i’ve been following kina grannis since the days of myspace and she made her wedding video into an official music video and it’s just lovely.

click here to view video on youtube

14. and to keep with tradition…

here is the list from last year!