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Friday, December 2, 2011

Obedience to God's Calling

I've had writer's block! At least that's what I keep blaming it on!

Truth? I only just admitted it fully to myself today...I've allowed "writer's block" to become a crutch to laziness! I read a comment on a Facebook status that got me "rolling" on a new Niki's Thoughts message and as I searched for a Bible verse to coincide with what was swirling around my brain I came past I Timothy and I paused as I read Chapter 4 - especially verse 14, it seemed to jump off the page at me!

I'm keeping this blog informal, more about my feelings than my Biblical, um, interpretations so I won't quote the verse or go into a lot of detail but I can say without a doubt God was kicking me into gear with that verse this morning! I thought, "Man Lord, I can't believe the patience You have with me, I've been a lazy brat about my writing, about my Bible study, about my faith!"

Structure breeds discipline and discipline fights laziness so I have decided I need structure! I think God's been trying to tell me this for a while but I used writer's block, a needy toddler, a moody tween and a busy husband all as excuses but today God knew I needed to be dragged by my ear to get me in gear!

Lessons learned:
Structure needs to be scheduled in and stuck to!
Making that schedule is never going to be easy!
Sticking to it will be even harder!
Love and forgiveness all around will need to be in big supply!

You'll know it's working if you see new blogs every few days! Wish me luck! Better yet, please say a prayer and feel free to "nag" me lovingly to stick with it!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Closets, Colds & Cranky Endings!

I will admit it, I am a scaredy pants! Often!! I don't like bugs, especially in my house! I can't stand to be alone in an empty house. I am NOT a fan of thunder, lightening and especially tornadoes! Last night we had tornadoes in the area, according to the Doppler radar at our local news station a rotation literally passed right over our house, my husband was at work and my daughter went to a concert with the neighbors...it was just me and my 2-year-old son, alone in the house, in the midst of a tornado warning, huddling in the closet under the stairs for the better part of an hour. I'm guessing that besides being bad for my nerves it was probably not great to be closed in such a small area with germs flying from our colds we've been tossing around this week and all the over-stimulation made for a very cranky day today!

Lessons learned? Many!

1} While my boy was a trooper hiding in the closet from the almost tornado it would have been easier to keep him, um, distracted if we had some books or small toys and a flashlight in there. Need to add these before next tornado warning occurs!
2} It's ok to admit I'm scared! It helps my kids know that it is something that happens but it is more importantly an opportunity to show them how we should act when facing our fears. Last night my little one told me, "Momma, I scared." I hugged him tight and assured him, "I know sweetie, but Momma's got you and God's got us both!" Life lessons are all around us, are we taking advantage or are we taking a road around them?
3} The day after an exciting day (scary exciting or happy exciting) should be approached with much patience - especially if you have kids because they will inevitably be a bit on the cranky side.
4} Never miss an opportunity to say, "I love you," "I'm sorry," or "I forgive you," because you never know if it may be your last chance.
5} Don't stop looking for life's lessons, when we stop learning is when we stop living.

God knows that I have a long way to go before I'M not cranky after a long, exciting day and I pray He'll keep helping me to see the lessons He's putting out in front of me to learn each day. What have you learned today? What might we all learn tomorrow? No matter where your weekend takes you I pray that you don't need to be stuck in a closet praying for safety, that you won't fight or catch a cold and that no one in your vicinity - including you - fits the description of cranky...but if that's not in the plans then I hope you choose to find some good lessons in the process!

Monday, November 14, 2011

What's New???!!!

I used to have a blogger account but I can't access it anymore, it has some archived Niki's Thoughts entries so I will try to find the link and post it here. I'm considering no longer posting Niki's Thoughts publicly, only via email as I originally started out...

I will definitely keep my Facebook page active with daily or near daily verses and the occasional message but I think I will stick to email for all Niki's Thoughts going forward. If you want to be added to the email list to receive weekly inspirational messages just drop me a line!

I thought that being a stay at home mom would open up my free time to allow more time to devote to my writing. Ha! What a lesson I have learned! If anything I am two to three times busier on any given day! And it seems when I have free time I end up more times than not with a severe case of writers block. UGH!

So, I am telling myself that I will set aside a specific time every week, hopefully more than just one day a week but for starters just till I get the habit started. I'm praying this new blog will be a great place to connect with my readers and also a great outlet for me to spill the beans a bit more informally!

All my love through Christ our Savior,
Niki