Summer Reading and Writing Wrap-Up

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Summer Reading and Writing Wrap-Up

Despite my lengthy reading list and the time I spent preparing to start our 2014-15 homeschool year, I started a new book this week. It’s one that wasn’t on my list, but I couldn’t resist. (I have a serious book addiction.) I’m almost halfway through a review copy of Wherever the River Runs by Kelly Minter, and it is continuing a work that God began in my life earlier this year when I read Rhinestone Jesus followed by Kisses from Katie.

I really thought that I would be moved to go overseas and become a full-time missionary, or start a nonprofit organization to help those in abject poverty, or become a full-time fundraiser for such an organization here in the States. To be honest, those things crossed my mind as I read, and then I realized that wasn’t what God’s call on my life is during this season.

What I found instead is that God was calling me to something that’s almost more difficult than starting over somewhere else—opening my eyes to the needs that are right in front of me and doing whatever I can to meet them. God has convicted me about my selfishness, and I have repented for not being willing to serve like Jesus did. I am praying that He will transform me into Christ’s likeness in the area of loving service to others. I want to have a heart that is willing to serve and serve faithfully in whatever ways God places before me.

As for my writing, I am happy to report that I have written over 5,000 words on my book now. I have written every day for over a week, working on the book and other writing projects. After reading Tricia Goyer’s Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home MomI realized that one reason I haven’t accomplished more of my writing goals is that I haven’t been disciplined to write regularly. I’ve written here and there, when I felt like it, and when I didn’t feel like it, I didn’t write. I used homeschooling and other activities as excuses for why I didn’t have time on certain days.

The truth is that I have time for the things that are important to me. These days I’m being more deliberate and intentional about how I spend my time, and I’m finding that I do have time to write. I may not have two or three hours at a stretch, but I can spend forty-five minutes here, an hour there, thirty minutes here. It’s amazing what you can get done when you sit down to do it and stay focused. I’ve made a commitment to myself to write at least 500 words a day, whether that’s a blog post, article for another site, or working on my book. Some days I’m writing for the book and writing an article! Please pray that I will continue to make choices that will allow me to accomplish my goals.

This pretty much wraps up my summer reading and writing “series” and the almost weekly giveaways! Next week I’ll start transitioning into our 2014-15 homeschool year and will begin writing more about special needs parenting, which is a topic I’ve wanted to write more about for a while.

What about you? What have you learned and how have you grown this summer?

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