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Holiday Reflections

This Christmas Holiday was bittersweet. My husband, mother-in-law and step-daughter enjoyed our time together opening gifts. Our tree was small in stature. Our gifts instead of wrapped were placed in gift bags…this is my husband’sImage favorite solution. I am a terrible wrapper so I have gone the gift bag route.  Since the bags are much bigger than table, I sat them on the floor. Under the tree, I opted to make it a teddy bear celebration. I use to collect Boyd Bears and found a couple of Janaida’s bears to add to the mix.

After opening the gifts, we all went our separate ways. I opted to work on a project that had been nagging me for a while. The cluttered…junky back bedroom.  It held boxes of clothes, paper work and books.  I had taken over our dining room table to use as my workspace. It’s nice but it did not lend to creative writing and privacy.  So I took on the four hour task of packing, stacking and throwing away clutter.

I now have a work area that I can work on my manuscript, as well as, my client manuscripts.  I can create video and audio training files.  There is a futon that I can now take my catnaps when I’ve exhausted my brain cells. This is easily done because I work on so many different projects at any given moment.

This year, I gave myself the gift of creation. I can slip out of bed and walk down the hall to capture my dreams and develop my story lines.  In 2014, I want to focus, execute and complete my projects professionally and on time. This means turning out manuscripts that are pristine and “ready for the public consumption”. I want to complete my manuscript in time for the April interview with the judges; and breeze through the interview process and be invited to the final Pitch Week in June.

In 2014, I expect to fulfill the first round in this new challenge that God has set down for me.  I have listened to his leading through the counsel of the Holy Spirit that indwells in me.  I know that the writers that he is sending my way are people whose testimonies will be a blessing to all who buy and read their books.

The down side of today, I miss my family…my father, brother and sister who no longer live on this side of heaven. I called my mother and wished her Merry Christmas. I will see her tomorrow. Today, she was blessed to spend time with friends. I remember the big family gatherings that The Wilsons had in Penllyn, PA at Nana and Pop Pops.  It was loud and full of laughter and fun. Now my Christmas gathers have transitioned from 30 or more, to just 4 of us. Times have changes.

So I write this to tell each and everyone, enjoy the family and friends that you are blessed to have in your life. There are no promises with whom you will spend your future times together. I pray that you had a joyous Christmas and you remember how blessed we are to have been given the greatest gift of all, God’s son.

Retiring Minds Want To Know

Retiring Minds Want To Know

Have you begun thinking about retirement? Are you in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or 60s?  I met a young woman who has pledged to teach students to prepare their minds to retire at 30.  More on her in a future article.

I have to be honest, when I was a child I never believed I would live to be 21. When I was in my 30s I wanted to retire at 55. I was working in a corporate environment getting a good paycheck every other week.  My bills were paid. I lived in a beautiful house and had my own car.  I could buy what I wanted, eat where I wanted and vacation three weeks out of the year.  I had a 401(k) and a savings account.

It was easy for me to plan for my future retirement.  But then life jumped in and my life was turned upside down by the decisions that I began to make.  I had too much time and not enough God in my life.  I I was not wise in the use of my time; nor with the people I chose to spend my time.  I had never read or heard Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” I didn’t know God’s desire for me to be wise in the use of my time, nor in my day to day activities.

In Ephesians 5:15 – 18 the Lord tells us “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”

Be filled with the Holy Spirit. I thank God that I am, and because I am, my life has become so rich and rewarding. Not rich in coins, but rich in wisdom and time.  I no longer think about retiring. I have accepted the word that God has given us 120 years. So for me I have a very long time before I retire.  I have a lot of time to manage all of the responsibilities and tasks that the Lord places in my path each and every day.

Psalm 39:4 “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.”

In reality, the Lord can take me home as I type this message. Yet I live my life as if I’m just starting it anew. This message should have been saved for June 24th, but I write it today because this is when the Lord has given it to me.

Why pine away your hours looking to retire?  Why not use your time to build up relationships and develop projects that will glorify God?Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Retiring minds should want to know…”Lord what is it you desire of me?”


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