500 Words


500 Words. It’s day four as I write this and I’m wondering what on earth I was thinking to commit to 500 words a day for 30 days. Seriously. As if I have time to sit that still each day. But alas here I am. I have always loved writing. And it really is good discipline. For the first time in at least two years I feel like the year is starting out calmly. Thank you, Lord.

I grew up wanting to be a writer. I was the child that wanted to stay up late reading. Doesn’t every child who falls in love with reading want to be a writer? I prefered to read instead of being outside playing. Do I still want to be a writer? I still want to write, but really only for myself and my blog. I have no desire to work toward publication. I will always enjoy writing. Oh, it’s hard. Sometimes trying to find words for the page is like squeezing blood from a turnip as the old expression goes. But as much as I enjoy writing it isn’t what I’m most passionate about.

I think as we grow our giftings and passions become more defined. Well, they should anyway. And mine have. I believe realizing the gifts God has given you and the passions He calls you to can make all the difference.

So many aspects go into our personalities and giftings. For me, my top spiritual giftings are craftsmanship, administration and encouragement.

Do you know how amazing it feels when you are working and serving in your gifts? It really can make all the difference in the world.

Our personalities also play a huge part as well. Knowing your personality traits are also key in finding what you love to do. (I am an INFJ/P in the MBTI personality traits?)

That doesn’t mean God will not push you out of your comfort zone though. And I feel like He’s pushing me a bit, preparing me for something although I have no idea what right now. Maybe that’s why He’s given me the word rest for this year. But I am getting sidetracked.

Right now there are a few things that when I’m in the midst of doing I know I’m exactly where I should be:

Photography. I love taking photos. Capturing memories of someone’s children at a certain age, a senior as she or he prepares for high school graduation, or God’s beautiful creation. I’m excited about the new ideas, plans, and goals for my photography this year.

Serving my church. I love the team I am on at our church. I love getting to serve there in the way I do that combines my gifts of administration and craftsmanship.

It goes without saying that husband and son of course come first. Knowing what God has given you abilities, talents, and gifts to do, though, gives a focus I think so many in this world are missing. I still do not have it all figured out. I am still learning.

My writing, art and scrapbooking will always be a source of joy and relaxation. These along with my photography are my therapy. I need these in some form each week to let my mind rest and recharge. My blog is where my writing, art, and photography merge.

I have no idea how I am going to stick to 500 words a day for a month, but I need the kickstart it should give me. Even if it means eeking out words before the sun come up or late at night when I should be in bed.

What about you? Do you know your giftings? Do you know your personality traits?


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