Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Changes

I've been a little, well, antsy lately.  Are you surprised?  Probably not.  I've been doing a lot of soul searching.  Praying through this "antsy-ness."  One of my personal goals for 2010 is to be more purposeful.   To clarify, I am trying to dig a little deeper in my relationships, my relationship with the Lord, my career, as well as spending more quality time with my family.  Sometimes we get really busy and it seems like we are puppets and activity is the Puppet Master pulling us to and fro despite what we want.  We volunteer, we commit, we try, and yet at the end of the day we can feel a little bit like a puppet on a string.

This year, I am going to read thru the Bible.  I read the Old Testament straight through in college, but have never read the New Testament straight through.  My habits always leave me loitering around Psalm, Isaiah, and Nehemiah...then someone presses the repeat button and I'm back in those books.  I love those books, I really do, but I think it's time to move on.  So, one of my goals is to read it all, cover to cover.  But, I know my tendency to  rush.  I do not want to just check that accomplishment off my list with little thought.  So, I am going to concentrate and not rush, to take in what I am reading, and allow God to speak through those passages.

This year, I am praying about my vocational purpose as well.  I actually really like to work.  I want to be in the career that God wants me in and therefore I am going to be praying hard in 2010 for direction in that department. I have some hunches and some ideas that are on my heart, but I am not going to jump into anything.  Expand, move on, tweak, switch my focus, get out completely; these are ALL on the table.

As far as my blog goes, I have divided things up a bit.  All of my gluten free posts can now be found on blog # 2.  You can find that HERE or you can click the link in my sidebar (look to the right :0).  This will allow me to keep my gluten free information separated from my personal blog.  This way, I can really focus on telling stories and being more "purposeful" with this blog.

Another change, is a new writing gig that I have.  I am now writing for The Examiner.  No need to look yet, my first article is not due until Friday.  I am one of Houston's Gluten Free Examiners that will be exploring the in's and out's of living the gluten free lifestyle.  These will compliment my new blog, but will usually be separate articles.  I am really excited about this new opportunity and cannot wait to get started.  God has been opening up doors for me in the writing department and I am very grateful.  I will hopefully attend my first writer's conference in the summer.  Proverbs 31 Ministries runs a pretty great one at the end of July that I hope to be a part of.  Our church is really working towards a women's ministry as of late.  Matter of fact, this weekend is our first ladies retreat to wrap up our Fall Bible study. P31 offers some classes for new writer's as well as some on leading women's ministry at your church.  Hopefully, I will get a chance to attend both types of classes. And of course a trip to North Carolina isn't a bad thought either!  I hope you will continue to hang around and check out the "details" of my site in 2010.  I am excited to see what God has in store.

Thanks for reading!

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