I read somewhere that if you want to get ahead, you first must start. That is true, but for me, the goal is not to “get ahead.” My goal is to live my life, moving forward each day, learning and giving until Jesus calls me home.
Still, the only way to move forward is to start right where I am.
It seems to me the best place to start is at the beginning. Home is that beginning for me, first with my parents and then with my husband and children. Home means a lot of things to me as you can see in this journal page.
Sometimes we know what our calling is, but sometimes we aren’t sure.
There are so many things that interest me, but I know I can’t do everything. Five years ago I made a choice to start a blog. At first I wrote about once a week, using the Five Minute Friday prompts. Since then I’ve written lots of poems and blog posts and have met a lot of wonderful people.
Writing has enabled me to have an outlet to express myself. As my friend, Joy, said, “writing is cathartic and therapeutic, as well as being a blessing and encouragement to others.”
When we don’t know where to start it helps to take time to dream, wonder, ask questions and pray. Then be willing to step out and try new things.
A Start in Art Journaling
Early in 2014, one of my daughters introduced me to art journaling.
It is now one of my favorite things to do. Since then I have filled one journal and partially filled a few others. It is another way to express myself and share what I am learning.
All of the pages I use in this blog post were made in 2015, and are near each other in my journal. As I thought about it I realized God knew even back then that those pages would be needed for today’s post. What if I had never started art journaling?
I shared that thought along with the pages with my friend, Bettie. This was her comment: Yes, because you “started” back then what He had for you to finish today!
Whatever we decide to do it helps to start small. As I mentioned in another post, taking baby steps helps to move us forward. We all have dreams but are sometimes afraid to start.
May God give us courage to step out and take that first step.
God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is pure.
He is a shield to all who take refuge in him.
For who is God besides the Lord? And who is a rock? Only our God.
God—he clothes me with strength and makes my way perfect.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer and sets me securely on the heights.
He trains my hands for war; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You have given me the shield of your salvation; your right hand upholds me,
and your humility exalts me.
You make a spacious place beneath me for my steps, and my ankles do not give way.
This is Day 21 of Five Minute Friday 31 Days of Free Writes, and the prompt word is start.
To read the other posts in this series click on: 31 Days of Encouragement.
I’m linking up with: #InspireMeMonday