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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

YES, YES, YES!! ⇓

I love this little Instagram square from 100 Days of Pressing Pause….so much truth!

You don't have to have a pulpit or platform

There are so many ways to ‘soak in’ Jesus every day, and 100 Days of Pressing Pause is one of those ways I love to do that.  I have intentional quiet time most every day, but I also look forward to gleaning from apps like First5, Proverbs31, InTouch Ministries, and this ↑ during the day.

This one sentence sums up how I’d like to handle my life, which includes my blog and social media.  Not one good thing I have gotten was obtained on my own abilities, for every good and perfect gift comes from God.  Therefore, I MUST boast not on anyone or anything other than my heavenly Father.

Having said that, I’m about to be uncomfortably transparent.  I don’t like to get all up in my feelings unless they are good feelings, but…

Here it goes…

I have struggled with ‘what I want to be when I grow up’.  I’m 48 years old, for goodness sake; at this stage in my life, I should have that all figured out, right?  But…I don’t.

What instigated this insecurity of mine was watching my two boys head off to college; my youngest is studying Criminal Justice and my oldest just graduated with a nursing degree and jumped right into working full time while heading back to school later this month.  How my heart swells with pride seeing what direction they’ve headed and to see what fine young men they have turned out to be!  They have focus and direction….something that seems to be lacking in my head at the moment.

I went to college for four years but never received a degree due to changing my major twice, then getting married and moving out of state.  I had one year and a half of studies left, but I never picked up where I left off.  Truth be told, I never wanted to.  I don’t know what I want to ‘be’ now any more than I did back then! (ha)

What if I did go back to school?   I don’t want to major in what I was majoring in back then, but what would I do?  What would my focus of study be? Would I even make it at my age? Is that something I truly want to do at this stage in my life?  I mean, my family is my life!  I would have to be selfish and force myself to neglect those things and loved ones who I’m not used to neglecting.  My boys are in college, yes, but I’m still actively “mommin'” and I don’t want to relinquish that responsibility at this point, especially if for selfish reasons.

Let’s get real, here.  If I TRULY wanted to go back to school, I would make it happen.  I just don’t have a passion strong enough to do so.

I’ll tell you what  I DO have a passion for:

  1.  My number one passion is to write. I communicate much better with the pen than I do with the mouth!  My desire is not ‘just’ to write;  my desire is to write about those things that God reveals to me and has done for me….the blessings of my life (hence the blog title ‘A Life Blessed’.)
  2. Another passion of mine is my home.  I love everything about the home….FAMILY (always!), DIYs of all kinds, dècor – inside and outside, smell goods – blankets & throws – pretties – flowers – even cleaning….you name it, I love it! (Maybe I love more the end result!)  Having said that, I’ve just not had much of a chance to nurture this particular passion with me working full time, and with my home dwellers being 75% male and 200% sports! My husband coached 2 sports for 22 years and, thankfully, is now down to one sport.  However, he’s been known to give lessons on the side.  He also coached my boys in each of their travel ball teams, starting when my oldest was 10 years old (he is now 21).  One son was in 2 different sports and my youngest was, at some point, in 3 different sports.  My youngest went to college on a baseball scholarship, and so the baseball travel continues!  I love it!  (I’d be out of luck if I didn’t!) I’m just sayin….if it didn’t happen on the sports field, then it didn’t happen!
  3. A new passion of mine is my health journey.  I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis approximately 9 years ago and this autoimmune disease has caused other issues.  This was the year I finally reached the point of no return in trying to turn my health around…and trying to do it naturally through food rather than having to rely on synthetic medicine.  I mentioned this was a new journey, and I’ve still got a long road ahead of me.  But this journey has actually been fun and exciting as I’m learning what works for me and what doesn’t.  Knowledge is power, and without knowledge, we perish.  All of our days on earth are already numbered anyway, but why not make my time on earth much more pleasurable by being the healthiest version of me that I can be, right?  I want to be able to enjoy my grandkids one day, and if I don’t make these changes, then I won’t be able to.
  4. Y’all.  I love makeup.  There, I said it.  I JUST DO!!!!  I love any kind of beauty products that you can throw my way!!  I am definitely not one of those gals that have to be dressed to the nines all the time – I live in jeans and a t-shirt with my hair in a messy bun or ponytail.  I’m barefoot as much as possible, but I just love makeup!

The trouble with these passions (except for my #1) is that when you A) live on a tight budget, then it’s hard to be able to do these things. And #2) is my main issue…when you don’t have any extra time in your schedule, then…well…when ya gonna do it??

I am just reaching a stage in life where I’m in view of being able to do these things…they may be seen at a distance, but I can see them nonetheless!  And I’m ready!!  I’m ready to write….I’m ready to DIY…. I’m ready to exercise (Ummm, maybe?) …and I’m ready to play in makeup! (ha) I’m ready to finally be able to do ‘all the things’!

So, just get ready! (Or, shall I say ‘be warned’!)  I’m gonna be writing about ‘all the things,’ but in doing ALL THE THINGS…I will ALWAYS try to give my Lord & Savior the glory all the while trying to point others to Jesus.   HE is the ONLY reason I’m able to do it at all.

I may not know what I want to be when I grow up, but THIS is what I want to do with my life.  THIS, is wherein my passion lies.

This blog, my social media, etc…..THIS is my pulpit and my platform.  And may He be the main focus of the knowledge that I seek and the wisdom that is imparted unto me.

May I have fun learning along the way!!

Have you met the calling on your life?  I would love to hear all about what it is, your passion for it, and how finding your calling has impacted your life.

If you haven’t found your calling just yet, what do you want to be when you grow up?

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~Ephesians 2:10

 

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