Follow Your Heart

Sometimes I overthink things which makes decision making a little difficult. I guess it’s part of the DNA for a procrastinator like me. But whenever I am suffering from what I call the paralysis of pondering, I recall a phrase my husband has often used to spur me to action.

Follow your heart.

I did that recently. After spending another season stuck in the sticky mire of indecision, I followed his advice. I followed my heart and it lead me here.

I’ve learned that overthinking can lead to underachieving but the Word of God simplifies things and makes our mission clear.

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18

Maybe you feel God nudging you as He did me. Maybe you’ve heard the stories of children in need and you know you can help meet that need. 

If you’ve been praying about how you can make a difference in someone’s life, be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world, here’s something you might consider.

Compassion International has this crazy goal to get 3,108 children sponsored between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30!

On second thought, that might not be such a crazy idea after all if enough of us make the decision to follow our heart today.

For information on sponsoring a child, click here


3 Tips For Putting Off Procrastination

I’ve always known it.

Even as a child, the signs were all there.

When it was time to wake up and get ready for school, I would lay in bed until the last possible moment. Emerging only when my mother’s voice grew from soft whisper to loud crescendo. Not exactly music to my ears.

Then there were the teen years when I apparently began to think of myself as Scarlett O’Hara.

I had the same answer to just about every question.

Time for homework?
I’ll do it later.
Time to clean your room?
Time to get your driver’s license?
I’ll get to it later. (A year later!)

It appeared that my own internal time clock was out of sync with the rest of the world. I marched to the beat of my own drum. Slow and steady.

And so it was no surprise that I was labeled a procrastinator. And I have spent my adult life trying to learn how to overcome the challenges that are associated with that well-deserved title.

The perfectionism. The indecisiveness. The guilt.

Most days, I’m blissfully unaware of what I’ve missed out on by missing deadlines. And then there are days when it is painfully obvious to me that I should have paid greater heed to my mother’s warnings.

She was as fond of quoting these famous words of Thomas Jefferson as I was of ignoring them.

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”
And now I know why.  Because with age, comes clarity. Clarity to see that the second hand on the clock is marching to the same steady rhythm as always. Steady but fast. Much faster than my own.

So, what to do? How do I finally put off the procrastinating and make the most of the time I’ve been given?

Movers and shakers might offer this popular phrase as advice: “Just do it!” But that is easier said than done because fear of failure is usually a pretty strong motivator for staying stuck.

So here are 3 things I’ve decided to do as a step toward change…

1. Reflect on the wisdom of scripture relating specifically to this issue:

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10a

2: React to every decision/opportunity by following the example of Jesus who said:

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” John 9:4

3. Repeat this process daily knowing that when I put my hope and trust in the Lord, he will give me strength for every task.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31

Old habits can be hard to break but I know that God is able to make things new and with Him “all things are possible” (ref. Matthew 19:26)

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19