I mentioned Saturday that I’m being very intentional in 2016 about how to best get my Surrender Issues and Chocolate messages to the masses. One way is subscribing to the sweet, weekly encouragement delivered straight to your inbox that will start your week right. It’s the Julie Arduini’s Sunday’s Surrender and Chocolate, a short message that will always include a chocolate mention. Want to subscribe for free? Click here.
Another method I’m using is asking for more guest bloggers to share their story right here. We ALL have a surrender story.
- Maybe you learned something about time management.
- Perhaps someone is reading right now that has victory over a life controlling issue like an addiction.
- Other surrender stories could be financial, relationships, health, parenting, work related, ministry related, about food, pets, gadgets, the list could go on.
I’m not looking for professionals, I’m looking for real people with a story they want to share. These are folks that don’t need to worry about grammar or saying the perfect thing. They simply want to share their surrender story and hope at least one person can relate and be encouraged.
Does that sound like you? I hope so. Because I truly believe everyone qualifies.
To learn more about guest blogging right here, I invite you to read my invitation and sign up. It’s so easy, truly.
This week I’ve shared pieces of our journey regarding invisible illness and our daughter. As I read through group pages on FB, friends with invisible illness, and our own experiences, there are certainly things people have said we wish they hadn’t.
I thought I would share some of those things so we can be thoughtful and not say it.
—You’re being too dramatic about…(symptoms, diagnosis, etc…)
—Do you think maybe you’re imagining things?
—Maybe you should trust God/sin less
—You aren’t sick, the doctors are making things up to line their pockets
—No one can be that tired
—You’re just lazy
—You’re just fat
—Just exercise. No pain, no gain, right?
—I don’t think it’s fair you get special considerations when the others who have no issues don’t.
—I wish I could miss school/work like you do
—You’re too young to have so many problems
—You don’t look like you’re trying very hard to improve
It’s my pleasure to introduce Tracy Ruckman, Write Integrity Press and Pix N Pens publisher. I’m thankful Tracy took a leap of faith with me and my writing this year.
“a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement
for something or about doing something.”
This year, I’m thankful for passion – that I’m a passionate person thankful to be doing what I’m passionate about, surrounded by people who are passionate about what they do.
I recently had a conversation with someone and asked if she were passionate about her chosen line of work. She replied that she had no time to be passionate about anything because she was raising kids. I understand – child-rearing demands our all 24/7. But her comment saddened me because I’ve been in jobs where I had no passion for them, and it affected the other areas of my life. Perhaps if she were passionate about her line of work, the passion would flood her home life, her marriage, her entire outlook in such a way that she would be refueled, recharged daily, rather than drained.
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul discusses living a Christian life, how we are to live our lives when Jesus is our Lord and Savior. He writes, “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men” (v. 23). I’m guilty of not always living out this verse – I think back to two particular jobs I held where I did not give my all and wonder if I had, would I have enjoyed them more? Was I doing the work for man, and not for the Lord? In both of the jobs, that was the case – I lost my focus in my determination to provide for my family, and it stripped my passion.
This year, I’m thankful to be passionate about all I’m doing. As a publisher, I love our authors, I love our books, I love our teamwork, I love our mission, I love the growth we are experiencing, I love the creativity I get to use and that I get to witness on a daily basis. I’m passionate about helping our authors grow and stretch themselves, and passionate about the world discovering their incredible talent.
As a student seeking my MFA, I love writing creatively again (as opposed to the four years of academic writing I did while earning my bachelor’s degree), I love learning how to craft screenplays, I love learning how my classmates craft their own. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn and to grow, and for the possibilities all of this provides for my family’s future.
What are you passionate about? Are you doing it? If not, are there steps you can take to get there?
Tracy Ruckman is wife to Prince Charming, mom to two grown sons, servant to a spoiled rotten doggy, full-time student, and a traditional book publisher (www.WriteIntegrity.com and www.PixNPens.com). In her spare time, she likes to squeeze in sleep, showers, cooking, and even occasional jaunts out into the public (usually the grocery store, farmers market, or writer’s conference) as time allows. She’d love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.
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