Write with purpose

write with purpose

I know beyond a doubt that I’m a better writer (and blogger) when I write with purpose.

It’s not just about pulling together a week’s worth of topics on a central theme (PINK anyone?) or creating a 31 day series on a single topic. Those have their place and purpose and I obviously have a soft spot for those kind of things. I’m talking more about the big picture or vision kind of thing.

For what it’s worth, I think I do everything better when it’s accompanied with purpose and intent. I suspect I’m not alone.

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It really was about peace

peace is a beautiful thing

Peace is a beautiful thing.

At the end of my 31 day series on Joy in motherhood in 2012, I was wiped out and drained.  I didn’t even want to look at the letter J on my keyboard!  But somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, I started contemplating what I’d write for the next 31 day challenge.

I had this dream about writing the whole series in advance and then taking a month off from writing…

Somewhere around Valentine’s Day, I started playing with the idea of writing 31 Days of Peace in the Home.

Because my home was filled with chaos and I needed the dream of peace…

Somewhere around July 4th, I abandoned the idea of writing about ANY kind of fruit of the spirit, especially peace.

I’d written a guest post on the fruit of self-control, and 500 words was all I could manage…

Somewhere around Labor Day, my husband suggested I write about anger.

Don’t tell him, but he was right. 

Imagine my shock when I discovered it was all about peace anyway. [Read more…]

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A farewell to anger?

a farewell to anger

As I wrap up my series on anger,  there’s a part of me that wants to keep on going.

(There’s also a part of me that is in shock that I could still conceivably say anything of value on the subject.)

Before I wrap up tomorrow, I wanted to take you back through the whole series in the context of the scripture verse I started with.

Remember?  Psalm 37:8 says

Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper – it only leads to harm.

If I were to reswizzle the order of the posts just a wee bit, I think you’ll see it more clearly. [Read more…]

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Managing your monster moments

taming your tantrum

Have you ever had monster moments?

If you have, then the idea of managing your monster moments may sound pretty good.  Even better?  Preventing them.

The more time I’ve spent on the subject of anger (this is day 29 of 31 days, ahem) the more unattractive the whole anger thing is to me.

I did a Google image search for angry women.  There is not a single image of someone looking all hot and sexy in her rage.  They all look like monsters.

I scrolled through the photos of my adorable sweet children and spotted the photo evidence of temper tantrums gone by.  It’s amazing how much their little faces would change from one photo to the next.

I got really brave and asked my husband to snap some photos of me the next time I was yelling.

This was probably the single worst idea I’ve ever had.   [Read more…]

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