When Your Motivation Goes Missing

dog dressed in shirt and headphones no motivationAnother April-shower day glares at me through the office window. The same pile of papers on the floor stares up at me. The business paperwork on my desk demands attention.

It all conspires against me, and I want to flee to the comfort of the couch, a cup of coffee, and a mind-numbing DVD.

Because I’m self-employed, I can give in to this lack of motivation for a day. I justify it by telling myself I deserve a day off. But then a day becomes two and then three, and before I know it, those days have become a week and sometimes more.

Most of the time, the routine of my life causes this problem. Work, eat, sleep. Work, eat, sleep.

Do you ever have days like that? Weeks maybe? [Read more…]

8 Scriptures to Motivate You for Your Day

dog dressed in shirt and headphonesI don’t know about you, but during the long dark days of winter, I can get a bit down and unmotivated. Doctors call it seasonal affective disorder (SAD). I counter this gloominess with white Christmas lights in my bedroom that come on at 5 a.m. to simulate sunrise. I also take extra B complex during the winter.

You may not combat SAD, but I don’t know of any writer who doesn’t suffer from a lack of motivation at one time or another. Sitting down to write can be tough sometimes when your project is giving you problems. So today, I thought I’d post some of my favorite Bible verses that help me get motivated for my day—writing or otherwise. [Read more…]

Do we set goals or fulfill our calling?

concert platformI don’t know about you, but my inbox has been jammed with emails about making 2017 a great year. Nothing in and of itself wrong with that goal. But I’ve deleted those emails without reading them.

This year I won’t be setting goals  [Read more…]

What Satan intended for evil, God will use for good.

woman in hospital bed hooked up to IVLife can change in an instant. While we all realize that, we never really expect it.

If you follow my Facebook page, you’re vaguely aware of what has gone on in my life this month. Most of you don’t know, but no doubt noticed I didn’t post my usual Tuesday blog last week.

Saturday, Dec. 3, arrived as most Saturday mornings. I was enjoying the morning with a Christmas movie, with plans to prep the month’s blog posts that afternoon. At about 10:00 a friend called and said, “Do you want to have coffee?”

“Sure.” I stripped off my PJs, donned some clothes, and headed for Starbucks.

Thirty minutes later, my brother called with the news that our 91-year-old mother had fallen and been taken to the ER. A couple hours later, [Read more…]

To Embrace Change or Not

defeat in the boxing ringChange slapped me in the face a few weeks ago. More accurately, it slugged me so hard it knocked me down.

Has that ever happened to you?

For most of us life ushers in change. Getting married, having a baby, a child heads off to college. Or losing a loved one, a devastating illness, getting laid off.

When you’re in business for yourself—and yes, writers fit into that category—changes often include [Read more…]

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