When do you feel God’s pleasure?

This following article is a guest post from a friend and fellow ONE Mom, Chelsea Hudson

Yesterday, I did my annual “reflecting” on the past year. I found an old (way back from 2013) set of questions online. One of the questions keeps haunting me:

When did you feel most alive last year?

photo credit: Chelsea Hudson

photo credit: Chelsea Hudson

It took me all of 1.3 seconds to answer the question. I felt most alive in Bangalore, India in February. I had spent the day with a new friend, Usha, documenting her life (photographically). We had just hopped on her scooter to head back to her job at Daughters of Hope (who I had flown to India to work with that week) and were flying through the streets of Bangalore. Even now, I can feel the wind through my hair (no helmut, bad Chelsea, I know), and I remember telling my husband that night, via Skype, “I felt like I was operating at FULL capacity today, operating on all cylinders.” This was significant, because I hadn’t felt that way in almost a decade. I told him, “THIS, this is what I was created to do… working overseas with vulnerable populations telling stories of hope and dignity through my camera.” I was engaging the 4 most driving passions I had: travel, cross-cultural exchange, photography and social justice. And I loved every.single.second.of it.

I have a friend who is the most creative person I know. Not random creative, breathtaking creative. She and her husband are building out a “dream home” piece by salvaged piece. When I see pictures of how she is reusing salvaged wood, iron, fans, lights, tin, etc. my jaw hits the floor. It is literally something out of the most chic, modern, stylish home design magazine and she does it with a budget close to $0. When I see her photos, I think of Eric Liddel’s quote,

“When I run, I feel God’s pleasure.”

Eric Liddel, of Chariots of Fire fame, felt the most alive, and most connected to his creator when he was doing what he loved the very most. Running. He was created to run. Wired to run. And when he ran, he felt the smile of God.

How often do we sabotage ourselves, thinking “I need to be more content with xyz. There is more to life than what I ‘want’ to do or enjoy doing.” We love designing, but hold ourselves back trying to get happier and more content with cooking because cooking is what our mothers or grandmothers were good at, or what our family enjoys most. So we cook more and design less because we think that is the “better,” more noble choice.

How selfish. Really. I mean it. If God, the creator of the universe and of me, wired me a certain way, for a specific cause, don’t you think He would want to see me DOING that very thing, living that very calling? Sure, not 100% of the time, but more time than not. And wouldn’t He want to see me experiencing the JOY and LIFE that activity was designed to give me? It’s a gift from Him. How selfish of me to not accept it and enjoy it freely and openly.

So, what about you? How are you wired? What do you love to do? Who were you made to be? When do you feel most alive? When do you feel God’s pleasure in your life?

These are important, life-giving questions. The more we press in to those parts of ourselves, the more we let go and move into our callings, our desires, our passions, the more pleasure we feel and I am convinced, the more pleasure God feels for us. He made you this way. Walk in it. Own it. Enjoy it. Use it.

Take a moment and answer this Eric Liddel inspired statement. And then find more time to pursue that part of you in 2015:

“When I ______________________, I feel God’s pleasure.”

photo credit: Chelsea Hudson

photo credit: Chelsea Hudson

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Chelsea Hudson is a mother of three girls, wedding, portrait and humanitarian photographer, passionate abolitionist, and a ONE Mom. Her passion for justice and ending human trafficking led her to start the website Do a Little Good

Download My 2014 Editorial Calendar!

I probably write every day of my life. It’s my passion. It’s also how I make my living.

The truth is that some days I just don’t know what to write. I may not feel inspired. Or my mind just goes blank.

It happens to a lot of writers. Not knowing what to write. And I hear all the time from entrepreneurs who are trying to get messages out via newsletters or their blog that coming up with good content is just not their focus.

editorial calendar 2014

That’s why I decided to share my very first editorial calendar last year. I’ve always found that looking at each month as a whole helps me develop themes for my writing and to plan ahead for content, whether it’s for my (or a client’s) blog, a newsletter, article, etc.

My 2014 Editorial Calendar is completely updated with many new writing prompts for you to use throughout the year. From wacky holidays to awareness months, I’ll provide you with ideas and resources to use for your blog posts, newsletter articles or whatever else you might be writing. 

As an added bonus, writing relevant and timely posts will also help with better search engine optimization (SEO) for your website or blog. My posts on International Lefthanders Day and International Bacon Day always get great traffic. And World Toilet Day was a big hit this year as well!

If you subscribe to my monthly newsletter, you already got a link to access the 2014 Editorial Calendar. If you’d like to check it out, you can download it for free when you subscribe today. Don’t worry, you can easily unsubscribe at any time if you so choose. I try to keep things simple. I send the newsletter out on the first Friday of each month and include a writing tip, a simple way to give back and the best of the blog from the previous month.

Oh and if you use my 2014 Editorial Calendar for inspiration, please tweet me links to your articles. I just might share them on my blog, newsletter or over my social media channels!

Have you used an editorial calendar before?

Perspective

If you see the world in black and white, you’re missing important grey matter.  ~ Jack Fyock

The dandelions are popping up everywhere. Some see weeds and get annoyed. Others might see food. To a kid, the dandelion is the perfect flower to pick for mom because of its abundance and bright yellow color.

I can’t say I have ever had much use for a baster. I’m not too fond of turkey or other foods you might need to baste.

To my three year old, a baster is a hot lava shooter. And when it cracks, you need to buy a new one. Can’t have the lava leaking out.

Sometimes, it’s nice to stop and consider the perspective of a three year old. Or maybe just act like one.

Just thought I’d give you a little reminder.

Photo Credits: Dandelions by carlosleafs; turkey baster by Christopher Wallace

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