Word Before the World Challenge

I think I'm up for it. Are you?

I am on a mini-vacation. I’ve had time to sip coffee, read, and chill with my husband (kid-free).

And one of my fun “projects” was to play with creating a new digital planner.

Yes…I played on my iPad.

I’ve had it for a while and I use it daily but I had not played with it. It was all work.

I want to try some digital art. I love creating. Creating to me is like breathing.

 

It inspires new ideas.

It helps me think.

It helps give me clarity.

And maybe some bible journaling too.

I’m thinking drawing, journaling, planning and such, all digital.

So, anyway. I played on my iPad. And I got an email from Well Watered Women. I love her journals and receive updates often. Although, I don’t always have time to read them.

Today, I did. And she’s starting a new challenge tomorrow, Word Before the World. I read it and decided “I’m in!

Now, this is a crazy time for me. I’m under deadline for two projects and I’m managing an online tour. But I’m looking forward to a new study.

Are you in? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Broken by Dana Pittman

Broken (Purpose Prevails Publishing, 2018)

Serafine LeClaire was lost in a world of poor choices. 

Now grieving the loss of the one person she believes she can’t live without, Serafine thought she had more time to right her wrongs. But once again she was wrong.

Journey with Serafine as she learns to let go and embrace a new life of wonder and endless possibilities.

Broken is an Inspirational Short Story and the prequel to the Loving Ranch series. Read as Serafine uses her faith, gifts and scares to change the lives of others…and herself.

Broken

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Today is my birthday. And it’s a major one. 40. A milestone.

I’ve been chewing on this thought of doing it big for a while. It’s somewhat like an inner mantra. When an idea surfaces and my skin starts to tingle and my heart rate kicks up a notch I whisper…go hard or go home.

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But going hard is HARD.

Going hard is scary.

Going hard is lonely.

Very few people will tell you that. It’s one of the reasons I plan to blog more. So, overlook the errors, misspellings, and such. For my written words here is like a girlfriend chat, where my hands are everywhere and my eyes bulge.

Yeah, I’m that type of talker. When it gets good, girl it is GOOD.

Anyway back to going hard. I’m making a public declaration. This year, my 40th year will be about making moves that make me nervous, make me want to hit the “delete” post button. That make me want to be the best me.

Not perfect.

Just plain ole, loud talking, I’ll hug you to death, Dana.

With that said, TODAY, you can get Broken. You’ve seen it before as “Shattered”. It’s been revised and it’s the prequel to a series I’m writing.

Get ready to see me shake in my shoes while reaching for my dreams, in faith.

Take care my friends.

Broken by Dana Pittman

Serafine LeClaire was lost in a world of poor choices. 

Now grieving the loss of the one person she believes she can’t live without, Serafine thought she had more time to right her wrongs. But once again she was wrong.

Journey with Serafine as she learns to let go and embrace a new life of wonder and endless possibilities.

Broken is an Inspirational Short Story and the prequel to the Loving Ranch series. Read as Serafine uses her faith, gifts and scares to change the lives of others…and herself.

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The Pursuit of a Dream

...paving the way...

I’m sitting to write a blog post after months of endless writing but little blogging. I’ve been away actively pursuing my “right now” goals hoping to pave the way for my “heart’s desire” goals.

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I add the quotations because there is a huge difference.

I add the quotations to give my anxious heart understanding.

I add the quotations to ensure my strategic brain that this is part of the plan.

Right now is part of tomorrow.

I know tomorrow is not promised. But I can’t pretend that tomorrow does not require a set-up. I don’t want to hold tomorrow hostage. But I want to believe my commitment to yesterday and today are important.

As I blog I’m working on three books, my mind is swimming with fresh ideas, and my heart calls to the woman who also wants to pursue this life. Be it ministry, writing, entrepreneurship.

Dear sister, I have advice, tissues, hugs, and cautionary tales. I have long nights, empty Hot Tamales boxes, and stained coffee mugs.

Dear sister, I have stories of hope, and love, and stick-to-it-ness.

But most of all, I have me.

…to be continued…

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The Cost of Transformation

...it starts and ends with a door...

Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

That statement is like a melody that I can’t get out of my head. If you know me, well, you’d know that I’m a person that can repeat the same song a million times.

Literally.

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If I like a song, I can listen to it on repeat until my soul has had enough and the newness wears off, and it fits like something that I’ve carried with me my entire life. Like a pleasant memory.

To the dismay of my hubby and kids, but it is who I am. And I like that about myself. Because usually there is a thought or truth or feeling hidden between the beginning and end of that song that speaks to me.

Therefore, when I compare this verse to a melody my souls has attached to it and it is constantly seeking ways to ensure that the promises within it are mine.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 [Read it for yourself.] 

I want to know God’s will for my life. I want to know what is good and acceptable and perfect in His sight concerning my life. Don’t you?

Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

Be TRANSFORMED by the renewal of your mind.

Be transformed by the RENEWAL of your mind.

Be transformed by the renewal of your MIND.

There is a newness that comes with walking with Christ that causes everything about you to change. You are not the same. How can you be the same if your mind is different?

Your mind!

Everything. Changes.

Your thoughts, feelings, reactions, likes, dislikes, memories are different because you decided to submit to Christ and His lordship.

I believe I’ve blogged about this verse a million times, and I suspect I have another million posts in me. Because to me, it doesn’t get much better than this. This truth is the best perspective to carry through our daily lives.

Because I walk with Christ I am transformed.

Because I walk with Christ I am renewed.

Because I walk with Christ I have a new mind.

…a mind that helps me to discern His good, acceptable, and perfect will for my life.

In case you noticed, I intentionally did not mention the beginning of the verse. I had to pause it for a brief moment as we rallied around this newness of our mind.

The verse opens with DO NOT…. It’s not in all caps and bold but it does make the melody in my head skip a beat.

Wait…so when I go along with the world I am neglecting this newness I find in Christ?

Dana, where did you get that? **I’m talking to myself for the benefit of us both. :)**

Let’s see if I can create an illustration. The scripture says BUT. So, let’s think of “but” as a door.

You have conformity on one side and transformation on the other.

You are either inside or outside of this door.

conform: to be in harmony or accord [Definition]
transform: to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose. [Definition]

Essentially God is calling us to no longer be in accord with the world but to change completely. That once we walk through that door we close it leaving the world on the other side.

This newness imparts strength, courage, love, joy, peace, and every good thing God has planned for your life. But at the cost of severing your ties to the world and letting go of everything.

You must close the world out of your new life with Christ and embrace the newness that only He can give.

Which causes my heart to sing another melody.  Let this mind be in you that is also in Christ Jesus. And how Christ humbled himself to be exalted by God. [Read it for yourself.]

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Oh my word…I could write another million posts just on this. But I must wrap this up.

I wrote all of this to say…

In our walk and life with Christ, He is doing a new thing in us. It will not look like the world, it will not cause you to go against the very nature of God in you. But it will change everything that you thought was you into Him.

And in this place, you will know what is good, acceptable, and perfect in your life because you will be one with your Creator. One with the God that created all things. The God that formed you in your mother’s womb. The One who knows you and desires to see the fruits of His lordship over your life shine in all that you do.

And I believe the cost does not compare to the glorious outcome at work in you.

Therefore, the cost of transformation is quite simply closing the door to the world and walking into the newness Christ offers us. A newness that we will experience from now into eternity.

Question: Are you ready to pay the cost of transformation? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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