31 Days:: Giving It My Best Shot

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Day 1: Giving it My Best Shot

I’m going to attempt something I’ve never done before.  It may not go well.  It likely won’t go as planned.  And I may fall flat on my face in shame and failure.

But that’s no big deal, right?  After all, we’re all friends here.  We all know I am a flawed human who is just doing her darnedest to follow God and to be who He has designed me to be and to do what He calls me to do.  We all know I’m the mother of three and the wife of a warrior, and I’ve got zero-to-a-sliver amount of free time on my hands to achieve lofty goals of any sort.

So you’ll give me grace if what I hope to do and what I actually end up doing ends up being two totally different animals… Right?

OK, here’s the deal: there’s this “thing” called the 31 Day Challenge.  It’s a thing wherein writers and bloggers from all over the globe choose to write for all 31 days during the month of October.  Many folks have a particular theme that they will dive into over the course of the 31 Days.  Some just wing it and attempt to write something—anything—throughout the month.  I’m leaning more towards the second group… but aiming for the first group.

We’ll see how this goes.

Being an inherently “responsible” person who wants to do anything I do with the utmost integrity and excellence… I’m nervous about this.  I don’t want to start it and then be unable to finish it.  Plus, with limited time for both writing and editing, I’m sure a lot of this writing will be more of a freewrite and, thus, “less than excellent.”  Ah, Humble Pie: it always tastes so great, huh?

Although I am one who loves and craves vulnerability, this challenge is just a tad out of my comfort zone.

So here’s the deal: For my 31 Days, I am planning to dive down deep into the theme of Legacy.  I’ll be responding to memoir prompts and hashing out certain scriptures that God is drawing me to and processing through several books and Bible studies I’ve recently read and writing about the ways God is challenging me to leave a legacy that matters.

A few weeks ago, I heard this question posed: “What would you write about if you knew you were dying in a few months? Or what would you write about if you knew all of your readers were terminally ill?  What could you possibly write about that would not be offensive in its triviality?”

I have pondered this… and I know that first and foremost I want my children and my friends to know God.  I want them to know how very real He is.  I want them to know how very loving He is and how very much He treasures them and wants to bless and to help and to guide them.  And I want them to know all the countless ways I have experienced this myself.  I want them to hear my story and to know that, for better or for worse, it is a true account of how I came to know this amazing God of Love.

So I’m going a bit memoir-style here.  I’m going to look back on my past and hash out my present in hopes of gaining perspective and insight and wisdom.  With all my heart, I want to move forward in clarity and freedom.  By God’s grace and help, I long to pass along a legacy that benefits, blesses, and inspires those who come after me.

Anyone want to join me???


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What about you?

What is God calling you to that is a little bit scary and perhaps more than a little bit uncomfortable? How can you follow His lead in this?

Please feel free to share your journey in the comment section below.

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  1. You are doing far better than me already. I don’t even have the time constraints you do. I signed up for the challenge first, and then decided I wasn’t going to do it this year. I couldn’t come up with a theme, something I could write about for 31 days. I’m shooting for next year. Or maybe I’ll do my own challenge in my own time. I love your Legacy idea. Having just gone to a funeral on Saturday and hearing the legacy of faith and simplicity of heart the woman left behind, I started contemplating what I wanted to be remembered for. Definitely something worth pondering. I like your post!!

    • Thank you for your encouragement, Judy! This 31 Days adventure has been so fun! I feared I would be burdened by it, but it has actually been very fun and freeing! I ABSOLUTELY encourage you to “do your own challenge in your own time”!! Great idea! I look forward to reading it whenever you do it. 🙂

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