I got an email from my sweet friend and “boss” Lysa on Monday telling me she was mandating (in a sweet kind of way) that I take time off work to finish my book proposal!
She knew that I had a really stressful week last week at work, I’ve been traveling with speaking, and just not able to keep up lately with life, ministry, family and my roles at P31. But her biggest concern is that she knows I am frustrated because I haven’t worked on my book much since mid April when I had to stop for Spring break and taxes. And the way things are going it might not get done, and that makes me sad.
As soon as I read her email, a peace came over me, and I knew it was what I needed to do. I knew it was permission from a friend and direction from God.
It sounded so good. So easy. Just turn off everything else and start writing. But it hasn’t been easy at all!
I had promises to two friends that I needed/wanted to keep on Monday. So I decided I’d start on Tuesday. Then yesterday I remembered things I HAD TO DO for radio and She Speaks before I could go into “time out” and I’d also planned to spend time with my friend Kim since she needed a ride to another doctor’s appointment.
Last night I caught up on emails at work and home, and now I am in “time out.” The good thing is that it gives me time to pull away and think, and hopefully focus on writing!
Please pray for me ’cause this won’t be easy. I think I may be a little ADD because I get distracted so easily and have a hard time sitting still and writing. I also hate the thought of all the work that will pile up. Which makes it incredibly hard not to check email since so much of what I do is relational and communication oriented via email with event leaders, speakers, radio requests, friends and family.
Yes, it’ll be hard but I know my God can harness all that in me and keep me focused. I just need His help, His inspiration and Divine focus to write the words He has already penned. Afterall, I am working on my “I can…” chapters. So here I go…I can stay focused. I can fast from email for a few days. I can finish this book proposal!
Do you need a time out? If so, I give you permission and a blessing to pull away and focus on something you’ve really wanted and needed to do – but can’t seem to find time to do it!
Enjoying my time in the corner!