Stop Playing It Safe (Part 1)

I took a 6-month writing break. On the blog and around the web. Most of you noticed. Many of you wrote, emailed, tweeted, called, texted, prayed for and encouraged me to get back in the saddle and start writing again. I pretty much ignored every last one of you. Sorry about that. But I honestly did miss you!

stop playing it safe.

I was really discouraged. About life. Purpose. Ministry. Friendships. Family. Church. People. And Cheerios. Ok, not really cheerios. I just threw that in there for kicks.

In a nutshell, I was stressed out. burnt out. And ready to check out.

Ever feel like you are burning the candle at both ends and it’s time to escape from the world?

I felt like I had nothing to give. Some days I still feel that way. Unfortunately there is no escape button. But there is a “run and hide” button.

So that's what this girl did. I ran. I hid. Literally, I hid. In a closet one day, just hoping that in the darkness, the quiet and the peace I found there would transfer over to me. It didn't. Mostly because I chose a closet that needed some serious organizing. So I got out of the closet, cleaned it up, and then started focusing on me. Again.

I wasn't built to live in a closet. You weren't either.

God has a purpose for all of us. And I guess I figure it’s time to finally start listening to what He’s been telling me for years. I'm a writer. I have been writing since I was old enough to hold paper and a pen. It's part of me. And it's time to stop running away in fear of judgment.


So I'm back. And I've got my ‘zing’ back too, or so says my fave 9 year old.

I didn't realize that I lost my ‘zing,’ btw. Or that I ever had ‘zing’ to begin with, if we’re being honest.

But ‘zing’ sounds good. Doesn't it?

Here's what I have figured out so far...
I am still a work in progress.
I will always be a work in progress.
Guess what? You will too!
 

We're all broken and damaged. And we're in desperate need of a Savior.
 
I guess we're all in this proverbial "life" boat together.
That's a bit more comforting isn't it?
......Just a little bit?
Question is, will we stay docked in the port?
Or get out there and explore the ocean the way He designed us to?
 

We are all unique creations of an awesome God. It's time we started using our God-given talents in whatever ways He calls us to.  

Read Part two of the series here.

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16 comments:

  1. You've probably noticed I haven't been posting much either, not because my tomato juice hasn't been tasting like spegetios or I haven't been smelling thing that aren't there, but pretty much because I haven't felt inspired much. I've felt tired, lost and trapped in a body and mind that are falling apart around me. I'm hoping that your blog will once again help inspire me to get back to living. It's good to have you back

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    1. I am so sorry you have been feeling tired and trapped. Praying for you Roger! You and Cindy are an inspiration to so many!

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  2. I'm glad you have your "zing" back :). From this work in progress to you, yes, safe in port is never any fun. Being open to God's adventures means taking some risks, doesn't it? I'm glad you are feeling better, friend. Many blessings to you.

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    1. Thank you for visiting my space on the web sweet Laura! :) It really is amazing to see how God works in our lives when we are open to setting sail. Thank you for blessing me with a visit. Here's to taking risks for our Father. Cheers!

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  3. Yes. Zing does sound good because from what I've read here you have something pretty great to share. You were definitely NOT meant to keep it in a closet...welcome back and nice to meet you :D

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    1. How sweet! Thank you for your kind, encouraging words! Nice to meet you too! :)

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  4. Hi, I just saw your link on MoneySavingMom. Welcome back to blogging! It sounds like the rest was wonderful!

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    1. Yes we all need a good rest, but eventually we gotta get back to reality! :) thanks for the kind note!

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  5. Came over from Thriving Thursdays...glad to find your blog, and glad you are blogging again! So true that we aren't meant to stay "docked". Stepping out in obedience is scary, but such a blessing! Enjoy your "zing"!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. :)

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  6. Hi Nicki -
    Although I just found your blog this morning, may I say, I am glad you are back! Your words matter. The stories you will tell will have impact. I am not sure that you lost your zing. It may just have been under the critical care of our God for further development. So, welcome back - new found friend!
    I was your neighbor at Mom's The Word & am so glad!
    Blessings,
    Joanne

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    1. Thank you for the beautiful words of encouragement Joanne. Zing is a funny thing, I think...my guess is that most of us might not have it, or we lost it in the responsibilities of becoming an adult? I am so glad to be able to see the world through the eyes of a 9 year old. :) And so blessed to sometimes catch a glimpse of myself through our Heavenly Father eyes. Blessings to you sister in Christ!

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  7. We weren't built to live in closets, but a little bit of a break can be a good thing!

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    1. It sure can, as long as you don't spend most of it cleaning up the closet. lol :) Thanks for stopping by Shell! :)

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  8. Sometimes a little bit of time spent in port is what gives us our zing back! Nothing wrong with pulling back, regrouping and refreshing. It's what keeps us ready for the next big adventure. I happy for you that "you're back"!

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    1. Beth, it's good to have zing for sure. And rest. I've noticed that alot of lady bloggers have pulled back from blogging recently, maybe it's a trend and we are all realizing that we can't do it all and need to manage our priorities better? I don't know, but it's nice to know I'm not alone!

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