A One-Two Punch

Returning to My Own Special Work
A funny thing happened on the trip from “post-surgical” to “practically all better”: Posting to my blog fell out of my routine.

I wanted to write. I developed an impressive mental list of reasons why I couldn’t:

The Easter season makes me quiet.
Physical therapy consumes my time and energy.
Healing is sapping my energy.
Our household rhythm has changed.
I needed someone to punch me, spiritually, up the side of the head. I needed someone to speak the truth to me in love. I was blessed by two someones who did just that.
Yesterday I attended Writer’s Day, an amazing event sponsored by the Orange County Christian Writer’s Fellowship. I’d registered for the conference months earlier and had set aside the day on my calendar. I prayed for growth, fellowship, and inspiration from the day.

In her workshop, author and speaker Kathi Macias punched me with her words. She said, “You’re a successful writer if you’re called to write and you obediently respond to that call today.” In my notes, I wrote the entire sentence–except the last word. She repeated it. I added the final word to my notes.

Today in church, Pastor Rick Warren asked us, “What is God asking you to do that you haven’t done?” Punch number two.

I’m back to my blog and refocused on serving Him as best I can through the posts I share with you.

Thank you, Kathi and Rick, for knocking the wind back into me.

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the
prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility
is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of
Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and
knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the
full and complete standard of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is
healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:11-16 (NLT)


  1. Kathi Macias

    And thank you, Sheila, for having such a responsive heart! God will honor that, dear friend.


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