Living WITHOUT – Write 31 Days – 2015

Pray WITHOUT Ceasing

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NASB). I’m just about ready to move off of the “grumbling” topic for write31days and move on to others. But since I mentioned this verse in Day 1, it seems appropriate for now. Pray without ceasing (NASB). Pray continually (NIV). Never stop praying (NLT). Pray constantly (HCSB). I think the easiest way to think of “praying without ceasing” is simply to view it as an ongoing dialog with the Lord throughout the day. Sometimes people will ask me if I’m talking to myself…. Read More ›

Give Grace WITHOUT Grumbling

I walked into my kitchen late one night to find bread crumbs and some dirty dishes on the counter. The dishwasher had not been run and had plenty of room for more dishes. My first thought was, Ugh. Again? It takes 15 seconds to rinse these off and put them in the dishwasher. Y’all are probably nicer than me, so this isn’t an issue for you. I promise I’m not Mommie Dearest, but I often find myself in these types of situations. Remember: Grumbling reveals an unsatisfied heart. It is the quiet complaining I do when no one else is around. It… Read More ›

Shine Brightly WITHOUT Grumbling

I was sitting at the red light—in the wrong lane. I intended to go straight, but I inadvertently pulled into the left turn lane. I turned on my right blinker to indicate Yes, I made a mistake and I’m not in the right lane. As I watched the traffic light for the cross traffic, I stole glances in my rearview mirror, hoping that the lane next to me would not fill up. Fat chance. When the light turned green for us, I drove forward, ready to move into the right lane at the earliest opportunity. A truck advanced quickly, sealing off any hope of… Read More ›

Introduction to My write31days — 31 Days of Living WITHOUT

This year I am participating in the October 2015, 31-Day Writing Challenge, hosted by Crystal Stine at her write31days site. Bloggers choose one topic to write about for 31 days. We link up on her site, and there you can read posts on a variety of topics by many more people. This is new for me. Just the idea of writing every single day for 31 days in a row is daunting. To write on one topic for 31 days almost has me on the floor! But I believe this is the direction God wants me to take, and the topic is one God has put… Read More ›