Parting Words From The WORD…

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

The Winning Step Awaits, by Cathy Baker


“It took bravery on my part to take the
first step, so tonight is not the winning step. The winning step was the first one.”
David, runner up for The Biggest Loser 2014

Perhaps it was the timing of his statement that caused me to drop my 3 point-worthy Bagel Thins and pick up a pen instead. Thanks to Vonda, author Dave Weiss’ post Your Muse is DEAD had been raising its hand for my constant attention all day long:

“Inspiration is not something to wait for, it’s something to seek. It’s not some wispy goddess who capriciously decides to withhold your creativity. The muse is dead, actually she was never alive. Most of inspiration is work.” Dave Weiss, AMOKArts.com

Though Dave’s post is directed to writers, it’s true for any area of life. Whatever that looks like for each of us, the truth is, it all begins with the first step:

  • Stocking our pantries with healthier foods. And yes, Bagel Thins should be one of them. Don’t forget the blueberry cream cheese. It’s a lovely 2 point shade of lavender. πŸ™‚
  • Lacing up the walking shoes (after I find them).
  • Creating budget envelopes in order to become a better steward of finances.
  • Fill in the blank _________________.

Could you use a little inspiration today?Β  Don’t wait on it. Your first step awaits!

“God is not withholding from you. When He has something for you to do, He will make it clear. In the meantime look to what He’s previously given you that you left unfinished and start working on that.” Dave Weiss

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

(“Laughing Jesus” courtesy of Robert Wilson Fine Art)cathy baker headshot

Cathy Baker is a writer, poet, blogger, and Bible teacher who takes God at His word and applies it to real life. You can connect with Cathy through her blog, Rhyme & Reason. Thanks for allowing me to share your post, Cathy!

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  • Nan Jones

    “The winning step was the first one.” Amen! That is so true. I’ve been battling self-doubt a lot lately, but the Lord continuously reminds me to take one step at a time as He lights the way. Thanks for confirming this. Cathy, you did a GREAT job. Vonda, thank you for sharing her with us.

    • You’re not the only one that battles doubt. I think we all deal with it at times. Thanks for joining in!

  • Thank you again, Vonda, for sharing my post. You’re a blessing to me and to so many others. πŸ™‚

    • Thank YOU, Cathy! It was awesome–just like you. πŸ™‚

  • I had the neatest experience just now. I received a sweet note from one of my blog readers–just touched me so deeply. She wrote to tell me how my post this week (which I was questioning) had meant so much to her–how it had drawn her to pray about something. Just telling God thank You right now. It’s so amazing how He works in us and through us….when we let Him. XOXOX Thank you, Vonda. You encourage so many. And you pray for us.

    • Awwww….Doesn’t that just make your day? God knows exactly what to send us at exactly the right time. Thank YOU for being such an encourager to so many. And thank you for your prayers, too. πŸ™‚

  • The rich thing about truth is that it is forever. We can say it in a million ways, but truth is always truth. It is the truth (reflection of God) that should shine in our writing.

    What a neat post! Thank you, Cathy.

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu
    Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)

    • So true, Judith! Thanks for sharing your encouraging words!

    • Thanks so much for the kind words, Judith. God bless!

  • Edith Kurie

    Honestly, some of us can really work the excuses to avoid the work our hands are set to do, yes? I know I do.

    • Yep. Me, too. πŸ™ But often I find that if I only get started, then things really do move along. So why in the world do I delay???

  • Where writing is concerned, Cathy, getting started on a new piece or project can be one of the hardest parts of the process for me. The first step is indeed the winning step.

    • Me, too, Cheryl!

    • You’re not alone, Cheryl. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who struggles with an empty page. God bless!

  • Dave Weiss

    Wow what a wonderful post. I love to have the opportunity to see what these posts trigger in others. Thanks so much for sharing this Cathy and Vonda.

    • Thank you for allowing me to share your powerful post with my readers earlier this week. It was a good reminder for me, too!