Well, it is so hard to believe that I have not posted a new blog in over a month! I have wanted to start a blog for so long and started off so excited however, many things, good things have happened for me in the past few months that my blog went to the back burner. I began to wonder how could something I have wanted to do for so long become so far removed from my mind and heart?
As I dug a little deeper, I realized that my blog wasn't the only thing I had been neglecting in the this season. I have not been praying the way I used to, not have I been connecting with some of the dear friends that God has placed in my life (the kind of friends I prayed for years ago). I am also going to be participating in my first half-marathon on September 4th, however I have been neglecting my training and now it is getting to be crunch time.
This week-end I took a step back to reflect on these areas and get back on track because neglect surely leads to abandonment and I don't want to abandon any of these things because they are all part of what gives me the depth and joy of life. Once I looked over the past weeks I realized that my promotion at work (to a much more demanding role) had really taken over, but that is just an excuse. I am firm believer in balance and I had to come to terms with the fact that I cannot transform that broken work unit overnight; and even if I could, the cost of my personal life's joys are much too high a price to pay.
So, Friday night I had a wonderful dinner with a beautiful woman of God and we talked, laughed and had great Girls Night Out! Yesterday, I bough my girls new bicycles from a real bicycle shop (something I had been meaning to do since school let out) and we went to visit the Newseum in DC (even though I brought home a few work files to review on Saturday). This morning I prayed and I ran 4 miles and now I am writing in my blog (all before church on Sunday morning).
While I am excited about the challenges in my new role at work, that is just one small part of me. I will not let neglect turn into abandonment because I know that my God is a God of balance and anything He blesses me with He wants me to nurture and cause to flourish. What gift/person/activity have you been neglecting lately? Rekindle the fires under the joys of your life and bring some balance to your world; because even though it is a cliche, we only have one life to live.