How to Surrender Your Stuff So You Don’t Blow Up

Stuffing our stuff is a recipe for disaster, just like I wrote about in today’s devotion “When What You Stuffed Blows Up.”

It’s taken me a long time to learn this lesson, but more and more I’m running to Jesus to surrender my emotions. It’s a better way, sisters! If you’re like me, you need a reminder, so here’s a beautiful free downloadable to print and post someplace you need it. Put it where you process your emotions so that there’s a visual of how to surrender instead of stuffing.

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Conquering Guilt and Worry

Happy International Women’s Day! In celebration of God-given femininity and gifts, I want to share a post that’s for all of us but especially for my working friends. Just last week, I heard a woman say that she felt left out in the church as a working woman. Women’s studies are in the morning there, even though over 70% of American women work outside their home. She feels marginalize, but I want YOU to feel encouraged.

Today, I want to celebrate women’s gifts in the work place! Please meet my friends Lisa Grimes and Paula Stafford. Both are women of faith who have taken Jesus with them into corporate settings because He’s woven into the core of who they are. Their new book Remember Who YOU Are was written to encourage women in the workplace to build each other up not to compete. As you can tell, everyone can benefit from this book. Please welcome my friends, Paula and Lisa! (And leave a comment to enter the giveaway.)


As wives, mothers, and professionals, we understand the pressure that comes with attempting to fulfill all of life’s demands. If you are like us, it’s all too easy to set a high level of expectation for ourselves – and then feel guilty when something inevitably falls through the cracks. Truth is, though, that we can’t do everything, and we certainly can’t do everything well. But we don’t need to feel guilty. Perhaps we need to set more realistic expectations – and redefine how we view and accept guilt. First, let’s look at the differences between guilt that’s real and false guilt.

False guilt comes from things over which we have no control. Or it’s guilt that is placed on us by others. Or it’s guilt based on not meeting expectations. The list of things over which we can tend to feel guilty is almost never-ending. True guilt, on the other hand,   comes from knowing we have done something wrong or knowing we have made a decision that doesn’t align with our priorities. This means we need to be clear on what our priorities are. Knowing our priorities not only helps protect us from false guilt, but can help us learn from our mistakes and help us make necessary changes. Maybe even help us set more realistic expectations.

We don’t have it perfectly figured out, but we want to share with you a strategy that has helped us be there for the things that matter and free ourselves from false guilt. This excerpt is from our new book, Remember Who YOU Are, which just released two days ago

“The meal was cooked; the table was set; my husband and children were ready to eat dinner. The only thing missing was … me. I said I would be home for dinner by 6 p.m., but something came up at the office and I didn’t get home until 7 p.m. After a few times of this, my husband sat me down and told me bluntly not to promise something I couldn’t deliver. I adhered to that standard at work; certainly my family deserved the same treatment. He was SO right. I hadn’t realized how showing up late for dinner affected my family and stood to affect my children’s ability to trust me. Cue the guilt train. I nipped that in the bud quickly. If I said I would be home for dinner by 6:30 p.m., I would do everything I could to get home by 6:15 p.m. I told them what to expect, and then I did my best to meet it or exceed it. I was rewarded with more smiles and less guilt.

We believe one of the first and most important things women need to do when it comes to expectations is give themselves permission to say ‘no.’ No, we don’t have to do it all. No, we do not need to attend every sporting, musical or academic event in which our children participate. It’s OK to be OK with that – it’s OK not to feel guilty. Children are, for the most part, adaptable and resilient. If your son has eight soccer games, for instance, and you can put four on your calendar (you have just made this a priority), think of how happy he will be if you are able to show up for more than you promised. But if you promise you will come to every game and don’t follow through, your children will lower their expectations of you. Not only are we setting a bad example for our children, we just bought another guilt trip.

Setting realistic expectations allows us to focus our energy on what we are doing instead of what we are missing. This takes a lot of practice, we know, since it seems to go against our hardwiring.”

It’s possible – and it’s freeing. And all of this is neatly summed up in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, present your requests to Go. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”


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The Simplest Way to Pray Powerful Prayers

There are a handful of people that I know that are known for prayer. I’ll bet you’ve got a list too.

Mona, one of the mentors you’ve heard me talk about often, leads those that I think of as “prayer warriors”, those who approach prayer with confidence. There are others– Jean, Rey and Tara just to name a few– but they all have one thing in common. These are women whose prayers are a fabric of scripture.

Just last night, I spent time praying over an upcoming conference in my area with Tara’s team, and her influence was obvious. The team prayed with their Bibles open, repeating God’s Word back to Him with faith and expectation. They aren’t women who think they can demand and manipulate God with His own words (I’ve seen that version too!). Instead, they’re women who know that God is faithful. His promises are true and dependable. And they know that praying Scripture keeps them solidly in His realm, the place where His will reigns.

I listened, and I participated. The prayers laced with Truth rose to heaven, but they soaked into my bones too. With 2018 being the year of “Pray”, I paid attention and longed. Can I confess to you? I’ve known this truth for a long time.

I’ve known this truth, but I haven’t implemented this truth. This morning I had to take a look and ask why? Here are the wrong beliefs rooted in insecurity that have kept me from praying more powerfully as I integrate God’s Word:

Prayer isn’t my gift.  

I’m going to war on this lie! Prayer is a gift to all of us because it’s simply talking to God who gives us full access. I do believe that some are given a special ability to pray so that they can lead us. Wendy Blight, for example, writes out the most annointed prayers for our Proverbs 31 team, but I don’t have to allow myself to be intimidated by her gift. I want to learn from it! As we pray, God doesn’t expect us to sound like anyone else. In fact, since He created us and knows us better than anyone, He’s probably surprised when we do!

Those people are more spiritual than I am. 

I’ve fallen into the wrong belief that some gifts are more “spiritual” than others. Mine run more along practical, get ‘er done lines, and I’ve considered them less than. Paul tells us, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (I Cor. 12:4-6 NIV) Let’s stand secure in our own natural God-given gifts while growing in others. Prayer is my growth gift this year!

I don’t know scripture well enough. 

This really gets to the root of what has held me back, and there’s some truth to it. I don’t have enough scripture memorized. But I took note of the women last night with their Bibles open. I need to start somewhere, so praying with my Bible open is where I’ll start.

Here’s how I’m fighting those insecurities:

The last two days I’ve written out prayers based on my morning First 5 study. Here’s what it has looked like:

II Kings 18: 5-8, “Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. From watchtower to fortified city, he defeated the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory. (NIV)

My prayer: Lord, I want to be a woman who trusts You completely. Make me stand beyond compare in my place in Your story. Help me to held fast to You, never ceasing to follow You and obeying Your commands. I want to be successful in all that I undertake for Your glory. Empower me to resist my enemy, Satan, and give me victory against him. Amen.

II Kings 19:30, “Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above.” (NIV)

My prayer: Lord, make me part of your remnant with deep roots below and abundant fruit above.

See how that works? I’m just getting started, but I love how God is teaching me simple ways to pray that are do-able for me right where I am!

If you prayed a prayer based on scripture today, I’d love to hear it.

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A Powerful FREE Event You Can’t Miss

Hi, friends! Just a quick post to tell you about an exciting online summit that I’m part of next week. Feel like you were born for more? Discover your Divine Purpose with this FREE training. 

I’ll be sharing “How to Grow Into Your Calling,” but I’m also super-stoked to hear interviews with other leaders like Glynnis Whitwer, Lori Wildenburg, Lynn Cowell and many, many more! Click on the graphic above today.

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Can Prayer Be Simple?

When I was in college, my church went through a teaching on prayer that taught us to pray for an hour a day. My rule-follower self dove into the method, and I enthusiastically used the formula to work toward “tithing my time” in prayer.

There are so many good memories of that time, but can I be honest with you? I don’t remember the prayer formula at all. I’ve tried lots of “how tos” and formulas since that have also been long-forgotten.

What I DO remember of that regular prayer in college is the sweetness of time with God. That’s what I long to recapture.

Don’t get me wrong. Daily (or almost daily) time with God has been a pattern in my life since I received a 30-day challenge when I was sixteen. In a dorm-room discussion with my suite mates, we compared notes on how we spent our time with Him. At that point, prayer came easiest to me while Bible study was harder and seemed more like homework. Since then, those preferences have shifted, and that’s ok.

What’s not ok is how lack-luster my prayer life had become. I believe that’s why my God-assigned word for 2018 is “pray.”

There was a big part of me that wanted to dive in the way my college self did by figuring out the rules and following them. Finding a formula and working it. Ferreting out the book on perfect prayer and doing exactly what the author did. Do you hear my issues embedded in those plans. Sigh. I’m definitely still a reforming perfectionist!

Instead, God has taken me back to Prayer Kindergarten by giving me simple (and even playful!) tools to give me air and space to breathe… beside Him. Prayer is becoming a joyful journey instead of a tedious one. Because I’m a resource junkie and share all my favs with those I love, I want to share a couple of these simple tools with you.

A Pre-Prayer Tool

One of the hardest parts about prayer for me is clearing my mind. My to-do lists start swirling around in my head the moment I open my eyes in the morning, and even a cup of coffee in my quiet time chair doesn’t settle my popping thoughts.

I needed a way to quiet and focus my brain before prayer. My friend Carol shared her version of a method that she learned from Amy Hale on Instagram, and I created my own quick-and-easy document for my prayer notebook. You can click on the graphic below to download it, and you should really follow Amy Hale on Instagram by clicking here so that you can get more genius prayer ideas from the creator of this one!

A Prayer Calendar

Ever since the release of Praying Upside DownI’ve been receiving Kelly O’Dell Stanley’s prayer calendar and using it sporadically. This year, I’m printing it out,  putting it in my prayer notebook, and using her prayer prompts every day.

This is where “delightful” comes in! Kelly is an artist who’s creativity flows into her calendars. This month the theme is superheroes, and it looks like this:

She gives directions each day like: “Pray for a trusty sidekick”, “Pray for someone who flies a lot” and “Pray for a man who is stronger than he knows.”

Don’t you love this? You can receive her monthly prayer calendar too by clicking on the graphic above and following Kelly’s directions. This month’s is still available and too adorable to miss!

These are two tools that God is using to simply prayer for me so that He can make His presence known in my time with Him. How about you? Do share your simple tools for prayer!

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Three Sure Steps to Embrace Simple

What are your memories of Kindergarten?

Even though my long-term memory resembles Dorie’s, I have clear pictures of swinging at recess, Kool Aid and cookies at snack and carrying baby dolls around the house-keeping center.

Kindergarten has changed a lot since the simple time when I was there. Kids today are expected to start reading, writing and ‘rithmatic, but in my generation, there was a philosophy that play built an important foundation for children. Teachers filled our 5-year-old days with the basics to develop our small-motor skills like coloring inside the lines and cutting paper hearts. The wee people circulated through centers “cooking” plastic foods and putting together puzzles. It looked like pure fun, but all the activities were designed to ready our minds for learning in the upper grades.

Kindergarten was a wonderful place. And as Robert Fulghum has famously said, everything important starts there. Kindergarten is a wonderful place… until you get sent back there from college.

Even though I believe that foundations are important, it has felt uncomfortable and a little demeaning to get sent back to the beginnings of my spiritual schooling. In the last five years or so, it’s as if I’ve been hearing God whisper, “Go back, Amy. Relearn the things you used to know.” God lovingly sent me back to Kindergarten.

I’ve gone back to the simple things. God loves me. Life is best when I trust Him. Belief is the bedrock for everything else. These simple beliefs are where I’ve experienced being re-schooled by God, and it’s been good. But honestly, it’s been hard too. It’s hard for a woman who has loved Jesus for 40 years to admit that she needs to understand Jesus’ love. It’s humbling for a Bible teacher to go from meat back to milk.

Yet it’s the path God’s had for me, and there are three things I’ve learned that I hope will help you go back to the basics too:

  1. Simple truths aren’t insignificant truths. Just because our babies lisp through “Jesus Loves Me” with trilling voices doesn’t mean we can skip this essential belief. The simple beliefs of our faith are usually the foundational beliefs. Just like with houses, sometimes our foundations need shored up after years of the wear and tear of life. Sometimes foundations need straightened from the weight of what gets piled on top. Our spiritual selves are the same. Revisiting the beginning can leave us “straightened” and refreshed.
  2. It takes humility to go back when we want to forge onward. I could have ignored God’s beckonings back to His simple truths, but where would I be today? I’d be more numbed and my faith would be more wrecked than it was a decade ago. It’s not fun for a speaker and writer to disappoint the “spiritual crowd” with simple truths, but any disappointment I’ve caused along the way has been a result of a soul that’s more well-fed than when I started this journey. This reminder from Paul makes it all worth it, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” (I Cor. 13:1) I was missing love, and it required humility to admit it and go back to receive it.
  3. When we return to the basics of faith, we aren’t dumbing down. We’re leveling up. When Cheri and I were recording Grit ‘n’ Grace last year, she painted a word picture that has stuck with and comforted me in my journey back ever since she explained it. If you watch kids play video games, you’ll know that upward levels may look the same while being more difficult. Conquering each increasingly challenging level, no matter how similar they may look, is called “leveling up”. The journey through simple truths is the same. Each time I revisit the simple truth “God loves me,” I learn a little more about His love. I believe it a little more deeply. What looks like regression to others–and may even feel like it to me–is actually progress.

Simple has been hard for me in some ways (!), but I’m so glad I’m learning to embrace it. God’s simple truths have brought deeper love, greater trust and bolder belief into my life. My 2018 word is “pray.” I’m re-learning simple prayer, and I’ll share some of my early insights next week.

How about you? What’s your word for the year? What are you learning so far?


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Perfectionism & the Saboteur

In some ways, Kim Hyland and I are different. She’s soft-spoken, and I’m loud. She’s lovely, and I’m a little looney. 🙂 But at our core, Kim and I recognized each other as sisters right away. She’s one of us! She’s a reforming perfectionist who is finding deep joy in letting go. Please welcome my friend Kim, author of An Imperfect Woman, to the blog today. (And make sure to leave a comment to enter to win a copy of her new book!)

It was one of the first plays I’d ever auditioned for.

At sixteen, I was a college freshman, and my introverted self was struggling to connect socially. Drama wasn’t my thing, but I thought it would be a fun way to get involved and make some new friends.

The audition went surprisingly well. I reached down deep and drew out my inner diva (believe me, it took some digging). A few days later, I made call backs for the musical part of the audition! This should have been easy for me. I’d spent my high school years touring with our church choir and had even sung a few solos. I loved to sing.

But I bombed the audition.

I could feel it even as I sang the simple selection. I wasn’t giving my all. Shoot, I wasn’t even giving my mediocre half-best. Something in me was quitting before they could cut me. My fear of vulnerability and failure combined with my need for control were making me self-sabotage—the ugly underbelly of perfectionism.

It’s been called the fear of success, and it’s a bit of a mystery. Why would we fear succeeding in our pursuits? It doesn’t make sense. That is unless we think success means maintaining some vague standard of perfection. Then the fear of success makes perfect sense. We should be afraid of it.

Perfection is too heavy a burden to carry, so we undermine our own efforts and self-sabotage.

The connection between perfectionism and self-sabotage is subtle. The real saboteur is Satan, and he’s always been good at disguising his strategies. He knows well the truths that can so easily escape us:

Is it any wonder Satan goes after our dreams? They have the potential to bring us closer to God, so our enemy does all he can to sabotage our efforts. And he’s more than happy to let us do his job for him.

That’s where perfectionism comes in. It’s Satan’s tool to keep us from acknowledging our deep need. Instead, we pursue endeavors and dreams with the destructive and dynamic duo of self-reliance and unrealistic ideals. When that burden inevitably becomes too heavy, we either press on to our own harm or we give up and quit.

Perfectionism denies the reality of our weakness.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Weakness is part of God’s intentional design for us. He could have made us jars of titanium but instead he chose clay, so we would know where power truly comes from. We might be weak, but God is more than enough.

He doesn’t call us to pursue our dreams because He thinks we can do it alone. He calls us because he wants to manifest His power through us and to let us be a part of what He is doing in His kingdom.

When we humbly acknowledge our constant need for God’s strength, it silences the saboteur. Free from the burden of perfectionism, we discover the security, power, and generous heart of our perfect Father.


Kim Hyland is a writer, a speaker, and the founder and host of Winsome, an annual retreat for women that celebrates authenticity, diversity, and truth. She also speaks at national retreats and conferences, where she encourages women by sharing her imperfect path and God’s perfect plans. Originally from the DC metro area, she now lives with her family on a mountain overlooking the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Connect with Kim at


In An Imperfect Woman, Hyland offers women a stirring manifesto for acknowledging their limitations and embracing the perfection of God through his grace. This is a book for every woman who gives 110% and yet feels shame when one little thing goes wrong.

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Adventure is All Around Us

How’s 2018 going for you so far? I hope you’re chugging along with your goals and/or one word for the year. Do share!

At the end of 2017, Cheri, my Grit ‘n’ Grace partner, brainstormed a series called “Retrospect” to help us evaluate 2017 and move into 2018 with a fresh perspective on what’s important. (Click here if you’d like to start listening to the first episode in this series.)

In order to prepare for the podcasts, I created a Personal Manifesto, a concept from Cheri’s book Overwhelmed. I had nine values in my manifesto, but this is one of my favorites:

Now friends, that’s a really fine sounding goal, isn’t it? Living it out in everyday life is a challenge! When you have limited time, work to do, duties to fulfill and a finite budget, adventure and fun seems a little hard to come by some days.

But I’m learning that adventure and fun will often catch me unawares. It’s always around the corner if I’ll just watch for it!

Just last week, Hubs and I were at Costco buying a new chair to replace one that had expired under the love of big boys and a tiny but stinky dog. We had driven my small car a town away to shop there, but we convinced ourselves in the store that we could open the box, unload the unassembled pieces one by one into said little car and drive our lovely new chair home. No problem.

When we got out to the parking lot, it had started the rain, and beside my car, the boxed chair looked a lot bigger than in the huge warehouse store. Barry laughingly tossed a comment over his shoulder to the mini-van driver beside us, “I may need to trade cars with you to get this home!”

Without hesitation, the man answered in a lovely, lilting Indian accent, “I’d be happy to help you get that home! I don’t have anything to do the rest of the night, so please let me help you.”

Startled, Barry and I protested that we had a plan and were sure we could get it in my car. The mini-van driver waited and watched, insisting that it would be no problem to help us.

I’m sure you’ve already guessed what’s coming, so I’ll skip to the fun and adventurous part. 🙂 We could NOT fit the largest piece into my car.

When it was finally obvious that we were stuck, Barry told the man that we’d take him up on his offer. They loaded the big piece into the van, and as I got into the car, I heard Barry starting a friendship based on mutual connection in both Ohio and India (as you know, 1/2 my heart lives there). Crazy!

By the time Barry and our new friend arrived at our house almost 20 minutes later, they were talking and laughing easily. I invited him in for dinner, but he demurred and headed home. Barry told me that he worked in NC on alternate weeks in between being at home with his family in OH.

I was awed by how one kind man changed our night. Instead of ending up mad and wet with a disassembled, un-transportable chair in the Costo parking lot, we were snug at home, cuddled up in the new chair. Also, we had made a new friend. Here’s what I learned:

Here’s to living an adventure! Have you had any unexpected adventures lately? I’d love to hear yours!


Note: The winner of Wendy Blight’s book I Am Loved is Bobbi Laten (1.4.18 11:09 am). Congratulations, Bobbi!

For the rest of you, don’t forget that Proverbs 31’s Online Bible Study of Wendy’s book is starting next week. Click here for all the details.

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Amping Up the Joy in Our Work

At one point or another, we’ve probably all found ourselves out-of-love with our work. Weather your work is in an office, caring for a loved one or changing diapers, you’ve probably had days like me. Days of daydreaming of swinging in a hammock on a beach. With a cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other. And someone fanning me. And sparkles on the water…

Wait. Sorry! My day-dreaming took over, so I’m glad you’re still here.

See, just like I said in today’s devotion, seeing work as drudgery happens to the best of us. Only turning our work into worship gives it worth.

Sometimes it hard to shift from drugergy to delight, though. Here are a couple of ways I’ve found to amp up the joy in my work when it’s dulled:

Start Observing a Sabbath

This might seem like a pretty hard-core place to start, but in the last year, God’s been showing me that it’s crucial. The word “crucial” might reinforce our thoughts as an obligation, so let me try again. God’s been showing me that Sabbath is one of His most delicious gifts to us!  Here’s what Isaiah 58: 12-14 tells us,

If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”

Let’s start with the promises. God promises us JOY and TRIUMPH, opposites of drudgery. He says we’ll feast on our inheritance, a picture of abundance instead of scarcity. That sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Really different than dragging ourselves through each work day.

But there are some “ifs” that precede the promises. To receive those blessings, God tells us that we need to keep the Sabbath holy, call it a delight and follow His ways rather than our own. There’s so much here that we could spend weeks just on this passage.

The gist is that the Sabbath is meant to be a blessing to us, something for our benefit that increases our joy. Let’s embrace that truth instead of believing that Sabbath is an inconvenience (which I have to confess I’ve done for years)! I don’t want to lay out a set of rules about how that’s supposed to look, but I want to encourage you to do what I’ve been implementing better recently.

Take a day off to worship. To rest. To relax and enjoy.

It’s strange how simply taking a Sabbath changes the rest of my workweek, infusing it with more joy.

Re-Focus on the Good

Years ago, a friend asked how my job was going. I shared for awhile, but then I said, “I like my job, but it’s not awesome every day.”

I’ll never forget his apt reply. He said,”Well, if you loved it every day, it would be your hobby, not your job!”

I laughed, but he’s right. Every job we’ll ever have has up-sides and down-sides. Focusing on the positive will help us see our work in a better light than if we focus on the parts that we don’t like.

Here’s an easy exercise to help shift our focus: Divide a paper in half. Start with all the things you don’t like about your job. Here’s your chance to get it all out! (I don’t recommend sharing this with your boss, though.)

Now, on the other half, write down all the things you enjoy about your job. Once you’re done, pray and ask God to help you focus on the positives. As my friend Holly always says, “What we focus on grows.” She’s so right! Multiple times, this little exercise has shifted my feeling about my work back toward joy.

If you’d like to hear more about joy and worship in our work, I’d love to introduce you to Grit ‘n’ Grace, a podcast that I co-host with Cheri Gregory.

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