I’ve been challenged by a dear sister in Christ to get back on the wagon and begin to blog again. So, I agreed to try to get one written by then end of the week (this was last Monday or Tuesday…LOL). However, I told her that she had to keep me accountable. She agreed and sure enough…she texted me on Friday afternoon to see how it was coming along. I have to say that I was rather disappointed in myself for not having even started anything. But, this sister (& you know who you are) is such an encourager! She reminded me that I still had time, and, as we “talked”…a few ideas even came to me. I thought about writing about experiencing early empty-nest syndrome–even though my nest isn’t empty. That blog is in the works. I thought about blogging some recipes. I’ll work on that one too. I considered writing bout my new Sunday School class, teaching teenagers. That one will happen when we finish this lesson series–I’m learning so much from it too! But, as I started drafting this out, the real meaning of this entry started to form. With every sentence, it has become more & more clear. “What is it” you ask? I’ll tell you. I’m realizing, as I write, how important it is to have people (family, friends, co-workers, etc) that will help you reach your goals and dreams. People who will remind you of what you once said you wanted to do or be. It’s important to have people who can see and share your dreams and goals, but also keep you accountable. These people should be able to encourage you, listen when you need an ear, give you Godly, constructive advice and pray with & for you. I am so blessed that God has surrounded me with lots of people who do just that! Some engage in all of these…some only one or two. Some are placed in my life to remind me that it’s not all about me. Some teach me. Some pray with and for me…but most of all, there is love. God pours out His Love through His Holy Spirit working in His children. Sometimes I am so wrapped up in my own stuff, that I don’t do a very good job of allowing God to pour out His Love through me. I’m going to work on that–a lot! I am going to remind myself not to take on too much. I am going to love more and doubt less. I am going to explore my dreams more and wait less. God will empower me, give me strength, light my path, love me through the struggles and make my dreams and passions one with HIS plan for me…as long as I step out of His way. Thank you for being there on the journey. By the way, check out Pressing In and Pressing On at http://starlajimenez.blogspot.com/ . I think you’ll enjoy it! God bless and keep you always.