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Dear Reader,

     May the cares and toil not turn our hearts from our one true Love and Prize.

Have you ever thought, "Why am I doing this?"

       Have we stopped to think through "the why" behind our life?  I've been thinking about what's behind my impulse to write.

       I believe any clear thinking about my purpose will circle back to the Ultimate Creator, the Maker behind the making. He's the Why for the Where, What, and When. 

       My book is taking longer to develop than I thought. It's easy to get discouraged. Yet I circle back to "the Big Why" I do this: for my love of the Word, and to honor what He does in my life. If I didn't write, I feel my worship of God would be lessened in my life.  Here's a thought to think: 

What's your "Why?" and why?

One book has helped me to connect my Big Why to my writing. (Click below to see the book on Amazon)
"The Soul Tells A Story: Engaging Creativity with Spirituality in the Writing Life" by Vinita Hampton Wright

     Vinita talks about practices that we use in creative pursuits

  • for beginning work
  • for centering/focusing
  • that free me to explore and allow creative flow
  • that involve community
  • for emotional health/equilibrium
  • for filling up
  • for the middle of a work
  • for giving to others
  • for finishing/letting go  

Life as a thoughtful artist--and person-- involves establishing your own healthy routines that encourage your work and yourself to be the best it can be. 

I'm at my best when I weave my Big Why into the little things I do every day. 

A practice can be as simple as filling up your cup, physically and metaphorically before working on your art.

"Our Daily Cup"

       My sister-in-law gave me a YETI brand name travel mug because she knew I couldn’t go a day without coffee. When I wake up, I sip coffee from it and drink deep from my Bible—two stimulants that keep me going and my energy high.

       I’m spending a lot of time lately with my Bible and my YETI mug. Not because the coffee is outstanding, but because I’m desperate to hear from God. I have been wandering for some time in a dry desert in my spiritual life. The world isn’t exactly in a prime state either. The mug needs filling on the inside of me just as much as the outside. I can tire of the uphill battle of reaching my life goals, or surviving the next crisis. It seems I am always interrupted or assailed. Sometimes, I stumble, with parched throat, to the fearful thoughts of my God withholding the divine fountain of life, or worse, pouring out deserved judgment.

       The Bible talks of many people receiving a bitter cup of suffering to drink, the greatest of all being Jesus. Others, like David in Psalm 23, had a cup overflowing with blessing.

       I struggle with mental health issues. Somedays, my inner YETI mug has the bitterest dregs of scalded coffee; other days, my inner cup is brimming with water glinting with sunshine.

       You do not have to have mental illness to have a similar experience. One day, bitterness swirls in the cup; another day, blessing dazzles. Everyday, something always fills up the cup. Our Daily Cup to go with our Daily Bread.

       We have the responsibility to choose well what we pour into our hearts and minds. But what about the things God pours into our lives? Many of us have blessing and suffering in our lives we have not caused. It’s what God in His sovereignty has given us to drink. It is our Daily Cup. Sometimes it is more medicine than food, but we are more sick than we know.

       We can pout, spit it out, spill out our lives on the ground, and fling ourselves in a tantrum. Or we can steadily drink what our Father has given us.

       Even Jesus didn’t always like the cup given. He prayed in Gethsemane,

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine. (Luke 22:42 NLT)

       Yet I. So many Bible verses hinge on the words “yet I.” I challenge you to do a quick online Bible search. These resounding words of gratitude in the face of disappointment, faith in the face of pain, are “the YET-I mug” we need to take our Daily Drink in each day.

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! (Habakkuk 3:17-18 NLT)

       My life hurts, yet I will praise you.

       My heart is breaking, yet I will offer it to you.

       I can’t see you, yet I will trust you, follow you.

       I’m realizing the interruptions to my “life goals,” the roadblocks to what I want, are part of how God is making me who He’s calling me to be. God is not withholding from me, or punishing me; he’s healing me, yet through mysterious ways I know little of.

       I may not like my cup, yet I will drink it, to the glory of God and for the good of others.

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       Til next time, may God bless you as you drink your daily cup. I will be filling mine up daily and writing faithfully for my Big Why.

       PS. I'm interested in what you do each day to stay connected to your Big Why. Email me back with your practices!

In word and in life,
In word and in life,
Laura Aliese Miedema

20 Willow Street, Truro
Nova Scotia B2N 4Z4 Canada

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