Now that the weather is getting cooler here in the US, I’ve started to put away my summer clothes. But as much as I wish I could pack away the bathing suit until next year, I am not able to do that thanks to the invention of the indoor water park.
One of my least favorite things in all the world is an indoor water park. I know in the scope of world troubles, this is trivial. But in a first-world-problem kind of way, indoor water parks are the worst.
But I go. And I suffer. For the kids.
Of all the things I dislike about these parks – the humidity, the smell, the wearing-of-the-bathing-suit-whilst-standing-on-steps – I found one redeeming quality that nearly made up for it.
These lifeguards are no whistle-twirling, chair-lounging, teenage-flirting type of lifeguards. These people are serious and focused. Not only are they always on their feet, they never stop moving.
It is as if they are each assigned an eight-foot length of the pool, no more and no less. They are responsible for those eight feet and anyone who swims in front of them. They pace their assigned distance back and forth on the edge of the pool, eyes never leaving the water.
It is impressive to watch, as much as I don’t want to admit that anything impresses me at the water park.
As I watched them, I couldn’t help but think about my life, my calling, and my own eight-foot assignment.
Some of us grow up hearing the sky is the limit and we can do anything if we set our minds to it. And while it seems like a positive and encouraging message to tell our kids, it is unfair and untrue.
Possibility can be as overwhelming as it is inspiring. At first it can feel terribly exciting to imagine anything is possible — until you sprint flat into the wall of your own limits in the form of lack of energy, bad timing, comparison, competition, and distraction.
Could it be possible that your limits – those things you curse and wish were different about yourself – are not holding you back but pointing you forward?
It seems to me when I finally recognize my inability is when Christ shows up able within me. But He doesn’t equip me to do every job possible, He equips me to do the job meant for me.
If you’re willing to face your inability, you are able to see what is outside your circle of influence and responsibility so that you may embrace and focus on the small part that belongs to you and only to you.
Could it be possible that the reason we are so overwhelmed is because we are focused on the whole pool, forgetting our own eight-foot assignment?
You have a job to do and it won’t look like mine or his or theirs. It looks like yours. It isn’t the whole pool, but it’s still important.
The fact that you can’t cover the whole pool at once doesn’t mean you are a failure, it just means you have the wrong goal. It also means you need other people around you to do their jobs, too.
What would it look like if we all began to uncover the art we were born to make, the hints of our own design hidden in the sacred curve of our souls? What if we began to consider how our limits might actually be our guideposts, gifts along our pathway to remind us what our calling isn’t so that we may be more open to what it is?
Are you a writer beginning to explore your own story? Do you want to write words that are memorable and life-changing but aren’t quite sure which part of the pool belongs to you? Consider joining Lysa and the Proverbs 31 team by registering for Compel, a membership site for influencers who want to write words to influence people.
Are you a mama, a teacher, a lawyer, a manager, or anyone longing to do work that matters? Perhaps you are motivated to move within your own section of the pool but are unsure what section that is.
I wrote a book for you. It’s called A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live and it is for the person who fears she has nothing to offer but secretly hopes she’s wrong. It’s for the person who wants to be brave enough to move toward what makes her come alive. I hope it’s for you.
Today we are giving away 5 copies! To enter to win, simply leave a comment below.
Emily P. Freeman is the author of three books, including her latest, A Million Little Ways. Whether in her writing or speaking, Emily’s words create space for souls to breathe. She and her husband, John, live in North Carolina with their three children. She would love to connect with you at her blog, Chatting at the Sky, where she is writing a series every day in October: 31 days of Living Art.
I would love to win one of the books 🙂
This book looks very interesting and I would like to read it.
wow this looks like a book that I need
I love the 8-foot assignment analogy! How many of us never venture away from our 8 feet of life?! I look forward to reading the book whether or not I win it! Thank you for the guest post. Blessings to you and your water park loving family.
I love this post! I love the thought of focusing on what God wants you to do (and doing it well) instead of trying to do everything (and end up feeling like a failure!). And having others to help you along the way. Thank you for this!
Attended San Antonio WOF Conference with 24 other ladies from our church, We were blessed by you and all speakers, singers etc. Hope to do some Bible studies from you and others we heard there. Thank you for your ministry.
I’m longing to know what’s my true assignment. Should I be doing more or less? Am I supposed to get tired at times doing Kingdom work? Praying this book can guide me in the right direction with sound biblical references mostly. Hope to win this book!!!
I think Lysa is amazing — how do you write all this? OMGoodness – I have a friend that needs this book – I think she has wonderful thoughts too and should write them and share them with all of us.
Thanks for the reminder that I am equipped to do my job and no one else’s – I too often look at the sparkling and dynamic skills of others and allow myself to feel inadequate. That limits my Lord and the work He wants to do through and in me.
Thank you for pointing out not to cover the whole pool. That we need to be responsible for the part we have been given and nothing else.
It sounds as though this topic should’ve been written at least two decades ago so Im glad it’s been written . I’m very excited about it and eagerly look forward to reading it . I’d love to be one to receive a copy!
YES!!! I took up SCUBA recently… THAT was a my big dive, literally! But it really helps me to see that I really can overcome my fears and step out… dive deeper… and it’s okay! No, it’s BETTER than okay!!! Way better! My whole works has super duper expanded!!! Yup! I’ll dive… but there’s still some deeper waters to check out!!!
This book sounds very interesting!
Would love to read your book!
OK – I am interested. Would love to read the book and learn more.
My friend and I were just talking about my “8 feet” and allowing God to work through me in “my section”! Like 20 minutes ago! 🙂
Would love to read your book! Also NEED to read it 🙂
This book looks like just what I need right now!! Thanks for always inspiring me:)
Great article. Would like to read the book and learn more.
After journeying thru the valley of shadows after the death of my husband I’m continuing to press on each day to discover what God has for me. No longer a wife, but still a mother in a different way, since my sons are grown, I long to find my 8 ft! I’ve found 4 ft, but desire the 8! Lol. I loved your analogy as I have great memories of my family at those waterparks all over Canada! We would be exhausted after a day of outings but our boys were always ready to go to the park inside hotel! Of course we would, collapsing later but happy we were exhausted. Thanks for the reminder!
Thank you for a chance to win this book! It looks and sounds amazing! 🙂 <3
That reminder keeps me from trying to be all over the place, don’t we forget? Thank you, would love to win and keep learning and growing. 🙂
it is for the person who fears she has nothing to offer but secretly hopes she’s wrong-THIS IS SO ME LISA.
I appreciate how you always use real every day life events to challenge and encourage us in the Lord. This book looks very interesting!
Oh this def a book I need , would live to win a copy.
Was just thinking about what the Lord would have me do… Getting older and seeing the thing you wanted to do not happening and wondering how you can fit…
yay, giveaway! thanks!
Yes! Would love and cherish a book like this.
Thank you for showing me a diff perspective as I tend to be one of those who wants & thinks I should do it all and constantly failing. I want to learn to work on my “8” feet of pool and see where God takes me from there. Thank you!
This sounds like a lovely book. Thank you for the opportunity.
I am new on my journey with God and still figuring out where I’m supposed to go with Him; what my offerings could possibly be. I am not sure where my 8 feet of pool is. Always open to suggestions and help. I feel lost and wandering aimlessly at times, but so not giving up.
I wonder every day what my talents are and what God has planned for me…I would love to read this book. Thank you!
I have always wanted to write a book but don’t know how to start.
Would love the opportunity to read this book.
Thank you Emily for guest posting today! I liked your analogy of an 8′ section of a water park that we are each responsible for. Just as you don’t enjoy the indoor water park, I don’t enjoy water parks at all. For that matter i don’t enjoy tubing down the river either. The last two times tubing I have ended up being dumped by the rapids and come up looking like a drowned rat who has lost her cool sunglasses. But I digress…. 🙂
I came home yesterday evening from leading my second women’s retreat weekend for the ladies of our church, with one more before that as a co-leader. I would love to get my hands on your new book! If I win it I promise to pass it on to someone else after I finish reading it. Even if I don’t win it, once I have either bought it for myself or it has been bought as a gift for me I will still pass it on to someone else. I am a book reading girl, and when it comes to Faith based books I love to pass them on to whomever the Lord brings to mind.
Again, Thank you for the post! I will keep my eye out for you another time!
I am not a book writer but I write for our children’s ministry some. I would love to have some guidance.
This looks like a lovely inspiring book. 🙂 RIGHT up my alley!!
I AM one of those people who is having trouble, discerning what my gifts of the Spirit are, and what I can offer to other people; yet, there are sisters within my church who are seeing gifts in me which I am still somewhat doubtful of, or which I am unsure of how to use them, even though I see myself as a compassionate person who likes to share myself when I see someone hurting and in need of encouragement in an area where I have been there, done that! Maybe, I need to focus on the gift that comes most naturally to me, even though I feel sometimes that I don’t offer all that much! Someone referred me to Romans 12:8, to the gift of encouragement, and reading your blog about this book has inspired me to look into my heart more intently!
This sounds like just the thing my youngest sister should read! She is a journalism major who desires to be/is a stay at home mom. She loves to write, but it needs to be in her own time frame and schedule with my nephew keeping her on her toes!
Just reading your blog tonight was a refreshing reminder to me to “stop beating myself up” for so many things. I am right where I need to be, doing exactly what I should be doing-maybe a bit too much???- and still growing even if not at the same pace as last year when I was embroiled in a life altering struggle! GOD IS GOOD!! And I AM HIS.
Thankful for your words…they have helped me a lot. To surrender, to rest, to trust Jesus more.
What encouraging words. I would love to read more.
Great post. Being in my late 30s with several health issues, I find myself feeling ‘limited’. What a refreshing perspective to look from now.
Thank you so much for this liberating read. It has definitely challenged me and given me something to think about. At the moment I am in an interesting season. I have ‘given up’ on teaching but at the same time looking forward to what is next (I am at home with my 18 month old at the moment).
I would love to read this book!
And for anybody else who may read this – I have recently joined Compel and am really enjoying walking with Lysa and the Proverbs 31 crew. Bless yoU!
Great post! Would love to win and read the book!
This was a Breath of Fresh Air!
I would LOVE to read this book. Thanks for offering the giveaway!
So beautifully put. At a place in my life where these were words were more then needed. Thank you I feel as if I could breathe a little easier this morning.
Loved this! Sounds like an interesting book.
“Could it be possible that your limits – those things you curse and wish were different about yourself – are not holding you back but pointing you forward?” I sure hope so and I’d love to find out. 🙂
Aweaome idea. Would love to read more.
Thanks for sharing this. I am sitting in the place of paralyzation right now as I read this. It’s a new season in my life and seemingly “I can do anything”. But, I can’t. I’m pretty sure I hear a whisper that God has something. But, I’m not sure how to narrow down the possibilities. I would love to read this book!
Would love the book!
All I can say is …. I need to read this book.
“…for the person who fears she has nothing to offer but secretly hopes she’s wrong.”
Sigh…Just for this. May God continue to use your words as encouragement to point out that we all have something to offer…what He has first given us.
Thank you for this and for this gracious chance to win!
Sounds like an inspiring book
I am one of those women who feel like God is calling me to something, but I feel like I’m not getting a clear signal as to what. I just want to live a life pleasing to God. I am a wife, mother of a 3 year old, in graduate school and working on my internship. Sometimes I feel I may not even have time to devote to something (whatever it may be)! I do have faith that God will let me know when it’s the right time!
I love that you point out that limits can be just as inspiring as possibilities. Can’t wait to read this book!
My son is in his 4th year of college and I’m still looking for what’s next and some direction! I will feel blessed to read your book:)
The 8 foot section I am responsible for is changing, yet I continue to hold on to the old section(s). It is a way of thinking “I can do it all”. I have struggled, then, with weariness and ineffectiveness, and yet I desire to have significance in real and intimate relationships. They suffer with my current pursuit and too large of a field in which to move. Thank you for this illustration. I, too, appreciate such life guards at some pools I have been to. While I have referred to them re focus and work ethic for my sons, I did not realize there was such a life lesson in it for me and so many others, too.
I am struggling with this at this very moment. Praying for direction
I hope I have so much more to offer. I just don’t know what. And I quake at the thought of needing to put a foot forward to find out what this might be I can offer.
Thank you for your offer!
As others have said – I’d love to win a copy – I need to find a ’cause’ for me – I feel so ‘down and dreary’ with my life at times…..so enjoy your posts tho !! Blessings…
I would love to read this book!
“It is for the person who fears she has nothing to offer but secretly hopes she’s wrong. It’s for the person who wants to be brave enough to move toward what makes her come alive.”
It definitely sounds like it’s for me, particularly at this moment. Thanks so much for your words and the giveaway opportunity.
I found this provocotive, hopeful, challenging and am still pondering what my eight feet are. Thank you for this analogy that is spurring me to look at what a christian sister has been mentioning to me: my overful plate!. I also will be sharing this.
Sounds like an awesome book!! And a great book to help you find out things about yourself!!! Hope to win a copy!!
WONDERING WHAT MY PURPOSE IS AND HOW TO FIND IT. THANKS!!
Very encouraging! It’s so true that we are told we can do or be anything we want. I’ve never thought of that as being a untrue. As a stay at home/ homeschooling mom for most of the past 10 years it gives me hope to hear that I am in my God given assignment. But I would love to read more about finding my God-given gifts.
The woman this book was written for sounds just like me. I’d love to win a copy of this book!
Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!
Help me find my place in the pool. Thank you.
Wow! That spoke straight to my soul. Thank you!
Thank you so much for putting this so simply, I would love to read more of your book. I would love to be a recipient to on of your books. Bless you,
Thank you for your encouraging words! I would love to win and read your book! God bless you as you bless others!!
Count me in for the win!
Would love ❤️ to read this book!!
Why is it so hard for some people to let others help? I am usually a one man show. Not really because I feel that I do it better, it is just easier and quicker to get it done myself. BUT I am learning that others like, yes they actually like to help me! Being a grandmother of four (two of which we are raising!) and caring for the two year old every day I think this book sounds like what I could use! Now comes the next issue of when on earth am I ever going to find the time to read it!
What an encouragement to my heart. Would love to read this book!
So many stories sitting waiting to be shared. Some buried deep inside and some right there on the surface about to explode. Mine seems to be seeping out. Creeping from my heart to find it’s way to others. Praying for God to use me to reach someone. If many, praise Him. If only one, praise Him. He is love. Would love to read this outpouring of encouragement!!
just read a bit on your blog..wow.. I am ‘art’.. what a thought. unique, a filter of God’s making for people to see Jesus through. Can I allow myself to take confidence and rest in this idea? That I don’t have to think so hard about everything would be a great relief..
thanks for teh thoughts.. if I win the book it will be additional blessing, but you’ve given me much food for thought already.
God bless you.
I love writing! I love reading! I have a girlfriend that tells me regularly,….everyone has a story to tell, you my friend, have a trilogy! 😉 Thank you for this opportunity!
What a ever-timely topic. Because of phases in life it seems the locale of our 8 ft may very well be in the shifting sands along the beach rather than beside a cement pond. Would love to read more.
This devo is exactly where I am . Focusing on who He made me o be not more and not less. Great conformation for me. The book sounds great!!
I would be honored with a book.
Thinking God is talking to me – the book looks like something I need now!
Such a great reminder that each of us has a purpose and a gift(s) from God that is/are unique to each of us, but useless if we never use them.
I would love to win this book! This came at the perfect time as I am seriously considering leaving work to stay home with my babies….a calling I’ve had on my heart for years but am finally feeling God leading me to that next step!
Thank you for all you do Lysa. Would love to win a copy of this book. I bought one for myself, but would like to be able to give one to a friend. Be blessed sweet lady.
It’s so easy to lose focus and instead try to do and be everything. I love the idea of focusing on just our “eight feet” 🙂
oh how this may help me…
In my attempt to be all to everyone each day (which of course is always a rousing success, LOL), I usually only scan my emails in order to save time, but when I saw your line, ..”for the person who fears she has nothing to offer but secretly hopes she’s wrong”, I knew God was speaking to ME! That is me, Lisa, and I thank Him that he gave you those words today. I know God has plans for me, and I know that if I stopped long enough to listen to find out what they are, He would clear the way to make them happen. I’m joining your group, Compel, Thanks for stopping long enough to let His words influence other women!
I would be very interested in reading ” A Million Little Ways….” I am unable to have children of my own, but four years ago became a step mother. Last year, after a very contentious custody case, we became the custodial parents of our children. In all of this, I have been struggling to find my way- I am mother, but I am not. I struggle constantly with stepping aside to give their bio-mom her time, and at the same time having those responsibilities heaped on me. I would really appreciate some perspective, and think that this book would be a help.
I started reading Emily’s blog because I thought her “Graceful” would be great for my daughter, only to realize that I desperately needed it too! I think the best part is that when you are following God’s plan, there is nothing to fear, especially not failure. Would love to get a hold of this book to learn more about living free to make all of life art!
I enjoy your Blog too Emily and your new book sounds great : )
I’m focusing on my 8 feet today!!! Thanks for such a timely message for me!!
Yes! This is something I’ve been wrestling with lately. I would love the chance to win a copy! Thank you
Great perspective for the day! Thanks! Your book sounds amazing!
Hi Lysa, This book will tie in nicely with your book, “She Did What She Could”. I gave some copies of it to my friends. I hope to win a copy of this new book 🙂
By the way, I am just finishing the A 21 campaign and it has been such a blessing for me. It follows on with the message of these 2 books. I always feel so helpless when problems are so enormous! But this challenge enabled me to DO SOMETHING!!! I passed it on to many friends and I hope they have done it as well.
This is something that I have struggled with for quite a while. I would love to win a copy of Emily’s book! Thank you!
This sounds like a wonderful book. I try to do things I can do but often feel I don’t live up to what I could/should be doing. Would love to read a copy.
I would love to read your book. I need some encouragement. Thanks!
Awesome message!! I have been feeling very overwhelmed at work and home! Thank you for sharing this perspective with us this morning!
Ha! I laughed out loud when I saw the pictures of GWL. Oh, the sheer terror of visiting there with my 2 kids. NOW, I can look at it with a different perspective. THANK YOU for that. We did Unglued in our bible study this fall and I enjoyed it so much. Looking forward to reading your latest as well.
Figuring out what exactly God has for me has been such a mind boggling process! I’m doing a Bible study right now that has brought it to the front of my mind, but it’s one of those studies that says “just pray.” And that advice hasn’t gotten me very far (though it’s certainly led to more prayer!). I’d love to win the book!
I am hoping to win. Sounds like an excellent book.
I love this message! I work with teenagers and it is exactly the message God has spoken to my heart over and over. Beautifully expressed.
What a great inspiration and reminder! Would love to read!! Headed over to your blog now!
I keep hearing such wonderful things about this book! What a fun giveaway 🙂
So grateful for this message this morning. Thank you. xo
This is incredibly insightful. Thank you! As a stay-home mother of 2 young children, former editor and current scattered mess, I’m desperate for God’s guidance through this sticky stage of life. Putting one foot in front of the next is hard enough when Legos scatter the floor, but I am confident he has a plan for my winding maze called life. I would love to read your book to glean more insight! Thanks for sharing!
I thank you for the encouragement to be open to ways God works that we seems to miss. With our eyes focused on the wrong things, we often miss His message! The situation makes me think of Isaiah 55 where The Lord says that his thoughts and ways are above our realm of thinking, so that we don’t “get it”.
I would love to win a copy of your new book. I am at a crossroad and am praying for a new direction.
Since the kids are grown, I have been struggling. Hope I win this.
This is a struggle for me 🙁 my own little insecurity. Can’t wait to read the book.
Wow! This message is so timely. I am wife, mother of two (1 more on the way), teacher, and small group leader. I would love to ne a winner!!
Great thoughts..thanks for the opportunity to win!
Sounds insightful and I am in the hospital pregnant on bed rest would be great to read it while I have the time!
Thank you for the opportunity to win a free copy, that itself gives hope.
Oh this does speak loudly to me, and to my hopes for my son. I have seen miracles after miracles and thank God for the blessing we have with him still here with us. I continue to struggle with how God wants me to help, to share the hope for my son and his future. Trying to be a good supportive mom, not pointing the deficits he has not overcome yet becuase he does not admit he still has those limitations from his injuries. Denial of theae and hope for a better future full of that promise that the sky truly is the limit if you believe have him treading water, really all of us are treading water. I have been praying for how we can move forward again. I would love a copy of this book and thanks for the post today….perfectly timed again!
Loved hearing you at WOF this past weekend!! Would love a copy of this new book too – have heard a lot about it and have heard some great reviews!!!
Would love to win a copy of this book.
That so describes my life in this season. Guilt and frustration, feelings of not being equipped and not even knowing what my “area of the pool” is.
Sometimes I feel like I can’t even see 8 feet in front of me; but in the grand scope, it is a tiny portion of what God has entrusted to me.
Lysa: thanks for helping me to remember, today, that I only need to be concerned about those 8 feet and not the 8 thousand feet will occupy this year or the 8 million that might occupy my lifetime.
I praise God for your work in continuing to pour into us.
Would loooooove to win a copy of Emily’s book 🙂
This is perfect timing! My three kids are all in school and I am always busy but do not know what I am supposed to be doing…i’m not sure what I want to be when I grow up. A little guidance/insight would be wonderful!
Me? I have something to offer? Only God knows.
I need this book! This is so where I’m at!
Great read this morning! Thank you.
Thank you for the reminder that I need to concern myself with what God intended for me, not for everyone else.
I love this analogy! I am searching for my 8 foot section. Would love to win and read her book.
A Million Little Ways is such a wonderful title! The majesty of our God is so amazing in the way He threads our lives in these millions of little ways. God has a “book” for me to write with His strength and wisdom. I am beside myself with amazement for what God has given me to do but am also shaking in my shoes! This book would be a great inspiration on my writing journey. Thank you for the opportunity to win this. Blessings!!
Thanks for this word and for saying that recognizing what “isn’t” is necessary to find out what “is”. I’ve been looking for my own 8 foot length of pool too!
I’m a single mom with a teenage daughter, so life is busier than ever before. I often wonder though whether my busy-ness is really doing God’s business? I don’t want to be busy just for the sake of being busy.
Your posting describes me perfectly! I am still not certain of my talents and God’s purpose for me. When volunteering for any type of job, committee, etc.. I always feel that someone else (or everybody else )can do the job better than me. Would love to win a copy of your book to help me move forward. Thank you.
What a great perspective!! For years I struggled with trying to “do it all!” It left me feeling frustrated, frazzled and exhausted. And of course unavailable to do all that I was trying to do. Slowly I am learning to only set my sights on what God calls me to do. Would love to read this book!
I don’t know what else to say but this is me! Oh my goodness, the words took my breath as I read them. I would love to read her book and I am going to look up her blog as well! Thanks for speaking what God lays on your heart that touches my heart!
What a great idea for a book! I can’t wait to read it.
I have said “no” a long time for what I knew God had planned for me. I am so thankful for his patience and love as he prepared me and changed my heart to say “yes.” Thank you Jesus!!
Life is full of little pleasures and treasure if you look for them. Would love to read this book.
Sounds like a great book! I’d love to win a copy. I have 3 little ones and I’m new at this stay-at-home mom thing. But, I’m seeking obedience in my life & felt God clearly placed me here. So, I’d also love some understanding too!
Wow… That’s exactly what I needed to read! I’ve been looking around me (comparing, wishing?) Instead of focusing on what God has called me to do as a single parent and it doesn’t lead me to trust God at all. I would so appreciate a copy of this book
I have been struggling with this issue for quite sometime…would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you, Lysa, for this post today.
At my age I feel like whatever God haf for me to do I’m way too old to accomplish it. This sounds like an amazing book to help me realize I’m never to old. I would love a copy of this to read and share.
This is exactly how I feel as I am now an “empty nester.” I have written a few poems, a couple of Bible studies, and several other short essays, but as soon as I think God may be prompting me to write more, Satan starts shouting, “Who do you think you are?!”
I need your book and would love to win a copy.
Love this post! I’d love this book!
Sounds like a fantastic book. Love discovering new authors and teachers! Hope I win.
Loved your post today. The book sounds like what I may need to read next. Thank you.
I have one more child at home and then I am definitively in this frame of mind! Now what do I do with my life? What purpose can I fulfill through God? Am I just going to continue being depressed and with drawn at home or am I going to stretch myself and make more of myself and give more of me! I honestly can admit I am struggling big time over this and want to feel I am indeed making a difference in the world! So this book sounds awesome and much needed in this time in my life right now! Thank you Lisa as always!!
Blessings and love
I am 65 years old and feel worn out; feel what is left that I can do; where did my “talent” disappear. Sometimes I feel like all my years still have something to offer, but it is like no one really wants to hear my words, feelings and even pay attention to me.
I have never enjoyed or learn so much as my bible studies have to offer. I can still learn where my “space in the pool” is needed.
I will want to read Emily’s book “A Million Little Things”. Sometimes I feel as though I can’t possibly make a difference and then I read your blog Lysa, and things like the A21/P31 challenge gave me something I could do. Thank you!
I really needed to hear this today!! I am on a journey to discover how God wants to use me for His kingdom. This book is just the springboard to help in the process!
For as long as I can remember I have tried to do every job possible….to always do more than my 8 feet. So I could feel filled and fullfilled. Its never enough and leaves me filing not good enough. Your book sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to.read it.
That’s me! I need to find MY eight feet! Thx for the giveaway 🙂
A great message to start my morning! Thanks so much for using your talent to inspire and encourage. Blessings to you!
Great post! Would love to read this book!
I’d love to win this book. Def sounds like I need to read this!
This book sounds perfect and much needed for this time in my life! I am amazed at how God gives us people like you and tools on this journey of life to help mold us and shape us for his kingdom!
Oh to be able to put on paper the thoughts in my head. Would this book help?
After reading some of the comments left, it is obvious that I am not alone…although I usually feel like I am! This book speaks to many of us and I hope I have a chance to read it!
Wow! That was amazing, just to think that I have been asking God “now what” after some years on the missionary field. Would love to win this book. Thanks and blessings
Would love to discover my 8 feet! Thanks for the words today.
Wow!! This post about limits was AWESOME and something I definitely needed to hear this morning. It certainly gives me a brand new perspective and will give me something to think about all day today. Thanks!!
Dear Lord, pick me!
Would love to find out what my 8 feet is!!! Thanks for the chance to win!
I would love to win a copy of your book “A Million Little Ways.” Thanks for the opportunity. I am reaching the end of my road and still have never felt I found my calling. Hmmmmm maybe I am just never satisfied and am reaching outside of my eight feet?
Thank you for using your many talents in encouraging and ministering to us. Truly grateful. My first thought when I read about your new book, was my daughter. She is 19 years old and has been overwhelmed for her future. She is going through a time of healing from some very difficult life experiences. Father God truly has plans for my beautiful girl!
Oops…meant to say about Emily’s new book! GRACE….
Sometimes I write, but mostly I tell myself ‘that’s silly!’. Maybe I can….
I really love this post and the analogy of the 8ft of pool space, I am trying to not only remember this for myself, but teach my 14 year old son this. He seems to have his eyes set on the enormity of life rather than his talents and trying to figure out where those will take him. Thank you for arming me with an even better way to speak to him about this…its done in small snip-its, but praying it reaches him.
Who knew that checking Lysa’s blog would cause such a stir within me! I have quite a story to tell of hope and healing from one generation to another but I am overwhelmed by the task of the telling on paper. I am signing up to read the blog.
This was a great reminder for me, and I am going to share this with my high school class today!
I always want to wander from my 8 ft of the pool- but God always brings me back- sometimes I felt like I had NO choice- and felt trapped. But I try and remember that he has already written my story, and it’s perfect. So now I look forward to each day and wonder….what has God written for today!
How much I needed to be refocused today on just my 8 ft section when my world seems too big, too messy, and too overwhelming. I don’t feel like I can do anything well these days for all I have in front of me. I need to refocus. Thank you for that reminder! (P.S. I would LOVE a copy of that book!)
Great insight! I would love to read your book.
My Dad told all his girls they could become anything God for us – it gave me a great sense of freedom rather than making me frustrated – maybe it’s because of the way I’m wired. I’d love to have a copy of the book as I’ve learned to break things down into smaller segments, it’s hard to articulate that to others & her book may be the tool that helps in sharing that truth. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
Would love a book like this!
I would love a copy of your new book! I’m a Mom of four :19,16,4,and almost 2! Very busy at home but feel the desire to do something more…….don’t know what!??? (thinking about homeschooling! Yikes!)
Thanks and God bless you! loved the article!
What a great way to look at it. The world is overwhelming but I just need to focus on and take care of my eight feet to the best of my ability.
Love the analogy of the 8 foot section of the pool/ life. Something for a SAHM to really ponder. And to share with my high school senior who has the ‘whole world’ out there but isn’t sure what to do with it. Thanks, Emily.
I adore Emily’s writing and was so encouraged by her book “Grace for the Good Girl” that some friends and I read together recently. Keep up the great work for The Lord, Emily!!!
I love the example of the indoor pool/park. I tend to get overwhelmed by all the stuff ‘I’ have to do. But am really trying to narrow down my focus so that I am not trying to solve all the world’s problems. Basically trying to hang up my Superwoman’s cape. Thanks for the note of encouragement.
Emily, what a great reminder to focus on the part of the “pool” that God meant for us to instead of trying to manage the entire “pool” at once! Thank you so much for that encouragement. I struggle greatly with taking on too much and losing focus on the things I really should be giving my time and energy to. I hope to be able to read more encouragement from your book. By the way…where is that water park?! That looks so cool! I totally agree with you about not liking indoor water parks (or anytime I have to wear a bathing suit), but my kids would love that place! 🙂
At 41 years old I left a secure business career, with a pretty good salary, to become an elementary teacher. I had a few selfish reasons, but I truly thought I would be able to impact the world for good. In a very short time I was hired and truly believe it was divine intervention that helped me land that job. Now, 13 years later I am discouraged because the job keeps getting harder and harder. I secretly think about giving up, quitting. I know however that this career is God-given and I’m choosing to stick with it! I just need a fresh filling to keep going and focusing on the positive in a million different ways.
Oh I’ve been swimming in a pool of unknowns! So thankful to see your blogpost this morning! It helps to know others have the same challenges in life! Would love the book!
Nice analogy. I have love to write and create art that inspire people. I have been praying for what to do with my projects. Sounds like this book would help give me direction. I would <3 to win a copy.
Love this! Focus, focus, focus!
I’m a newly turned 54 year old (yesterday!) and I really feel like I need some help and encouragement to find my lost art! Thank you.
I would love to have this book, sounds a lot like me!!
Would very much appreciate this book. I’ve felt a calling to write for years and I’m talented in that way but I’ve always had other time constraints. Now that I’m officially an empty nester, I’ve devoted much time to writing and love it. Am preparing my website for activation soon! Thanks so much for your encouragement and the opportunity to win this book.
This book sounds great! I can’t wait to read it. My youngest of 3 just started school this year, so I have found myself asking “now what Lord?”. Right now His answer has just been “wait”…I’m learning to be okay in the waiting. 🙂
“A Million Little Ways” 🙂 MM-MMMMM ya, sounds like a very interesting book! I have not had a steady job for over 2 years……MAYBE a “million in one ways” i will win one book !!!!!! BLESSINGS! Lorrie B.
Would love to read your book!! Hope I win!! Thank you and blessings, Barb
Very encouraging post! What a great reminder that when we are weak God is strong. Our limitations only mean that we can rely on His strength!
I was just having a conversation with someone yesterday about breaking down these huge walls in front of us brick by brick. What ever my ultimate goal, there are smalls steps to be taken that can lead me closer and closer to that goal.
One of my biggest fears is that I have nothing to offer this world. I ask myself all the time if I could do anything what would it be? And every time I don’t have a heart felt answer and I take this as a sign of no purpose, no talents, nothing to offer, etc. Whether I win this book or have to purchase my own I believe it would be a good read for me. I want to have a true heartfelt answer to the above question some day.
Wow what a great idea for a book! I know I am personally battling with Satan telling me that I can’t make a difference for the Lord. And yes I do get overwhelmed because I am trying to doing more than my 8 foot assignment! I definitely relate to this book! Praying this book is a blessing to many people. By the way I have never been to an indoor water park but I would think it would seem claustrophobic though with so many people inside.
I woke up this morning feeling overwhelmed with everything I need to do. It seems my list goes on forever. I had my quiet time with The Lord & it helped but the final piece was this blog. Thank you. Maybe I’ve taken on too much of the pool. Time to break it up into 8′ chunks.
Sounds like a good book to get me motivated. Sometimes it seems like there are so many things swirling around its hard to get control or at least a little order back.
At some point in our lives we are faced with the question, am I fulfilling my purpose. Because it doesn’t feel like it! Thanks for those opportunity!
I am trying to man the whole pool! That’s why I’m so stressed. I hadn’t considered that. Thank you.
And this book looks awesome. Can’t wait to read it.
I have been feeling so overwhelmed lately and praying about what it is God wants me to focus on but can’t seem to get there. This may be a helpful book for me.
This book sounds amazing! I would love to be better at focusing on my eight feet. Thank you for being so very relatable, Lysa!
Such a vivid description of what becomes all too often our distraction– thinking we have the whole pool to manage! I’m excited about your new book and would LOVE to read it!!!
I so needed this today. Thanks so much for allowing God to speak to me through you
I need to be awakened to the passion I know Christ has placed within me.
In order to focus on your own 8′ – a key thing is the ability to say “No”….I find that the hardest part. I need to learn to say No to those things that are not really for me, and stop wasting time! So I can focus on the most important 8′ in front of me.
My husband and I have been praying about starting a special needs ministry. I could use some encouragement! I would love a copy of your book! Thanks for your consideration!
You are the answer to my prayer and wrote this book for me – pick my name, pick my name, pick my name!
Thanks for sharing Emily! I would love a chance to win a copy of your new book! I have struggled for so long trying to figure out what my “8 foot section of the pool” is. I pray for God to show me the way, to show me what I’m supposed to do but I’m still struggling. Someday…..
p.s. I dislike indoor water parks too! What we endure for our kids. 🙂
I would love to win a copy. I love Emily’s writings and what God is doing through her.
Love the lifeguard analogy. I have a son who is a lifeguard and I will definitely share the thought with him too.
Good word. I am one that tends to be introverted, God has brought me a long way.
It is by sharing my testimony. I believe others need to hear, and as I pray, He brings those few who need to hear & see what the Lord has done for me, My 13yr old has the same tendencies & I pray God uses her in the same way, Ours is not a mission to speak to crowds, but to those onsie twosies that God brings along our path, & He does bring them….
This sounds like just the tool I need to help me get my writer’s voice speaking!
I’ve been on a path of discovery and acceptance and your book sounds like a wonderful tool for my journey…
I love the idea of using our limits as guideposts. Limits are a good thing. God has created us for a purpose. Love it!
I’ve been to the water parks and noticed the same thing – those lifeguards are serious! But, I haven’t translated it to my life as you did so beautifully. Thank you. I am overwhelmed right now by too many transitions. I know they will all turn out ok, but as I am 3 months in, the idea of another 3 months before it gets easier is terrifying! But, maybe I can survive today, maybe even this week. Thank you! I desperately needed a new perspective this morning and God sent me you. Breathing easier.
Thank you for the devotional this morning. I so often feel I’m responsible for the “whole pool”, but God has given me and gifted me for an 8′ section. Bless you for sharing this with us!
Yet again I read a post that speaks to what my heart has been tormented with – trying to be and do too much. Not allowing God to step in. It happens so easily that I loose my intimate connection with God. It’s through the more intimate relationship that I can fully rely on Him rather than letting self take over. Thank you, God for this reminder of your desire and design for us. Please help me to remember this truth and apply it to my daily life. Amen
I definitely need to read this book!!
Thank you so much for making everything real. You are so great at putting my daily life and struggles into focus,with Gods word to guide me through them.
I would love this book!
Our book club at our church in North Carolina just read Grace for the Good Girl – I think you were in my head when you wrote it. So many great take aways from that book. I do feel as though I have nothing to share – but yet I secretly hope I’m wrong. I’m preparing to share my story this weekend at a women’s event and I write a blog as well. Would love to read your new book! Thank you! http://evansvillekissels.blogspot.com
Thanks for sharing about Emily’s book. Sounds like a good read as I seek to find my purpose! Have a blessed day!
I’ve been asking God frequently lately, “Is this all there is?” My work is VERY stressful – but I truly enjoy my job. I just feel like I’m not making a difference for HIM.
In a nutshell – I’d love to read this book…
“the person who fears she has nothing to offer but secretly hopes she’s wrong. It’s for the person who wants to be brave enough to move toward what makes her come alive.” Me exactly!!! And at 56…is it just possibly too late??? I know everyone says “its never too late”. But really, sooner or later, its too late 🙁 This is how I feel.
after I read the book I would share it with my Bible study friends 🙂 we are in the grandparenting phase of this life’s journey but your message strikes a chord for us too!
This is a beautiful blog. I never thought telling my kids they could do anything could possibly be a bad thing and actually setting them up for failure.
I practice this in my own life. I do not set unrealistic goals for myself because I know (for the most part) what I’m realistically capable of doing so I do not want to set myself up to fail.
My mom always told me I could do anything and because I believed that (she is my mom after all so I have to believe her) I tested that theory. I found out I can’t do everything but I can do some things and the things I can do, the things I’m meant to do, I’m very good at.
My kids are grown now so I can’t take back the damage I may have done by telling them what all moms believe of their children “you can do anything you put your mind to”.
On the other side of the pool however, my oldest son was born blind in his left eye and the vision in his right eye isn’t good at all. I never treated him different from the other kids. I told him he could try anything (even driving which gave quite a few people mini heart attacks). I allowed him to test and find his own limits and today he is a very productive young man. He has a family. He has a real-world job he goes to every day, and every once in a while when we are going somewhere I still ask him if he wants to drive 🙂
Maybe telling our kids they can do anything is giving them the freedom to test their own limits and see just how far they can swim outside that eight foot radius.
This post sums up my plight of the past several years perfectly. And I’m absolutely exhausted from trying to keep up. To point of paralysis and wanting to give up. I can never figure out what *I’m* supposed to be doing, which section of the pool is mine to manage. So, I alternate between taking it ALL on, or burying my head and hiding altogether. Prayerful that this book could help me figure it out…
I love this book, Emily! It is the loudest ‘starting pistol’ my soul has heard and confirmation that I’m on the right track. So many of the questions i’ve asked myself over the years you answered as if you seriously read my journal and were having a conversation just with me. I would love to win a copy to give as a gift for my friend. Thanks for writing this book–can’t say enough how much it’s impacted me!
Wow, I hate the water park/pool too lol. But such an awesome story. I’d love to read the book as well.
Loved, loved Grace for the Good Girl, Emily! I have introduced “Graceful” to many of our teen girls at youth, too. Can’t wait to read your new book! Thank you for your messages to women of being enough and finding purpose – all in the context of our loving Saviour! Millions are blessed because you are living out the messages you write about! Blessings!
What a wonderful way to describe this. Excited to find this book!
I would love to explore my 8 foot section of the pool. Right now I believe it is raising our boys to know and love Christ. Still my heart is always restless…. wondering about all the other sections in the pool. It would be so freeing to put my wonderings to rest. 🙂
I will be 60 years old in 2 weeks. I don’t feel 60 (whatever that is suppose to feel like) but it has been a milestone that causes one to reflect over the years past as well as the years to come. Questions like “have I made a difference to anyone” , “am I on the path God wants me to be”, “how can I use what is left of my life to make a difference in the kingdom of God”. I am searching…….this book sounds like a gift from heaven.
I would LOVE to win this book!
What an interesting perspective!!!! Thank you!!!
This is the EXACT topic I have been struggling with for the last few years. What does my 8′ piece look like? Am I on the right track? I would love to win/read your book.
I would love to read this book. I’m a writer mama and I’m at a crossroads in my life, trying to follow the dream ahead.
Reading this touched me greatly. This is exactly how I feel life has been lately. I felt as if I was the one writing those words.
knowing that I am the 126th commentor encourages me to know that I am not alone in feeling this way – but it is something I deeply struggle with – knowing my place
Oh, how that message spoke to me. Thank you for letting me know that I am ‘normal’ 🙂 Have a blessed day!
Love this article. Great inspiration. And the book sounds amazing as well
Wow. That’s so true. Sometimes we just need to zero on and focus on the smaller picture but it that I believe God doesn’t want us to lose sight of the big picture. Thanks for sharing!
would love a copy of the book. would be perfect for me with the place i am in right now with my life 🙂
I would love a copy of this book. The feeling of being overwhelmed gets to a point for me where I feel stuck in time.
I get overwhelmed by the whole pool too many times. I have enjoyed Emily’s series on her blog this month and would love a chance to win a copy of A Million Little Ways to learn more about the art I was born to make.
I love you Emily ❤️
Thank you for showing me that I had turned into the lifeguard of the whole pool. I need to figure out how to go back to just focusing on my eight foot section. It seems like that’s a hard enough parameter.
Wow! This is one of those posts that smacks you in the face like a cold rush of wind!
My father has always told me that I’m a “Jack of all Trades, but a King of None”. Though it sounds harsh, he means well and speaks from his own life experience. His encouragement to me has always been to focus on doing one or two things well, instead of dabbling in everything. Though his words have lingered in my mind throughout my life, this “dabbling” of sorts continues to plague me.
In the end, however, Dad’s advice has come full circle and I find myself staring at a number of boundaries and limitations (not set in place by me) that are forcing me to give up my “royal” title.
Emily’s life-giving words this morning reinforced an idea that was already forming in my subconscious. Our constant struggle with finances, though seemingly negative and limiting, has actually opened up an opportunity for me to explore and marry two areas that have interested me for some time – natural living and cooking.
As the expression goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Due to our limited resources and my head-strong desire to not consume the over-processed, nutrient-lacking foods so typically purchased by those struggling financially, I have learned the art of making practically everything from scratch. Just to name a few (and then I’ll be done, I promise): laundry detergent, flour, bread, yogurt, beef & chicken stock, beans, crackers, and so on. So, thank you, Emily, for helping me to see yet again, that my Dad is right. 🙂 I have found great joy and excitement in my new endeavors, and we’ll see what avenues open up down the road.
Thanks for listening! LG
Glad to know I’m not alone in my search…….thanks for being bold and being honest for all women!
This looks like an amazing book. I recently found one of my passions and that is encouraging women in Bible study by being an OBS Small Group Leader yet I wonder if there is more that God would like me to do. Perhaps OBS is my 8 feet, perhaps not-seeking God for His direction. 🙂
Isn’t is amazing how often we see ourselves in a post like this and wonder at God’s timing. Like many, I can see myself in the post and the book. I would love to win this book as a resource to seek God’s plan in my life.
Thank you for the great perspective this morning.
If those lifeguards tried scouring the whole pool, lives might be lost. We take on more than we should and wonder why it doesn’t work. Great post.
I so need this book. Thank you!
This was a much-needed post today. I’m beginning the soul-searching task of deciding if I should become a doula. I feel like I’m meant to help others. I miss feeling like I’m helping others. I don’t know if this is the way I’m supposed to do it, or if it is just one more way ill be over extending myself or over committing or never giving myself a moment to rest. But I sure hope it is the direction I should be going. I would also love for my husband to read this book. I’m sending this post to him to give to his band students to serve as an amazing pep talk in the middle of the marching season. Thanks for the perfect encouragement today!!
This message couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time in my life. Thank you for your insight. Loved the lifeguard illustration. Blessings to you!
I would LOVE to read this book! I get so caught up in the whole pool. Assuming not only that it’s my responsibility, but that I have to handle it all perfectly! PERFECTLY!!! Knowing full well that I am anything but perfect. I think it’s a woman thing.
I am slowly learning (or should I say accepting) that I can only do so much. I’m asking God each day to show me what HE has planned for me. No more, no less. Yes. Just my 8 feet of pool.
Emily’s book sounds very encouraging – and to breathe in the midst of chaos is always a good thing!
Thanks Emily. This is an analogy I can understand. And my pool was getting too big. I need to find my place and hang there!
Wonderful insights to ponder and pray about! I signed up for your blog and newsletters… looking forward to reading more! Blessings!
Thanks for the encouragement today.
I need this book! I’ve been struggling with trying to find my place all my life. I am now forty, unemployed, and trying to figure out “now what?” after a huge setback to my career (that I’m not sure was my right fit anyway). Everyone says to follow your dreams, but I’m not sure what mine are… I feel so lost.
Oh, I love your thought about our limitations maybe being God’s guideposts for us. Rather than being frustrated by them, we can embrace them!
I’m thinking about joining Compel…
This book would be of great help to me, no doubt. I do pray everyday that God would open doors he wants me to go through and close the ones He doesn’t. It takes away the opportunity for me to misunderstand what He wants for me. It has worked so far and I’ve been able to follow my military ministry to places I never thought I’d go, all being led, hand in hand with God.
I LOVE indoor water parks. No sunscreen needed. It does smell a bit but the stable weather conditions make up for it for me.
Excellent blog post, thank you! I would love to have this book 🙂
I would love to win a copy! I have never read any of her books and would love to!
I am that girl that feels like I’m standing at the pool and there are a million things out there and I could be doing any one of them……but I have no idea which one is the one God is calling me to do. That makes me feel lost and unfocused. 🙁
That is exactly how I feel about those indoor water parks! The book sounds great……would help me as I continue my journey of finding God’s purpose for me.
Assisting in finding this “sweet spot” in this life is what I feel my main job is right now as I homeschool my boys. What are their challenges and how do those bring out special talents? Where is God calling them to use their special package? feel like I’m blessed many days to be watching over my assigned spot in the pool and fairly successful at it. Other days I wonder if I’m even watching the right pool! I look forward to reading this book and hearing God’s guidance in this area.
Sometimes there’s so many commitments, with work, kids, home, and sometimes even church, that it becomes easy to forget you don’t have it all to do. You can say no sometimes to have only my 8 feet, I will have to remember that.
Thank you for this post! It is always a good reminder that we do NOT have to do it all, even though the world is constantly screaming at us to the contrary. What matters is what God has for me…that is where I should focus…help me, Jesus!
My 16-year-old daughter IS an indoor water park lifeguard and has learned valuable lessons about focusing on just her eight feet of the pool. But her mama struggles with this same focus…too often I am trying to cover too much territory and accomplishing little.
Your message spoke to my heart. I am working on my spiritual gifts and where God wants to use me. This book sounds like it is just what I need to read right now. Thank you!
My mom always told me that I could do anything that I wanted to do. You described my life perfectly. I am 41 years old and have held so many jobs that I can’t count them all. I’ve been in search of what I’m supposed to be doing my entire life. I felt I could do anything; that I could watch the whole pool. I’ve been a flight attendant, a sales person, a 7th grade school teacher to name a few. I’ve went back to college last year for interior design. That has been a life long passion so I thought that must be it. God called me away from it last December. This past August I went back to teaching because I thought God had given me that gift so that must be it. I quit in September because I figured out really quick that that wasn’t it. I really need this book. I need to find my 8 feet. I’m tired of searching. I’ve prayed for guidance, but evidently I’m in a waiting phase, which I’m ok with. I need to work for my family, but want to find where God has plans to use me for my 8 feet.
This sounds like me “for the person who fears she has nothing to offer but secretly hopes she’s wrong. It’s for the person who wants to be brave enough to move toward what makes her come alive.”. I would love a copy of this book! Just this description stirs hope in me.
I am a teacher, mother and wife. I am always feeling as if I’m failing at all three. I also have a feeling I should be doing more, but what? I struggle with the unknown and doubt.
Can’t wait to read Emily’s new book! I am tired of allowing fear to sideline the words that God has given me to share with others. Thank you for your beautiful words, Emily (and Lysa!)!
Yes, please! For the artist in me. She is buried underneath the weight of expectations, mostly my own!
I so need to know where my part of the pool is. I tend to be the one trying to control the whole pool, and at times missing things in my eight foot section!
Currently struggling to figure out the boundaries of my “8 feet”. Thank you for helping me see that its ok not to take on the world! Often in that attempt I come out feeling inadequate.
I can so relate to this blog post today. I know that I was made for some great purpose and have been trying to figure it out, but of course I keep looking at the whole pool and feel like I come up short! There have been occurrences in my life that I feel I have repeated which has lead me to realize that I was not made for that particular job or situation. As I continue to grow older I have shortened down my section and am getting closer to my 8 feet!
My children are in college, the love of my life has been gone for seven years and I am feeling I have nothing more to offer this world. I’m only in my 50’s but I am stuck in the past. I pray that this book will help me move forward. Thank you.
Thank you, Emily, for this encouraging, grace-filled devotion this morning. I love your writing and it would be a blessing to read more in “A Million Little Ways”!
A great reminder that I don’t need to take care of the whole pool – just my part!
It is so easy, for me anyway, to become distracted by all of the things I want to do, think I need to do, things others want me to do, and just so many possibilities. I often forget to stay focused on the things God has asked me to be responsible for. My dad used to tell me that it is better to do one thing really well than to do a lot of things half-way. He’s right. When I say yes to too many things, I become overwhelmed and end up not able to give my best. I also question a lot if the things I’m focused on are the right things. I need to trust that The Lord will speak to my heart when or if things need to change. Until then, I need to focus on the path in front of me that The Lord is lighting.
Thanks for the reminder today.
I would love to read Emily’s book! I’ve heard so many great things about it. Thank you for the opportunity! Cindy
This is the very thing I have been struggling with for a while now. With two children in college and another one at home, I feel like sometimes I am just keeping my head above water. The expenses are staggering and so, for now, I am working full time to help with them. In the meantime, I have lost the little bit of creative me. The book sounds like a wonderful motivation to get back to that part of me I long to express. The college kids graduate next May…there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
I am a single mom with too much on my plate. I would love to read your new book.
This book sounds so interesting. I would love to read it. Thanks for addressing such need meeting subjects.
I have struggled with figuring out what I’m doing with my life for years! It’s caused major depression and anxiety to the point of medication. I keep searching for ways to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing but still have no idea. This book looks like an awesome resource!!
I am a Mother of two beautiful children, I work FT, and am a FT mother, work is stressfull and trying to balance the life of a mother and work is pure craziness. I would love to read your book, it sounds very inspiring.
This is something I have been struggling with for a while now. I feel like I have all these things I can do and ways I can serve, but can’t figure out what God wants me to do. I just want to serve Him…looking for how.
I know I will have a part of the pool but that pool is still under construction. I know God has something in the works for me, it is just not specifically defined yet. I am moving soon and Satan has been on the attack because he doesn’t want us to be in this new house. God gave us this house to do His work but again that hadn’t been defined yet. In the waiting & praying mode! ☺️
I would love to read this book.What do I have to offer? That is my question
Inspiring. And I also hate indoor water parks 🙂
They’re the worst!
The words “the person who fears she has nothing to offer but secretly hopes she’s wrong” are words I have often wondered. I feel those around me are so sure what they are suppose to do and sometimes I feel I am stuck and have no idea where I am going. I am ready to do what the Lord wants me to do but not sure what that is.
This post was a timely gift of grace from God’s heart to mine! This morning, I was qliterally rewriting chapter titles for a book that has been conceived, yet still embryonic and still yet unannounced. Still savoring the sweetness that the lover of my soul has truly embedded this seed of a message within me!
Anyway, the chapter title “Captivating Liberty: Freedom’s Inspiration to the Artful and Abundant Life” was today’s big moment of clarity as I cried out for wisdom regarding this message, and in the middle of my quiet time I was led to pick up my phone and read Lysa’s blog. Whoosh…floods of confirmation, liberation and inspiration entered my soul with Emily’s words. Maybe it’s the sisterhood of mutual former good girls, liberated to live as grace girls, but this morning’s message resonated like a “grace gong” in my heart and I can not wait to read more!!
Looking so forward to heaven and I’m already planning a little party to thank long-distance mentors and surrogate mothers who discipled me through their writings…Emily and Lysa…thank you from the bottom of my heart for being vessels of wisdom and life into the body of Christ!!!
Thank you for the reminder to start my day focused on what He wants me to do. :0)
Thank you for your Godly and thoughtful insight. I always look forward to your writings and can relate so closely just about every time.
I would love to read the book and discover more of what God has in store for me.
Emily, Thanks for the timely reminder. At times, it’s so easy to see what others are doing and how they are being used, and wanting to ask “Lord, pick me! Pick me!” and yet, He has called me to be faithful in my little corner of the world…and to make a difference in the lives He has put into my life.
You’re welcome, Melanie.
I think I know what I’m meant to do, but I just don’t know how to get there and when. In the meantime, I put my faith in the Lord, wait to see what he brings to me (and what he doesn’t) as the rest of my life develops.
Sounds like a nice plan if you ask me.
I needed this today! I need to stop focusing on the million reasons why I think I cant do it and foucus on the main reasons I NEED to do it! Thank you!!
I don’t know if I have a gift of expressing my thoughts about the Lord through words but I would like to explore and see if I do.
I would love to read Emily Freeman’s book. I have been a stay at home since I found out I was pregnant with our first child. We now have three kids (8 yr old boy, 12 yr old boy, 14 yr old girl). I homeschooled the older two for four years. They are now all in school and it has been two years since they were home. I am now trying to figure out what I am supposed to do next. I have gotten involved in many different things because I feel like I should but I am still not quite sure what my calling is. I run the MOPS/MomsNext group at our church, am a Cub Scout Den Leader, Nursery Admin asst at church, substitute teacher at the kids school, bookkeeper at home for a couple of our businesses.,,,I have had words spoken into my life that I am to rescue children, strengthen moms and build families – but I have no idea how!!!
Wow! I initially just vaguely started skimming this today but then you got my attention!! I am a mom of 4 all but grown kids w/just my daughter left at home & have been pondering some of these same questions for the past few yrs as my kids started leaving home!! What am I to do now? I feel inadequate & useless at times & really want to know what God wants me to do now for His Glory not mine!! I think some of my child raising was focused on myself at times instead of on Him! I would love a copy of your book! Maybe my name will be picked who knows! Thanks for sharing about my need to focus on my 8 ft!
Glad we got your attention, Terri!
This sounds like just what I need! I would love to win a copy.
I have always wondered if what I want to write would be good enough. I would love to find out.
Wonderful post! This sounds like a great book.
What perfect timing thisnpost had in my life!
I think this would be a wonderful book to have it would help me and help the mentors i lead to see how everyone has a creative aspect to them as we are made in the image of God. I have difficulty letting myself go because i want it to be the finalproduct right away the first time. This book goes with where God is working in me we all have a redemptive story and are called to express it for His glory.
Woke up this morning thinking about this very subject. God is so good.
I would love to read your book as I am looking to see what God has in store for me to do.
Emily Freeman’s books have been recommended to me by my sister-in-law. I just haven’t found the time to pick one up and read it. Would love to win a copy so I can enjoy a weekend of relaxation and reading. Thanks.
Thank you for this I’ll have to get the book. I’m searching for what God wants me to do from here. I’ve been involved in several areas at Church but not sure now where my place is. Most times I’ve tried to be everything to everybody including my family. But these two sentences really helped me today, thank you:
“Could it be possible that the reason we are so overwhelmed is because we are focused on the whole pool, forgetting our own eight-foot assignment?
You have a job to do and it won’t look like mine or his or theirs. It looks like yours. It isn’t the whole pool, but it’s still important.”
Again thank you for the words.
I needed this message today. Thank You!
For so many years I have tried to take on the entire pool, so that I could be filled and fulfilled. I have felt for so long that I am not good enough to be anything but the sinner I am…..Your book sounds so wonderful, can’t wait to read it!
Thank You for this post. i am at a point where I have discovered that I have been trying to cover more than my 8 feet of the pool. i am coming out of a season of feeling overwhelmed and defeated. The key now is to discover what my 8 feet are and have the courage to move into that. I think I know what it is but the feeling or uncertainty can be overwhelming.
Seems like I am surrounded by cancer. My Aunt has stage 4 liver cancer & my niece just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Even, on sunday at Mass my Pastor said that he has a friend going through pancreatic cancer. Wow!! I am caregiving a 108 yr. Old person and she is still walking, talking and all she worries about is “who is going to bury me?” I wonder why some people get these awful diseases and what they go through with chemo . Sometimes, it doesn’t feel like it is fair. I feel their pain and all I can do for them is pray for them and listen to them. Maybe God is revealing himself to me through this so I can minister to them. Lord, give me strength to be there for eveyone and everything that is happening around me. You are in control . You are my Light and my salvation. Amen.
Thank you for this post! I am always looking at the massive pool instead of the water around me! Your post really spoke to me, this book sounds perfect too!
I am trying to grow my Mary Kay business and truly want God to be my CEO, but I have a hard time focusing on the task at hand. I look way into the future trying to see where I will be with my business in the future. I truly believe this book could help me in so many ways, not just my Mary Kay business.
Your book sounds great for my nieces. The oldest tells classmates she is adopted instead of keeping to herself. She’s been bullied throughout school. Why I don’t know. Jealous girls cuz she’s pretty or very comfortable talking with guys. She seems to flirt/chat in my view. I worry that she’s too focused on pleasing peer group vs find her own way. I believe God gives us trials to strengthen us for his purposes. She doesn’t see her gifts nor her inside internal value. I want to get your book to read myself to remind me of God’s purposes for our lives. I’ve had lessons in relationships and now in divorce from husband after 14 years. It is making me stronger in believing in God and my truth. We are in small town. Challenges me not to talk about him, yet he tells untruths about me. Without Gid, verses, other Godmy women and reading scripture I would’ve quit and not been given fair settlement. He is offering zero. I invested my savings in home remodels. So lessons at age of 59.
I struggle with this as well. I’ve been a stay at home mom for 13 years. I love it but sometimes feel like I’m not doing enough. I needed to read this post!! Thanks!!
Wow! Your book sounds like it’s exactly what I need to be reading right now. I love God’s perfect timing. I started writing a blog during a serious illness a few years ago and want found that people enjoyed my writing and found it inspirational. What a surprise! I long to continue writing to encourage and inspire women to be in health in all ways – emotionally, physically, spiritually and in relationships. It’s my heart’s desire to bring glory to God by helping His daughters heal.
Thanks for these words of encouragement today. They hit home.
Wow! I need to read this. I homeschool my children and am always telling myself that is my priority, that is where my goals need to lie. But then ministries at church come up and other services. My vision gets larger and I get overwhelmed. I need to learn to focus on my “8 feet”!
I am a lump of clay. I’ve been a lump of clay for a long time. Just sitting there…happy to be just sitting on a shelf. But GOD…. Oh! How He woke up this blob of inactivity! It took watching my husband’s heart stop and nearly losing him…waiting…waiting…and crying out to my heavenly Father–the only One who could make a difference. Only He didn’t just save my husband’s life. He saved mine…from being totally self-absorbed, useless. He showed me that I am His art project–He wants me to be a beautiful work of His. But He had to bring me to a willingness to be putty in His hands…for Him to hold me and mold me. Oh, Lord, may I be exactly what You have designed me to be!
Thank you Emily Freeman for finding and living your art and helping me find mine <3
You’re welcome, Donna!
I am a Christ follower; a wife; a mother; a grandmother; a connection group leader and I am employed in a management position. I find my self feeling that I don’t have any real talents or callings. I see all the outstanding accomplishements of many of my Christian friends and I feel that I have nothing to offer. This is a helpless and overwhelming feeling. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom. I have never thought of how important it is to just focus on my eight feet! Awesome.
This is exactly what I have been muddling through as of late. I am seeking God for my “part of the pool” so to speak. I feel like I am late (40+ years old), but God is good and faithful.
Thank you for sharing your gift.
Sounds like a great book! Would love to read it.
Right words at the right time! So needed to hear those words today. Been feeling a little overwhelmed and ill-equipped for a new leadership positon as MOPS coordinator for my church. Just a reminder when He calls someone to do a ministry He will provide exactly what we need along the way.
Love the title!
Emily, I have been going through this for years! I believe your book and you’re story will help me greatly! I would love to read your words of wisdom!
Wow!! Encouraging words. Sometimes it seems impossible to see what our “art” is supposed to be. Thanking you for the reminder that mine isn’t like anyone else and I just need to seek God’s plan, not what others think.
I love the title of your book…it’s not always the huge big deals but the million little ways! 🙂
The blog was very inspiring, and I’d love to read this book. As a retired teacher who is dealing with health issues, I feel as if I’m not doing what I should be doing anymore. In fact I’m not sure what I should be doing.! I just want to follow God’s plan for me.
Some very interesting things have happened in my growing relationship with God, and as scary as it is, I know they’re not just for me. I’m supposed to share them via a book. However, it’s all so bizarre and atypical (“Does God really interact with people like THAT?!?!”) that I can’t imagine anyone else ever wanting to read it. Not only that, I know absolutely nothing about publishing and marketing. But I do know how to write and proofread, so I’m choosing to do what I know to do – taking those baby steps now and trusting God to show me what to do next. Please enter me in the drawing for “A Million Little Ways.” Thank you!
I definitely need to add this book to my growing library, thank you for sharing. I recently lost my son, and this was something that weighed heavy on his heart. He always wanted to make a difference and struggled with feeling that he was not equipped to do so. My husband and I want to do something to honor his memory and we too are having a difficult time figuring out what exactly this might be.
Something in this post made me tear up. Perhaps God wants me to explore . . .
This sounds like a good book. I would love to have it.
This is just what I needed this morning! Such a revelation! My whole life I have been so busy trying to sore as high as I could….when I only have to worry about 8 feet. Such a relief! Thank you!
Thank you for pushing. For reminding me that I need that pushing. For being gloriously irritating enough to force growth. Or at least shame me into it.
You rock, girlfriend.
thank you for your encouraging enlightening words every day! you are an inspriration.
I struggle with this constantly. I don’t seem to have any talents, I can’t sing, I don’t play an instrument, I don’t feel comfortable teaching. I pray for God to give me a burden every night which is difficult for me because I’m scared of the burden he wi give me
I always wanted to be a writer. A man once told me, if I hadn’t written by now I never would. Then the dream died. I wonder what would have happened “if”…..so sad!
The book sounds so good – What an exciting read!!
To know the path that God is leading you toward is a gift and it doesn’t seem everybody gets to see their path years in the making. Here I am in my late 30’s working in a career where I feel I have totally missed my calling. The door is being knocked on but I keep opening the wrong door. I feel like my eight foot section of the pool is still unmanned and I can’t find it. I would love to read your book and be inspired to find my section of the pool. I know it is out there.
Amazing how this idea of doing something I am unsure of, keeps coming back. I have written several children’s stories, but, have never had them published. I don’t know the next step. God is speaking to me about creating more stories. I think He is giving me gentle taps on the shoulder. haha! God is saying, “Don’t worry, Melissa.” Thank you for your message today, Lysa. 🙂
I think the biggest thing is trying something new and having it blow up in your face over and over again. Finally, you give up.
I have ideas on help out but I don’t have any strategies and I’m asking people including strangers but nothing is coming together. Maybe it’s not God timing yet but I want to do so much for those who are less fortunate one of them is i want to build a home for those school age children (not a daycare) but a place where they can grow spiritually. I know it will not be easy but so many times these children have no one to talk too, express their feelings, or don’t know where there own gifts are. How do I know? I really don’t but being an only and being around older people it is hard for me to related to my own generation because when I was younger I also had a speech impairment and was on the borderline of disability because I would study so hard and still get an average grade so I was teased and I knew if I came home and when I tried to share my feelings oh you’re two sensitive. However, my parents BEFORE they were MARRIED came from a different lifestyle for my Mom was a nun, my Dad was a priest. However, this past year God called me to walk a different paths of my parents. Yes, I told them in tears because I knew this wouldn’t please them but I found a Church where I am at peace and where God has blessed me with wonderful mentors, Truthseekers and also some jobs and compliments. In addition, I accepted Jesus as my Savior last year and this year and God gave me this desire to be Baptized and on April 14, 2013 I did. It’s been amazing how God has opened my eyes; I was so blind and lost but thank God for His Amazing Grace for I have been found. For I was praying about an issue and how to express it to someone in a loving way. Hmm told one person but was still afraid or inferior to this mentor however, this mentor confirmed my conviction of idolatry. Was it hard to hear oh yes, did I feel rejected yes but I was so surprised how I responded to this e-mail. I replied. Thank you for sharing your concern and you’re correct not because you say so but because God is opening my eyes and this is the big issue and learning to walk this way is Hard but I know God is peeling off my mask so strangers and everyone could see the true me. Am I there yet..no…will I be…I wish but I know it’s all for God’s glory. So I thank God for this blessing of this mentor who had the guts to tell me the truth. I know it was tough for this mentor to tell me her concern and even though I responded well..My actions turned to gossip due to the hurt and I knew that wasnt right but that’s another way of God is teaching me to in a scripture verse.. Be swift to hear,slow to speak,slow to anger. James 1:19 So I want to help these children of all ages not for the works but to be obedient to God.
Learning to focus on only my 8ft section of the pool can be hard!
I am leading our spiritual growth movement at church and have been feeling drained unt 2 weeks ago when through prayer God gave me hope. I loved this blog today. I just need to focus on my 8 feet of the pool. Thanks.
This book sounds like a great way to refine my focus and that it would be a wonderful study for my small group girls. Thank you Lysa for letting God lead you to using your talents to inspire all of us.
Sounds like an awesome book!
This book sounds like an amazing read!! I would love to have it!!
Wow looks awesome would love to read this with my daughters.
Needed to read this………….
Boy, does this title discribe a need in me. I have never looked at myself as an arty person. I have always admired the art ability in those around me but have always been afraid to try anything on my own. Thanks.
It is hard to believe in yourself when were always told you wouldn’t amount to anything as a child. I want to prove to those people that I can do so much more through Christ.
I love to see God work. I have been praying recently, “God, use me. I don’t know where. Point me.” I have big ideas but I want them to be HIS ideas, too. I would love and appreciate a copy of this book.
This looks like an awesome book! I have been wanting to write my story for years. I have started but never finished. This would be a great help!
I would love to read your book it sounds like it will fit right in with the season of life I am in. Thanks Lysa for letting God use you to bless so many. Shalom
“If you desperately fear you have nothing to offer, but secretly hope you are wrong…”
– Sounds like me! Would really appreciate “A Million Little Ways” both for myself and my girlfriends =)
This was the perfect thing for me to read today. I have been struggling with this very thing. Thank you for this posting and opportunity.
I’m 60 years old and have never felt like I had anything special to offer; but I trust the Lord and I know that somewhere deep inside my God given gift is screaming to get uncovered. It’s buried so deeply I can’t seem to dig it out on my own. I’m retired now and desperately wanting to spend the rest of my life doing what God intended me to do. Help, I need to figure out what it is. Could this book be just what I need??
What a cool book! Can’t wait to read it!
This article is so true. There are millions of women trying to “do it all” and falling short. Many of them seek prescription meds & other things to help them cope. I am so thankful for mentors in my life who taught me to discover my God given gifts & talents which helped me to identify my “8 foot section of the pool.”
Sounds like a great book and one that I need to read!
Unfortunately, I am one of those that tries to cover the WHOLE pool. Comparision is a cruel thing, but it is what I do best. Comparing what I lack and can’t do instead of focusing on what I can do and what I was called to do. I’m surely working on it daily, with imperfect progess and it is a struggle, but God is guiding me.
Wow….God has perfect timing! I am at a point in my life where I have a couple of big decisions to make for my career and what direction I want or need to go in. This book I know could help me find some answers! Loved this topic and post. Thanks!
Thank you! I needed this timely encouragement. I always think that I have to be in charge of “life guarding” an Olympic sized pool. I am praying for God to help me sharpen my focus on the part of the pool He has designed me to guard.
I would love to receive your book! It’s always been my desire to write a book and now that we are retired and spend a few months a year in Arizona, where I am free of distractions,it is a great time to try. Your book would be so helpful!
This has been the story of my life. I spent a career doing something I was good at, but felt empty doing. There had to be something I was missing. I would have these dreams, but then the doubt would creep in: you can’t do that, you have no talent, you have no experience, you have no education, you are getting too old. And instead of finding a beginning, I jump to the end. I quit. And I am filled with a longing for something that I have yet to discover.
Amen. When we tell our kids they can do anything, we are telling them a lie. We were all created for a purpose and our journey on this earth is designed to help us discern that call.
As in the search for a “needle in a haystack”, I am walking, working, and searching for my “key in the haystack” to see and work in “the purpose that My Father created me for.
I have always wondered what is my “art”. I would love to read this book.
I accepted Christ 2 years ago (at 39 yrs old) and am trying to find my way with The Lord by surrendering my life to Him. It’s because of this that I am turning over a new leaf… or leaves. I would love to read this book in hopes to provide me with not only encouragement, but a plan in keeping Him, rather than myself, at the center.
I would SO love this book. I was just reading a comment from one of my friends on FB, how she doesn’t feel like she is measuring up, being a mom and wife with 2 little ones. I tried to encourage her, saying that voice is the voice of lies and we need to listen to the Voice of Truth! The Voice of Truth tells us that we are strong in Jesus and are doing great at being a mommy and wife. I just got done reading and doing a Bible study “A Confident Heart” and did the Unglued study this summer. I sell myself short SO many times. I stay at home with my precious babes and in the quiet is when satan tries to sell me his lies. I have goals (like writing a book!) and don’t really know how to get started! I could really use this book to help me! So, Thank You!! God Bless! Julie
Overwhelmed because I’m looking at the whole pool? Oh yeah, I get that. An 8-foot section seems much more managable. Would love to read the book!
Even after all these years, I’m still trying to figure this out. Thanks, Emily, for daring to put to paper the thoughts that I’ve been thinking for a long time. I’d love to read your book and sort it out some more.
I have spent most of my life trying to figure out what I “want to be when I grow up”… I am 51 years old.. lol
I probably could use this book!
What a motivating message to start the day with! Thank you for so often seeing inside the hidden places of the heart and speaking the right words to give me some impetus to change and to do something different.
For years I have thought about writing, but in my perfectionism have been reluctant to even start, and in the struggle to provide a living for myself and my children have not forged out the time nor expended the effort to get beyond a title. 🙂
Thank you for reminding me that Christ is my ability and that faithfulness to what He puts before me each day is where my effort should go.
I can relate to your feelings about indoor waterparks! Hate them. But I too was super impressed with those lifeguards. They take their job seriously!
I have a story to tell but I am afraid to take a leap, write it down, and finally send it to a publisher. So need to read your book!
Due to recent financial reversal I’m considering dropping my enrollment in COMPEL….
I want each part of my life to be yeilded to GOD’s will including this rekindled desire to write and believe HE guided me to COMPEL to glorify HIS name.
Of course I have no idea what to write so I keep asking HIM. So do I even continue without direction?
Truthfully I don’t think I have a book in me and don’t know why I’m being led in this direction… But I want to be obedient to the leading of CHRIST.
As an empty nester, the new Leader of Woman’s Ministries in our church and working 10.5 hours a day my plate is joyfully full and yet this “writing” will not leave me.
Truthfully I can’t put pen to paper without direction.
My education and childish pursuits lend themselves to writing so it’s not entirely foreign but certainly hard to “narrow down”.
So the answer wasn’t in this mornings blog but the encouragement to keep seeking GOD in my area of the pool was… Perhaps if GOD is willing I will find a way to read the featured book…
If not I know HE is faithful and as I continue seeking HIS face and follow in obedience, HE will direct my steps no matter what the cost.
I can totally relate to this as a professional turn SAHM, who is now searching and eagerly tring to hear God’s call in my life; and to be OK with it even if it seems so small.
This sounds like the perfect book for me. How I struggle with thinking I have much significance when I cannot remember the last encouraging word I’ve had spoken to me by anyone
Buenos Dias Emily!
I recently started reading your blog and receive your emails. You are a great inspiration to me. I have fallen away from my passion of writing and leading young adults due to my own issues. I feel that my coma is over. I want to be brave enough to move toward what makes ME come alive. I crave it. I need it and want it desperately. Thank you for being obedient to Gods calling in your life.
For years I have tried to please too many people and felt guilty if I didn’t do things that were asked of me. This has been especially true in my work at church. I am learning that it’s ok to simply say no. I think that if you enjoy what you’re doing and you’re good at it, it’s probably a gift or strength that God has given you. I desire your prayers as I continue to learn not to over commit.
Thanks for your writings. They are such a Blessing to me!
I would love to with A Million Little Ways because I do feel that there is something else out there for me; I’m just not sure how to get there! By the way Lysa, God has definitely given you a gift. You have a way with words that is so comforting! I always look forward to your emails. Have a beautiful, blessed day!! And thank you!!
I love the 8′ of pool / lifeguard analogy – I was a lifeguard growing up. I have that perspective but I often worry do I raise my eyes up enough to see the bigger picture also – so I know where my 8′ of pool fits into the grand scheme of things…
There’s something inside me longing to get out. To make a difference. To be alive again. I would love to read this book!
I’m really looking forward to reading your book, Emily! I know God has called me to write, and He’s spent the last two years teaching me that. Now I’m waiting for His timing to take the next step while praying for courage to be bold and put myself out there.
Your message makes so much sense. I often wonder what my ‘purpose’ is in life and if I am supposed to be doing bigger or more noticeable things for God. I am a wife and mother. I view these as my most important callings at this point in my life. I also work a full time job from a home office which I enjoy very much. I often find myself wishing that I could write moving blogs or give inspirational talks. Writing is not a gift of mine. My work does involve training large groups of people from time to time and I do enjoy that but that training is never about things of “importance” – just job related training. I have such peace after reading this blog that perhaps my circle of influence is limited to this ‘8 foot’ length of pool that has been assigned to me for the moment. Thank you for your message!
Oh my goodness! I just had this conversation with my coach yesterday. I told him that I’ve been in this place of neither here nor there and not feeling like I am living up to the potential God created in me. I struggle with efforts at work and efforts in ministry and the community… where do I invest? He said I should read 48 Days to the Work You Love and I immediately went to Amazon to purchase. I think I’ve known for most of my life that God wants to do great things through me, but my confidence has wained and my scepticism that I could be used for great things has held me back. I’m sure this would be a great book to help me as I seek to understand God’s path for my life. TY!
I love the analogy and logic used. It makes so much sense but I’ve never heard someone say it and it makes you feel better about your role, your sphere of influence – you still have a calling, even if it isn’t for the whole swimming pool!
I love that you are focusing on art! I am a Homeschool mom (3 still home), I have a small notecard business that I have been working at growing for the past 3 years in between caring for my elderly parents. Beauty and encouragement is why I started my business. I need to create things or I feel withered and dry…I believe that being creative is one of the ways that we have been made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). With caring for my parents, the load was taking it’s toll on me and my family. In the midst, the Lord has been dismantling a lot of wrong thinking about being faithful to Him. I would love to read your book, Emily! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
This is right on time for me! I was just having this very discussion with my husband on Sunday night. I can’t wait to read this book and begin to put a plan into action! Thank you!!!
As I have been in a season of waiting for what the next step is, and fearing I may not be ‘up to” doing what that is, I am searching for strength to help me be brave enough to step into the new season. My past dreams have been put on hold, now I wonder if I am qualified to attain those dreams. This book looks like what I may need to help encourage me as I start this new journey.
I feel as though this e-mail was something I needed to hear. I have been struggling as to what to do next in my life. The lack of confidence in my ability to do the next thing has been something I have not been able to let go since being laid off in 2012. The book you are offering today by Emily P. Freeman seems to be something that will be helpful to me in letting go of that fear.
Thank you and God Bless
I’m sure every woman out there could say that this book would be perfect for them and I try not to be cliche, but this book is perfect for me! I hope I get the blessed opportunity to read it. Thank you!
I would love to read this book! I wear many hats & would like some wisdom!
–Going forward where God is leading…waiting and dreaming and planning where He has not yet spoken to move. There’s lots of dreaming and wonder going on!
It was so encouraging to think that and be reminded that we are all unique and the things that we think are in our way are actually there to help us get past our limitations.
Thank you for sharing! God bless you today!
I love this post. I never thought of not being to do everything. I always do what ever is asked of me and do it to the best of my ability…that would be the ability God has given me. I never thought of not being able to do it. Now someone might do it better but I would do it. Oops I guess I need to rethink my thoughts.
Sounds like a must read book!! This is exactly what I have been feeling lately. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
I find the 8 foot assignment stress relieving and encouraging.
Thank you for this blog. I’ve just started reading it, recommended by a friend. I am always overwhelmed with so much in my life, that I feel I can’t accomplish anything. I tend to look at everything instead of focusing on what’s in front of me. I hope and pray that God would show me His plan and direction for my life.
You know what you’ve read applies to you when you get tears in your eyes. Lately I’ve been pondering how God can use (even) me. Thank you for your encouragement. Praying blessings over you and your family!
I would love to find a few little ways to grow in the space I am meant to grow.
I would love to figure out my “art”. Thanks for a chance to win.
Wow! What a great concept for a book! So many women need to know they are valuable!!
Since I was young, I’ve wanted to write a book. I don’t feel equipped and don’t even know if this is really God putting this desire on my heart or if it’s just me. I second guess myself so much. There’s been times when I think God was telling me to do something only to find, down the road, saying to myself, maybe that wasn’t God. Since I was young, I had this dream to be God’s “Joan of Arc”. Well, at 50, I still don’t know if I’m making a difference, but the desire is there.
This resonated with me…just what God was speaking to me this morning. Beautiful words.
I love reading your post each day . I’m loving all the crafts and ideas you share. Thank you for being obedient to God’s will. You are being used as His hands and feet. Praying continued blessing over you in All you do. I would love your book.
I know I am searching for something. I am working on taking the fluff out of my life so i have more time for important things. I have made some major changes in my life changed jobs for the fourth time and became debt free so I didn’t feel like a slave to my job. I feel lighter but there is still something missing. I feel I am holding myself back. Sometime I feel I am not good enough or not capable. I want to know what job God had for me. I want to be that beacon of light for his glory.
I have been “stuck” for a while now (2+ years) while knowing what God has asked me to do, “write”. I start, I stop. I start, I stop. I start. I stop. Then I feel just defeated that I am not doing what God has asked me to do. Truth is, I am scared of failing – scared that what I have to say would not be important to anyone. So, here I am, with bits and pieces of writing. Pray for me please to learn what obedience looks like in this task. Thank you! Sally Baker
I can totally relate to the whole indoor water park feeling…what we do for our kids.:}
I liked the perspective from today. As a stay at home mom, sometimes it is hard to find what my calling might be. I just know I haven’t found it yet. Would love to read the book! Thanks for continuing to encourage others!
Thanks for the great article on focusing on what is in front of us. I have been thinking a lot lately about my calling as a mother and realizing that much of my experience and education has been for this time and this place.
I need this book and would love a copy. I am stuck and don’t know where to start, this book could be my ” for such a time as this” opportunity! I want to read it!
This spoke to my heart! I must read it!
Wow! What a neat idea – one that I need to tell myself over and over – I am valuale and was created for a specific purpose! Can’t wait to read this – thank you!
I would love to win this book! Have a blessed day!
This post is so amazingly timely for me and my life situation right now!!! Thank you so much!!!
Almost daily I have been asking the Lord “what now”. My two youngest children are almost ready to fly out of the nest. I want to step into this next phase of my life with a purpose and have always felt like I needed to guard the whole pool. I would love a copy of Emily’s book A million little ways: uncover the art you were made to live. I need only to guard my eight feet, but just not sure what that is. I thank God for using many people like Lysa and Emily to help guide and encourage us along the way.
Hi Lysa & God bless you!
First off, I want to thank you for what you do. You have blessed me very much with your loving words and I pray that God blesses you tremendously. Ok, so here it goes… My parents are missionaries since before I was born in Ecuador, Peru and in Canada. It’s been very challenging being a pastor’s kid but thank God for his grace and love that I’ve been able to come this far. I am still going! I always said there was no way I was going to be a pastor or anything involved with the ministry because I see that its hard work but also VERY rewarding; there is nothing like living and giving your life for God. However, as I have gotten older, I have have developed a strong desire and passion to live for God and go out to the world to spread the gospel and help people in need. I have not told my parents that lol but I feel it deep down in my heart and I know that is what God wants me to do. The only thing is, I do not know where to start. I will continue to pray and to listen to His voice for guidance, discernment and winsome. God bless you all & good luck!! 🙂
I would love to read and share the book A Million Little Things! And to grow where we are planted by God 🙂
Wow! What an answer to prayer this is for all of us ordinary janes who want to make a difference but can’t figure out what direction that first step is..trusting God is the first step..this book sounds like it will be an incredible eye opening experience!
Thank you for this encouragement today. Unfortunately I don’t know which section of the pool God wants me to cover. I pray all the time for revelation, but I’m still waiting on His answer. It’ll come in time. Hopefully sooner rather than later, because I’m ready to dive in!
Sounds like a good read!
God has spoken through you! so what I needed to hear..can’t do everything. Thanks for the challenge of taking care of that space we are called to do! 🙂
Would love to have this book as I struggle to find the ‘in between’ of currently being a stay at home mommy while keeping my eyes and ears open to what the future holds for me when I do return to the outside working world!
Your post really touched my heart today. I realize that I need to focus on what God has instilled in my heart for me to be what He created, nothing more and nothing less. Whew, that really takes a lot of pressure off! Thank you for opening my eyes and my heart. Blessings!!
I love the lesson created from the Water Park post. How awesome life would be if we could just master our 8ft of space. Guard with our hearts and give it freely. I am realizing the importance of mastering my purpose in my life as well as the effect that it has on others. As your post shares, we save lives when we operate in our purpose. I believe my purpose in writing and speaking, but I’m not sure. I just know that it is imperative that I work in my purpose. I keep hearing, “I am apart of miracles of biblical proportions”, in my spirit. I’m just focusing on being able to aware of instructions that Holy Spirit has for me and surrendering my will to God. I would love to experience “A Million Little Ways.” And thank you for sharing your gift.
There are times when I wonder if what I am doing is God’s purpose for my life. At the same time it seems difficult to make a change. How will I know if I am heading in the right direction? Will I be following my will or God’s? I think I could benefit from this book.
I saw this book on your sister’s blog a week ago and was immediately eager to get my hands on this book! I’m in a Craft Life Group, where us women get together every other Friday night and bring our craft we need to work on. We fellowship, inspire, and even share a small devotional. The only downfall is we have been searching and searching for a devotional book for artist. There’s just not one out there. I would LOVe to bring this book to our Craft Life Group and inspire those who think they aren’t good at anything artistic or creative to open their minds and go for it. I think it would be a great encouragement to everyone.
I LOVE this – it is all so true. We each have unique strengths and a God-designed purpose. Instead of focusing on these strengths and developing them to fulfill our purpose, we often find ourselves dwelling on our weaknesses. I love the idea of redirecting our focus, and using the identification of our weaknesses to turn us back to our life’s purpose. Thank you for sharing! I would LOVE to have a copy of your book!
Limits as guideposts. Wow! I can only imagine what could be accomplished if I applied this to my life.
I have been waiting for the opportunity to read this book since I read a post of Emily’s at the In Courage website.
This post was just what I needed today! I have been in the teaching profession for twenty years and have loved the joy and wonder my second graders bring to each new day of learning. I have to admit though, this is the first year I have doubted the future of education and my mind thinks more about how many more years until retirement!? It seems the Joy and the Art of teaching becomes less and less each year…so that leaves me praying…where in my life do I get to be creative? Sounds like a book for me!
I loved this post, & would love, love, love a copy of this book!
Thanks for the opportunity – would love to be entered for the book!
Emily, I hope I get to meet you at Allume this week. I have to admit that I have wondered from time to time if what I have to say matters? What part of the pool can I swim in? (OOPS – I ended that sentence with a preposition! My inner-English major is not happy! :->). Anyway, this book is right up my alley, and I would “heart” a copy. If I do not get one here, you can be sure that I will pick one up at Allume this week.
Blessings on you!
Lara Sadowski <
I believe I am one of those who is letting my past, my now, and my future from coming alive. Often I feel overwhelmed. Actually, most of the time. There is a story inside of me, but I’m not sure where to start. Being 57, and not truly being happy, is a story in itself. I’ve heard and read that it comes from within…maybe I’m not putting enough of my “within” out there. Would love to read this book.
A growing number of serious health issue seek to squelch my belief I can be used of Him. It’s just that I am uncharacteristcly so young for these issues. Yet , I am finding the surprising outcome of joy, as He wraps me in His love and care in ways I never knew Him before. While I praise Jesus for that, I also ask Him, how can you now use me, in ways that maybe before,You weren’t able? I wonder if He is using Emily’s book to answer me….
Thanks for the reminder. If my 8 foot section is enough for me, why do I go poking into other’s sections, thinking they could use my help or that my 8 foot section isn’t large enough for me when it surely is.
You just described me to a T. Searching – what is my gift while waiting patiently (& sometimes not so patiently) and thinking dyne I’m not usable. Refreshing to know there may be someone like me that feels the same.
WOW!!! This post spoke to me in such a personal way!!! I have struggled for some time with wondering what my purpose on this Earth is and the plan I so fatihfully know God has planned for my time here. I have probably always struggled with being so proud of all of the gifts and talents that our Gracious Father has given to my close family and friends. I have watched their awesome athletic ability, really amazing creativity and great ideas. I seem to not have too much of these qualities. I am the most unathletic person you could meet and while I try so hard to be creative it does not come easy for me. I pray often about what how God would have me to serve his people if I cannot find that talent. A close friend told me not long ago that my gift is people and just being a compassionate listening ear. After I heard this it was as if my world suddenly opened up and I thought- wow, she might be on to something. I am so very excited to read this book because this is a struggle that I am working through and leaning on my awesome God to show me his will in my life!!!
What a great message! I love the visual of guideposts! I am at a point of having too much on my plate. Time to decide if it can all stay and if not what goes? How do you go about finding out what you are given from God and what is my own idea of necessesity?
Would love to win! Love the background and have seen it around the blogging community. Be blessed as you read all the lovely comments!
I so love recieving emails from P31 and from you! the book “A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live” seems to be a book that would help me possibly find a “vision” for my life or to feel inspired.I look forward to reading it whether i win it or not! thank you for taking the time to share with us.
Could it be possible that the reason we are so overwhelmed is because we are focused on the whole pool, forgetting our own eight-foot assignment?
Wow! These words spoke volumes to me. In a research message at our church, the minister mentioned that we need to be tending to our stuff not anyone else’s stuff. This is the second time this same message just in a different package comes calling to me. I need to stick with my stuff, not everybody else’s stuff. I need to focus on what God has in store for me.
Thank you Lysa for sharing this. I needed the gentle reminder than we all are unique and are all called to a different purpose in His ultimate will.
I would really love to read this!!!!!
What a wonderful post that I can truly relate to. I just turned 60 and I am miserable at my administrative job because I feel a calling to do something relative to helping others and with long hours, time just does not allow me to pursue my dream. I would love to win a copy of Emily’s book. She is a gifted author!
Wow! THANK YOU GOD for guiding me to read this post today. I could really use this book. I’m a parent who’s been struggling for quite a while with trying to do EVERYTHING well and feeling like I’m not succeeding
You touch my heart, which helps me with each step of my day. I’m in a rut. I used to be ready at a split second to volunteer for many things with a happy heart, simply because I loved to. After a few years of off and on medical problems, I’ve had a difficult time getting back to that place I loved so much in my life. I don’t feel as equipped as I used to. I’m sad, missing that interaction with sister believers….but just can’t get out of this tunnel of…is it depression, loneliness, etc…! My mind longs to jump in and get started again but I’m struggling with actually doing it. Why? I just can’t seem to get that answer. Maybe, just maybe your book would have that little snippet of knowledge that is meant for me. I know that whomever receives this gift will be greatly blessed.
Plannng too much with not enough time to do it all is one of my downfalls. 8 feet to contend with sounds much more doable!
Your writing touches me
Just two days, I wept uncontrollably in front of my Sunday school class over the very heart of this message. I have just been so overwhelmed and unsure. Thank you for reminding me to focus on what has been bestowed to me, and only me.
I would love to learn more about finding my way .
Sounds like a great book. Would love to get a copy.
I have been overwhelmed with this lesson from God for the last few years. I have so many interests, connections, and demands on my time. I am a helper and a please-er. I am a do-er. I am also utterly exhausted. I am truly trying to focus my time on what is most important, and listen closer to God’s voice about his aspirations for me. And ladies, I am flailing at best. I could use some focus and structure to guide me in my meditations. My days are all a blur, and my mind is frazzled. This isn’t how God wants me. My pool is an ocean, and I am pulling the drain plug. Can a girl get some floaties around here? 🙂
I know that God has a job for each person. I have been in Mexico for 10 years now and the first 7 I was with a ministry that came in periodically but basically didn’t do anything. God started putting things on my heart that He wanted done here. The leadership said no to all of them. Finally in frustration I begged God to change the hearts of those in leadership and He said immediately no. The reason was that He planned on using me, not the ministry. I was thinking that I was not the person to do this, and it has been in some ways a tough road so far. But, I am learning, and we are waiting to get the papers from the government for a non-profit that will enable the pastors I know to get funds to do the outreaches to those living in extreme poverty. Why would God choose to use a woman in her 60s to do this? I don’t know. But I am grateful and the process is bringing a maturity in my life that I never thought possible. (Now on the other projects while getting the first one going!!!) God has a job for everyone.
I am new to your site and am enjoying your beautiful insights every morning. This morning you talked about doing your own art. I lost my husband 3 years ago and my biggest struggle is trying to figure out where I fit in again. God must have a purpose for me…somewhere? This book, A Million Little Ways, sounds like it may give me some direction….someplace to start. You have a beautiful ministry that blesses women every day. Thank you for being obedient to the leading of God in your life.
Your words today spoke encouragement to me today. I long to know that my failures and shortcomings aren’t something to push to the back of mind. God wants me to offer them up to Him in praise and my pride wants to hide it away. The struggle within surges on, yet these struggles are part of HIS story – for my life to use for His purposes. I will push these shortcomings/weaknesses to the surface and allow the Lord to use them, today.
All I can say is WOW. This was written just for me. OK, not really just for ME, but it sure felt like it 🙂 Great post, thank you!
I’m always critical of myself and especially my limits. I never thought of them as being a way to direct me forward. Very interested in reading this book — especially with my accountability partner.
On this very journey and would love to read your book!!
I already have a copy, so please leave me out of the running!
Ten years ago, we had a squirrel mama and her four babies in our attic. The man who came to remove them loved his job — he called them sweeties and made sure to release them somewhere they’d be happy. An artist, for sure!
I’d like a book.
Thank you for this post, I needed to be reminded it is not my job to tend to the entire pool. I so often think that’s what I need to do. I love the analogy of the pool of being responsible for my own 8 foot section. Thank you!
Would love to read this book! I was touched by this post – thank you.
As a young mother, i’ve heard (and said) the advice that “you can do anything you set your mind too!” it is refreshing to be reminded that we are equipped (and called) for a specific purpose… not everyone is a gifted writer… not everyone is called to preach… and but we all have a purpose and when we focus on that purpose instead of trying to be everything to everyone we are being much better stewards of our talents. Now figuring out that purpose is the hard part 🙂
Would love to read this book!
Just the book I need!!!!!!!! Loved your perspective today and everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for your guidance, Lysa! I would love to read this book and share it with my best friends!
I am always thinking I’m missing the mark, that I missed the exit on this road of life. I know there’s something I’m supposed to be doing, my calling, I’m lost, confused, scared. I don’t know what it is or even how to find out WHAT it is. A well defined map on this journey would be greatly appreciated !!!
I so need to read this book!
Another great post and some much needed fuel for thought…
I would love to read this book, what a great message!
God lead me here this morning. I long to figure out what my 8 foot section is and how He wants to use me in it.
I can so relate to watermarks in general! Can anyone say cesspool? Anyway, I have been searching for my 8 ft section for years now. It is hard to know where to start and stop. Thanks for the encouragement!
Your Pool Analogy is exactly right! I am a writer (the first step there being that I began to say AM instead of WANT TO BE! Just fyi…). I dreamed of writing the Great American Novel. And it was going to be to the Glory of God. But GOD’S plan was for me to use my talent to write notes and letters to people who are ill, or desperate, or doubtful. When I am faithful at that work I am living in unbelieveable peace.
I would really love to read this book.
Through blood, sweat, tears and MANY prayers, God, my husband, and I have raised 3 wonderful Christian daughters. I took my blessing of a mother very serious through the years and was intentional to teach them about God in every circumstance that allowed. Now that they are practically raised, ( 2 still in college, one married), I have felt like a “ministry drifter”, not knowing really where to put my efforts. I have been a girl’s small group leader and chaperone in their Jr. High and High School ministry as my girls were growing up but I somehow don’t feel like I “fit” anymore. I have prayed for direction and haven’t quite found my new normal. Maybe a book like this would be helpful to get me on a new course.
Beautiful encouragement to our seeking souls…I love the reminder that when I find myself unable, Christ shows up able within me. Needed that today! Thank you for sharing your art with the world! Jane
This is great! I have now “favorited” her blog site too. This post speaks to what I have been struggling with right now….what am I supposed to do?
I really need to learn to be who God designed me to be and to not worry about what I can not change and change what God wants me to. I know this book is just that tool to help me.
This is today’s perfect reminder that my story is meant to be shared with those who cross my path. I’ve made the brave start by joining Compel and have circled a few dreams for the year. Thank you for your boldness in Christ. I would love to read the book.
This sounds like a great book to learn and discover more about yourself.
Yes, limits are a blessing, once you decide to embrace them! I’d love to win a copy!
I struggle with this every day! The feeling that God made me to be doing something great and my insecurities get in my way leaving me to feel like I don’t have anything great to offer> I would love to read this book!!! Thank you!!
Yes! This is right in line what the Spirit has been reminding me lately. Love the analogy of the lifeguards. And I want to change what I say to my kids! I want to tell them that they will be able to do anything GOD gives them to do in life, not whatever THEY choose.
Thank you for the reminder.
Loved this ! I am one of those who can get overwhelmed easily with all the needs and / or opportunities around me. I’m learning …stay focused on the race marked out for me …my section of the pool ! Thanks for the reminder again and I would love a copy of the book! As a fairly new blogger and mama to another blogger — I’m pretty sure this is right up our alley 🙂 Thanks !!!!
Yes, yes, yes! Would love to win this book!
I love the image of the 8 foot section God gave me! I’m going to share this with my women’s group! thanks!
Would love to win this book for a friend of mine stepping out into a new ministry to teen girls! Blessings!
This would be a great book to win! Thanks for the opportunity!
I am at a point in my faith walk that I want to know what God has for me next. I want to be bold and step out in faith……………I just don’t know what that next step is…………praying for guidance.
Though life seems out-of-control so much of the time lately, I am assured that God is in control and that He is faithful. I am thankful for so many blessings.
I’m currently working through Unglued with my small group and am finding it so very helpful. Your words are always inspiring and uplifting and so very, very true.
I am currently reading Radical by David Platt and am looking for how to make it practical yet challenging in my life. This book sounds like it will be a perfect jumping point!
I have read Emily’s blog for years and would enjoy a copy of her new book!
Oh, Emily, this makes so much sense and speaks to where I am. I’m beginning to know – and speak – to what parts of the pool aren’t mine, although I’m still not really sure what part is. Progress, albeit slowly, in any case.
once again, you’ve spoken to the place within me that needed reached today. Thank you!
God is full of Grace and Mercy, but I need to ask myself daily ‘What has God chosen for me to do?’ Am I being obedient? Would love to win a copy of this book and to be able to share with my Bible Study group too. Thanks!
Thank you God and for Emily! He really does show up in your life when you need Him! Your words of focusing on whole is so true and often times where I am in my life. I wish I knew how to focus on the 8 feet of assignment given to us. And I think it’s in part that we as women are pushed to that limit when we strive for perfection, independence and girl power. Lets face it we want it all! I know that’s the the goal in my mind, but really all I feel is when I have it all, I just feel stressed, overwhelmed, and not fulfilled. But if I try like Emily said working on my assignment right in front of me then we can work toward bigger and better plans. God’s plan. Women: Conquering the world can wait…. For now! Thanks again for the wonderful read! God bless!
This so sounds like me. Where do you draw the line? Knowing a certain thing isn’t your gift but knowing His grace is sufficient as He has commanded to do this thing. Even reading my words…I know that is how it is to be. For in my weakness and insufficiency, He is made strong. Oh to know His complete will, yet how would my faith grow if I did? God is sooo goood! I would love to read your thoughts on this.
I would love a copy of this book. I struggle with finding who I am besides being mom.
Can’t wait to read this book!
Emily this sounds like the perfect book to help be a guiding resourse to definitely be helping women. I would love to win a copy to share with my care group and my ladies group.
Art—being reminded that what we are called to do is be the best YOU. We cannot know the future or even the ripple effect of today…a life well lived today matters for tomorrow.
Hi! I really could use one of those books, or anything like it, because I feal, I’m really lost in this world and I don’t have a clue what to do, or why I’m here… I’ve believed so many lies for so long, that even that I gain faith when I was about 19, it has took from the Lord all these twenty years to start to get me realize, that things aren’t, as I thought they were. But I feal lost… How to start and where to go and what voice is His and how to learn to trust etc. Well… I wish you all have a great winter there and thank you for your ingouraging thoughts and all. God bless you! Thank you Jesus that you are helping me! Without you… huh, I don’t want to even think about it…
I bought Grace for the Good Girl after reading Emily’s post “One thing your daughter doesn’t need you to say.” It took me the whole summer to read the book because of how it changed me. I am hesitant to read Emily’s next book because of the power of her writing – I know it will cause a change to stir within me. A change that I very well need but don’t quite want to admit to. I am thankful for Emily, her books, and the space she creates to breathe at her blog.
It is so true that we get too focused on the BIG picture and forget about what our part might be and end up feeling like a failure in various things we do. I really could connect with a lot of what you mentioned. I would love to get a copy of this book. Thanks for sharing Lysa!
I love Emily and the way she writes–thanks for sharing her today!
What timing – boy do I need this!
I want to be inspired and hope to win one of your books!
I do not want to miss God’s assignment for me. I want to please Him in every way.
Ohhh, I think I need to read your book – and then share it. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win it!
I think I’m going to really, really enjoy reading this book and grow from studying it thoroughly!
Wow…thank you Lysa! This message is hitting me at just the right time. I have been feeling that this moment in my life is leading to something more…I just don’t know what yet. God is moving and is about to move in a big way to change my circumstances. I would love to find out what my “art” is and begin making it. I’ve spent far too much time trying to recreate others’ pictures instead of creating my own masterpiece. I believe my time is now.
would love the book…I already follow Emily’s blog.
I think this is just the book I need to read!! Thanks for your post; very timely and much needed…
I am the woman you mentioned who thinks she has no place or purpose on this earth anymore, (My kids are grown and moved away, and I am currently unemployed and in a less than desireable marriage.) but wishes that she did. I know God has a plan for me. I just have to wait for HIs timing.
This message was perfect for me. I’ve always been told that I can do anything, and that’s nice and all, but it is indeed overwhelming. I’ve also been discouraged at times by the fact that while I’m good at everything, I’m not very good at anything. Maybe it really is okay to focus on a few things, and just… let the rest go.
I’m covering the whole pool in every area of my life! Working full-time with 3 nuggets under the age of 6, I strive to be SuperMom every chance I get. When things (more often than not) don’t go as planned, I begin to think that I will probably never acheive the anticipated title. I must start thinking that I’m just good enough anyway. Thanks for having such advice on how not to be perfect and take charge of everything! This book has taken priority on my “to read list” and I need a copy now! Thanks for helping with your encouraging words.
Great post! I will definitely check out Emily’s site! Her book looks very relevant for me right now! Thanks for the giveaway!!
How timely! As I torment over my life as a single mom of 2, one with special needs, my greatest sadness is that I am not enjoying my children. I find myself asking “why did I ever have kids?” I desperately love my children! But am spread so so thin. In a dysfunctional, thankless job, so little of me left over for them. Totally overwhelmed… I am a strong, intelligent woman who has succeeded in most everything I’ve taken on. Motherhood has been the exception. Guideposts, road blocks, my 8 feet of the pool… I want my focus to be where God wants it to be. It just seems that my 8 feet bleeds into so many other areas whether I want it to or not!!
I would love to read this book – am loving Emily’s 31 days series & can’t wait to dive into eveything she has to teach us about living art.
Just what I needed-praying for a job change and direction of where I am suppose to be!
What a great post! And it goes right along with our icebreaker we had last week in small group, about our spiritual gifts. I would love to read this book.
Would love to have a book for my artistic daughter-in-love.
I would love to win a book! Thank you for your ministry; it has blessed me in so many ways.
I very much enjoyed Emily’s post. It inspired me as I often try to guard the whole pool and since I am 71 years old can’t do it as efficiently as I once did. I need to learn where my 8 feet are and to stop when I reach it—thanks Emily.
I also read Hope’s comments today and I want to congratulate her on her insight. I am still trying to decide what to do ” when I grow up” despite a 50 year career as a nurse!!
I just need to slow down and realize what I can and cannot do!!
My years as a lifeguard were the best training for my work as an attorney, which requires reviewing documents for hours on end, scouring each one for details as if the life of the project depends on it. Tedious and no fun yet important to do it right. And I look forward to creating what is next.
Thanks for these encouraging words, Lisa. As my children are growing older I am finding myself at just such a place….what am I to do now? There is a big “pool” of possibilities out there, but I want to know what my 8 foot section is to be.
This was a huge help today – I am a full-time student struggling with Chronic Fatigue, so it was great to be reminded that I don’t need to do everything – just do my bit to the best of my ability and that God has the rest of that covered with other people all doing their bit too. It’s also really good to be reminded that in little ways I can matter, and have something to offer, despite the limitations of chronic illness. thank you!
Thank you for the opportunity to be blessed by this writing.
i would love to win this
Sounds like the book for me!!!
Lovely words, Emily! Can’t wait to read your book!
What a great guest post!! I AM going to sign up for her 31 Days blog beginning in Dec. Can’t wait!! Thanks Lysa for introd me to her and her book. Even if I don’t win, I WILL purchase a copy to read-its that good!! Woo! Hoo!
“He equips me to do the job meant for me.” I will walk away with this nugget as I pack and clean my house to make a move. Thanks Emily
It sounds like a wonderful book that I would likely benefit from. I’ve been enjoying reading Emily’s blog lately. She is very inspiring. Thank you.
I grabbed paper this morning, expressing my heart that the world does not need another Ann Voskamp or Emily Freeman (or Lysa), You are all fantastic in the creative ways God is expressing Himself. His Joy. His Life. The art that is inside of us waiting to come out. I express myself through combining photos and writing at times. Other times it comes through the word. I am asking God to show me the “eight foot ” section and the words to express His Heart. The book did light up my eyes. 🙂
Thankyou, Emily, for so eloquently speaking to what my heart is longing for: to be surrendered to God and seek what my 8 feet of pool looks like and how to use the gifts God had given me. Here’s to the journey!
Thank you so much for this devotional today. It really has meaning for me. I hear people all the time speaking of what they think they are entitled to, where in life they think they should be, what in life they think they are suppose to be doing, who in life they should be with, blah, blah, blah…not ever realizing that if you would simply confer with The Lord about the matter, He will place you exactly where you need to be, doing what you need to be doing, and around who you should be doing it with. I encourage my children in this very way, as I have seen the happiness in my own life soar as I have embarked on my journey with The Lord doing what He has deemed essential for my life and His greater plan. I read a book once called Choose Happiness. One of my favorite parts is where the author speaks to her daughters (I think) and says (paraphrase), “Don’t spend your life trying to find the perfect job. If it doesn’t appear, just get A JOB already!” She meant don’t spend your days on this Earth seeking perfection. Find a piece of it, live fruitfully in that light and in that season, and KEEP IT MOVING! You can’t find your calling w/o God’s help. When you ask Him, things always sweetly, fall into place.
Wow! I love Emily’s writing!! Would love to win! 🙂
These words are so timely. How beautifully the body of Christ could operate if we were all “on duty” with our eight feet of the pool. Thanks for sharing, I needed that wisdom. God bless!
Just what I needed to read today. Looking forward to unpacking more in her book!
You had me at “dislike indoor water parks”!!! Haha!! Me too, yet I do it for the kids (& husband)! Which makes me what I am…wife & mom. I’m so grateful for all I have, but I struggle HARD with knowing what I am to do beyond these two callings. I just KNOW there’s more to what makes me ME, & I’m beyond ready to tap into that!! And I would LOVE to win a copy of your book to help me get started!!! 😀 Blessings!!!
Emily, everything you say makes me cry. In a good way! Somehow, you put into words what many of us feel or know but could never have articulated. Thank you.
So excited to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!
Love Emily Freeman! So many of my favorite authors know one another! Thanks for the chance to win!
This is just perfectly in step for what God is saying in my life right now. In my Bible study group, we are a studying “Lord, who do YOU say that I am?” Our scripture reading last week was Romans 12 reminding us that we a body with many members and gifts. This was an awesome reminder so that I don’t get too hard on myself for not doing more. Thank you!
My life consists of being a single mom to two girls (ages 8 and 10) and working full-time. Sometimes it feels like I’m just going through the motions and that doing mundane tasks is what I’m destined for. I love that God offers us hope that we are more than what we do.
So looking forward to reading this!!!
This is a perfect thought for me today because I do feel like I am trying to improve the lives of everyone in my pool, when perhaps I just need to focus on my 8 feet. I’ve recently taken on the caregiving of my parents who have dementia and their affairs. My job is ending soon, and I have just had the joy of new grandkids. I am praying about finding what God has for me to do in this next phase of my life and trying to manage the guilt of feeling like I can’t meet everyone’s needs. What will God have me do next? I’m feeling led to serve my family for awhile and thankfully have this option. Thanks, Emily for timely words.
I would love to win a copy of Emily Freeman’s book! Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity. 🙂
Just what I needed to hear today!! Trying so hard to listen! Struggling finding my calling lately. Writing this title down in case I don’t win!!
Oh! I’d love to win this book. Sounds like just what I need to read in this transition place in my life. Almost finished with my childrearing days and really no idea what I’m called to be other than a mom.
I could so relate. I realize I have my part. Just not sure what “my part” is so I look at what other people are doing – and their activities don’t “fit” me and then I start a pity party. Working on that though – hard to control those thoughts sometimes.
What encouragement! Thank you Lysa for having Emily share this guest post with us. Emily, I love the honesty in your perspective; and it’s so refreshing to hear the truth in your reminder. Thank you for the challenge to focus on our 8-feet. I’ve just started my own business and the long term goals overwhelm me. But, I don’t need to focus on the whole pool right now! Just my 8-feet right in front of me. Thank you!
This book looks awesome! I’d love to win a copy, curl up in a comfy chair and dig in!
My daughter is a senior in high school and getting ready to decide what college she should attend and what she wants to study. She knows she wants to help people. She has trouble in science, languages and math and has been told by many, in one way or another that she is not “smart” because she is on an ISP and needs extra help. She just doesn’t think the way others do…she is bright, funny and has a heart to serve. I’d love for her to learn tips on why she is the way she is…it’s part of God’s plan for her. I tell her, but reading it and hearing it from somewhere else might make it more real.
Pondering as i try to allow my desires begin to shape my lifestyle instead of my lifestyle shaping my desires.
I would love to win a copy of A Million Little Ways. I love Emily’s other books and her blog as well…such an encouragement to me. Thanks for the giveaway!
Sounds like a book just for me!
Would love a copy as I’m in the process of waiting on The Lord to reveal my “8 feet of water”
Emily, TIMELY words!!! You said it sooo perfectly and you are absolutely right! We do reach for the sky and in our reaching we grow weary and discouraged….In our reaching, we miss the living waiting to happen right where we are.
Thank you a million times over. God’s got sooo much to say through you. I’m grateful to be here reading it!
First of all, I just have to agree about the indoor water parks. Yuck! What fun is a pool or water park without sunshine??? But the idea of us taking responsibility for our eight feet of the pool and leaving others to their eight feet is so true. What a clear, insightful way to illustrate a Biblical truth. I know I will think about that picture again and again…especially when I’m tempted to fret over what’s going on in another’s part of the pool.
Excited about this book and giveaway! Thank you!
Such a good reminder… What is my section of the pool. Too often I get overwhelmed by the whole pool. All the things that I could help with. How I can change the world. All that needs to be done. But yes. Breathe and focus on what God has assigned me to.
I would love to win a copy! The description fits so perfectly to where I am right now in life. Thanks!
This book really speaks to my heart. I have been praying for quite some time over these areas of my life and would be blessed to receive your book!
Loved Emily’s book, Grace for the Good Girl, and would love to read this one too!
Beautiful! No one ever told me that I could do anything I wanted, but somehow I believed it anyway… and sometimes a misunderstanding of that concept overwhelms me. But when I take the wonderful dream I’ve been given, the inspiring flash of genius, the momentary of glimpse of “point B” to encourage me to keep on walking, and say, “anything is possible between here and there…” then I pursue that vision with faith and boldness, able to devote my energy to my own 8-foot section. God is good!
Emily I’d love one of your books so I can be encouraged to use what God’s given me to bless others!
A little art goes a long way as our lives prove! Grateful for your encouragement to be the word, the presence, the color, the expression of the loving work of God right where we are! Blessings!
This sounds like me! I really need to read her book!
Would love to win a copy!
Thank you, Emily, for ALL that you invested in the writing of this new book! You are a blessing to sooooo many!
Love this post- was just reading in Romans 12 this morning about the body of Christ and how we all have different gifts and talents because of the grace of God. I so often try to do more than God is asking me to, comparing myself to others, instead of accepting the gifts he’s given me in his grace and using them to their fullest extent for his glory.
I would love this!!! i have heard everyone raving over this magical little book!! 🙂
I’d love to win this! I’m reading Unglued right now and love it!
This is something I struggle with – just never put it into words!
I cannot wait to read this, would love to win it!!!!!!
I try to keep reminding myself of this. When I fall into comparison, I especially need to keep reminding myself that that is not my gift and God is using me here, just here, now, doing this. Thank you
This sounds so familiar to my heart! I hope your book touches many lives! It sounds AwEsOmE!
This exact topic has been on my mind for several months now, and you just explained it much more clearly than I’ve been able to. 😉 Sounds like a wonderful tool to use!
It’s crazy. I’m a woman who has always known she has a Mama’s heart. I’ve been “mothering” people for my entire life, but now that I’m moving into a season where I’m preparing to mother this child I’m carrying, I’m nervous. I don’t know I have what it takes and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find the art in this. I really look forward to reading this book. the idea that there is a reflection of Creator God in this and this can be art makes my soul sigh.
The Holy Spirit has laid on my heart for the last month to ask God to help me be everything He created me to be in every area of my life. I am a bit overwhelmed at this idea when I try to improve every area at once. This book sounds like it would be an amazing help. Thanks for writing it!!
I would love a copy of Emily’s new book!
Lysa, thank you so much for this post. It really spoke to me. Its helping me really reflect why I stay where it’s more comfortable, then taking the risks and leap if Faith that God may be calling me to do.
This book sounds like exactly what I need! I would love to win a copy, but if I don’t it will be on my list of books to buy soon!
I would love a copy of the book!
I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this book! 🙂
This book sounds amazing! Can’t wait to check out the author’s blog. Thanks for this inspiring give-a-way!
I have felt led to do something with & for the tween/teen girls at church but my fear & insecurity keeps getting the better of me. I need this book!!!
PLEASE choose me! Money is tight so it may be a long time before I could buy it!
Thanks for considering!
I have no clue what I am doing in my life but I don’t want to waste it! You only have one chance to do this and I want to make it count. Plus, I don’t want to have so many regrets because I never knew which direction to take. I already have a little list of regrets, I don’t want to add too many more to it!
I NEED this book! I am wandering around my desert looking for my meaning in life or if I even have one. I have turned my life over to Christ and am looking forward to what he wants me to do for him!
I would love a copy of this book. I struggle with finding who I am besides being mom. am I doing enough in life to make it meaningful, I feel Stuck.
Hello thank you for the giveaway sounds so much like me
I am always trying to fit in wherever I am at , I always want to please others and go out of my way to do that most of the time .but then I am the one who loses
So I am trying more to lean on God and let Him show what I need to do and where I need more of Him in my life .
There are no words right now to express my feelings from what I’ve read here and anticipate I’ll find on the pages of your book… only tears. Thank you for sharing your gift with us!
I would love to win a copy of this book, but if I don’t, I will still be looking for a copy to borrow or buy!! Thanks
What a blessing this book would be.
I am currently in the process of “trying” to write a book. I constantly get “stuck” and don’t know how to say what I want to say. I am taking the Compel class through Proverbs 31 Ministries (which is very exciting)! This book would be an amazing companion/resource in my writing!
This looks like something for me! I seem to keep getting myself chained to fears, seeking God over & over to release me. He faithfully frees me & reminds me that I AM FREE INDEED. I want to be ALL HE made me to be! Thank you for your generosity, even if I don’t win a book!
I give out copies of Grace for the good girl to almost every young (and old) woman I know. My daughter and I have facilitated it as a small group for our church. If this new book is ANYTHING like GFTGG, I foresee many women finding a greater closeness to their Savior! Congrats!
I need to read this book! Thanks for writing it and making it available.
I want to be free!
Thank you for these words, ideas, and the opportunity to win a copy of you new book, Emily. I can’t wait to begin reading it!
It always amazes me how relevant the posts that I read through you ladies are. Thank you for the work you do.
There are days that I would love to put my words down an not feel like I’m sounding silly. There are days an even weeks that I feel like I could be doing more for others. I ask God about all that stuff, but then I feel doubt creep back in. I know it’s not true. Anyways have a good bless day.
I want to be inspirational and encourage people with my words whether in writing or speaking. i love to write, write a blog for a website, but always want to improve.
I would love to read your book!
I would love read this book with my girls. We all struggle sometimes with what we are suppose to be doing for the kingdom. I love what you said about just watching your 8foot section. Sometimes we get caught up in someone else’s section and our own section suffers.
Pick me please!!!!!! Would love to read this
I REALLY needed this post today! This book is already on my To Read list…a free copy would just be a wonderful blessing! 🙂
Thank you Lysa and Emily for the chance to win! Would love to read this one! 🙂
Would love to win!
I want a copy!
I would love to read this book! I’ve been struggling with Gods call for my life a lot lately since I hurt my back. I’m not the woman I used to be somehow and I don’t really understand what God is doing sometimes even though I know He has a plan.
I’d love to use this book to help me see how my hobbies and crafting fit into God’s bigger picture 🙂
Thank you! I thought I was going sort of crazy, and was unable to explain how in felt and then is read this and it made sense! Now to find out my part of the pool,a problem because it seems like every thing I have honestly tired to do has failed. Thank you crore writing this article!
I don’t have alot to say other than I would really like this book. Sometimes you can’t put your feelings/thoughts into words. This is one of those times…
My youngest son died almost 8 years ago, and to this day I am still struggling to find my place, my purpose in this world. I have tried my best to follow where I have felt God calling me, but still I search for more. I look forward to hearing what God wants me to learn through Emily’s book.
This sounds like a book for me and several of my friends…..this book will hopefully help me to understand better……If it be His will, I will win a copy. If not, I will buy one! Thank you for this chance!!!
I’m always open to new inspirations! Thanks for sharing!
wow…this book is exactly what I need. What is my calling? Thank you for the opportunity to win!
I would love to win this book. It sounds like a book that was written just for me. Exactly what I am needing to hear!
This is the type of inspiration I need right now! Always looking for help and improvement in my life to continue to grow! Thanks for sharing!