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One of my mother-helpers always turns on KLOVE on iTunes when she’s over here helping me with the girls. I like KLOVE, I used to listen to it when I taught my Red Cross classes in the evenings and on weekends when I was driving all over town (literally!), but hadn’t listened to it much since then because it doesn’t come in well in the car near where I live.

Today I heard a promo for this “Living Proof” contest of sorts, and it sounded fun…the prize is to go with 3 of your friends to a Beth Moore conference in Lubbock, TX. I don’t know that I’ve studied anything Beth Moore has written, but a number of the ladies in my bible study have and speak highly of her. And I’ve never been to Lubbock…can’t say that it’s at the top of my list because I get to travel so little these days outside the upper Midwest, but I’m always up for visiting new places!

I looked at the entries so far, and I was like, there’s no way I could win, some of the people have survived abuse, addiction, a TORNADO, etc., etc. But I had already realized the impact this “contest” had on my life, because it’s getting me back to this project after a nearly 4 month hiatus. And I was thinking this evening about what my next 2 items on my list here would be and I came up with them pretty quickly, things that aren’t on the running list I have on paper, so that’s huge progress as well!

Answering the statement “I’m living proof of God’s love because…” also reaffirmed my life and it’s purpose, which I always appreciate because I’m good at forgetting or minimizing it. I’ll share how I finished that statement in a bit, but it’s something I’ve already shared on this blog, as well. It’s also amazing to read how people completed that sentence–very inspiring to get a little snapshot of God’s work in people’s lives.

Oh, and I read the fine print and discovered that they pick the winner by drawing out of all entries received, so I think it’s safe to say that God will have a hand in this and whomever wins needs it the most–and no matter the outcome, I realized, as I stated above, that this has gotten me “back in the saddle again” here so to speak, and that’s really great.

I need to take care of myself by getting to bed at a decent hour tonight, but you’ll hear more from me soon.

PS Every time I hear or think of the phrase, “Back in the Saddle Again” I’m reminded of where I first really heard that song/phrase–in the soundtrack for the movie Sleepless in Seattle…anyone remember that?

PPSĀ  Here’s my full answer, and tired, sun-worn, makeup gone, hair not styled, me :-):

My answer to the question "I am Living Proof of God's Love because..."

My journey to 300, at least on the posting front, has been a bit stalled…

I thought I was getting over being sick, but just got nailed again by what might be the same bug but it moved to a different part of my body. Last week, it was a head cold, and now it’s a chest thingy that makes breathing really difficult, at least without coughing my head off.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t admit that I’m having a little trouble. I think part of it might be my perfectionist tendencies (if I can’t do it really well then don’t do it), and part of it is not believing that my justification/examples that back up one of the 300 make the thing worthy enough, which also relates to my perfectionist tendencies. For example, I think I have a pretty great decorating sense. People have even said this, both before and after I started this project. But I look around my house, and because I haven’t done things like hang pictures the way I want to (it just hasn’t happened, period–we moved while I was on bedrest, a month before the twins were born, and then the twins took over our lives, in all the right ways!), and I see these shortcomings that make me doubt. But! I need to remember that one of the prefaces I set up is that these are innate qualities, that don’t necessarily rely on my doing something to show them. And since this is a journey that is about my strengths instead of my shortcomings, I need to remember to get over myself and get on with it!