I’m Back with Permission to Say “No”

by Joan C Webb on January 12, 2012

Sedona sky 11-4-10 068I’m back to reality after my extended get-away. (More fun photos about it later!) This wonderful gratitude-producing vacation is the reason I’ve not blogged for several weeks. Well, that and the fact that my website/blog is acting up! Maybe it didn’t like my neglect!! But I digress. Truth is: getting back to reality and catching up threatens to be tad-bit overwhelming! Hmmm.  

While working through the Intentional Woman process this morning (in prep for several upcoming speaking events), I asked God for clarity and guidance about what is on my calendar and to-do list. I realize that I simply can’t do it all without the gracious calm help of  His presence within me.

I also noticed that God is not asking me to do MORE at the moment. In fact, this is the insight I got: Joan, you need to say “no” to all other work/ministry requests until after March 15. Well, okay, I’d say that is pretty clear. :-)

What grace-filled message are you hearing from God today? (BTW, the photo is just a “visual aid” to encourage you to relax & look up to the Lord for help today–or whenever you’re reading this!)

In case this blog turns up haywire, I’m sorry. Part of the “acting up” is that I can’t preview it or edit it or even find it after I publish it. Well, I guess I’ll work on that “problem-solve” this AFTER March 15. LOL!

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Denise Miller Holmes January 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm

On Tuesday, our speaker at the writers’ guild talked about overcoming procrastination and fear. One of the things she talked about was allowing yourself play time–scheduling it daily so that you make sure you get enough fun time to satisfy your right brain. Apparently, our right brain can sabotage us if it feels deprived of fun. So the lesson was freeing for me because I do play, but there is always at least a little guilt when I do. This right brain/left brain thing made sense to me, and I think now I might just MORE done because I play, not less. Yay!

Lois Pepple January 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Joan,
I love this blog post. Since I have been struggling with health, a little over a year now, I have had to work constantly on saying “no”. It is hard. I learned a difficult lesson after the Holy spirit told me very clearly to “lie down.” I said, “wait until . . .” He didn’t wait for me. Instead he taught me that it’s supposed to be the other way around. I am to wait upon Him. Now I take one day at a time, and ask him for the strength and wisdom to get through each day. I continue to pray for clear direction from HIm. Sometimes I hear His voice, but often He seems to be asking me just to listen, and wait. I am in a season of quiet waiting now. I think it’s neccessary for my healing, so I wait, and learn to focus on my physical and spiritual health. Saying no to what is not from Him is a big part of that.

Joan C. Webb January 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Hmmmm. Denise, I love that. Right brain/left brain “stuff” is both fascinating and confusing to me! What does that say about the 2 sides of my brain!!?? But I love this affirmation that play, fun, pleasure and rest are GOOD.

Joan C. Webb January 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Lois, it sounds like “saying no” is and has been a learning curve and challenging adventure for you. I respect your choice to listen and heed what you need and what God is sharing with you. Makes me smile.

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