Last Friday I was out with my oldest daughter. It was a very rare occasion where just the two of us spent some time together. By the time I had dropped her off and driven all the way across town to my house, it was past 10 pm.
I walked into the house. Not a single light was on. It was eerie quiet. My children were in bed. Asleep.
I sat at the kitchen table and gratefulness washed over me, and it occurred to me that I could have stayed out even later.
I did not have to rush home anymore because there was a babysitter waiting or because I had to pick up my kids at a friend’s house… I did not have to feel bad for staying out past the agreed upon times. And I did not have to feel anxious or stressed because an event had run longer and now I had to face the accusatory looks that I would often get when picking up my kids.
For the first time I felt freedom from this burden of constant guilt I had carried for over 20 years. I sat at my kitchen table and thanked God for getting me through these 20+ years of single-motherhood.
I am a walking miracle, I am living proof of God’s promises in Scriptures. My Bible is marked up with promise after promise. Not just letters on the page, no, fulfilled promises! Like this one:
“…Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands…” Isaiah 49:15-16
Peace washed over me, a peace I knew came from God. A peace from knowing He had never left my side, He had never forgotten.
“A calling is more than a career; it’s the purpose and direction of your life.” Jeff Goins
What have I learned from reading the book “The Art of Work?”
It’s never too late to follow your calling.
No matter where you are in life, you still have a chance to do what matters most, what you were called to do.
Don’t discard the time of apprenticeship.
Be grateful for times when you have a chance to learn something new. But also don’t think the times are wasted when you think what you’re doing is so mundane and useless. It isn’t. These times prepare you for what’s ahead.
Be grateful for the people in your life that have come alongside to train you, to help you succeed.
“True practice is not just about learning a skill; it’s about investing the time and energy necessary to discern if this is what you are meant to do. It’s about using difficulty to discover what resonates and what does not. And as you see what does, you will take one more step in the right direction.” Jeff Goins
“Failure isn’t what prevents us from success, it’s what leads us there.” Jeff Goins
If you’re not doing it, you’re not failing. That’s true. But you’re also not moving forward, especially not toward your calling.
Your/my life is a portfolio.
This was probably the most cherished chapter for me in this book. It has been hard to nail down one thing that I’m good at. The idea of my life being a portfolio has released me from the pressure to always narrow down my activities. I can be good at more than just one thing!
“Having a portfolio mindset toward work will make you a more well-rounded person and set you up for success in this new economy.” Jeff Goins
“Who knows how your past experiences and current interests might dance together to create something unique and wonderful?” Jeff Goins
I could write a blog post on every chapter! I highly recommend it!
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Saleken lives in Vancouver, BC. He has a BA in film and television studies from the University of British Columbia, and he attended the 2010 Werner Herzog Rogue Film School in New Jersey.
In 2013, Saleken won the Most Promising Filmmaker award at the Spokane International Film Festival. His short films have screened at film festivals around the world. Patterson’s Wager is Saleken’s first feature film.
When asked about the idea for this film, Saleken explains: “The main idea for Patterson’s Wager came from a short story called12:05 that I wrote a few years ago. I enjoy putting one fantastical element into an otherwise realistic story. In the case of the short story (and, later, screenplay), I decided to explore what would happen if someone had the unpredictable and uncontrollable ability to see two minutes into the future.”
The film boasts a stellar cast of talented Canadian actors, including Fred Ewanuick (Corner Gas, Dan for Mayor), Chelah Horsdal (Hell on Wheels, Arrow), Alex Zahara (Once Upon a Time), Michelle Creber (Strange Empire), Anne Openshaw (The Grey), and Garry Chalk (AMC’s The Killing).
Saleken wrote Patterson’s Wager in the summer of 2012, his seventh feature screenplay. In early 2013, as he was experiencing some festival success (including Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival) with his short film The Vehicle, he says, “I started seriously considering the idea maybe I should empty my savings account and actually make one of these screenplays.”
The film was written, directed, produced, edited and self-financed by Saleken. He is amazed and proud of what was achieved.
“Thanks to an all-volunteer crew and great cast (who all agreed to work for only $100 a day), we managed to get the whole movie done in only 12 ½ days, considering it had 20+ speaking parts, three different time periods and 19 locations, which ranged from a casino to an 1885 logging camp.”
Saleken says he was in a constant state of appreciation.
“There were numerous times while on the set that I found myself amazed at the fact that all of these people bustling around me were there for the sole purpose of bringing to life these words I had typed onto my computer a year previously. It was a rather humbling notion to consider.”
He continues, “In the end, though, I really could not be more proud of the finished movie. There is really nothing that I would go back and do differently. This is exactly, and then some, the movie I wanted to make.”
Paul H. Boge, WR2R Film Festival founder and coordinator, finds that “one of the greatest joys in doing film festivals is having a world premiere.”
In 2013, the WR2R Film Festival screened two world premieres in the feature documentary category: The New Northwest Passage by author and filmmaker Cameron Dueck and Living with Lava by Theo M. Goble from London, England.
Patterson’s Wager will screen on Fri. Feb. 20 at 6:30 pm and on Sat. Feb. 21 at 8 pm.
The 5th annual Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival will take place Feb. 17-22, 2015 at the North Kildonan MB Church, 1315 Gateway Road. For more info check out www.winnipegfilmfestival.com
I love to be right. Here, I said it. I love black and white, right and wrong. Most of the time I don’t hold back on telling people around me what’s right and what’s wrong, and it has gotten me in to more trouble than I’d like to admit.
These days a war is going on in my mind. For weeks now I have been thinking about the right and wrong of this situation. It has nothing to do with me. This person is doing something wrong, and if I’m really honest, it’s none of my business. I’m probably the only one who knows about the wrongdoing.
This morning I started mulling it over in my head, again… I got so worked up with the debate in my head that I barely missed what God was telling me.
“Keep your mouth shut!”
“Don’t say a word!”
Gulp! Did I hear that right? God, don’t you see what this person is doing? Don’t you see it’s not right. It simply isn’t right!
And again I felt God say, “Keep it shut! I don’t want you entangled in this mess.”
For a few hours I was still stewing on it. How could God let this slide?
I so wanted to help God out on this one. And I wanted this dealt with right here and now. I had my sentences ready in my mind for days now.
Then I started thinking about the real reason for being so upset with this situation.
What was it that set me off on this self-righteous trip? It turns out I am experiencing some injustice these days. It’s out of my hands. I can’t do much about it. And so by wishing someone would stand up for me and call out this wrong I thought I would score some points with people (and with God) by turning in this person’s wrongdoing.
It turns out, God doesn’t see it the same way. He doesn’t want me to say a word. He doesn’t want me in the fight. He wants me on the sidelines of this one.
Moses’ words to the people of Israel came to mind:
“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today… The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:13-14 New Living Translation
The LORD himself will fight for the injustice I’m in, and God will also take care of this person’s wrongdoing. HE will do it. My order today is to “just stay calm,” keep my mouth shut and not say a word.
Listen to the words of this song. What is God’s love calling you to? May you find courage to take up arms when God calls you to, but also have courage to stay quiet and calm when God decides to fight for you. May you find refuge under the cross of Jesus.
This one is very close to my heart. I’ve read it many times since.
“Heal me,” is a prayer I have prayed more than any other.
“Adam and Eve had a falling out with God and a falling out with each other. Nature fell out of whack, and the human body out of balance. The Fall was exactly that: a fall from wholeness. Sin opened the door, and sickness walked in.” (page 49, “Before Amen”)
Heal me! Is that an unreasonable prayer? Read more
I have clung to these words with super glue. When you’re a single mom of three, you know you will face deep waters. I will face rivers of difficulty. Oh, and the fire of oppression is no cozy, warming fire.
I will never forget the dark, starless night when I stood at the living room window of our country house in the middle of nowhere in Manitoba. I saw the taillights of my husband’s vehicle turn left at the end of our long driveway. He left never to return.
Deep waters. Rivers of difficulty. Fire of oppression.
I was in “deep waters” when I moved after my divorce from Canada to Germany. My kids were 6, 4 and 2. I needed to find employment, a place to live, enroll my oldest in school, find daycare for the two youngest.
Yes, the waters were deep. Many times I felt like I was drowning, I feared I wouldn’t have the strength to come up for air again. But you know what? I didn’t drown.
I didn’t drown because I was never alone!
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you!”
I get goosebumps just taking in this promise. God is with me!
When I felt I was losing my mind and couldn’t go on anymore, I remember uttering the only words I could think of: “God, please help me!”
Even though family and some friends helped along the way, they could not get me out of the deep waters I was in. At the end of the day they went to their homes, and I was left with my little children to fight yet another night, another day to survive the deep waters.
“I will be with you.”
I am living proof that God is indeed with us! Whatever deep waters you are facing today, look up to the One who will guide you through. God will even carry you, if necessary.
“The key to peace is authority. When we allow the Prince of Peace to govern our lives, peace either immediately or ultimately results. Peace accompanies authority.” Beth Moore
This quote from this week’s Bible study “Breaking Free” by Beth Moore got me thinking about times in my life when I was completely at peace, though my circumstances were difficult, complicated to say the least.
Why am I anxious and restless in far less complicated situations but have peace when the world around me is crushing?
Is it because I think I can handle smaller “situations” myself but need God for the real big ones?
God offers peace to us in any and all circumstances. However, there’s a condition: I’ve got to put my trust in Him and have my mind set on God. God wants authority over my life.
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” Isaiah 26:3
To surrender my life under God’s authority is not a price to pay. His peace is a gift that results from our surrender and the knowledge He is in control of our circumstances, our families, all of it.
Jesus told his disciples in John 14:27:
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
What is it you’re facing today? Are you in need of some peace of mind and heart? It’s a gift! Go to Jesus and receive this gift!
The year I turned 40, things changed. One sickness chased another. I’ve been diagnosed with several chronic diseases. Most of them are what I call “invisible diseases.” It’s hard to explain Ménière’s disease or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Interestingly enough, on days I feel the worst I get the most compliments on how good I look. Read more