Determining Winter TIME

Snow through the sunroom window

Snow through the sunroom window

It is winter TIME = determined TIME to get started on winter projects and prepare for spring.  To experience success is to master the art of seizing the day and making the most of it.  I find it to be true that setting goals within a framework of specific time usually results in goals being accomplished in half the time.  I am often asked how I get so much done.  Having a plan and determining to do it definitely helps, but there is more to it.

A truly successful person is one who embraces spiritual life and time in Christ.  Our TIME becomes His TIME.  The concept of TIME–what to do and when and how to do it–takes on an entirely new dimension because we have submitted to the aid of a partner with extraordinary skills.  As the Bible says in Ephesians 5:16–redeem the time because the days are evil.  Loosely translated, the author Paul cautions us to make the most of our time, walking wisely in it, especially in light of evil days.  The wisdom in the walk comes from our partner, Christ.  He is our spiritual GPS system.  We need guidance as the days become more evil.

So I begin a new year with the usual goals–starting my Rutgers tomato seeds next month, outlining a book for a new Bible study, beginning another publishing project, and maintaining the weekly teaching responsibilities I have with prayer and study.  But my ear is attuned to the leading of Christ who redirects and perfects my days perfectly. A successful person is one that redeems the time, making the most of their days while walking in Christ.




About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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