It’s three o’clock in the afternoon and I have been meaning to sit down and write this blog since 10:30 this morning. I just kept getting distracted, on purpose.

There were the flower pots that needed watering especially in these last few weeks before the cooling winds and creeping darkness let them know their time is up. Bless their “impatiens” little hearts, they left their finest blooming to these last few weeks. A grand exit.

There was the over-abundance of vegetables I purchased at Trader Joes yesterday, in my effort to replace sugar with greens, that needed washing and cutting. (I’ll let you know how that goes…)

There was the pile of junk mail to sort through and clip all the coupons we will never use. Oh, and the bird feeders were empty and laundry needed to be done. Etc., Etc., Etc.……

All the while hearing the still, small voice telling me to write. But at the same time hearing my not so small internal voice telling me to fret and stress and over think. Preventing me from putting fingers to the keyboard.

At Well Time this morning we talked about Inspiration and what inspires you. A quote from actress/comedian Tina Fey struck me. She said “Don’t overthink it, just go down the waterslide!”

How often our over thinking paralyzes us and keeps good things from happening. We don’t use our gifts. We allow distractions, doubts, and fears to keep us from finding the muchness in life, and in ourselves.

In Kobi Yamada’s book, Finding Muchness – How to Add More Life to Life, he says “Muchness is the full-hearted abundance of hope, joy and imagination that each of us has when we come into this world. It is there for us to love, to dare, to dream, to create and to live our best life. But over time, as we take on more responsibilities and worries, our doubts and fears have a way of growing with us. And because of this, we can lose much of our muchness.

I think another way to put this is the abundant life that Jesus promised us and the Holy Spirit fulfills in us, if we hand over the reins. A life in the Spirit is a life of muchness. A freedom to love, to dare, to dream, to create and to live our best life.

Writing to you each week puts me in touch with my muchness. It’s what adds a little bit more life to my life. It’s where I experience the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. That  sure beats clipping coupons.

What puts you in touch with your muchness?


Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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