Focusing on God’s Discretion for 2011

I’m back from my blogging and social media break, though I couldn’t put the brakes on family life. It was at top speed, but in a good way mostly.

As I’ve spent the last few weeks brainstorming and praying over a ministry plan for 2011, the word that comes to mind is “discretion.” I think that’s because in my busy season of family life, I must pray for it and follow its lead as the Lord provides it, even moreso than in the past.

One of the definitions of discretion is the “ability or power to decide responsibly.” And since the Lord teaches in Philippians 2:13 that it is He who works in me to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose, I know He will do so.

So here’s God’s plan of discretion for’s 2011:

I believe God wants me to keep His writing and speaking ministry for me at a slow and steady pace for now, speeding up, slowing down & braking whenever the Holy Spirit leads. My blog purpose will be changing somewhat, though…it will be more of a journal–sharing thoughts, feelings and struggles of my everyday life and how God is showing up in them. I will veer from a “teaching style” to a “sharing style.” I will not be pursuing any new speaking events, but if and/or when a request comes in, I will discuss it with my hubby and kids to see how it fits in with the family plan. They are all supportive of the speaking events, but it requires sacrifices on their parts, so I’m asking them to be more involved in the decision process. Since God brought these ideas to my mind several times after a great deal of prayer and my husband has given his nod of affirmation, I know God will use this plan for His purposes and glory.

In the next few days, I’ll be sharing the personal verse He has given me to be accountable to for the new year. I’m excited to see what He’s up to!

Would love to hear what the Lord is speaking into you these days…so shoot.

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26 Responses to Focusing on God’s Discretion for 2011

  1. shona neff says:

    I’ve been thinking about you lately…thinking I’d not seen you much. I like your goals, and, yes, sometimes we have to slow down to accommodate our families…they are, after all, our first ministry. I look forward to your thoughts and new focus ๐Ÿ™‚
    shona neff recently posted..Word for Today โ€“ Philippians 4-5

  2. Lisa Mikitarian says:

    Discretion is a most noble and worthy goal. Praying for you in the New Year regarding all your decision making.

  3. Maria says:

    The Lord has been speaking to me about trusting Him and exercising my faith through prayer. 2011 will be all that the Lord has ordained it to be. I’m excited and prayerful!! Glad you’re back!

  4. Laury says:

    It’s so good to see you back, Laura, but I know you’ve never stopped ministering. I can’t wait to see what God has for you in 2011. You have lots of cheerleaders and prayer warriors, don’t forget that!!!

    Love you and so appreciate how you touch my life in so many ways!
    Laury recently posted..B90X – Week 1

  5. Mari says:

    Big hug for my LaLee. Your family is blessed to have a woman who seeks God’s face and has their best interest in mind.
    Love you!
    Mari recently posted..Show Some Mik Chik Love!

  6. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Shona. I hope your year is getting off to a great start. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. LauraLeeShaw says:

    He is good to lead! I know He has high goals for you this year too. Praying for you, my friend.

  8. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Maria, faith through prayer, love that. Prayer is one of the focuses of my 2011 verse as well, which I’ll be writing about soon. I’m excited for you! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. LauraLeeShaw says:

    We never stop ministering, do we? All of our life is for HIm. YOur constant cheering and prayers have gotten me through these last few hard months. Thank you, Laury Love. Cheering for you too!

  10. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks for that big hug, Mari! And your words of affirmation mean even more, thank you! Love you too.

  11. Awesome! Praying for u my friend!

  12. Janis Fletcher says:

    You know I have laid down the capes. Yep, they are all gone. I was feeling unsure but was focusing hard on being still and letting God. He placed Catherine (my friend that is battling breast cancer) back into my life. Ministering one on one is what HE is teaching me. I’m listening with both ears “Wide Open” and I can hardly take it all in.
    Serving HIM,

  13. Kristi says:

    My husband went into the hospital on Christmas Eve and was in for 5 days. On New Years Eve he ended up having emergency surgery for a perforated colon and here we are in the hospital again. I thought that I was trusting God there in the beginning while I was juggling the holidays with three young girls, trying not to disappoint or scare them, being with my husband as much as possible. I was constantly in go-mode and though it was incredibly hard I thought I was doing well. When our parents came to assist us and I found myself with no one to take care of I realized just how not-in-control of things I really was. I have found the real test for me has come in the quietness of chaos when all I can hear is the roar of my fears and my thoughts are racing and my heart is breaking. The last 48 hours I have begun to understand how to rejoice in His strength and be thankful for my weakness. How many times have I read those verses yet not understood. To God be the glory for the healing He has begun in my husband and for the growth in my heart that causes me to look a bit more like His Son.

  14. Vonnie says:

    Welcome back, Lalee. (((hugs)))
    I know it’s a juggling act to be a mother/wife/writer/etc. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and seeing what the Lord is teaching you this year.

  15. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks, Tara. I look forward to hearing what’s going on with you!

  16. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Janis, I’ve been so blessed to watch you go through this transition, and especially being a part of praying for Catherine. God is using you, clearly and powerfully so. Love you, my sister.

  17. LauraLeeShaw says:

    “I have found the real test for me has come in the quietness of chaos when all I can hear is the roar of my fears and my thoughts are racing and my heart is breaking.”

    Oh, wow, Kristi, I had no idea. I’m adding you to my prayer journal right now. Please keep me posted.

    Your statement above is so true. I just wrote 2 Cor. 12:9 on a sticky today to remind me of what you stated. “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

    I sat by my mother in a hospital bed after a perforated colon, and I well remember the fear and the uncertainty, the decisions, the ups and downs. My heart goes out to you and my prayers are being poured out to the One who sees and heals. Love you, my sister. Thanks for sharing.

  18. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks for your understanding, Vonnie, and especially the encouragement. I feel your hugs!

  19. Joanne Sher says:

    You know I’m praying for you. Love ya dear – and looking forward to future posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Patty Wysong says:

    You are always such an encouragement to me, La. Love you muchly.
    Patty Wysong recently posted..Marching Orders- by My Spirit

  21. Kristi says:

    We found out that my husband might be coming home tomorrow. So here I’ve been terrified because I’m going to do the bandaging of this enormous incision. Scared because his spirits are down and I don’t think that I can hold everyone up at the same time. Running around the house because there isn’t room to have all that stuff by the bed. Cleaning because it’s too dusty for him to come home to with his “wound”. Snapping at the kids because they’ve left all their stuff out. I finally felt the pressure of the moment and hid behind my computer so as to stop eruptting on everyone around me and lo and behold… your response to my message. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” How quickly I picked up my yoke to do it on my own. Thank you for your response. I thank God for using you as His instrument. I am going to take a deep breathe and go back upstairs holding God’s hand as I go apologize to my kids for being a crab!! How quickly I skipped to the fearing for the things uncertain instead of being thankful for the miracles performed already. I appreciate your prayers so much. Thank you.

  22. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Precious Kristi, I’ve been there so many times. My heart goes out to you. Sure wish I could help tangibly in some way, but I know God will provide you all that you need. Our family lifegroup is doing a Max Lucado Bible Study right now, and my lesson this morning was on “The Power of a Timid Prayer.” Two of the verses that were emphasized was Mark 9:24, “Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” and Isaiah 40:11, “He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart…”

    There is such power in these Truths and it ministered to me so much. I hope it gives you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time. praying for you, dear sister.

  23. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks for your faithful and eager prayers. Love you, Jo!

  24. LauraLeeShaw says:

    I love you too, Peej. God is good to give us mutual encouragement through our ministry friendship.

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