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I am a clean-desk wannabe.
I have good intentions of organizational bliss in my office. Every year, I make New Year’s resolutions to clear away the never-ending, ever-growing piles of bills, notes, rough drafts, to-do lists, and coupons. The rare times I manage to clear the clutter on my desk, piles reappear within an hour or two.
Beyond good intentions and resolutions, I dream of a desk with vast, pristine spaces free from distractions that derail productivity and dull creativity. Pinning photos of drool-worthy offices keeps me living in denial. The denial is that despite my good intentions, I’m actually a desk-slob at heart. (Oh, the shame)!
When the mess on my desk becomes too much to bear and I can stand myself no longer, I migrate to another room, inflicting my creative chaos elsewhere in the house. Really, any flat surface will do.
You might be under the impression that dining room tables are for eating, but they are wonderful places to lay out a chapter. Cutting and pasting isn’t just for computers. There are times in my writing process where I need to see an entire chapter and physically touch the paper, write notes, draw arrows, and move paragraphs around. A good chapter is usually about 6 feet taped-together pages.
Yes, I know that there are technological solutions to my messiness, but for a paper-addict like me, there are times a computer screen leaves me overwhelmed and feeling cross-eyed.
Escaping my messy desk is not the only reason I wander to other writing spaces. Due to issues with my neck, back, and wrist, I find that changing my physical position from sitting to standing relieves the discomfort I battle on a daily basis.
I’ve added a standing desk to my office, which is another opportunity to create more mess! I’m learning to set my timer as a reminder to get up every 30 minutes. I often do a quick house chore or let the dogs out to break up the strain of sitting too long.
Keeping my essentials in a basket enables me to be mobile with my workspace. Saving my work in the cloud enables me to move easily from my desktop to my laptop. I love to write outside on my screened in porch when the weather is nice. Fresh air and the beauty of nature inspires me, bringing a contentment to my soul, and a reprieve from my messy desk.
My most unusual writing session happened when writing about the power of surrender and forgiveness. When I needed a different atmosphere for writing, God prompted me to head outside, lighting our deck with candles. Listening to worship music and working by candlelight became holy ground for the most powerful chapter of my book. In the quiet of a still, summer night, writing became a deep act of worship. I could have written those particular words half buried by the debris on my desk.
So yes, I’m a clean-desk wannabe, but I’ve learned to accept the fact that I’d rather write than clean. There may be time tomorrow to organize my desk, but for today, I just want to write.
More about Holy in the Moment
Holy moments are yours for the choosing.
If you choose holiness in this moment, what difference could it make?
Dispelling the perception that holiness is a standard of conduct rather than a gift to receive, Holy in the Moment includes Ginger’s personal journey in finding help and hope for anxiety, people-pleasing, perfectionism, and insecurity as well as biblical insights and simple ideas to enjoy a deeper life with freedom in Christ.
Confusing holiness with productivity and performance, it’s all too easy to scurry through the day leaving a trail of the undone that calls out condemnations and spurs us to try harder to please God.
Feeling less, we take on more, and try harder, be better, do more is the rant of souls that have swallowed the compelling lies of this chaotic, bent world. The myth that we can do it all, have it all and be it all drives us to lose focus with too many yes’s and too many should’s.
What a relief to recognize we don’t have to make ourselves holy and acceptable to God. Rather than requiring our perfection, God simply asks us to offer ourselves, to place our lives in His hands.
In Holy in the Moment, Ginger will help you:
- overcome distractions, negative thinking, and shame
- address challenging emotions, live a praying life and discover the importance of rest
- choose biblical love and forgiveness
- understand how work becomes holy
- practice holiness in parenting and friendships
The truth is that holiness is a secret to freedom and joy, empowering us to live out of our identity in Christ. How do we bring the reality of grace, healing, and holiness into our daily experience? How do find the holy in the hard times of life? How do we bring our thoughts, emotions, and actions in line with our faith?
One choice at a time.
Read an excerpt from Holy in the Moment HERE
Ginger Harrington, is a retired Marine spouse and mom of three young adults and two dachshunds. Author of Holy in the Moment, she is an award-winning blogger and motivational speaker. A co-founder of Planting Roots: Strength to Thrive in Military Life, a military-focused non-profit, Ginger serves as coordinator of publishing, speaks at regional conferences, and assists with social media. With a dash of quirky humor, Ginger entertains and inspires audiences with characters such as The Queen of Good Intentions, Can’t-Get-It-Together Girl, and My Inner Wimp to enliven her messages. She writes at GingerHarrington.com and Planting Roots, and has provided content for and Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s LightWorkers.com, Guideposts, MilitaryNavs, (in)courage, More to Be, and others. She lives in Virginia.