Updates on My Progress and the WIP Wednesday Link-Up

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I thought I would update you on a few of the things I’ve shared with you here at Work in Progress Wednesday.

During our first ever WIP Wednesday, I talked about wanting to memorize Scripture more and mentioned joining up with the ladies at Do Not Depart for accountability. I have signed up to begin memorizing 1 Peter 1 with them next week!

Then I talked about finding rest and trusting God’s plan–especially in regards to this blog. Let’s just say that one is definitely still a work in progress. I find myself conflicted between wanting to improve at my craft to better serve the readers and the hidden motive of wanting to “improve” to increase the numbers. It’s a daily battle.

Literally–daily, I tell myself, “The Lord has got this. Let it be.” What is your it?<—Click to Tweet!

Next up was my vision for Tot School with Thomas. I did faithfully write my lesson plans, so that I have some to go from now for August. However, I realized I wrote out way more stuff than we are getting done. Partially because I just wrote too much and partially because I’m not making enough of an effort to do the activities. We’ve done well at reading our Bible story. What seems to work for us is reading during meal times. He will actually sit still and listen to the whole story!

I shared with you my desire to be mentored and call to mentor. I’m really excited to say that I am meeting my my mentee TODAY! I hope she is as excited as I am. I’m looking forward to seeing what God does with this relationship! This post really seemed to resonate with a lot of you–I’m wondering if any of you have stepped out as well. Leave a comment and let me know!

Writing mission statements was also a post that lots of people related to. I would love to read your mission statements if you’ve written them! Share in the comments or link-up to your page that shows your mission statement. I have yet to do anything towards getting our mission statements in print and posted–mostly because that requires funds that I don’t have right now. I do have a lovely friend kindly offered to help me out with it once she gets her shop up and running.

The next post was just about feeling stuck and being tired. Some days are just like that, right?

Finally, last week I talked about really wanting to be more consistent on writing my eBook even if its just a couple of hours a week. I’m excited to say I wrote both Tuesday and Thursday last week for an hour each day. I feel better knowing I at least did something! I took some of y’all’s suggestions too and have gotten some post-its to write down my ideas when they come to me and I can’t write them out.

I hope this post wasn’t too much of a bore. I wanted to let you know where I am though in working through some of the things I’ve shared.

Have you done something as a result of something you read on WIP Wednesday (either my posts or someone else’s)? Please share in the comments!

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Work In Progress Wednesday

 It’s time for the WIP (Work in Progress) Wednesday Link-Up! 

This week’s featured post: Sarah from Truth in the Journey Wrote: On the Source of Inspiration where she talks about our need for God’s Word daily. Y’all know that’s my kind of post!

What is God doing in your life? Link up a post below or let’s chat in the comments! Please make sure you link back to newlifesteward.com! This helps promote the community and allows everyone’s posts to be shared. :) If you aren’t sure how to do that, e-mail me! I’ll be glad to help!

Link Up Rules:

  • Please link to the post’s permalink so that it will go directly to the post you want us to read.
  • In the “Name” space, put the title of your post.
  • Limit 3 Links per week.
  • Please take time to visit the blogger before you and encourage them in their comments.
  • Use Hashtag #WIPwed when you tweet about your post!
  • One Post will be featured each week from the previous week’s Linky!
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This post is linked with thanks to:

Works for Me Wednesday
Women in the Word Wednesday
Living Well Wednesday
Unwrapping His Promises

God Bumps and God-Incidences
Whatever Wednesday
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  1. bethcranford says:

    I just found your blog today, and by the looks of things I’m going to be here for a while! You’ve got some great looking articles here. (I’m right there with you on the constant temptation to work on “the numbers”)
    I’ll try to link up next week, this week is full already! Good for you!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed what you’ve found so far! I’m currently on a little break from consistent blogging as I await the birth of my second child (any day now!) so the link-up is on hold! Sorry! I hope you will check back in the fall as I hope to get things going again once we all settle in! Mary Beth

      • bethcranford says:

        Silly me, I didn’t even notice the date. I found this page through a list of link-ups.
        Congratulations on your baby, I’ll pray that all goes well and that you have a wonderful summer!

  2. I have enjoyed reading your posts lately, they inspire me!! It is a blessing to see young women on fire for the Lord and determined to raise their family for God’s glory.

    Thank you for linking up with me at WholeHearted-Home Wednesdays at Haven of Rest. I hope to see you again tomorrow. Continue to share all the things that will encourage other women to walk closely with the Lord.

  3. Definitely not a bore. The updates keep us connected and personally motivate me to keep moving forward. Here’s my question about the mission statement (if you have time to respond)…what are the chances life experiences or the upcoming conference will have such an impact on me that I’ll have to scrap what I have so far and want to edit my mission statement? Maybe I’m over thinking and I’m just afraid to commit? :) I’ll keep praying. Thanks Mary Beth!

    • So I’m definitely not the expert, but here is my two cents: My your personal mission statement broad enough that it is timeless. I’ve had mine since my freshman year of college-almost ten years. I revisit it almost every 3-4 years and find I wouldn’t change anything. Of course if you wanted to change something, I don’t see why you couldn’t. Now, a blog mission statement you do want to be more specific because you want it to tell people what to expect when they come to your site. So it might not hurt to wait until after the conference, especially if you feel like you don’t have clear direction yet. Maybe writing your personal mission statement will help give insight into the blog one.

  4. A mission statement is something I’ve been mulling over. I just don’t even know where to begin. I understand the pull of wanting to perfect our craft, for His glory, and the constant feeling of wanting to attract attention. I linked up today. Excited!

    • Maybe start by reading some other folks’ mission statements to get a feel for structure and basic ideas?! I had a hard time getting started too! So glad you joined us!

  5. I’ve been really thinking about a mission statement lately. I hope to work on in in the next couple of weeks. I love this link up by the way!

  6. I really need to work more on a mission statement… That’s come up a lot lately for some reason. Thanks for sharing !

  7. CrazyBlessed says:

    I love your mission statement! Its the same one my hubby & I have. And that our youth group has. :) It’s rock solid! Keep challenging us. Love it. :)

  8. I enjoyed reading this and wish it there was more time for me to read more. Tomorrow is another day :-)

  9. bluecottonmemory says:

    Having a mission statement for my life really helps to stop me from running around like a chicken with my head off – it gives me peace, helps me focus on the things God wants me to focus on – and allows me to find fulfillment instead of feeling inadequate. I have one for my blog, too – and that helps tremendously.

    I’m so glad I stopped by today – your blog is so encouraging – and I love your lists. I get so much more accomplished with them. I need to use them more often!


  10. Looks like you’re doing great to me! With a little one around…you’re doing great! And I’m really impressed with how you’ve developed your blog like you have in such a short time! Nice Job!!

  11. Thanks for sharing how you are doing with the things you’ve written about – good accountability, and a good example for others!

  12. I love how you share your updates. Keeps me accountable too thinking about it. wanted to comment I love the tweet it button you have within your post. how do you do that? is that a special widget? I appreciate you hosting this link up each week – I always discover a new blogger. Thanks!

    • I’m glad you are connecting with others!!

      It’s not a widget. You can go to clicktotweet.com and it will generate a link for you. Then you just copy and paste it into your post.

      I actually create the links myself so that if clicktotweet ever went down or out of service, my links won’t break. It’s rather easy. You can shoot me an e-mail at newlifesteward @ gmail . com if you’d like to know how to build it yourself.

  13. Wow, I’m impressed! Way to keep yourself accountable and motivate yourself! Motivation is definitely the hardest obstacle :-)

  14. I have always wanted a mentor in my spiritual walk. And I guess I never thought about it but I guess what my desire on my blog is is to be a sort of mentor. Have a great time today!

  15. Way to go MB! So excited for you and your mentee!

  16. JosephPote says:

    Mary Beth, it is so nice reading your transparent posts and realizing that I’m not the only one who is still a work in progress…nor am I the only one still struggling week-to-week (or is that weak-to-weak?) to sort out what the plan is.
    Thank you for your honest sharing!

  17. Look at you holding yourself accountable! You know you’ve inspired me to write a mission statement. I’m in the progress of doing that. Will let you know when I’ve completed it! Hugs to you!

  18. Sounds like a lot is going on! God bless you in your time with your mentee today! I’m working on some writing also, and recovering the practice of fasting. We’re waiting to hear back from the state toward our adoption…praying..:)

  19. Congrats on getting some writing done on your ebook! That’s the thing you’ve encouraged me to do. I’m wrapping up some things and getting ready to do a little traveling in Sept, but I’ve collected my notes and hope to get started when the kids are back at college.

    Blessings to you today, my friend. Write on!

  20. Christina@toshowthemjesus.com says:

    I love to hear how God is at work in other’s lives. I keep meaning to write a blog mission statement but haven’t. Thanks for sharing this update!

  21. Great post girly! Keeping ourselves accountable is important. Watch for my post tomorrow ;) Love ya sis!


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