Happy July 1st – It’s UBC Time Again!

Happy July 1st! I am once again endeavoring to participate in AND COMPLETE the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

Yes, I’m back in  the “blogosphere,” trying to recall what happened during the last three months since I last posted and why it has taken me this long to get back to blogging!


But then again, it’s better to NOT look back, but instead, focus forward! It’s a new day, the first day of a new month, and the beginning of the second half of 2013 .


Time for new beginnings! I always think of first days (of a week, month, year, or a season) as that proverbial clean slate, representing an opportunity to start fresh and new.


You may think of it as a new notepad or a blank Word document, or an empty text field in an online environment, such as here in a blog, or on Facebook or a forum, or for written assignments for work or school.

If you are artistic or creative, a clean slate for you may represent an artist’s canvas, or a quilter may look at her fresh stack of fabrics and the intended design from a book or magazine. Unmarked needlepoint canvas, aida cloth, or rug-hooking fabric…a lump of modeling clay or supplies for candlemaking … so many things represent the opportunity to start fresh and new.


In order for these new things to come to fruition, however, we have to cooperate with the Master Designer and follow His directions, if we want to see the beauty of His plan for our lives.


In writing, I know fellow students and writers can relate to the mockery of the partially finished assignment or story, when words just seem to cease flowing…or on a second (third, fourth) read-through, you suddenly don’t like what you wrote or see the need for drastic changes.


I think many people who do any kind of crafty projects can relate to what happens by NOT following directions, or trying to substitute our own solutions, or attempting to copy some other design–this usually results in a mess or important pieces missing, and things just don’t come out quite right.


I know there have been times when I misaligned quilt blocks, or used the wrong color floss or yarn in a stitching project — the “oopsy” tends to get your attention quickly!


When we run out of words, run out of the right color floss or yarn, or run out of thread…or when we have too many of the wrong words, colors of thread or fabric, and not enough of the right ones…any of these issues can lead to an incomplete or error-filled project that wasn’t part of the original plan or design.


So it is with our lives, if we veer off the intended path God has for our lives–if we try to go our own way, or try to be like someone else instead of who we are supposed to be–it interferes with the completed picture or plan God intends for our lives.


Sometimes we need a course correction to get back on track. It’s up to each of us whether we want to resist and have tantrums, like toddlers kicking and screaming when forced to do something against their strong wills, or consent and go along peacefully, knowing that God’s ultimate plan for our lives is good.


Jeremiah 29:11 — For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”


What about you? Are you on track or do you need some kind of course correction to get back on track? Are you participating in the UBC?


Have an enjoyable summer!


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9 comments to “Happy July 1st – It’s UBC Time Again!”

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  1. Brett Dupree - July 1, 2013 Reply

    I am participating and I am having a wonderful time!
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  2. Rachel Z Cornell - July 1, 2013 Reply

    On track and y..y..y…yes….I think I am participating.

  3. Janet Stephenson (@JanetLouise8) - July 1, 2013 Reply

    Lovely post! I find that for me, a clean slate is a fresh notebook or sketch pad… or a brand new month, starting on a Monday.
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  4. Author Bek Mugridge (@bekmugridge) - July 2, 2013 Reply

    I really love a fresh slate, it is so refreshing 🙂
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  5. Francene Stanley - July 2, 2013 Reply

    I’m participating in the UBC, and loving it. I use news stories to inspire me every morning. I hope I’m on the right track. I call it views on news. My own perspective on things happening in the world.
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  6. Heather - July 2, 2013 Reply

    I’m like you; beginning of the month or week is a “start over” when I want to try again. I haven’t written in a while, either. My goal for this year was to write at least once a week. And though it has been almost two weeks since my last blog post I’m a little ahead of my goal for 52 posts in 2013 so I think I’ll be ok. However, I need to get back to it. Thanks for the great post, K’Lee.
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  7. Lorena - July 2, 2013 Reply

    I’m all about new notebooks for fresh ideas–it’s nice to be undistracted by things that have come before.

    But…I think that if you accept the idea of a Master Designer, then perhaps you have to accept that there is no “off track”–not saying there’s no such thing as free will and the opportunity to “screw up”–but I do think that the plan for our life experiences includes the growth we get from getting off track. You can’t “gone and forgotten” the past–specifically, unless something happens that creates amnesia (and I’m not certain even here), you are never going to have a blank slate–your past shaped who you (we) are today, just as today creates who we are tomorrow.
    Lorena recently posted..see only beauty, feel only love

  8. marilyn - July 2, 2013 Reply

    Hi Klee
    I used to be an avid blogger on my personal blog and even though my business blog is full I still feel that I could blog much more so I am going to post more and maybe try this blog challenge. I am afraid that Facebook is taking up my time 🙁

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