It's been a little while since I have taken the time to talk about what has been going on. I wrote in early March about an important decision God cleared up for me (read my post Ups and Downs). Since then He has blessed me in a few more ways relating to my work.
Practically all my interests can be done at home. This is convenient and definitely relaxing but there is always the problem of making sure you get it done and separate your work from your home. Do you understand my meaning? Just like you must leave your work at the "shop", so you must set an unswerving deadline when you stop your "work" and pick up home life. For a family such as mine, this is immensely hard and practically never works. But as for me personally, I set up some lucrative guidelines that are occasionally defined by physical weakness. At least I have good intentions, right?
Okay, that didn't quite end up the way I expected. Moving on...
My desire is to write but I suppose I am too picky because I don't want to write just anything. I can but you are going to see a lot more creativity and personality if it is within my interests. Some say I should grasp whatever opportunity comes my way. Maybe I should but I've always had some problem doing that. Call it spoiled. But I know God has something for me. And if my heart just isn't in a particular opportunity it never will be which causes me to realize it most likely isn't what God intends for me.
With my blog I've written on a variety of subjects --pretty much whatever interests me at the moment-- and have had a good time doing it. But it has taken me a while to find my niche. Or niches. (Don't tell me a person can't have more than one).
In discovering the Okeanos Explorer expeditions in 2013 I have found an area that I really enjoy writing in. Ocean research has fascinated me since I was little. In highschool I chose marine biology and maritime archaeology. So after watching live footage of ocean exploration I took advantage of the chance to write about what I was seeing. (If you visit my Marine Science page you will see a list of the posts from that time as well as others since). This gave me some good experience so that this year I am able to take a step up.
Recently, SCUBA News, a site featuring news from all areas of ocean research and activity, accepted my offer to write articles for them. They have published two of my articles so far (check them out here and here) and look forward to more of my work in the future. These articles have caught the attention of some of NOAA's Ocean Explorer division and thus opened another door of opportunity. The potential both excites and scares me, as all new things do. I sometimes wonder if I have what it takes. But I also know that this is God's answer to my prayers of where He wants me.
God never said living for Him would be easy, but He did say it would be the best of the best if we did. I know I have bumped along and worried and fretted like everyone else over what I should do and how it's not turning out like I hoped. I spent years worrying on this subject until God showed me that I wouldn't get anywhere until I trusted Him. I put it in His hands, and I have had to do that a number of times. But each time I did it not only freed me of extra stress but eventually God answered those prayers and presented me with an opportunity I never expected. With those opportunities comes more stress but also tremendous blessing.
My most fervent hope is that God will be able to use my writing. I want my writing to glorify Him, and when it does, it will be the best I can give.