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Time is Tick-Ticking

by Kathryn Howard


“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom”

(Psalm 90:12, NIV).


Last week I spent a day planning a writing schedule. I created a template, labeled each time slot, colored coded activities, and pushed print. Victory, right?

Wrong. I never followed it. Not one day.

Instead, I wrote emails, drafted a resume, and filled out a job application. I jotted lists, sermon notes, and countless texts.

I thought about writing. I read about writing. I listened to audio versions of writing. But I back-burnered real writing. I’ve noticed other writers doing the same thing. Why do we sabotage our dreams?

The challenge of time management is real.

Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four-hour days.”

Zig also said, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.”

I want to help others get what they want. My dream is to write books that will encourage dreamers and inspire hope in the Lord.  But I still must learn my craft and develop my gifts. And unfortunately, books don’t write themselves. Not even at Starbucks, no matter how many chai lattes I chug.

Writing is hard work. Life will always be busy. If I don’t sculpt out time for writing, I will wake up eighty-five years old still wishing I had.

We cannot earn more time. But we can control how we spend it.

To get good at anything, we must first be willing to be bad, terrible even sometimes. Early attempts prove substandard and painful, but we must muzzle our egos and practice. Be realistic, celebrate progress, and manage the mindset of improvement over perfection. Messy first steps lead us to the path of growth.

We know what to do. Be strong in the Lord; arise and get busy. We can do this.

Help us, sweet Jesus, to rise up and write for your glory. Empower us, even as you humble us, to stretch and grow as authors. Lead us through every painful draft and inspire us to keep going for you. In your name, amen.


Kathryn Howard is a seventh-generation native Floridian. She has been busy raising five children and now is in a new chapter as a recent widow. She’s winding down into her last three years of homeschooling and it seems the Lord is leading her back into the classroom. Writing is a lifelong dream she is excited to pursue. God is good.

10 thoughts on “Time is Tick-Ticking by Kathryn Howard”

  1. Excited for you Kathryn. My new chapter started it’s writing in 2020… Well the story was written, I just hadn’t seen it on paper. It can be hard but God is so good in his so faithful and I’m sharing you on I went back to trying to do nursing and yet writing is always the core of me and we’ll see what God does with all of that but thank you for sharing and thank you for your post today definitely spoke to me. Have an amazing and beautifully blessed day sweet sister

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and encourage me! Praying the Lord blesses your writing too! He will! Have a beautiful day and thx for reading.💖

  2. Oh, my, did you hit the nail on its proverbial head, Kathryn! May the Lord stir all of us to rise up to the challenge and write, write, write! Bless you in your new life and renewed call to be an author. And may our lists stop distracting us from real discipline. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! What an encouragement to my heart.❣️ I had to laugh about the list thing because I am literally making one now! Help me Jesus! 🤣 Praying for your writing dreams too.💖

    1. Ahhhh Thank you, girl! You are such an encouragement to me. Thx for your help w this!

  3. This is powerful! What a wonderful convicting devotional. I feel motivated to go write. Thank you. Bless you.

    1. Wow! What a blessing to to be able to encourage one another here. That’s what it’s all about! Thank you for taking the time to encourage me back.❤️

  4. Kathryn, I enjoyed reading this. You have a sincere, honesty in your writing. And I appreciate that. You are a natural encourager, and we all need it. May God continue to grow you and bless you as you seek to honor Him in your writing.

    1. Oh girl, I love you so much! You are an incredible woman and I am so blessed to know you! Thank you for always being such a support and encouragement to me! Xoxoxox

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