Day 7 - No Excuses

Day 7 – No More Excuses! No One Can MAKE you mad!

Day 7 - No Excuses


//  Doesn’t it just make you MAD when grown adults behave badly and make excuses for it, whether that be in the school parking lot, on social media, or driving around traffic circles?

‘Seriously!? Stay in your blinkin’ lane, lady!’

You’d think that a traffic circle was a new phenomenon around here. It’s like the whole country becomes confused when the roadway wraps itself around a pretty garden.

‘I don’t know where to go.’

It doesn’t help that city developers designed many of them with one lane in and two lanes out. So, of course, it makes perfect sense for the Average Jo to go ALL the way around in the outside lane and ignore everyone in the inside lane who should have the right-of-way. What was he thinking?

‘But I didn’t know…’

‘But I changed my mind…’

‘But I don’t care…’

On our way to and from school, there are a whopping six traffic circles, and it is a rare day when I don’t get cut off by at least one person who is oblivious to their surroundings. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve narrowly missed being creamed by some guy in a taxi. //

So, what does one do when you can’t control other people’s driving habits?

MAKE A GAME OF IT, of course!

We have started counting how many days in a row we get cut off by someone. Right now, our record is sitting at 15 days. I’m not sure what the reward will be when we get to 20, but at least our anger level has dropped.

I can’t change their driving, but I can change my anger.

I can’t fix the world around me, but I can change my response to it.

No excuses… bad drivers cannot MAKE me be what I choose not to be. No one holds a remote control over my life saying, ‘Be angry, be depressed, be lazy.’

No, my friends. We can choose.

No one holds a remote control over your life saying, 'Be angry.' You can choose. Click To Tweet


I’m reading a fantastic book right now on this subject…


Book Cover - Keep Your Love On

Danny Silk – “Keep Your Love On”

Here’s a quote from page 25 about Powerful People:

“If you heard someone described as a powerful person, you might assume he or she would be the loudest person in the room, the one telling everyone else what to do. But powerful does not mean dominating. In fact, a controlling, dominating person is the very opposite of a powerful person.

“Powerful people do not try to control other people. They know it doesn’t work, and that it’s not their job. Their job is to control themselves.”

Get the book. I know you’ll love it!

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HAVE A GREAT DAY (and drive safely)!

Signature, Shauna


Today is DAY 7 of the 31 Day Challenge, and I am using it to explore UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE—how to live an amazing life without burning out or losing my joy.

Button - Unforced Rhythms

Am I perfect at this? Definitely not, but I’m on a mission to do it better. Thank you for joining me on this journey!

You know the drill… Five minutes of free writing, no editing, and then let the creativity flow. // marks the start and stop of the timer.

Today’s prompt word was EXCUSE, and we are linking up with the writers over at Five Minute Friday and Crystal Stine’s Write 31 Days.


To read more 31 DAYS OF UNFORCED RHYTHMS, click here!



Worthy: Not Even Oprah Can You Make You Feel This Good

//  I wandered around the room feeling a bit like Oprah. Microphone in hand, and looking for the first volunteer to speak.

But the room was quiet, so quiet. Was anyone listening? Had I communicated clearly? God, You need to do this.”

The mood was set, the message delivered. I knew that Holy Spirit was working deep things into the hearts and souls of these precious women.

But it was so quiet.

I felt Father say, “Shhhhh, just wait.”

So I walked. And prayed. I could hear sniffles and quiet weeping.

“Father, speak to Your girls. They need to hear what You say about them. Erase the lies. Speak truth.”

The lights were dimmed, soft music coming from the keyboard, and Holy Spirit was working.

Don’t rush. Old labels were being removed, and new identities were being spoken.

Then one hand went up. What she said was like refreshing rain to a dry ground and unlocked a wave of hope throughout the room.     Read more

Five Minute Friday - Sing More

Five Minute Friday – Sing More (plus a video)

Five Minute Friday - Sing More

Last weekend, while I should’ve been writing about SINGing, Erwin and I were actually leading worship at the Church of the Nations International Conference, and this is one of the songs that has been ringing through my mind ever since then.

May it inspire you to also sing regardless of your circumstances and emotions today. (Go ahead, sing the highlighted phrase as you’re reading!) ENJOY! 🙂


// Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On those days when everything goes right…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On those days when everything goes wrong…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On the days when you feel confident…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On the days when you feel insecure…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On the days when you feel loved…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On the days when you feeling so alone…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On the days when you simply have MORE on your plate than you know what to do with…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

Regardless of how you feel today, or the random thoughts that are filling your mind, the truth is that HE LOVES YOU!

Fearlessly | Relentlessly | Limitlessly | MORE than you can ask or imagine

And that’s a good enough reason to SING! //

Regardless of how I feel or what I think, the truth is that GOD LOVES ME! Click To Tweet

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

How great Your love is

How great Your love is



The book launch is this Saturday, May 6th.


IDENTITY: Finding the Proverbs 31 Woman in the Middle of Kid Chaos

  • If you are in the Jeffreys Bay area, come to the party!
  • If you are too far away, tune into the live video!


Watch for details on my FB page, or check out the book page here!



Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE.

Two weeks ago, the prompt word was SING and this week the prompt word was MORE!

Today, I decided to combine them both and write on SING MORE!  Enjoy!

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For more information on Five Minute Friday, check out Kate Motaung’s site!

Five Minute Friday