Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Attention Deficit? by Cherrilynn Bisbano

I couldn’t concentrate. After years of research and my son’s diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), I finally had the answer to my fidgeting, unfinished projects, and my urge to blurt things out during a conversation for fear the words would escape me. I too have ADHD.

With a hundred thoughts flashing around in my brain, I sit at my desk, head in my hands.  What chapter do I focus on today? What will touch the reader’s heart?  What Bible verses do I use?  I need to dust my bookshelf. LUNCH!

I liken my thoughts to a squirrel scrambling to collect nuts. There are so many acorns the critter stops in his tracks. “Which way do I go?  Which nut do I focus on first?  Which one is the biggest? Hey look, a bird feeder.”

“Lord, I need your help!” 

I knew God would not call me to write and then leave me scurrying about gathering up words that don’t make sense. I continued to pray.

One of my coaching clients encouraged me to make a schedule. I focused long enough to create a list of tasks. I blocked time for everything, even rest and food.

I also keep these Bible verses by my desk to motivate me. I pray they inspire you.

“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.” (2 Corinthians 8:11 NIV)

"Be confident and determined. Start the work and don't let anything stop you. The LORD God, whom I serve, will be with you. He will not abandon you, but he will stay with you until you finish the work” (1 Chronicles 28:20 GNT)

At times, ADHD allows brain squirrels to invade my day. I don’t mind my scattered ideas being named after my furry friends. I’ve learned from them as they chase each other up and down trees, scurry across the yard, hang from the bird feeder, and gather acorns like it’s a relay race. It seems nuts, but their work gets accomplished and they have fun while doing it.

No, you won’t find me hanging from my chandelier anytime soon, although I might climb a tree or two. However, I’m determined to have fun and accept my ADHD. I’ve shortened this to ADH because there is no disorder is Gods Kingdom. Our Heavenly Father will get all the glory for using this squirrel chaser and he will also use you!

How does God use your disability for his glory? Join the conversation.

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Cherrilynn Bisbano is an award-winning writer coach, editor, and partner at The Write Coach Team. She works with social media influencer Keith Keller to help writers learn how to navigate Twitter. As former managing editor of Almost an Author, she helped the website earn the #6 spot on the Top 100 best writing websites for 2018 by The Write Life and Top 101 Websites for writers with Writers Digest. Cherrilynn is a speaker with Women Speakers. Her topics include leadership, book proposals, and the Bible.

She is a two-time winner of Flash Fiction Weekly. Her work in progress, Accidental Findings, won the first 10 pages award with, When Words Count Retreat. You can find her published in Blue Ridge Writers Blog, Southern Writers, More to Life (MTL), Christian Rep, Christian Voice, Refresh, and other online magazines. Cherrilynn is a contributor to award-winning, Get to the Margins-Author Anthology; Breaking the Chains; Heart Reno; and Chicken Soup for the Soul-Miracles books. Her latest book, Shine Don't Whine, released October 2020. Cherrilynn proudly served in the Navy and Air National Guard, earning the John Levitow Military leadership award.  She lives with her eighteen-year-old son, Michael, Jr., and husband of 22 years. Cherrilynn loves Christ, Chocolate, coffee, and Cats. You will often find her on the beach sea glass hunting.

Twitter: @bisbanowrites