By Kathy Carlton Willis—

I’m D-termined to make the 50s my best decade yet. Not to make me better, but to be so emptied out of self that the Spirit has free reign and rein (supreme control) to work in and through me.

I want to be so filled with Him that I’m not:

  • Preoccupied and sidetracked in a way that diverts me from God’s best life for me.
  • Troubled and bothered by the concerns and worries that destroy peace.
  • Discouraged and dejected by the sad and depressing elements of life.
  • Deviating from the normal standard of daily living.
  • Disturbed by the upsets that interrupt order, which deliver chaos.

I want to be so filled with Him that I’m:

  • Keeping close control on dreadful habits, to stay on focus for God’s desires in my life.
  • Rather than determined to get and do what benefits self, devoted to serving the Savior.
  • Deferring to the direction of the Lord to lead my steps.
  • Continued development in spiritual formation, following the mentorship of Bible teachers.
  • In all this, to increase in joy, desperate to see the blessings even in the midst of devastation.

When we delete the unhealthy D-stractions and add in the healthy Vitamin Ds, we are equipped to follow after Him and make Him known. BIG glory for Jesus, little steps of obedience for me. Not in a way that feels pressured or coerced, but serving Him and others out of the sheer joy of it all.

Dr. Lydia Floren calls it the life of following. I want to dedicate my life to following the only one worth giving my life in pursuit of following Him.

Want to join me? Take your Vitamin D!




Kathy Carlton Willis: Kathy writes and speaks with a balance of funny and faith—whimsy and wisdom. Not many funny girls also have Bible degrees! As a pastor’s wife, she has plenty of material for her new Grin with Kathy column at MPN. She has four books coming out in the next couple of years: Speaker to SpeakerGrin with GraceGrin with Joy, and Grin with Peace. She’s affiliated with several Christian writer and speaker organizations and serves as a consultant for others in the publishing industry. Kathy anticipates great things for her 50s (despite the menopause monster), and is pursuing God’s goals with gusto as she dives in to this glorious decade. Kathy’s tagline captures her essence: Light & Lively: His Reflection/Her Laughter. Learn more about Kathy at:


  1. 4-22-2015

    Great illustration Kathy…thanks for sharing. Very memorable.

  2. 4-23-2015

    I love my Vitamin D — that which comes from the sun and the son. Thanks for reminding us of all that we should and should not do. It’s not an easy task, but a worthy one for us all to work toward.

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