The Gist of The Journey

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“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

Thinking about journeys lately?

I have, my husband just returned from a business trip. Two weeks, the longest we’ve been apart in the past thirty-six years. Yes, absence does make the heart grow fonder! Were we ever happy to have him home! Celebration city!

While my husband was away I stayed busy taking care of our little guy, saw friends and family (can we say, “Yum!” for a cookout that not only featured hot dogs and hamburgers, but dangerously delicious sweet potato dumplings?), worked of course on publishing Becoming Portia (there was a slightly not so minor technical glitch on the book production end, but we’re back on schedule for the YA book launch this spring), and I reorganized a couple rooms (okay not a couple rooms, I nearly did the entire house!) Also I read.

One book that stood out in my reading was The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, which highlighted both personal and working correspondence. What a fascinating insight to the thought process involved in creating the Little House book series. Laura had all sorts of glitches, too, which was a revelation.

Hello, of course we know authors are humans prone to missteps, insecurities, and occasional writer’s block, but in our own short sightedness we only see the gloss of the finish product, and rarely consider the journey taken from first thought –to- completed manuscript – to- book.

Needless to say, Laura’s publishing journey was a little bumpy. However she was a woman of faith, and I know that her faith sustained her during those ‘bumpy’ episodes, which we can comfortably read about in hindsight knowing the outcome, but living through drama and melodrama one’s sight is never so 20/20. But then every new journey is venturing into the unknown.

Homeschooling our two oldest sons was a journey without a roadmap other than we knew were we were headed. And when our youngest son was diagnosed with Apraxia and Autism we definitely ventured into the unknown – as we have no idea where we are headed, and that’s a journey we’re still upon. Writing and producing books through the publishing process has been a very interesting journey. I’ve learned a great deal about myself, and even more about my relationship with the Lord.

What’s the gist?

Life’s a journey, ya’ll.

We arrive with nothing and we take nothing when we depart, but the ‘treasure’ we’ve given away between the – dash – of our earthly existence.

What’s the ‘treasure’ given away? The only thing we have – ourselves.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied, “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Matthew 22:36-39

Love God.
Be kind to others.

Super simple directives, but as we are human we are only too predisposed to be get lost, or distracted, or mired, and the Lord knows this, and yet loves us, and yet guides and directs us.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

From her books, essays, and letters, I know Laura Ingalls Wilder prayed and found comfort in her Bible, and no doubt direction for her journey as well.

 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

Until I post again,…may God bless and keep you!

 

 

 

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