Nothing Wasted

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Sniffle cough,…sniffle cough,…auggh,…asthma does nothing to make getting over a cold easy!!! Each day I am a little,…little,…better,…and then I’ll have a much better day,…only to be followed by a relapse. And I am not alone,…everyone seems to be having a hard time getting over a persistent cough. Hearts and hugs out there to my fellow-sickmates. Drink lots of fluids,…tea and honey is particularly effective,…rest,…best you can,…and there is a lot to be said for a humidifier if you have a dry-heat furnace!

Here we are at the end of January,…and seemingly not much accomplished,…aside from an unpostponable trip,…and what I’ve been able to direct from bedside like making and filing first semester grades with our Christian School. Still homeschooling here,…but thankfully my oldest son has a teaching degree and he’s been a pal about keeping the studying going along for our little guy, who also thankfully thinks academic stuff is fun!!!

Faith and patience, and perspective, too, have been grown these past weeks as Martha-me as been turned into Mary. Obviously just because I can multitask,…doesn’t mean that I should be multitasking. What really and truly needs to be done,…has been accomplished,…no shock the LORD is always faithful.

Impatience is not going to make this cold go away any quicker,…especially when one has asthma. It’s a comfort for this – multitasking-type-person – to know that these past weeks haven’t been wasted.

Nothing in life is wasted,…life is too precious.

Even sitting around under a humidifier?

Yep,…I’ve needed a rest for quite a while. Most people I know say my task-list and over extended schedule exhausted them. Obviously it’s exhausted me, too.

It’s been nice to rest,…I don’t cough ever single second. I’ve watched Peter Pan, more than once with my little guy, with us both giggling. He giggles at the animation, I giggle in response to his giggles. I’ve adopted some houseplants,…they are very restful,…and a very good object lesson in “blooming where you are planted.” And I’ve had time to sketch,…for a good cause,…as someone I love loves sloths and owls. I had no idea sloths were so much fun to sketch,…such peaceful creatures,…they are in a hurry for nothing!

No these past weeks haven’t been wasted,…

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

Sometimes All You Can Do Is Nothing

Happy Wednesday!!!

Tapping this post bedside on my phone while I am still waiting to get well with this bronchitis!

Been to the doctor – check! Taking meds – check! Plenty of fluids – check! Nutritious diet – check. Bed rest, kinda – taking an extended trip last week with bronchitis wasn’t the brightest move, but oh dear some things can’t be postponed and I am thankful to say the Lord helped me through the trip – strength by strength. Only I’ve kinda paid since our return and as I’ve had asthma many years I well know bronchitis likes to takes it’s sweet time about clearing up!

What a way to begin the new year,…but training in patience is not always a bad thing.

Sometimes in life there are situations when all you can do is nothing. Situations more frustrating than being sidelined with bronchitis.

After all,…are all the plans and projects I scheduled really THAT important? Obviously the Lord doesn’t think they are as I wouldn’t be so sidelined,…and that’s a great incentive to reevaluate my priorities.

Flexing some faith is also in order,…

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths

for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.

“…makes me lie down in green pastures.” – oh those stubborn sheep, or even yet exhausted toddlers refusing to lie down for a nap.

Sometimes all we can do is nothing,…but while we rest,…the Lord is at work,…providing, protecting, and planning for our future! – that’s not a bad lesson to garner for the new year!

God bless!

Hoping

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Hi! It’s been week or so since my last post.

These first few weeks into the new year I’ve been struggling with an icky cold that is NOT the flu, but feels exactly like the flu,…or in other words,…I’ve been waiting to get well.

Been to the doctor,…check.
Resting,…check,…Christmas tree is still up!
Humidifier, check.
Meds, check.
Lots of fluids, check,…but this lingering cold just loves me.

Am I better?

Praise the LORD, yes! I am upright at the computer and have been planning for an upcoming trip that can’t be postponed.

Will I be completely well in time?

Maybe, maybe not,…but this is where the rubber meets the road. About a thousand separate pieces from many diverse quarters had to come together to make this trip possible. We’re talking miracle territory. It’s obviously meant for me to be on this trip, and yet it’s been sniffles, sneezes,…and cough, cough, cough.

Thus, I am waiting in hope for the Lord, HE is my help and my shield. 

Truly this territory is where you trust in the LORD for what is not in your control. Somehow, someway I know the LORD will make it possible for me to go from,…“strength to strength” (Psalm 84:7),…and that the LORD’S grace will be sufficient for whatever lies ahead.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Life’s not perfect,…but it’s such a comfort to know that the LORD is!

Hope YOUR new year is not as sniffly,…but no matter what you are facing – be it sniffles or not – put your hope in the LORD,…our help and shield!

God bless!

The Sun Is Always Shining

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Welcome to 2019,..new day,…new year,…new beginnings for one and all!

How was 2018 for you?

Thankfully I didn’t get too retrospective on New Year’s Eve as I’ve been battling a traditional end of the year cold,…with everyone else it seems. Sniffle, cough, sniffle, sip tea, reach for a tissue, and sniffle-cough some more. It’s life.

However there is always something to be thankful for. Yes, 2018 had its challenges, but Praise the LORD, there were joys, and lots of answers to prayer as well.

The sun, you know is always shining on the other side of the clouds. Or for me, after I lost my father, it was helpful to remember that Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain,…but I didn’t want to post a picture of rain clouds for the new year. Hello,…let’s start out 2019 as cheerfully as possible,..even if one is sniffling and coughing – ugh.

So the beginning of the new year is already here, and if you are having any regrets about 2018,…or even previous years here is some encouragement.

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis

The ‘start where you are’,…really spoke to me as it seemed to shut the door nicely on past regrets. Everyone has regrets, we wouldn’t be human, if we didn’t. No one is perfect, and that’s no shock to the LORD.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
 He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.

Psalm 103: 9-14

Dust? Hello,…only the LORD can refer to us as dust and make it sound like a compliment!

“High as the heavens,” — that’s way beyond the clouds, or even our solar system. How many zillion light years is that? It’s a bunch,…and it’s comfort to know such love is available to us for the coming year.

2019 is a blank slate. No doubt there will be challenges, and joys. Why do we always seem to forget the joys so quickly while those gloomy challenges seem to linger like a mid-winter head cold? On those gloomy days look up,…our view may be dark clouds,…but above those clouds the sun is always shining. 

Happy New Year,…may God bless and keep you!

 

Today And Tomorrow

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Becoming Portia – New Beginnings

How cool is it that Amazon lets indie-authors offer their ebooks for FREE?

Yeah, yeah, yeah,…I know there is some derision about the marketplace for indie authors,…but not from me. I am only too grateful to have an opportunity to offer my work – world wide.

Last century when I first started tapping out stories on a portable typewriter, no less, I never dreamed I’d have a chance to produce a print book, much less an ebook, which were completely unknown. If you can get this the first short story I ever sold to a publishing house was told completely in email format,…before I even owned a computer!!! How far we’ve come,…now I carry a computer in my purse,…and communicate with others from around the world!

Today 12/28/2018 and tomorrow 12/29/2018 – Becoming Portia – New Beginnings – ebook is FREE, so if you are interested in inspirational fiction set in 1977 with a complicated and blunt spoken heroine, and a nontraditional hero, who is more than a match for her, along with a diverse set of characters, sprinkled with a little Shakespeare, a little Star Wars, and a LOT of summer camp,…check out this free opportunity.

Becoming Portia – New Beginnings

 

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Becoming Portia – New Beginnings

If you’re not into ebooks,…Becoming Portia – New Beginnings is also available in paperback at a reasonable price.

If 1970’s fiction is not your thing,…that’s okay,…hang around anyway. I post a weekly inspirational/devotional type article, and updates on current WIP – as there are more projects in the pipeline,…Affinity For Food, food fiction short story collection, Maxim’s Mermaid, inspirational young adult fantasy, Bridgewater Creek, inspirational woman’s fiction, Off The Grid, inspirational young adult series,…and more as the Becoming Portia series continues into the 1980’s,…

Yes, I do love to write, and book design is rather fascinating once one knows what they are doing, but modern marketing is never going to be my thing. Readers are people,…not statistics,…so I am glad I have the chance to offer Becoming Portia – New Beginnings ebook for FREE. There are hard realties in Anne’s tale, gently told, but necessary to tell her story, which is thankfully fictional. The only truths to be found in fiction are the intangibles,…friendship, love,…hope,…and finding peace in a world that won’t let you alone.

Rejoice in the Lord always.
I will say it again: Rejoice!

Let your gentleness be evident to all.
The Lord is near.

Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God,
which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:4-7

 

 

 

Woohoo! Another Free Offer

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Becoming Portia – New Beginnings

How was Christmas?

Our Christmas Eve was GREAT,…then Christmas morning (like 4:00 am) was oh dear,…oh dear,…oh dear…and there was a rebound for a – Great – Christmas evening.

However Real life intruded upon us when our little guy had a stomach virus Christmas morning. Yeah, I know,…that ain’t right! What a sweet little guy we’ve got,…such a trooper!!! He NEVER makes a fuss,…it is what it is,…and he knows he’s got lots of time to play with his new toys,…later.

Good news is that he’s feeling better now! Those pancakes didn’t stand a chance!

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So the Woohoo! Another Free Offer is on the Becoming Portia – New Beginnings ebook, which will be FREE Friday 12/28/2018 – and – Saturday 12/29/2018. So if you’re interested in inspirational fiction set in 1977 with a complicated, blunt spoken heroine, a non-traditional hero, who is more than her match, and a diverse cast of characters, with a sprinkling of Shakespeare, Star Wars, and Summer Camp,…check out the free ebook deal. If you’re not a ebook-type person,…the paperback is also available for a reasonable price.

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 Becoming Portia – New Beginnings

Thanks to Kindle Direct Publishing who allows independent authors the opportunity to offer their readers these free promotional deals. 

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Only a few days left in 2018,…a slight recap of the highlights would be my husband and I celebrating 34 years of marriage! I don’t have to write romances,…I live one!

Starting this blog,…it’s meant to be more than just a standing commercial for my work! I appreciate every reader,…the time you take to visit and read the posts,…and the encouragement the likes offered mean a lot. Thank you.

Of course finally completing and publishing Becoming Portia – New Beginnings,…the first of many books,…as the LORD wills!

Making the decision to homeschool our little guy! The progress he’s made, socially, verbally and academically are on the miracle-level,…we are so grateful.

Real life is not perfect,…already we know there are challenges in 2019 for us and our loved ones,…and the LORD has put some Bible verses on my heart for the new year.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

 

‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
Zechariah 4:6

“Enlarge the place of your tent,
    stretch your tent curtains wide,
    do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
    strengthen your stakes.
Isaiah 54:2

God bless and keep you!

Christmas NEVER Fails

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Have you ever felt like your Christmas has failed?

Come on,…everyone has the tale of THE worst Christmas season ever!!!

For myself the Christmas season has always come from a different perspective, especially since my husband has always worked in retail, which is a sub-culture in of itself where holidays are concerned.

Funny story about when my older guys were very little and I was speaking to an acquaintance about not seeing my husband from mid October to mid February, and she sympathetically lamented, “Oh,…he must be in the military.”

“No,” I replied, “He’s in retail.” 

Thus sending out hearts and hugs to retail families,…it’s tough during the holiday season,…we know,…we’ve been there,…hugs,…hugs,…hugs!!!

Experiencing loss: loved ones, jobs, disappointments can add to Christmas stress. Grief is a subject in of itself,…my Daddy made a big deal of Christmas,…and I sure do miss him!!! Also money worries can be pressing when one can feel pressed to spend,…and spend,…and spend in a seeming never ending holiday cycle. Sickness doesn’t stop for the holidays, serious and otherwise,…we’ve all had that Christmas with the sniffles, or even worse holding a loved ones hands during a more serious doctor’s appointment.

Interpersonal relationships, especially familial, for you know everyone’s got those darling dears in their outlying family who seemingly love try everyone’s patience, should be proof enough we live in a fallen world!!!  If that doesn’t convince you,…just turn on the news,…no one seems to be getting along these days.

And then there is Autism.

Boy,…oh boy were those early Christmases tough to take. EVERYTHING was soooo confusing. Hello,…when a child is not excited about gifts and toys and sparking ornaments,…and joy,…joy,…joy,…where do you turn?

Not that there wasn’t joy,…it just took a while to recognize it.

You see the gift of Autism is that it pares down life to the bare essentials.

I love you.
You love me.
And what else is really important?

Did Christmas really HAVE to look like I thought it should look? Did traditions really matter? Did one really need a Christmas tree,…cookies,…caroling,…and even gifts to celebrate?

Guess what?

Christmas arrives December 25th,…presents or no presents,…joy or no joy,…laughter or tears,…grief or healing,…reconciliation or not,…you get the gist. No matter what Christmas comes,…the miracle,…the great joy,…and, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” – Luke 2:14

Peace on earth?

“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:5-7

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

The world will alway try to steal your peace usually by setting you to live up to unreachable expectations. Think just about any Christmas commercial on television! Seriously what percentage of Christmas cookies made EVER look like those professionally perfect ones on Pinterest from the seemingly stay-at-home mom, who secretly has a degree in design? Not that our wonky ones don’t taste good,…but those unreachable expectations which we are bombarded with, especially on social media are always out there ready to embroider: FAIL, FAIL, FAIL,…onto your Christmas stocking.

The Good News,…the real meaning of Christmas NEVER fails.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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God is gracious,…so very gracious to the world,…and to us.

This is our eighth Christmas with our little guy. Therapy works, thus he’s come a long way from those very confusing Christmases where everything seems upside down. NEVER, EVER, EVER give up hope,…those Christmases taught us,…traditional traditions don’t make Christmas,…Christmas.
Hello, we ready knew that fact in our heads,…everyone does,…we’ve all seen the Grinch Stole Christmas a zillion times,…but for the first time we learned it in our hearts.

Autism can’t stop Christmas.
Nor sickness, or grief,…or disappointment,…the list goes on to infinity,..for NOTHING can stop the miracle of Jesus Christ’s birth. 

And that alone is cause enough to celebrate!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS from our family to yours!

May you truly know the ‘peace of God that transcends all understanding’ – this Christmas season!!!