Just the sound of the word sounds, well, sounds FRESH! Since my August regrouping I am looking at things with FRESH eyes.
From a writers perspective this is good news. What can I write to better relate with my reader? What can I do to better serve my husband? What can I read to expand my knowledge?
Even the past two days of rain felt FRESH. A cleansing of sorts.
A day of laundry, clean sheets, FRESH flowers, new Fall Grove dish and hand soap. An unexpected lunch out on a Monday. ALL FRESH!
This morning the air is clear, the sky, blue. FRESH and fine. It makes me anticipate (tomorrow’s word!) what the day will bring forth.
The month of August marked my one year of being dx’d with CHF. And, for the past 12 months I feel as though I’ve been living on “stand-by”. I had to REGROUP my thinking the same way I REGROUPED my refrigerator shelves. I had to put thoughts and emotions in certain categories. My life is in the Father’s sovereign hands. My days are numbered just like everyone else. I’m being wise, making good choices and getting myself back on track. No more stand-by queues, I have a seat to my REGROUPED life. I will live my best life. I will serve the Lord with my writing. And love my family the best I know how. I will be kind. Just like the containers of condiments my head has undergone a REGROUPING.
I get as giddy as a new momma when I’m about to give birth to a new book. I ANTICIPATE holding it in my hands, turning the pages, feeling the smoothness of the cover on my cheek! A new book even smells wonderful! With that ANTICIPATION a whole lot of work is involved. Hours at the computer. Hours of reading and research. Many, many moments of bowed head and prayers of petition. When holding the new work in my hands for the first time I do not ANTICIPATE finding errors! Therefore, I pour over the proof pages one more time. 99 times! And, when the final page is turned I lay the book in a place of honor and begin ANTICIPATING what my next work will be.
Life is about FORWARD, isn’t it? We look FORWARD. We pay it FORWARD. We try to be FORWARD thinkers. Living in regret is exhausting. The only time I allow regret to seep in is for the sake of change. We should learn from the things we regret. The Apostle Paul says we should “forget those things behind and press FORWARD to those things ahead.” Good advice, that! Currently, hubs and I are looking FORWARD to a little dream excursion in a week or so. Those are fun and necessary to a healthy life. Are you looking FORWARD to something? Do tell!
Photo is my son looking FORWARD out to sea!
I retired from working a job in December 2021 – I did not retire from living! And as it goes, retirement held its own challenges. There’s a RHYTHM to it and one must find their own music! I struggled for months. I even lost the RHYTHM of writing, which is my ultimate passion. That, mixed with August’s dx and March’s seriously bad bicycle accident, I fell into a semi-funk. My RHYTHM was stymied if not crushed. It has taken some stern come to Jesus conferences with me, myself, and I. And let me assure you they’re a hard lot to deal with! But in the end, Jesus and Susan prevailed! We’re a time-tested team and trust me when I say RHYTHM takes teamwork! Victory is sweet and a new book was given birth. WOMEN, SEE US SOAR. Available Soon!
How about you? Do you have a RHYTHM?
Barb Hegreberg says
The repetition in each section is a clever literary device. ✍️
Honestly, these are IG posts I popped into one post.
Beautiful rhythm – I have been struggling this summer with that rhythm – and, indeed, it is only found when I draw close to Him and lean into Him! Congratulations on not giving up but pressing forward! A new book is a happy thing!
Maryleigh, I fought my way through this one. A lot of fear and trembling along the way. But Jesus has such a way of winning!!! ♥