What did I learn in September? Once again I learned I am nuts! LOL! Birthing a book. Preparing for Write 31 Days. Books to review. It was a month of frustration and angst. But, it’s over and once again, I survived. For a more specific breakdown of my breakdown, I offer the following!
What I Learned in September 2016:
# One. Is that not a beautiful shot? The still waters, the rising sun. Reminds me that God is on the throne and nothing is too hard for Him. Selah
# Two. My oldest and my youngest, on a skiff going out in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico in the midst of a tropical storm. You would think they were old enough to consider not putting their mother through such stress.
# Three. My friend Alice did it again! Original pencil sketch for my upcoming Write 31 Days. Alice, you are awesome. Jesus, I AM. The print will be available after October!
# Four. In Real Life (IRL) gatherings are the best. Eight Consilium Group women/bloggers got together in South Carolina for a day of fun and encouragement. Writers must stick together!
# Five. Downloaded friends rock my world. Had a wonderful time with Tammy M and her man. Thank you for your hospitality!
# Six. Even book covers need a new, stylish makeover. My first Write 31 Days, 31 Days of Hope, got a new cover-do!!! Yes, I love it!
# Seven. Online contests are fun! 85 names in the hat – and look who won! The Message Bible was sent to Sue.
# Eight. Simon and Sam – well-baby-visit … no, not Simon but Sam the Labradoodle. Yes, this is my grand-dog, the moose! Will he get bigger?
# Nine. Birthing a book? No joke. Labor: INTENSE. Results? Fabulously rewarding!
# Ten. One Word 2016 DISCIPLINE: going quite well, thank you! The chrono reading schedule is up-to-date and Old Testament will be completed on the final day of September! Woo-Hoo!
What did you learn in September?
Candace Playforth says
I don’t think our kids ever quit stressing us out. My oldest has no fear and I have a great deal of it. That, of course, doesn’t mix well ;). I love the new cover to your 31 days book, Susan! It’s so inviting. Looks like you had a busy September.
Hi there Candace – so nice to have you visit!!!
Michele Morin says
I just love the end of the month! Your recaps are always so uplifting and I guess this makes me a stalker, but I love knowing what you’re up to!
You stalker you!!!!!
That pencil sketch is amazing! I learned that when God wants something to happen it’s going to happen in spite of me.
I believe you’re “getting it” my young friend!!!!!
I love all the parts and pieces of your September, Susan. But I especially love the drawing of Jesus. I’ve always wished that artists would make him look more like the Jewish man he was. So many times there’s an anglo-looking Jesus, though now many of the movies made about him prefer hot Latino men! Jesus was supposedly just an ordinary looking man, but there was so much more that we all are drawn to than his looks! What I learned this month? That you should allow yourself to grieve your youngest son’s move across the country because when you don’t you come down with a case of shingles! 😉 My body often rebels against me when I go through stressful seasons!
Oh Beth….sounds painful. I do hope you’re much better SOON.
Great recap of a busy month! I’d wish you a quieter October but with Write 31 Days I guess that’s unlikely! I love the photo at the start of your post though and hope you find some moments to be still in the midst of the busyness.
Leslie, I will be intentional about finding those still moments. Thanks for visiting.
I love your “breakdown” Susan! Your humor is priceless and I am 100% sure we should eventually meet in person haha! I love the list. My favs here are the photo of you and the other writers, the sketch and yes…that #FMF book that I keep hearing about which is going on my “to get” list! In September, I learned some things that my husband had to endure during a combat deployment a few years back. I had been praying God would draw us closer together and to God, and I am thinking sometimes when our answers come, they are not always the way we picture. So September has been extremely special and memorable = I turned 31, 13 years of marriage & my hubby opening up and receiving healing. Thanks for letting me share here, friend and thanks for all you do.
Meg, how I would welcome sitting down with you IRL, a cuppa and an afternoon to talk. So glad to hear about your hubs’ healing. Yes, Lord.
Oh I love this and this link up is one of my favorites but with 31days and vacation tomorrow –I can’t even know what I learned this month! 😉 Love you so, sweet friend! Praying for you through October (but hopefully not so much at 1am!)
Seems 1 a.m. is that time Holy Spirit knocks on my door!!!
Becky Hastings says
I love your list, and I find myself wanting to know more!
First, that writer’s group. I am longing for some writers to walk with that are local so we can meet in RL, but have no idea where to start. It seems like Connecticut is the boonies for writers!
And second, the birthing of a book. Please! Tell us more! I would love to hear more about the process and how it went (is going) for you!
So glad to connect and learn from one another!
Becky, I sent you an email.
39 books in the Old Testament…27 in the new…can you tell I have been teaching Bible to 3rd graders and their parents? Oooh and that drawing your friend did…gorgeous…the embodiment of the Word made flesh. Throughout October, I am hoping to share some awesome artwork of the Word made Flesh for sure as well as some Bible study. You learned a lot this month. Oh and meeting blog friends InRL one of my fave things in the world. One day we will meet in real life! 🙂
ONE DAY WE WILL. xo
Patricia Krank says
Your monthly wrap ups are so much fun & what a surprise to see a pic of our sweet gathering! Love you girlfriend
Wasn’t it a perfect day? And, you are the perfect host!
You surely were busy but in the best way! What I learned this month is that after 40 years of marriage you can still have fun with each other, laugh with and at each other , love each other and dislike each other at the same time, still pray together, argue on minute and make up the next, make fun of each other’s body/ies and not get mad ( well sometimes), spend time with each other 24/7 and live to tell about it, and that love still remains a super strong foundation. And most importantly knowing without Jesus none of this would be possible! He has reminded more this month than any other, that HE is first before any other .
Marg’ there is a certain kind of grace that comes with “age” – I see it more every single day. xo We hit 34 in November…whew. More grace, Lord!!!
Ali Battersby says
A day late, but so enjoyed your September experience- every part of it , words, photos and Beautiful drawing of Jesus!
What I learned in September is that God really does answer prayers!
We have looked forward for 19 years to being here in the mountains and it has come to pass! The Joy I have it is hard to describe but it is One of spiritual nourishment and continual gratitude. I even see God using me here In this new phase of our lives, In being able to help a neighbor who has Special needs at this time, and that feels wonderful.
PS One thing I am especially grateful for is that you are my neighbor!
Ali, I love this comment and YOU.
Merry Geary says
Whew! You took September to new levels. I loved the new cover, photos and picture of Jesus. October will b as busy for you but assured you will come through with flying colors. My September was filled with God’s love as I spent quality time in NC with my daughter I gave up for adoption 51 years ago along with the new Great Granddaughter named Love. My other side family member, Grandson, Tyler, arrives home from Poland, deployed n the Army safe and sound. God is good!! Hugs
Merry, such good news all the way around. xo
Kathy Walters says
Just now getting around to reading this——no excuses, but, sometimes I let things “pile up” and that’s ok. I then can spend a more lengthy amount of time just catching up on your writings and that is ok AND it is good for me. I loved your September…………wow! I just felt that I wanted to be a little “bug” traveling around with you on your shoulder to be a part of your wonderful month. A wonderful person deserves a wonderful month——-a wonderful life.
What did I learn in September? September started out rough and went to “rougher” (is that a word?)…….and here we are on the 4th of October and with God’s help and the listening ear of a couple of very special friends I’m slowly climbing out of a very deep hole. What did I learn? I learned for sure that the death of an ex-spouse (a divorce that I did not seek nor want) was something I wasn’t in any way prepared for…….and that’s just part of it. I’m trying to write about it. I am envious (but, not in an unGodly way——promise!) of your talent and success in writing, but, there was a time in my life when I did write and now seems a time that writing might be therapeutic. I’ve made a bare beginning, but, God is with me.
I believe I need to re-learn………re-learn…….that with God I am a winner, that He will see me through anything………..that I am more than a conqueror. So, my September was dismal in too many ways, but, I’m claiming October as a type of new beginning and doing my best to rest in Him.
Thank you, as always, for your writing. It always blesses me. I love you.
October – the color of CHANGE! Sounds as though you are climbing out of the pit…I am here.