If you dropped by the last post, you'll know that along with everything else I've got a really painful rash that's tracing the lines of my lymph nodes, which can mean some very ugly things. As it is, I can't keep my arms by my sides, so I guess I'm helping Moses keep the Amalekytes at bay. Nice, feeling like I'm a part of Exodus 17:22.
(This is being written ahead of time for Five Minute Friday, and when the keyword is revealed I will try to work it in.)
(The word is INSPIRE.)
As things are going, to put it in Star Trek vernacular, my matrix is destabilizing and I will likely soon go offline.
Not where I wanted to be at this point in my life at all.
But to be honest, when I look back at my life, wherever I was, professionally or personally, I wanted to be somewhere else, as well.
And in that Neverland of Somewhere Else, when I caught the brass ring, everything would be groovy.
After I finished this project, after I got that grant, after I was accepted into these elite circles.
After I got a literary agent. (Hasn't happened yet.)
After I got that big publishing contract. (Hasn't happened yet, either, though I did get published...yeah!)
After I got married. (That did work out well, though it took a divorce from and remarriage to my magnificent wife before I kinda sorta figured it out...'it' being How Not To Be A Selfish Jerk.)
Everything had to inspire something else. I was like the famous Malaysian Concentric Bird, flying in eer-tightening circles until one day I would disappear up my own...uh, never mind.
I think it was Paul Theroux who wrote in The Old Patagonian Express that it's better to journey in hope than to arrive.
Yes...but here's the key...the hope has to be built into and for every step of the journey.
It can't be for the arrival.
The Hope is for and in God.
Not that He'll make your reams come true, but that He makes every moment you have into a dream come true.
Give Him everything you have, in every moment you have, and you'll receive more in return than you ever dreamed possible.
That's the deal He offers. He'll celebrate your victories in a dance that shakes Heaven, and when your heart is broken, it will become kintsugi, repaired with the lacquer of your tears and the gold-dust of His Love.
Think I'll take it.
How about you?
And for an appropriate musical theme, let's hand it over to the Electric Light Orchestra with Mr. Blue Sky.
Still hoping to get the new and improved version of Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart up and running in the near future. Just haven't had the energy to do it yet...but if you would like to read it, please say so in your comment and I'd be glad to send you a PDF (which should fit your Kindle).
Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
If you can, please do leave a comment. I am trying to answer all, and I am failing, but please know this - I read and treasure each one.
Below are my recent releases on Kindle -please excuse their presence in the body of the blog. I haven't the energy to get them up as 'buttons' in the sidebar. You can click on the covers to go to the Amazon links.