Craziness

It’s been a bit of a crazy couple weeks.

First, we found out that I’d been published–yea! 🙂

Then, our little guy came down with a mysterious ailment that we’re still not 100% sure what it was–acted fine, but ho-boy, was his skin broke out! Every day for about a week, I was on the phone to one or more doctors offices.

In the middle of this, our daughter came down with a 102° fever for some inexplicable reason. Ugh…

A friend called that day… said another friend of ours has stomach cancer which has spread…

Five hours after that, I learn an old friend of my mom’s had passed away, someone I’ve known for the better part of my life, and still run into his wife and daughters periodically.

And, if that weren’t enough, my grandfather, who is 91, went into the hospital with pneumonia.

Ay-yi-yi.

I’m not writing this as a woe-is-me piece. Just venting.

But, it’s been a long couple of weeks.

Texas Momma has been encouraging me to work on my novel to tweak it up a bit, so I managed to get a bit of that worked on. Actually made it to my favorite coffeehouse to do so! And, I bit the bullet and asked Texas Momma if she’d look at the whole novel… Hopefully in the near future, that’ll happen.

I had hoped things had calmed down, but oh no… The tornadoes in Kansas this weekend? Damaged the facility where my dad works. Haven’t heard when he’ll be able to go back, but the pictures coming out of Wichita are kinda scary–thank God no one was hurt! I can’t count how many times I’ve been in that area, and to see some of the pictures… really tugs.

God has kept me sane the last few weeks, just barely. (It’s been a tough job!) Probably what’s been most helpful is the fact I’ve been reading in II Samuel and I Chronicles about the trials of David the last few weeks. If he could get through all kinds of junk happening, so can I. Sure, I don’t have to slay a giant, or stay on the run from my father-in-law who wants to kill me, but I can keep things together because God’s with me. He’s in control.

And, that’s what’s most important.

Until next time,

It’s the New Year! Will You Join Me…?

Monday has come and gone… and Monday morning, I had NO clue what to write about. Today, I think I do.

I’ve decided I’m going to do whatever I can to read through the Bible in a year or less. (So far, the “less” part seems probable.) Using my handy-dandy Bible app from YouVersion.com, I’ve selected a Bible-reading plan, in my case, the Chronological version.

Photo by RudraMel

I’ve been using YouVersion for a while on my Android smartphone. Instead of taking my Bible with me to church, I’ve been using this handy (and free!) app. I can switch versions at will (a good thing when our pastor switches from NIV to NLT to ESV in the span of five minutes.) And, I can get a daily reminder to read my Bible that day.

The year is still new. Will you join me and commit to reading the Bible in a year? I’ve never done this before, and could use the support, encouragement, and accountability. You can join me at YouVersion–I’m user Righter1.

Have you ever tried to read the Bible through in a year–or less? Were you successful? Do you have any tips to stay firm on your commitment?
Until next time,

Growing Pains

If you’ve been around Word Wanderings very long, you know I’ve got two kids. My first, my daughter, just turned three. And in the last month or so, I’ve seen her grow up a lot. It’s a little sad on one hand, but interesting to watch, too.

Being a typical three-year-old, my daughter is getting a bossy streak. She tries to boss TMOTH, me, the dog, and her little brother. She even tries to tell you where to go when driving. Talk about a backseat driver! There’s nothing quite like a little girl going, “No, Mommy, that way! THAT WAY!” when you’re out running errands. Usually, she just doesn’t want to go home, or thinks we need to go somewhere else. Sonic is her favorite stop–and she knows where most of them in our normal areas of travel. (Of course, we just moved, so those normal areas are shifting.)

Having an independent streak can be dangerous. I’ve had to really work at stamping down on her independence lately. Not that I don’t want her to be an independent woman one day, just not at the age of three! Running through Target or the grocery store is irresponsible and discourteous, and leaving the backyard–taking the dog with you–can lead to one or both getting hit by a car.

It makes me think about how God parents us. We make mistakes, He allows for punishment. It’s kind of strange to think of a twenty-nine-year-old being parented (shouldn’t I know what’s going on by now?) but I’ve seen it happen. And, while I’m not necessarily sure every time what I’m supposed to learn, I can only hope I learn the lesson–as my daughter learns she can’t run through Target or have that mini-Barbie that’s in the checkout line.

Next week is my post for the ChristianWriters.com blog chain. The topic is “Harvest”. I’ve been a little negligent about posting reminders about the blog chain, and I’ve since moved the list from my sidebar to a separate page. If you go here, you’ll find the links for every post. We almost have a full month, and this next week is full! I hope you’ll check out the posts.

Until next time,