We leave for the mountains and the writers' conference in less than two weeks. I'm sorry if you're getting tired of hearing about it already. Just be thankful you don't live in the house with me.
Since Tom wasn't working overtime last Saturday, it was my chance to devote a whole day to writing, something I rarely get. Let me tell you, once again, how terrific this guy is. After having a colonoscopy on Friday, Tom was willing to take care of laundry and Saturday chores. What a guy!
"You don't understand!" I wailed. "I can't focus at home, and I don't have a quiet place to write!" (Yeah, it wasn't pretty.)
And then without missing a beat, Tom asked me why didn't I go to the genealogy center where I tutor. He's only been there once, very briefly and several months ago! Dear Reader, do you have someone in your life who sees what you can't when life gets cluttered? I surely hope so!
So, Saturday morning I went to the center and discovered this fantastic place I hadn't discovered before! It was perfect. After weeks of struggling to scavenge scraps of time, there were finally words on a page.
As of this posting, I've submitted two pieces for the conference writing competition, two weeks early, and two for critiques, a whole week early. And do you want to know the best part of my Saturday? (Well, of course, you do or you wouldn't still be reading, right?)
In the quiet, in the murky sunlight, among the trees, I found peace. Maybe I should say, God's peace found me. "Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee." (Isaiah 26:3 RSV) It's amazing how a few hours in His presence, with His anointing, can make all the difference.
Dear Reader, do you have a place where you can rest in the Lord? He promises to meet you there. ("For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”" Isaiah 30:15a RSV)
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