A Connect – Disconnect Connection

This month is all about connections here on my blog. It’s really a celebration of connections. You know those unexpected, surprise connections that result in life changes? There are good ones, and there are bad ones.

For instance, a good friend in Louisville invited me to spend Labor Day Weekend with her. I was living out of state at the time, so drove in. While there, I received a lead on a job, and met my future husband.

That was a “Connect – Disconnect Connection.” I connected with an old friend, met a new friend and my life changed course. By the end of the year, I was married and working at that new job.

Things don’t always happen so fast, and they are not always positive. Some disconnects include death, divorce, and disease/illness (the 3 D’s). Sometimes, even these devastating disconnects can result in positive changes.

I’m still married, but that job went away when I made a new connection, in the form of a brand new baby boy. He was a definite life change. Another connect – disconnect.

The husband, the new baby, and me – way back when…

Not long afterwards, I was walking down the hall on my way out of church, when I was “accosted” by a stranger who began to kiss my brand new baby all over his face. Don’t be alarmed, Anita Edmonds was the wife of our new youth pastor, and soon became one of my closest friends. A lasting connection.The best kind.

Friendships are often the connects that last longest. And many gain their best life opportunities through friends. A little later this month, I’ll talk about some of these connections. The ones I’ve made as I started my writer’s journey. I’m going to drop a few names in that post. Maybe yours will be there. I’ve made a lot of friends since starting down this road. Folks traveling the same route with similar life experiences are often bound together in friendship–a sense of “kinship”–because we understand, better than anyone.

Think about a time in your life, you made a positive connect – disconnect connection. Consider how it changed your life for the better–set you on a new road. It may have been your marriage, or your education, your occupation, or even your encounter with God. I would love for you to share that moment if you have the time, in our comment section.

I’ve got a couple of guests stopping by later this month to share their experience with connections. I hope you’ll stop back in to read what they have to say. And, as always, thanks for stopping by.

What Lies Ahead

What lies ahead? This question can be taken several ways.
(1) What lies ahead? Beware of liars. Lies can cause you pain.
(2) What lies ahead? Is that a tree in the road? Or a crocodile? Will the road I travel be worry-free? Or fraught with troubles?
(3) What lies, a head? Okay, that’s stretching it. Kind of like, “What you got on, your mind?”

What lies ahead for me is a little difficult to see right now. But with preparation and planning, my future will seem less of an obstacle. Light shining in the darkness dispels fear. Well, unless it shines on a big, hairy monster under my bed. But if it’s a big, blue hairy monster with a crooked grin…not so scary (Disney’s Monsters, Inc. for those of you not Disney savvy).

I’m trying to turn my scary future into a big, blue monster with a crooked grin. Something cuter and more cuddly than the looming unknown I see now. Thus the charts and graphs in my life. The timetables and calendars. I’m trying to gain control of a seemingly uncontrollable entity––time.

And then, there’s the other factor. Salability (is that a word?). Am I salable? Yep, it’s a word, looked it up. The real question is, “Can I produce work that will sell?” Well, I’ve already done that, to a degree. My books continue to seep out on the internet. I continue to receive funds in various accounts. Small, seemingly insignificant amounts, but there. I want to do more, so I have to make a push for something bigger and better.

So, what lies ahead for me? One of my favorite scriptures comes from Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

The context of these scriptures is this: God is speaking through Jeremiah about Israel’s return from captivity. Their future is bright; if they will follow His commands and seek Him with all their hearts.

Here, in this place, nearly halfway through 2013, I’m endeavoring to follow God’s commands and search out His road to my future. I’m writing down my vision, for without a vision, I can’t accomplish what I’m setting out to do.

I hope you’ll be encouraged by my ramblings, and plan your future also. Running willy-nilly towards the future is like cringing in the dark, afraid of monsters. Make a plan and stick to it. Accomplish your dreams.

As always, thanks for reading!

Contest winner!

May’s book give away winner is: Deborah Malone. You have won a copy of Fay Lamb’s Stalking Willow.

Thanks, all of you who took the time to enter my contest. I hope you will look for and find Fay’s books online. They are well worth the price of a download or purchase.

Expiration Date: June 15, 2013
It’s Not Over! This contest hasn’t ended. Until June 15th, you can still enter to win! Fay is giving away the Ebook Stalking Willow. Please leave a comment here and let me know if you want the Ebook!