This week’s note is a little different. I’m sharing some quick thoughts from my Morning Time, a few life updates, and letting you know I’m writing a new book! Thank you for being here.
Have you had the type of morning when you just can’t seem to get settled? I absolutely love sitting in my blue chair looking out my window just after the sun comes up, opening up my study books and Bible with great anticipation of talking with God. But this morning? Everything felt … off. Distractions came waaayy too easily. I felt like crying but didn’t think there was anything to cry about. And I think God had moved to a different zip code overnight. (You’ve felt like this, right?)
So. I just stopped trying and closed my eyes. And I asked God to just meet me.
I listened to Steve Green sing…
My breathing slowed down. I stayed in my chair. And I just sat there. Relaxing again.
During those moments I realized that my heart is still grieving (which should be no surprise to anyone who has grieved death and sadness). I miss my mom. And it was 17 years ago during these July weeks that we said good-bye to my dad. His brain hemorrhage was sudden and he never “came back to us” during those 18 days in the hospital. That sadness has been slipping up on me lately. Isn’t it amazing that the heart feels what the mind doesn’t yet know? And … God is faithful.
We loved having Steve’s mom live with us for two months while she recovered from the COVID virus. She is such a sweetie. She’s going to be moving into the apartment building where mom lived, just down the road from us. We are excited about that. It’s another change and a new way of doing life. It never gets boring!
More than any other time in the last few years, I am focusing on finding the joy. Living with joy. Having fun even though life is not perfect. My intentions aren’t to push my grieving aside, but rather to know the “both/and.” To live in the sadness and the joy at the same time, honoring both of them, and growing in faith through the process. I’m understanding more completely what Jesus talked about in John 10:10 — He came to bring us an abundant life! I’m doing my part to look for it and make choices that support it. What an amazing journey.
One of the fun parts of life includes tap dancing again! You can keep up on all the moments on Facebook (@GayeLindforsAuthor) and Instagram (@GayeLindfors)! My friend, we just can’t wait for the good stuff to come to us. We need to find the fun and do it. That thing you used to love to do? Do it again. That thing you’ve always wanted to do? Do it.
Hebrews 12:1 tells us to “strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” This verse always gives me such hope! My friend, Sue Lennartson, reminds us that all of heaven is cheering us on! Keep running! Don’t quit! Look for the ray of sunshine and smile! Create “This is livin’!” moments! Yea. I want to do that.
And that brings me to this update …
I’m working on another book! I’ve finished drafting most of the chapters…now the harder work begins. Rewriting and making the strings of words come to life. I plan on having it to my editor in August and available late Fall. Yikes! No firm title yet, but the common theme is “starting again.” Hebrews 12:1 keeps popping up as I write.
God and I have been having conversations about my insecurities/pride/all the feels when it comes to asking for assistance or encouragement. (I squirm during most of our talks.) He is showing me that I could be doing better at sharing more broadly the messages He’s put on my heart. So. I’m wondering if you could help me with that. If you’ve read either of my books, would you be willing to share a short review on Amazon.com? Just click on the links below. I am so very grateful. Thank you.
God is good. And He loves us so much. Your life matters to Him. He cares about every detail of your life. Let Him into your joys and your messiness.
You CAN take the next step. You CAN find the joy. You CAN live a great life.
So… Do that.
Take the next step. Find the joy. Live.
You matter to me.