Last week was a bit frantically paced for me. I’m also frantically writing this post at the last minute (not really, but it feels like it) and I’ve felt quite frantic and flustered most of the past week. My stress level has been at an all time high. So, here are the five things that have been on my mind the most.
- I had to take my pup back to the vet. I’d seen some signs of progression with his lymphoma and I didn’t want to guess. I wanted answers to questions. The vet checked him out again and, sure enough, his disease is rapidly progressing. I may only have my beloved pet with me for a few short weeks more – I’ll need to decide when it seems like it’s just too much for all of us. I’m not looking forward to this moment, but I can tell you that loads of friends and people I don’t even know have offered prayer, encouragement, advice and support for me. I’ve never been through this before and I’m appreciative of the outpouring of love. It will not be easy but I am comforted by these small acts of kindness.
- I’m writing down a diary of sorts about my pup, Max. It has helped me deal a bit with the grief so far and I’m thinking it may even make a decent small book one day. I’ve started to include stories from the past thirteen years that my companion and I have shared to try and lighten the very dark, current moments. I’m also including some of the advice and encouragements you all have shared with me. If God has a plan for it, I pray it’ll get into the hands of anyone who might need it someday. For now, it’s helping me release my internal grief and struggle.
- Last Saturday my hubby surprised me with a day trip to Staten Island for a Lady Boss makeover. It was one of the best experiences of my life – not because I got all dolled up and then taken out to dinner – but because my husband took the initiative and planned the entire thing himself. It was very much out of his comfort zone, but he did it for me and I cannot love him more for it. I know he listens and understands me in ways that no one else does. He knew I’d been feeling pretty low about my appearance and my self worth and he chose to make me feel special because he thinks I deserve it. I love you, John!
- Those of you who read my post about being hurt by the church will be happy to know that it started a dialogue that, I pray, will lead to real change. A few of us in the church are starting to plan some events which will, hopefully, engage our members and the community. We have several events planned for 2017 and we’re hopeful that these will once again bring a light to our dim outlook. God still has plans for this church and we are being lead in the Spirit!
- My editing business is currently booming! As with many businesses, my editing business is experiencing a “feast” moment. I’ve been busy with several clients and am loving it. I could only pray it’ll last, but I know, eventually, one of those “famine” moments will come along. I wish I could fill every month with the work of clients who need my expertise, but it’s all about marketing and timing. I truly love the clients I’ve recently added to my roster and had one give me this glowing feedback:
You have truly gone above and beyond, and I appreciate that so much. Your work is astounding, and I appreciate what you’ve done for me. I feel as though I’ve improved greatly as a writer from working with you, and I’m grateful for that opportunity to have worked with you. ~ S. Mananquil
You can’t ask for much more then that. I tell all my clients how blessed I am to edit their work and I try to encourage each of them to keep reaching for their goals. I’m so thankful that God places people in my life, moves me in directions I wouldn’t normally expect and is there to lift me up when I fall. When we rely on the Holy Spirit in our lives we can see great things happen. This post proves that even though we may face hardship, grief and pain, there will always be joy in the morning.
Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:4-5 NASB