It’s a question for the ages. My quirky responses include…
~ settling into a new normal after weight loss and semi-empty nesting;
~ exorcising a living quarters of cooties and bad mojo while transforming it into a private war room;
~ bingeing on every episode of Law & Order, Blue Bloods and Criminal Minds (not exactly EVERY episode, but I’ve discovered a morsel of truth worth sharing from my observations);
~ consulting with great, motherly minds on the quandaries of raising a teenager;
~ learning the dynamics of tough love and its morphing patterns;
~ teaching our old dog to not seriously maim a young, yet clumsy canine addition;
~ all while presenting to God a poured-over literary offering.
Through a journey riddled in turmoil and stress, I unplugged. Virtual friends grew scarce as I spent time wrapping my words around unfolding events. My community shrank to include covert Facebook visits for encouragement and prayer and overt connections with church family and home group friends. You need both factions when you intersect with an adversary bent on a three-fold agenda: to kill, to steal and to destroy. His target: my family (specifically, our son) and my desire to keep life open and real.
To the public eye, life resembled more of a surrender-and-retreat tactic. It wasn’t. Decisions were made. Tough ones. But when you’re a parent, you don’t give up and you don’t give in. No negotiations, no concessions, no compromises. You fix your heart and mind on the One who guards and keeps it secure. You pray. You trust. You believe only God’s inherent message and you rest in it.
We encountered casualties, but the wounds of our struggle will heal with time. And as much as I can say for now, those beautiful scars broad stroke God’s truth…we will always remain His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:8-10, NLT).
About the episode bingeing, I hate watching the news. Knowing the depravity of this world and the crimes to humanity that go unpunished (i.e., sex trafficking, gang retaliation, genocide, etc.), I find a sense of spiritual connection in an episode. Equipped, they pour over evidence utilizing their gifts to capture the sinister. Our body of evidence is the word of God and even our testimony of overcoming as we go up against a spiritual foe. (Ephesians 6:11-18, NLT).
The enemy does not fight fair. Take him seriously. At times in this world, he seems to wreak havoc unscathed. I, for one, want to fight well to my story’s end. I want to see God’s kingdom emerge from the ashes of all adversity. I want to collaborate with spirit-filled believers who P.U.S.H. – Pray Until Something Happens. I believe you do as well.
As believers, we have suffered long enough at the antics of the enemy. It’s time to stand together on our knees and cry out, “Enough is enough!” God’s Word promises a conclusion to the chaos and I desire to play a recurring role in the enemy’s demise.
So staying true to my question, “Where you been?” I’ve been P.U.S.H.-ing and writing. How about you?
Don’t want to go into another tangent so I’ll save the writing project for another post. I will say I’ve completed a draft of my second book and I can’t wait to share it with you!