This week I am on a self-imposed writing retreat, planning for my next book. I'm spending the entire week alone, out-of-town where I don't know a soul. And last night, as I sat by myself in a Mexican restaurant eating a taco salad while reading a book I'd brought along for research, I got news that my grandmother has just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. So it helped me to read some of your posts last night. To let my sisters in Christ speak the truth of God's stability into my soul.
It was also great fun reading what each of you obsess over keeping perfect! I say that in the nicest possible way of course. It fascinates me how the human mind wants to have a sense of control ... and how it will zero in on certain things and exercise extreme power over that one thing just to feel that sense of control. The timeshare I'm staying in this week has no mop that I can find. What's one supposed to do when one gets news that her grandmother has a deadly illness, and she can't mop?! (see this post for context) Good thing I brought my red toenail polish along.
Now for the announcement of this month's carnival winner.
True Random Number Generator Result from www.random.org = 4 That means Heather Deaton, you've won the new Francine Rivers novel! Send your address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. But be patient as I won't be able to mail it out until I get home next week. And I'll have to mop my floor first thing when I get back ...
Thankful my stability isn't dependent on my own ability to control things.