Picking Myself Up

keep-calm-and-keep-moving-forward-9I found this picture and thought it fit my life right now.

And I hope that by keeping calm and moving forward I will finally be settled into a new routine.  Someone told me a few months ago that I will take a few steps forward only to fall back a few more steps in trying to move forward.  I did not realize how true that statement was, until I decided to take that first big step to move forward in my life.  I slipped many times but God kept His promise and not only did God never leave me, He sent His Son, Jesus to catch me and set me upright again. 

At first I felt discouraged and was beginning to fall into the trap of self-pity.  It was at that point I dug in my heals and was determined not to fall into that pit.  So I dug in my heals 2-Hands-Reaching-Outand as Jesus held on to me I  pulled myself up – dusted myself off and continued on, with the help of family and friends holding on to me I was able to pick myself up and not allow myself to fall even further into the “depths of despair” {saying from Anne of Green Gables} as I struggled over that first hurdle.  Those who have been here for me may have not known how they have encouraged me, but in their own special way each person in my life has been placed here by God for this time.

Now is the time to find my new place in this world.  Where do I go from here?  What is God’s plan for my life?  I do not have any answers yet, but one thing keeps coming back to me…”write”.  So I have decided to follow through on two things.  The first one is I signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)  and I think I am still in shock!  And at the end of the month if I succeed with this challenge then I plan on taking a writing  course that is on-line for new writers.  Ok, I will admit even if I don’t succeed I will be signing up for the writing course.  The challenge of NaNoWriMo is bringing life back into me.  A new day has indeed dawned and I thank God for leading me to this point in my life. 

So here it goes…a deep breath as I take one giant step forward into this new adventure – praying that this is the road I am to take.  And if it is not, I trust God that He will lead me to the plan He has for my life.  


36 thoughts on “Picking Myself Up

  1. Patty, you are such an inspiration to anyone struggling with how to move forward in the midst of pain. I’m so glad you’ve decided to participate in NaNo and it’s breathed new life to you. Keep us all posted!


    1. I will – I have not been on the site yet, still writing from the ipad…but I will see what you are doing. It is slow going but I feel good about what I am doing. It is a good jumping off point for me.


  2. You are doing the right thing, and thank you Lord for picking Patty up and being there for her. I am glad to hear you have plans and good luck with such a challenge! Hugs Ute


  3. I take my hat off to you, Patty. You are an inspiration. I send you love and wish you all the best in achieving this challenge. I look forward to seeing how you get on and to reading what you write.
    Love to you . I think of you often and hope you can feel the good vibes across the oceans. 🙂


  4. Patty – Having been in your spot for the same reason 10 years ago, Our Lord led me, step by step, to the place I am today, writing a blog and several books and articles. This avenue is something I never would have thought of by myself. Trust in Him and He will meet your every need.


  5. I’m so glad to read your post as I have often thought of you and wondered how you are getting on. Like everyone else who has commented, I admire your courage. Please keep us in touch with how NaNoWriMo is going. i thought of getting involved myself this year, but…. well, you’ll find out soon why I didn’t.


    1. Thank you – everyone here has been a part of my healing and I am so thankful to know you. I have been enjoying your pictures and consider you lucky to live where you do. Blessings!


  6. Usually a strong desire to do something indicates you’re half way there already…and I most definitely believe you have writing in your very soul…. In any case God will I’m sure direct your paths… You are one special lady… Diane


  7. From reading this blog, I know that you already are an excellent writer–and participating in NaNoWriMo and the online writing course should provide wonderful opportunities for you to continue to grow.


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