Leave of Absence

I’m surprised that Thanksgiving is only a week away. I am still undecided what we will be doing. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday yet this year, probably for the first time I’m just not excited about it. I have almost always been the one to host the dinner and cook the meal and have always enjoyed it immensely. We are not able to be with any of our children or grandkids this year either.

We are considering for the first time ever eating out, if we can find a place that is open, just Larry, me and mom. I will probably still cook a turkey at some point as we do like it once or twice a year, especially the leftovers. We were invited to be with my uncle and two of my cousins and their families. My aunt passed away this past January and I just feel like it might be nice for them to be together without extended family for their first Thanksgiving without her. I still miss her terribly and we spent the afternoon with my uncle last week at his house. It is still difficult for me to be in their house without my aunt. She was like my second mom.

I guess this is a good opportunity too, for me to apologize for the gaps in posting to my blog. I am struggling with putting it on hold. I love writing, but I’m being pulled by the Spirit in a lot of different directions right now and it is hard to explain. I feel a new awakening for some very intense bible study. I feel I have been resisting the Spirit’s working in my life to the point I’m becoming weary. It is very hard to explain, I guess I can only say if you have gone through this you will understand.

I love writing and I am truly humbled (and quite honestly) amazed that anyone would read my blog on a regular basis. I have made many new friends through blogging and I want to maintain these friendships. I have had severe “writers block” for a few weeks and it still continues.

I do want to take this opportunity to recommend some other writers who I read daily and they have become dear friends to me. Greg England, Trey Morgan, Judy Poyner, Dee Andrews, Patrick Mead, Amanda Sanders, Sarah Stirman, John Dobbs, Steve Tucker, Warren Baldwin and Doug Young. Also, JEL, check out the beautiful pictures she posts on her blog. These wonderful people will make you laugh, cry, be amazed and finally make you say Wow!!

You can find them and other very good writers on my website under “Blogs I Visit”. I love reading their posts and they have all encouraged me so very much with their comments and emails. I am praying to meet many of them at the 2010 Tulsa Workshop.

I hope to be back on a regular basis, I’m just not sure when that will be. This is not an easy decision for me and I desire your prayers; and though I may be absent for a while, I pray I won’t be erased from your thoughts.

I will leave you with some quotes. Those of you who know me well know that I love quotes.

The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.  ~Norbet Platt

The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air.  All I must do is find it, and copy it.  ~Jules Renard, “Diary,” February 1895

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you.  And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.  ~Arthur Polotnik

Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.  ~Samuel Johnson


4 comments for “Leave of Absence

  1. December 1, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    I’ve really missed your posts, Janice, and commenting on mine. I thought it was just because you’d been really busy with the holidays, etc, and have been keeping up with you over on Facebook.

    God bless!


    P.S. Thanks for including me, too, as your friend!!

  2. Meowmix
    November 24, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I have been there and sometimes sit down to blog and think, “Okay, what am I gonna talk about tonight?” But I treat mine as somewhat of an on-line diary. I, too, thank you for including me as a friend, and I certainly count you as one. And, like, you, it has always amazed me that anyone would read what I write! 🙂 YOU, though, seem to be filled to the brim with deep and inspiring thoughts and insights into the Word. I will sure be waiting for your return. God bless.

  3. November 18, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I don’t know of anyone who blogs on a regular basis who doesn’t come to a point that they just need to let it go for a while. I’ve done it a few times. I do enjoy reading your blogs and will eagerly await your return.

  4. jel
    November 18, 2009 at 11:11 am

    hey there, we have gone though taking breaks, Here,
    take your time.

    thanks for adding me to your list of friends, there are some good people and writes here! 🙂

    as for writers block, I have had that since birth 🙂

    thank you!
    Hope ya have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

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