Spring is the season for new beginnings and renewed hope. It’s also a time to count your blessings and appreciate all the good in your life. This morning, during Bible Study, some of us shared what we thought last year at this time, versus where we are today.
One lady believed her family would go bankrupt and they’d have to move. Others honestly contemplated dying or not making it to 2021. We had many fears and uncertainties, and yes, some of us lost jobs and others got sick. Most of us have lost people, and many goodbyes were left unsaid. We shared what we learned through the trial, and while it seemed longer than we would like, we were reminded that Joseph was left in the Egyptian prison two years longer because the cupbearer forgot to recommend him for release. Those days and months must have weighed on him, but during that time, God was building his faith and preparing him for the exact right time of release. [Genesis Chapter 41].
Even though the trial seems longer than we thought, we look back and appreciate what we learned. Mainly I’ve decided that personal relationships are more important than anything, including word count and sales/list making, book marketing etc. I’ve learned not to “put off” visiting the people we love, and we visited my mother-in-law for the first time in years. Also not to skip parties or invites (including Bible study) just because of inertia or don’t feel like it, because who knows if that’s the last time you’ll see someone. So I’ll spend the rest of my life loving people instead of trying to achieve, or whatever other goals I used to have. Of course, I’ll always keep learning, because I love to learn. And I’ll keep writing because I love to share stories. It’s all part of relating and being human.
Spring is also the time for new reading and trying new authors. I have so many books and boxed sets on my kindle, more than 5000, that I often “book surf.” Grab a boxed set or a book at random and read. It’s fun to discover an unexpected story to enjoy from books I either downloaded free or purchased long time ago. Here are some surprises I unearthed from my fossilized kindle: The Vet’s Christmas Pet by J.L. Campbell, Winter’s Kiss by Sienna Carr, All I Want for Christmas by Chris Mariano, and Cooking Up Trouble by Judi Lynn.
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Rachelle Ayala is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it’s within the pages of a book.
Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award, Christmas Stray received a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award, and Playing for the Save got the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in Realistic Fiction.
She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.