I’m in the Caribbean at the moment, so author Carol Moncado is guest-blogging for me today AND offering a giveaway. So be sure to check the bottom of this post for the inside scoop on the prize pack we’re offering.
I first touched bases with Carol when she sent me a note of encouragement after the release of my first novel for the Christian market. Shortly after, I was able to meet her in person at the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference. She was the one with a big smile, a bigger hug, and a huge box of cookies that she’d baked to give to friends. Who can’t love a lady who walks around giving out cookies? She’s a delight! – Becky
When Becky asked if I’d like a guest post, I jumped on it! Because Hello! Becky! I knew from the first time I read “It’s on like Donkey Kong” in My Stubborn Heart I would like her.
I was right.
“Life” has been happening to me this summer. Anyone else?
Last week and the week before I was a band mom for at least forty-five hours during band camp — often necessitating 2-3 daily trips to school. It’s not far and I loved doing it, but the busyness was wearing.
In the past few days, one of my kids needed a chiropractic appointment (me too!) and a ride to work (and back again). Another kid went to see a new dentist to get three teeth pulled. But they only pulled one and we have to go back in a month for the others. A third kid (who is actually my fourth kid) had a birthday. And… well, other stuff that’s weighing very heavily on me.
I haven’t written a word since Sunday, which was the final day in a not-as-successful-as-I-wanted writing weekend. The fact that I’m writing a Christmas novella in July is maybe part of why I haven’t written nearly enough this month. Regardless of the creative and scheduling reasons, I’m feeling huge pressure to get the novella and the next novel done.
Recently, I read Connilyn Cossette’s Counted with the Stars. It’s the story of an Egyptian slave girl who left with the Israelites. In the reading of it, I was reminded of the necessity of being still. Of letting God wash over me with peace that only He can provide. I try to make time for Bible reading in the presence of the One who knows me better than I know myself. Beyond that, SLEEP! Reading. Massage.
I think many of us struggle to be still because we’re so busy. There’s always one more thing that needs doing. One more person who needs us.
I know moms of little ones know what I’m talking about. There are times when you need just a few minutes vacation from the One More Thing that’s wearing you down. My children aren’t as little anymore, and I still feel that way often. Instead of snacks and diaper changes and refusals to nap, I’m grappling with kids who need me to drive them somewhere or to sit with them when they’re crying over things far more serious than a broken toy.
In the midst of it all, we need to take care of ourselves, too.
All of us — moms or not — have people in our lives who depend on us. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we won’t be able to pour into others.
What do you find most effective when you need time in the stillness?
When she’s not writing about her imaginary friends, Carol Moncado is hanging out with her husband, four kids, and a dog who weighs less than most hard cover books. She prefers watching NCIS to just about anything, except maybe watching Castle, or Girl Meets World with her kids. She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Pepper should come in an IV. When not watching her kids – and the dog – race around her big backyard in Southwest Missouri, she’s teaching American Government at a local community college. She’s a founding member and President of MozArks ACFW, category coordinator for First Impressions, blogger at InspyRomance, and represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency.
The below giveaway is now closed. Warmest congratulations to the winner, Joyce Heffron. And many thanks to everyone who entered!