Have a cigar! Just kidding. But I’ve recently finished my second book – Mustard Seed Mondayz: weekly faithbytes for a year. It’s available now as a Kindle publication on Amazon and will be available in paperback in about two weeks. Yay!!! Who can believe it. I retired only to begin a third career. God laughs! Each Monday brings the reader a piece for inspiration or encouragement; for provocation or a thought; for faith building or rejuvenation.
She knew she was going to die. Maybe not how soon. Maybe not the exact day. But. She knew she was going to die. Nobody else knew. But she knew. And she hadn’t received any type of diagnosis of disease or prognosis of impending death. But somehow she knew. And she began to make what she perceived to be the necessary preparation. One thing she did long before her death was to make provision for the grandchild she was raising.
This piece is an extra because I wrote it on January 1, 2017, and I’m inspired to embrace faith as never before. Many who know me would be surprised to hear me say this because I have a reputation for believing God – that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him diligently. But it’s a new year. And a new day. We have a newly elected president and only God knows what’s ahead for those of us who are under his leadership through no choice of our own.
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