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31 Days of Writing on One Subject ? {Day 1}

Welcome to HOPEannFAITH … the blog about the journey of my life … I think everyone’s personal blog is about their journey, don’t you. Deep inside of each of us is a story that needs to be told, and this one is mine.

My journey is about life, faith and wholeness. I don’t always write about these things, sometime I write about the frivolous and the trivial. Gosh some may feel that my musings in word are always frivolous, that’s okay, because this is my life.

I’ve joined the many writers who use the 31 Days of October to write on one subject, telling their stories.

Welcome to 31 days – the beautiful brainchild of the Nester who inspires us to spend the month of October writing every single day on a topic that might inspire a community.
And I found it through Lisa-Jo Baker ~ tales from a Gypsy Mama
Continue reading for my day 1 post. And check back each day to see what comes of this series I’m attempting.

I’ve chosen FOCUS for this series.

September proved to be a taxing month of one crisis after another. Yet in it all (except for maybe one area) we were able to appreciate God‘s presence and His hand on our lives.

Of all the blessings we’ve enjoyed as a couple and a family it is my overwhelming feeling that the best of all God’s blessings is to be able to immediately know God is there with you in the fray and feel His hand upon your life as your life is seemingly coming apart.

The peace therein is the Focus of today’s post.

I’ve enjoyed extended joy in my life … specifically from May to June of 2002; my first truly joyful experience (a story for another day). I have enjoyed many momentary joys … the true moments when the presence of God simply swells within you.

But peace … I want true peace. I believe true peace is a state of being, where nothing that is happening in the midst of a life moves one past that knowing that God is with you.

Like I said September proved to be taxing on our lives and family.

The one occurrence that  affected me most profoundly was the Tornado. We actually had a tornado in NJ … Nor’Easter-s and Hurricanes are the norm, but a Tornado! Who knew, and it passed right up the side of our home, uprooting a huge 100+ year old swamp maple  that hit our house.

God was here; minimal damages, no one hurt and we had peace. PEACE!

Immediately it was evident that God was here, and he remained. There was no panic, no tears; just an overwhelming sense of numb peace. I call this the Grace Bubble. He just slips us into the bubble and we are able to allow him to do the work.

I need a grace bubble! I’m not one to immediately allow God to control things. This is where focus comes in.

I am naturally a worrier and I want answers and solutions instantly! I want them so immediate that I will turn to man for answers and we all know that that particular act will limit God’s Hand at the least, if not stay His Hand completely.

Well I’ve been diligent about FOCUS this year, September has not been the only hard month. There are many areas in my life and the life of my family, which are in absolute transition this year. So I will use these 31 Days to focus on God and the things of God.

When I saw the invitation for this series I struggled with actually participating.

I’ve been feeling like I don’t belong in the Bloggosphere because I was not an amazing young mother and what I brought to the table was not good enough because I am older with a grown family. So while others are struggling with small children and the concept of being REAL writers; I am struggling with the life of an older woman (who wasn’t the wonder-mom that these amazing women are) and a grown family while battling seeing myself as a REAL writer.

So I just jumped in … and as you can see this post isn’t all that FOCUSED! How funny is that. So for some inspiration for this project I will be focusing on my daily life and musings through Psalm 91 and Philippians 4:8.

“Finally, sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

Blessings. 🙂