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Community

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Crrraaaack, snap…boom! My son and I looked at each other on the couch, because we knew a tree had just fallen.

I jumped up, put my rain boots and ran outside. I walked up and down our street, but didn’t see anything.

A few minutes later, we heard sirens. So, Austin threw on his sneakers to see what all the commotion was about. He discovered our neighbor two blocks away had a 100′ douglas fir tree fall on it.

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I turned on Fire Dispatch scanner and heard the local fire department requesting dispatch to notify American Red Cross the house is uninhabitable due to a large hole in it.

I turned on my work radio and heard coworkers helping the family evacuate to a safe place, because they were also downed high voltage lines sparking nearby. Thank the Lord no one was hurt.

We later learned that the family was offered a Mount Hermon cabin, another neighbor’s house across the street or lodging through American Red Cross.

I love our community! It’s awesome to see folks come together to help one another during tough times and celebrate life together.

Last year, I wrote about a fire behind our house. So many folks have helped the three families who lost their homes by offering them places to stay, meals and support through rebuilding.

Earlier this week, a co-worker went around collecting money to help two struggling families with rent and food.

Another co-worker picks up food donations every Thursday from a local church and places it on a bench outside an office the anyone to take from.

Also, a resident emailed me a Meal Train calendar to share with our community for a couple who just had a baby.

In December, I shared how how we were blessed by friends and co-workers with a mountain cabin for a week at Christmas.

In the past couple of months, we’ve hosted baby showers for expectant parents blessing them with necessary items for their little ones.

In April, we will celebrate a co-worker’s wedding.

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Again, I absolutely love our community! I feel blessed to be a part of it. We care for one another, reach out and get involved.

And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27

Do you live in an amazing community as well? If so, I would love to hear about. Please share with us.

Blessings, Rebecca

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Hone Your Craft

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I can’t believe I am here. I am so excited to once again attend the Mt Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference.

As with anything in life (work, sports, hobbies, relationships, etc.), the more you invest, the better the results.

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This year, I am taking a non-fiction major track with amazing Author BJ Taylor to hone my craft on a beautiful campus. Throughout our stay, we’ve experienced a myriad of weather including rain, sun and fog.

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I am blessed to have a family who supports my endeavor and a boss allowing me to flex my hours, because a 5 day conference impacts all of our schedules.

How do you hone your craft?

Blessings, Rebecca

 

 

Tough Times

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This past week has been tough! My life seemed like a roller coaster with its ups and downs; twists and turns. First, we were blessed with a new place to live. The kids were excited to unpack their boxes, and I was thrilled to move in before winter hit.

Yesterday, we explored our new surroundings, and hiked to Eagles Landing observation deck. I marveled at the amazing vista of Scotts Valley, California!

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Second, my friend Dianna Cornell passed away of kidney complications. I miss her smile, hugs and encouraging words. She was an awesome friend, and taught me how to blog using WordPress. I featured her Guest Blog on February 23, 2015.

Dianna loved the Lord. The good new is she’s now present with Him and pain-free. Although, it is a sad time for her family and friends, it’s also a hopeful time in that one day we will see her again in Heaven.

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During this topsy turvy time, I’ve learned four things that have helped me cope.

  1. Focus on God – I find that when I start my days reading my Bible and praying to God, it always goes smoother. His peace helps me through my hectic day.
  2. Prioritize Activities – I know I can’t possibly do everything all the time. So, I write what needs to be done down and determine what needs to be done first. Once I complete it I cross it off my “To Do” list and move on to the next task.
  3. Persevere – When I feel overwhelmed, I remember to press through and keep going. Otherwise, if I stop or slow down, work piles up and I feel worse. So, I do what I can without compromising my sanity or healthy.
  4. Ask for Help – I’m extremely independent. So, this is next item is definitely a learned behavior for me. If I need assistance, I now ask my husband, son, daughter, other family or friends for help. They are always eager to help in time of need.

My hope is these simple steps can help you during a stressful season of life. I’d love to hear how you have successfully navigated through tough times. Fee free to share your insight with us.